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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Upcoming June business events

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June 21
Bank executive John Bultema to address Young Professionals
Skyline Club Committees Emerging Leaders Club and Women’s Committee are presenting Amped-Up, Networking for Professionals, sponsored by South East Michigan Entrepreuners Association, Dale Carnegie, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield. The guest speaker will be John Bultema, Executive Vice President and Head of Fifth Third Bank’s Business Banking group. The event features a 15 minute speed networking activity. The cost is $20 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. For reservations, call the Skyline Club at 248-350-9898.

June 21
Midwest Job Expo at Affirmations in Ferndale
Affirmations, metro Detroit’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people and their allies (LGBT), is hosting Michigan’s first ever LGBT Midwest Job Expo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21. The event will take place at the Ferndale community center, 290 W Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Participating companies include: Metlife, Merrill Lynch, General Motors, Chrysler, Comerica Bank, Deloitte and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. For more information, call 248-398-7105 or visit

June 21
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. Register at or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $40 per person. No refunds.

June 26- 29
The National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo is Tuesday through Friday, June 26 to 29, while the VA for Vets Hiring Fair and Open House is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, June 26 to 28 at Detroit’s Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd # 401, Detroit. For more information, visit or or call 517-481-8141.

June 27
Detroit Economic Club member reception is 4:30 to 7 p.m. June 27 at Rattlesnake - Detroit. For informaiton, email or call 313-963-8547. The event features cocktails, strolling dinner and live music before and after a brief program at 5:30. Complimentary valet parking available. The cost is $45 for members; $100 for guests of members and $100 for non-members.

June 27
IT Social 5:01 Announces Premiere  Summer Networking Event
IT Social 5:01, a networking group comprised of Information Technology and Business executives from the high tech corridors of metropolitan Detroit, announces its premier summer social networking event is 5:01 to 8 p.m. Wednesday June 27 at Chen Chow Brasserie at 260 N. Old Woodward in Birmingham.
IT Social 5:01 events are targeted toward IT professionals but are open to anyone interested in social networking.
Sponsored by Alcove9, the event will offer participants the opportunity to enjoy complimentary appetizers, delicious cuisine, and discounted beverages. There will also be a raffle of Detroit Tiger tickets.

June 27
Future automotive trends will be discussed by a panel of experts at the Annual Automotive Roundtable Luncheon hosted by the Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit Wednesday, June 27 at the Management Education Center located at 811 West Square Lake Road in Troy. It begins with registration and networking at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the panel discussion at 12:45 p.m. The panel, comprising key automotive industry professionals, will discuss automotive trends expected into the next decade. Moderated by Chris Theodore, president, Theodore & Associates, the panel will include Bob Lee, vice president, engine and electrified propulsion engineering, Chrysler Group LLC; and Jeff Klei, president, NAFTA, Continental Automotive. The cost for the event is $45 for MSED members and $60 for non-members. For more information, visit or call Meeting Coordinators at 248-643-6590.

June 28
QuickBooks Essentials Session One is 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Session Two is 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $40 per session or both sessions for $75. Laptop highly recommended.

June 28
The Association for Women in Communications Detroit Chapter is hosting its annual Matrix Awards dinner at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at Mario’s, 4222 Second Ave., in Detroit. It features a reception and silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6:45, followed by the awards ceremony and keynote address by Karen Dumas, communications professional and former chief of Communications and External Affairs for Mayor Dave Bing and the City of Detroit.
Honors will be given to the following individuals and organizations:
The Headliner award: AWC Detroit member Marilyn Barnett, a pioneer in consumer advertising on a national level, will be honored for her career in the communications field. She is the president of MARS Advertising in Southfield.
Diamond Award: Zonta International – District 15, will be recognized for improving conditions for women in the workplace.
Vanguard Award: Danielle Cantin, marketing director of American House.
Tickets are $45 for AWC-Detroit members, $55 for non-members and $40 for students, which includes valet parking. For more information, or to reserve tickets, visit or call 866-685-1784.

June 28
Professionals Career Fair in Livonia and announced a new synergy to connect companies with professionals. The 2012 Professionals Career Fair is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at Livonia/Detroit Holiday Inn. Candidates who wish to participate are invited to submit their resumes at by June 28. Participating employers can select candidates from the proprietary online database and hold interviews at the fair. Companies may register until June 27. For further information, email

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