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.

Friday, February 11, 2011

SAE hosts State of the Industry dinner

SAE hosts State of the Industry meeting
The Detroit Section of SAE International will host a panel of automotive experts to discuss the current industry conditions at their State of the Industry Section Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The program will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The State of the Industry panel discussion will commence at 7:30 p.m. Confirmed panelists include Dr. David Cole, Chairman Emeritus, Center for Automotive Research; Neil De Koker, President and CEO, Original Equipment Suppliers Association; Lonnie Miller, Vice President, Marketing and Industry Analysis, Polk; and Jason Stein, Editor, “Automotive News.” David L. Schutt, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, SAE International will serve as the moderator. Tickets are $40 for SAE members, $55 for non-members and $15 for SAE student members. Call 248-324-4445, or visit

Feb. 15: Entrepreneur series begins
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  4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. Visit or call 248-644-1700.

Feb. 16: Tax assessment workshops offered
Oakland County will host three workshops to provide residents vital information about appealing property tax assessments for the March Board of Review. The workshops will be held: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Novi City Hall, 45175 West Ten Mile Road, Novi; 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at Oakland Community College—Royal Oak Campus, Lilla Jones-Johnson Theater, Bldg D, 2nd floor, 739 S. Washington, Royal Oak and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at Oakland County Board of Commissioners, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 248-975-4417 or visit

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