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, April 12, 2012

Upcoming business events

April 17: Healthy Habits for Managing Workplace Stress
The Healthy Habits for Managing Workplace Stress event is from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellington Drive, Troy. Speakers will discuss how to transform unhealthy workplace habits into healthy ones that will benefit your body, mind and spirit. Screenings will be available throughout the day and are free of charge: blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, stress and depression self-assessment. Call 800-427-5100.

April 17: Intermediate Facebook for Business
Facebook for Business Intermediate is from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Oakland County Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. In this Intermediate session of Facebook for Business you will establish your social media objectives and goals for Facebook, create your Facebook social media marketing strategy and schedule, integrate Facebook into your marketing strategy. The cost is $40. Contact Karen Deaver-Lear at or call 248-858-0783.

April 17-18: Greater Detroit Engineering and IT Career Fairs
Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, has partnered with WRIF radio, 105.1 FM, and WCSX to present the Greater Detroit Engineering and IT Career Fairs, powered by Companies seeking qualified engineers, automotive designers and information technology professionals are invited to participate. The IT Career Fair is Tuesday, April 17 and the Engineering Career Fair will be Wednesday, April 18. Both events will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Troy Marriott. There are no charges for admission or parking for job seekers. Companies interested in participating in the career fairs should register at All Automation Alley members receive a 20 percent discount on booth packages. For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or

April 18: Nonprofit Management Conference
The 7th Annual Nonprofit Management Conference is from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at Walsh College, Troy Campus, 3838 Livernois Road, Troy. This day-long educational conference is for staff members, board members and volunteers of nonprofit organizations. Includes breakout sessions in 7 core areas: Leadership; Technology; Marketing; Strategic Planning; Human Resource Management; Finance & Accounting. Continental breakfast and lunch included.The cost is $50 for Troy Chamber members or $95 for nonmembers. Contact Jody House at or call 248-641-3694.

April 18: Fundamentals of writing a business plan
The Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at Oakland County Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment, the course covers business planning in detail. Contact Karen Deaver-Lear at or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $40 per person.

April 18
Quarterly Financial Book Series
The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham, offers a unique book series which focuses on popular books dealing with the economy.  The next book discussion will feature “Switched: How to Change Things When Change is Hard” by Chip and Dan Heath at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18.   The group will be led by Nathan Mersereau, Planning Alternatives, Ltd. There is no charge to attend. RSVP requested at 248-644-5832 or email

April 18
Nemeth Burwell’s Raising the Bar Series presents Legal Strategies for employees’ Internal Complaints
 Nemeth Burwell’s Raising the Bar, an educational series raising employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and presented by Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., will address strategies for responding to employees’ internal complaints at its April 18th presentation. Raising the Bar will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road.  Continental breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m.  The cost of the event is $60 per person and pre-registration is required.  To register, e-mail Amanda Galletti at or call 313-567-5921.

April 19: Advanced Mediator Training
The 4-Hour Advanced Mediator Training is from 1-5 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Oakland Mediation Center, 550 Hulet Drive # 102, Bloomfield Hills. We offer advanced training to individuals who wish to enhance their mediator skill set and who need to meet the circuit court roster requirements of advanced mediation training. For more information visit

April 20: Toughest Sales Situations Solved
The Toughest Sales Situations Solved seminar is from 8-11 a.m. Friday, April 20 at The Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. Douglas Finton, managing director of VitalSkills International LLC, will discuss sales conflict situations and solutions in a presentation titled, “When Negotiating Isn't Enough: Overcoming Silence and Violence in Sales”. The cost is $60 for MSED members and $75 for nonmembers. To register, call 248-643-6950 or visit
For more events, see the Business calendar in the right column of this blog.


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