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, October 10, 2011

Business calendar

Oct. 11: Marketing Plan Design
“Designing a Marketing Plan to Grow Your Business” is a seminar presented by Andrew Reyntjes, General Motors Alternate Energy Fleet Sales Manager. It will be held 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Rochester First Assembly of God, 4435 N. Rochester Road. The seminar is free and pizza and soft drinks are provided. For information, call 248-652-3353 ext 322. Visit

Oct. 11: Bloomfield North Rise & Shine
Bloomfield North Area Chamber Monthly Rise & Shine is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Back to Wellness, 2920 Pridham St., Keego Harbor. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers.

Oct. 12: Global Market’s Impact
John Augustine, CFA and Chief Investment Strategist for Fifth Third Private Bank will share his views on the global economy, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, 28th floor, Southfield. Call 248-603-0304 for information.

Oct. 12: Chamber networking event
The Orion Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking event is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion. Admission includes soft drinks, coffee, hors d’oeuvres, networking and cash bar. Attendees can enter raffle for tickets to the 2012 Senior Open. The cost is $20 at the door. Call 248-693-6300 or

Oct. 13: Paul Glantz speaks at chamber event
The Troy and Royal Oak Chambers of Commerce present, “Emagine Making Your Avocation Your Vocation,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Emagine Theater Royal Oak, 200 N. Main St., Royal Oak. The speaker will be Paul Glantz, Founder/Chairman, Emagine Entertainment, Inc., and CEO of Proctor Financial, Inc. The cost to attend is $12 for Troy/Royal Oak Chamber members and $17 for non-members. Lunch will be served. Proceeds will benefit the Troy Nature Society and the Royal Oak Nature Society. To register, call 248-641-8151 or visit

Oct. 13: Rehab properties
Jerry Norton presents "How To Rehab and Flip properties for  Profit," sponsored by Real Estate Investors Assoc. of Oakland is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 13 at Club Venetian, 29310 John R. Road, north of 12 Mile Road on John R., Madison Heights. Seminar free to members and $20 for nonmembers.

Oct. 13: Society of Auto Analysts financial planning
Society of Auto Analysts “YPN” Happy Hour: Financial Planning is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at BlackFinn, 530 S. Main St., Royal Oak. The Society of Automotive Analysts' "Young Professionals Network" is hosting a networking opportunity for automotive industry professionals. The speaker is Mark Rodgers, financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC. Light appetizers and first beverage is provided. Register at or call 248-804-6433.

Oct.13: Starting a business
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at Oakland County Business Center offers the Fundamentals of Starting a Business, 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 13 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, Building 41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Pre-registration is required. $30 per person. Call 248-858-0783 or visit

Oct. 14: Automation Alley Awards Gala
Automation Alley 2011 Annual Awards Gala is 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 14 at MGM Grand Detroit. The Awards Gala honors technology organizations and their leaders. Members pay $150, Non-members pay $200. To register, email to, visit or call 1-800-427-5100.

Oct. 16-18: Trade summit
Great Lakes International Trade and Transport Hub Summit "Developing an Action Agenda to Create Jobs" is Sunday through Tuesday, Oct.16-18 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 55 South Harrison Road, East Lansing. The fee includes dialogue with a broad network who will expedite the export economy between the U.S. and Canada, and admittance to all Summit sessions along with two breakfast meetings, two network receptions, one dinner program, two keynoted lunches and one refreshment break. The Summit is sponsored by the Great Lakes International Trade and Transport Hub (GLITTH) Initiative. Registration costs $150. Register at organization.

Oct. 17: Inforum panel
Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership will host a panel to boost the number of women on Michigan’s corporate boards to create a competitive edge. The event, “Claiming Corporate Leadership: Michigan Women’s Leadership Index and the Future of Our State,” is noon to 1:30 p.m.Monday, Oct. 17. at the Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. Tickets for Inforum members is $50; and for nonmembers, it is $65. To register, visit

Oct. 18: Insurance coverage
“Crash Course in Insurance Coverage” will be presented by Instructor Jody Lipton, a personal injury attorney, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. There is no charge, RSVP requested. To register, contact The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. Call 248-644-5832 or visit

Oct. 18: Sales workshop
Sales Mastery from the Top Down is 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy. This workshop is for owners, managers and team leaders focused on realizing organization-wide results. Call 1-800-427-5100 or visit

Oct. 18: Marketing workshop
The Business Improvement Team presents “How to market in a recession,” 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward, LL Conference Room, Birmingham. Coffee and snacks provided. Register at or call Paulette for reservations at 248-641-8400.

Oct. 19: Investing in China
UHY LLP, a certified public accounting firm is hosting China Investment—another installment of its complimentary international roundtable discussions from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the new Farmington Hills office at 27725 Stansbury Blvd., Suite 100. This interactive breakfast seminar highlights ways U.S. companies can take advantage of the increasing inbound investments by China-based businesses. The event will be hosted by William Kingsley and Dennis J. Petri, International Liaison and Partner, UHY LLP with special guest presenter, Tim Leuliette, Managing Director of FINNEA Group. Breakfast and networking begin at 7:30 a.m. The program starts promptly at 8 a.m. The event concludes with an open discussion. Pre-registration for this complimentary event is required, call 248-204-9354 or email

Oct. 19: Social media strategies
Automation Alley is hosting “Case Studies: Integrating Social Media with Your Business Strategies,” from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Automation Alley Headquarters, at 2675 Bellingham, in Troy. Presented by Automation Alley’s Business Growth Committee, this event will feature presentations by Janet Tyler, president of Airfoil Public Relations, and Microsoft Senior Public Relations Manager Amy Messano. The event begins with registration, lunch and networking at 11:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at noon and question and answer at 12:45 p.m. The cost for members is $20 with pre-registration or $30 at the door. The cost for non-members is $40 with pre-registration or $50 at the door. Pre-registration ends Oct. 17. There is no cost for foundation members. Call 1-800-427-5100 or email

Oct. 19: Women in Defense annual meeting
The Women in Defense (WID) Michigan Chapter, a networking and development organization for those who contribute to the national defense and security industries, will host its Annual Meeting and Speed Networking event on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. at the Automotive Industry Action Group located at 26200 Lasher Road, Suite 200 in Southfield. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members, which includes appetizers and beverages. For more information about the event and to register, visit, contact the event organizers at or call 248.643.6590.

Oct. 20: Assessing real estate
Amicus Management Inc. has organized a free seminar on “Assessing Real Estate Values” with five Detroit-area experts from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. The presentation will be moderated by Cathy LaMont with LaMont Title Corp. in Detroit. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Registration is required. Call 616-301-8250 or

Oct. 20: After-Hours mixer
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours Mixer is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. This event is hosted in partnership with the Highland and White Lake Business Association. The event features appetizers and cash bar. The cost is $15 advance registrations for non-members and $10 for pre-registered members. Register at or call 248-666-8600.

Oct. 20: Social media for business
The Social Media Navigation Guide For Small Business owners and individuals is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. For the big picture of social media and how stops such as blogging, social bookmarking, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as niche profiles, instructor Emily A. Hay, the owner of Emily A. Hay There, a Social Media Consulting Company, will share social media insight and best practices. To register, contact, 248-644-5832, or visit The cost is $34.

Oct. 25: Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit gala
Scott Monty, manager of global and multimedia communications for Ford Motor Company, will be the first recipient of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit’s (MSED) new Trailblazer award at the organization’s annual Black-Tie Gala to be held  Oct. 25 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Proceeds from this event benefit scholarships, educational seminars and charitable contributions. Tickets for the black-tie event cost $150 for MSED members, $195 for non-members. The price includes an elegant cocktail reception, dinner and afterglow reception. For information, call 248-643-6590 or visit

Area chambers host annual Bulls Eye! Right on Target
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Clarkston, Auburn Hills and Pontiac Regional Chamber will host the 5th Annual Bulls Eye! Right on TargetSmall Business Conference, 8:15 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The speaker line-up includes Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Gerard van Grinsven - President & CEO of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Tim Green - President of the Referral Institute and Terry Bean - Author and founder of Motor City Connect. The half-day conference, sponsored by HAP, Comcast, Safety Technology, YourSource Management Group and The Oakland Press, includes breakfast and networking. Table exhibit space is available. Call 248-666-8600. Attendees can register at and the Pontiac, Auburn Hills or Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce. The cost before Oct. 16 is $40. Afterward, it is $75. Visit

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