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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January brings a flurry of business events

There are many reasons to attend business events. In addition to networking, these gatherings help energize attendees. Taking a few hours to attend a workshop, seminar or meeting can pay off in inspiration, gathering ideas and face-to-face interface with people with similar goals.
 It seems like everyone is going full speed ahead with events for January. The Oakland Press calendar is full of creative happenings. If you have an event, please be sure to enter it on the calendar page at

Or see the Business calendar page and Submit an event links in the right column of this page.

Happening this week:

Jan. 17: Investment seminars
Troy-based LJPR, LLC, a financial advisor and wealth management firm, is hosting a seminar series that targets key areas to reduce uncertainty for attendees. The first seminar of the Reducing Uncertainty series is Economic Outlook for 2012, which will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Reducing Uncertainty in your Estate Plan will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 and The Lost Art of Etiquette will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31. RSVP is required for the free seminars. Email or call Lisa Sullivan at 248-641-7400. All seminars will be held in the Troy Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union Building (Lower Level) 4555 Investment Dr., Suite 304, Troy.

Jan. 17: The Business Performance 2.0 Executive series is from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham. Meetings will discuss topics related to business ownership, problems and solutions, avoiding common mistakes and pitfalls, legal issues, taxes raising capital, getting started and operating a business successfully. To register, visit or call Paulette at 248-641-8400.

Jan. 18: Auburn Hills chamber hosts Palace president
The Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce welcomes Palace Sports & Entertainment President Dennis Mannion as he speaks at the Pistons VIP Club inside the Palace of Auburn Hills. The luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. This ticketed event includes a catered lunch, raffle prizes, and an optional tour. Registration is required through or by calling 248-853-7862.

Jan. 18: Working the trade show
Working the Trade Show Effectively: Training your Staff for Success is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy. Anita Mitzel, president of GraphiColor Exhibits, will provide a comprehensive review. Pre-registration for members is $20 and $40 for nonmembers. It is $30 at the door for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit

Jan. 18: SCORE business website workshop
In one of their series of workshops for small business, Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 is presenting “Create Your Business Website Workshop” is 5 to 8:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 18, at Farmington Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Conference Room A, Farmington Hills. The cost is $45. Visit or call 313-226-7947 to register.

Jan. 18: The Better Business Bureau Business Card Exchange is a free networking event featuring business change expert and best selling author, Lisa Mininni at 26999 Central Park Blvd., Suite 165, Southfield. Lisa will share how to increase your results by “Sealing the Deal 98 percent of the time.”

Jan. 18: Northwood University’s Troy Program Center will host an information session for adult learners at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.18 at 1900 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 200, Troy. Northwood’s Adult Degree Program provides the flexibility students need to succeed in their educational goals. Northwood’s specialized business degree programs in Management, Marketing, and Health Care Management allow students to combine evening, weekend and online courses to fit their schedule. Administrators will also discuss how college credit can be earned for work and life experiences and the financial aid process will be explained. To register, call 248-649-5111.

Jan. 19: Writing a business plan
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 19 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The fee is $30. Visit or call 248-858-0783.

Jan. 19: Troy chamber meeting
Nationally-renowned economist, David Littmann, will keynote the Troy Chamber’s January breakfast meeting, “SE Michigan Economic Forecast: Presiding Over Michigan’s Economic Comeback,” 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. The event is presented by Flagstar Bank. The cost of the event is $27 for Troy Chamber members and $40 for non-members, in advance. RSVP to 248-641-8151, or

Jan. 19: Victor Saroki to speak
Birmingham architect Victor Saroki will speak at the Entrepreneurial Lecture Series on Thursday, Jan. 19, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. in Lear Auditorium (T429) of the University Technology and Learning Center at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile, Southfield. The free event is open to the public.
Saroki has led Victor Saroki & Associates Architects PC for more than 25 years. The firm’s commissions include theaters, restaurants, retail spaces, galleries, hotels and residences. His work has won more than 60 design awards and has been recognized in dozens of publications. Saroki is president elect of AIA Michigan, and Saroki & Associates was named AIA Michigan’s firm of the year in 2007. The Entrepreneurial Lecture Series is sponsored by WWJ Newsradio 950, the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report, the Lawrence Tech chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and the Legends entrepreneurial alumni organization.

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