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 24, 2011

Business events this week

Oct. 25: Women seminar
Women, Money & Power Seminar is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25
at Leon & Lulu Lifestyle Shop, 96 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson. An opportunity to shop and learn your financial personality. The event is free, light refreshments will be served. To register, email or call 248-312-5815.

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

Oct. 25-27: Battery show
The Battery Show is Oct. 25-27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. The show offers conferences on battery business models and technologies and a 160-booth exhibition with the latest battery technologies for electric vehicles, utility storage, mobile power, personal electronics and health care applications. It is free to attend, visit to register.

Oct. 26
“Reimagining Detroit: The Role of Philanthropy Changing Detroit,” presented by Rip Rapson, president and CEO, The Kresge Foundation is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. The event is free. To register, contact 248-644-5832, or visit

Oct. 27: Getting to NO
The Troy Chamber of Commerce continues its Fall Educational Series, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, with a session titled, “Getting to NO.” The event will be held at the Troy Chamber office, lower level training room 4555 Investment Dr. Troy.

Oct. 27: 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.

Oct. 27: Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
Oakland County Business Center offers the Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business, 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 27 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, Building 41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $40. Register at 248-858-0783 or visit

Oct. 28: Michigan procurement process
DTMB- Purchasing Operations presents Elements of a Quality Proposal, a seminar providing businesses an overview of the Michigan procurement process, and information to help increase their chances of submitting a quality bid when trying to win a state contract. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Cadillac Place Building, Room L-150, 3044 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. The Small Business Administration, VetBiz Central, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center and the MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect will be represented. The event is free, register at or call 517-335-6633.

Oct. 29: Walsh College Leadership Awards
Walsh College Leadership Awards Dinner is Saturday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Royal Park Hotel, 600 East University Dr., Rochester. The event includes a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, award presentations, and a dessert afterglow. Huel Perkins of WJBK-FOX Detroit will be the emcee for the evening. Michael Brennan, President & CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, receiving The Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence & Community Service. The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award will be awarded to Paul Glantz, MST ’84, President of Emagine Entertainment; and President & CEO of Proctor Financial. The 2011 Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade Award will be awarded to Stephanie Baron, MBA ’10, Communications Manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Tickets are $250. For information, call Amber Kaipio at 248-823-1261 or visit

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