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, June 4, 2012

Business events for June

June 12
The Verizon African American Small Business Empowerment Series is 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Atheneum Suite Hotel, 1000 Brush St. in Detroit’s Greektown. Business and technology experts from Verizon Wireless and partnering companies will discuss how small businesses can leverage wireless solutions and the Internet to increase productivity, improve efficiency, and better manage customer relations to improve their bottom line. Detroit native, Len Burnett, Co-CEO & Group Publisher, Uptown Media Group & Vibe Lifestyle Network, will speak. The program will also feature hands-on demos of Verizon’s 4G LTE tablets and smartphones and solutions from other vendors. Presentations will include “Wireless Payment Solutions,” “Managing Your Brand Online,” “Apps to Help Grow your Business” and more. Dinner will be served. One attendee will win a 4G LTE MiFi Jetpack and free service for one year from Verizon. Space is limited. Register at

June 12
IP in Product Development  is 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Automation Alley Headquarters. The Automation Alley Technology Committee seminar is part of our Product Development series. The morning will begin with a keynote address by Azam Khan, deputy chief of staff at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, who is responsible for the Detroit satellite office. The session will conclude with a panel discussion and Q&A. The cost is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers in advance. For information, email or call 800-427-5100.

June 12
Inforum Emerging Leaders Meet & Greet is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Blackfinn restaurant, 530 S. Main St, Royal Oak. Network with other emerging leaders and prominent business women and men featuring Bettye Daly who moved from the west coast of Michigan. An accomplished entrepreneur and business owner of a multimillion dollar raw chemical distributor, Bettye has emerged into a career in real estate and coaching. Space is limited.The cost is $10. RSVP through Paypal by June 10 to For more information, contact Stephanie Squires at

June 13
The Community House will continue its successful monthly Bulletproof Your Success Business Lectures, presented by Camille Jayne, President and CEO. The next lecture, “People Who 'Get' People Get Results,” is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at The Community House, 380 South Bates St., Birmingham. “June 13's lecture will focus on the WHO:  People Leadership and Management Excellence. The fee per lecture is $35, add $10 for lunch. For more information and to register, visit or call 248-644-5832.

June 13
Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce presents Automative Update: What Will Gen Y Buy? is 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 13 at The Royal Park Hotel. Keynote Breakfast. Hear from experts at Deloitte Consulting and Michigan State University as they discuss recent research regarding this important audience. The cost is $25 for Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce members; $35 non-chamber members. For more information call 248-853-7862.

June 13
LinkedIn for Business, beginner  is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at Oakland County Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Introduction to Social Media Marketing and using LinkedIn for Business. A second class which is offered to those that attend the first class is: LinkedIn for Business (Intermediate). It is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. For information, email Karen Deaver-Lear, or call 248-858-0783. The cost for each session is $40 per person.

June 13
ABWA Novi Oaks - June Meeting and Program is 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Novi. The Novi Oaks Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association presents "Anti-Aging from the Inside Out: Be a New You in 2012" by Pamela R. Benitez, M.D. Networking begins at 6:15 with dinner and presentation following. Visit for registration and payment information.

June 13
Build a Board of Advisors is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois Road, Troy. Ursula Scroggs, CPA, Managing Director, DKSS CPAs This interactive session is limited to 15 small business owners. There is no charge for this session, However registration is required.

June 14
Fundamentals of Starting a Business  is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Oakland County Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Topics of discussion include business feasibility, licensing and permits, business formation, and more. The cost is $30 per person. Call 248-858-0783 or visit

June 15
Using Your Search Engine Beyond Just Search is noon to 1 p.m. Friday, June 15 at the Troy Chamber office, 4555 Investment Dr., Troy. Part of the Choose Troy Friday Forum Series, this event features Sam Abu-Hamdan, president and CEO of Alcove9. Prior to founding Alcove9, Sam ran the Aerospace and Defense business unit at Tata Technologies in North America.

June 16
Renowned keynote speaker and life coach, Tiffany Peterson will present a seminar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the Royal Park Hotel, Rochester. Peterson is a seasoned success trainer, speaker and coach. Tickets are $197 and include lunch. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Turning Point Ministries. Reservations are required. Visit or call 810-523-9853.

June 18
Tee Off FORE Troy Golf Outing begins at 11 a.m. Monday, June 18 at Red Run Golf Club, 2036 Rochester Road, Royal Oak. In partnership with the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, the event features a shotgun start and lunch is at 12:30 p.m. Call 248-641-8151 or e-mail

June 18
DreamWorks Capital Management LLC presents its quarterly financial seminar “401k/403b Rollovers,” at 7 p.m. Monday, June 18 at The Community House, 380 South Bates St., Birmingham. In this seminar Paul Fenner, President of DWCM discusses what options you have when it comes to one of your most precious assets, your 401k/403b retirement account. DreamWorks Capital Management LLC is a Michigan corporation offering Investment Advisory Services and is a Registered Investment Advisor. There is no cost to attend, RSVP requested. To register, call 248-644-5832, or visit

June 19
Business Performance Improvement 2.0 Series meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward, LL Conference Room Birmingham. This segment includes “Cost management, effective negotiation,” presented by Wesley Thompson of Expense Reduction Analysts and “Building win-win relationships with customers, contractors and suppliers” presented by John T. Carter, Esq. of Witzke Berry Carter & Wander,  PLLC. Coffee and snacks provided. Register at                               
For information, email or call 248-642-3287.

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