The Oakland County area has an abundance of opportunities for existing businesses and new ventures.
When the going gets rough, the entrepreneurial spirit gets creative and resourceful.
The Oakland Press has gathered upcoming events, news and links to help business owners and professionals succeed.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Business events in Oakland County

February: Oakland business workshops

The Oakland County Business Center offers seminars for business owners and entrepreneurs at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. To register, visit calendar or call 248-858-0783.
Working for Yourself: The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Consultant, a Contractor, or Service Provider is 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Feb. 8. The fee is $40.
Pre-Business Research is 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8. This workshop is free, but registration is required.
Social Media Marketing-Part 1 is 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. The fee is $40.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 6-––9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. The fee is $30.

Feb. 8: Ignite Automotive

Ignite Automotive 2  is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Walter P. Chrysler Museum, One Chrysler Drive, Auburn Hills. Ignite is a high-energy evening of five-minute talks by people who have an idea. The talks are connected through the global Ignite network, via video streaming and archives. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance at All proceeds will be donated to the museum. Call 248-325-8009.

Feb. 8: Free sneak preview event for compact luxury hybrid

Meade Lexus of Southfield has announced an opportunity for drivers to experience the world’s first compact luxury hybrid before its release. The Lexus 2011 CT200h will debut amidst a trendy event atmosphere aimed at a younger, tech-savvy crowd 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Meade Lexus of Southfield, 28300 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. Additional event highlights include red carpet photo opportunities, hor d’oeuvres, a giveaway, a chance to be featured on a Lexus website, and more. To attend this free event, RSVP to

Feb. 8: CEO Roundtable

Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 presents CEO Roundtable: Sharing Insights with Other CEOs 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Bloomfield Township Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills. To register, call 313-226-7947.

Feb. 8: Economic Outlook Meeting

The Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter and the Risk Management Association team to present “2011 Economic Outlook Meeting” 7 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Glen Oaks Golf & Country Club, 30500 W. 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills.
Paul Traub, business economist with the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank Chicago will present his analysis of the economy.
The meeting will begin with networking, registration and breakfast.
The cost is $25 for members of either assocation and $45 for guests. Call Sharon Kimble at 877-894-2754 or

Feb. 9: SCORE workshops

Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 is offering its monthly series of workshops:
“Planning Your Own Business,” is 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. The cost is $45.
“Basic Marketing Concepts” is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 16. The cost is $45.
These workshops take place at Jewish Vocational Services, 29699 Southfield Road, Southfield. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

Feb. 9: Business women’s meeting

American Business Women’s Association, (ABWA), Novi Oaks Monthly Meeting is 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Feb. 9 at DoubleTree Hotel, 42100 Crescent Blvd., Novi. Registration required at Admission is $16, dinner included.

Feb. 10: Real estate seminar

A seminar discussing the changes in the tax laws, presented by Real Estate Investors Assoc. of Oakland is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 10 at Club Venetian, 29310 John R. Road, Madison Heights. The seminar is free to members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 800-747 6742 or visit

Feb. 10: Entrepreneur Initiative forum

The Entrepreneurial Initiative of Southeast Michigan 2011 forum is 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The free event features presentations by local emerging companies. Amjad Hussain of SilkRoute Global is the keynote speaker. Visit or call 248-457-3200.

Feb. 15 Series begins for entrepreneurs

The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber is partnering with the Miller Canfield law firm for a four-part series to help a new wave of entrepreneurs find the necessary capital to either launch a new venture or grow it to the next level. The first segment is Feb. 15, will focus on financing options available at banks, credit unions and venture capital firms. Scheduled panelists include LeAnn Auer, executive director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association; Scott Wolffis, senior vice president and business banking market manager for Huntington Bank and M.B. Ducher, vice president of buiness services for Central Corporate Credit Unions.
The second session, set for May 24, will explore the myriad government loan and grant programs available to startup and second stage businesses. It will be followed on July 26 with the program will delve into diversity and financing, and how to tap into specialty and ethnic markets, while the fourth session on Sept. 27 will address global financing options and how to attract foreign capital to your business venture. All four programs in the series will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. Visit or call 248-644-1700.

Feb. 16: Benefit for JVS Women to Work

Cynthia J. Pasky, founder, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions, (S3) will share how she built an international business at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Townsend Hotel, Birming­ham, benefiting the JVS Women to Work program. Dinner is included. There will be raffle prizes, including an 18 carat white gold diamond bracelet valued at $3,500 donated by Tappers Fine Jewelry,” said co-chair Hadas Bernard, who is vice chair of the JVS board. The cost is $360 for Amethyst tickets, which includes an interactive speed networking opportunity with local employers for 16 women. Topaz tickets are $250 and provide one-on-one interview coaching and resume writing instruction. Opal tickets are $125 and provide basic computer skills training for one woman. Call Sharon Snyder at 248-233-4290 or visit

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