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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Business networking events set this week

Southfield chamber hosts brunch Wednesday
Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 1st Annual Holiday Brunch 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, Regency Manor, 25228 West 12 Mile Road, Southfield. It will feature Colin McConnell, president of BizMatch Connect. The cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 for non members. Visit or call 248-557-6661 or email

Social Media is a Party in Detroit on Thursday
Social Media is a Party is hosting a panel discussion, “How We Can Create a Thriving Future for Detroit.” It starts with registration at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15 at The Red Grape Lounge in The Kresge Building, 1201 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Featured panelists include: Karen Dumas, Former Chief of Communications & External Affairs for the City of Detroit; Toby Barlow, Executive Creative Director at Team Detroit; Rabbi Jason Miller, Rabbi at Congregation T’chiyah and Phillip Cooley, Owner of Slows Bar BQ. The night includes an charity showcase, twitter games and giveaways, silent auction and mixer. The event is free to attend. Donations are requested of warm clothing, hygiene products and nonperishable food items to be distributed to Social Good Detroit which benefits Christ Child House, Crossroads of Michigan, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Burners Without Borders Detroit or to the charity of donor’s choice. Visit for a list of acceptable donations. Register at

Oakland County holds business planning workshop, Thursday
Fundamentals of Writing A Business Plan is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at Oakland County Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $40 per person. To register, contact Karen Deaver-Lear at 248-858-0783 or
Automation Alley Blood Drive is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy. To schedule an appointment, visit and enter sponsor code: autoalley or call Anna at 313-549-7058. Walk-ins will also be accepted.

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