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.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Upcoming business events for networking and learning

Sept. 14: Breakfast and Business Cards
Michigan Business Advantage is hosting Breakfast and Business Cards: A Unique Networking Event. 7:45 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Royal Park Hotel in The Commons area, 600 E. University Dr., Rochester. Seating is limited. The cost is $10 at the door and includes continental breakfast buffet. RSVP to Donna at 248-453-5163 or

Sept. 14: SCORE’s business planning
SCORE’s Planning Your Own Business is 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 14, at MBPA 27700 Hoover Road, Warren. The cost is $45. Visit  or call 313-226-7947 to register.

Sept. 14: Working for yourself workshop
Working for Yourself workshop is 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday Sept. 14. The workshop covers the ins and outs of becoming a consultant, a contractor or a service provider at Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41 W., Waterford Township. Call 248-858-0783 or visit The cost is $40. 

Sept. 14: Michigan Retailers Breakfast Program
 The International Council of Shopping Centers presents Michigan Retailers Breakfast Program with two educational sessions. 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. The first session will be presented by Doug Rothwell, president and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan. The second session will include a panel discussion surrounding a Michigan Retail Update, taking a look at current trends in Michigan. Payment in advance is $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers. The fee at the door is $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers.

Sept. 15: Automation Alley networking
Automation Alley’s Fall Networking Event is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at Baker College, 1500 University Dr., Auburn Hills. Admission is $10 in advance and $20 at the door. Members attend free. RSVP at or call 800-427-5100.

Sept. 15: Start a business
Fundamentals of Starting A Business is 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 15. Topics of discussion in this workshop include entrepreneurial skills, business feasibility, business formation and much more. at Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41W., Waterford Township. Call 248-858-0783 or visit The cost is $30 per person.

Sept. 16: Healthcare saves money
After a summer break from Troy Chamber’s Choose Troy Friday Forums, the series continues in September with “Healthcare saves your business money,” noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, at the Troy Chamber office, 4555 Investment Dr., Ste. 300. Lunch will be provided as part of this free informal session. To register, call 248-641-8151, e-mail to or visit

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