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, July 23, 2012

Business events this week

Business events in the Oakland County area. If you have an event, please add to The Oakland Press online calendar submission. It's free and we publish as space permits. Visit

July 25
Automation Alley is hosting a workshop about the four management systems, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. The four management systems:
1) Accounting – find out why this is not the only system you need.
2) Operations – show you how to measure, manage and improve.
3) Revenue - planning future sales doesn’t have to be a guessing game
4) Cash Flow - how to plan your cash flow 3 months out.
The cost is free and includes a continental breakfast, but space is limited to 20 and registration is required at For information, email Brian Bach at or call 248-563-7996.

July 25
Business Briefing: Health Care Reform Update is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 25 at Walsh College 3838 Livernois Road, Troy.
To prepare for the new Summary of Benefits and Coverage requirements. The presenter is Tina Marie Wohlfield, Benefit Review Services Inc. The Supreme Court decision has been announced and the provisions of the Affordable Care Act requirements will continue to move forward. Employers must now begin shifting focus to compliance. The Walsh Institute Leadership Center and sponsor Benefit Review Services present this interactive session for local business owners, HR personnel, CFOs and others responsible for benefit plans within their organizations. This session is limited to 30 small business owners, CFOs and HR staff. Session will be repeated if filled. For information, contact Jan Hubbard at or call 248-823-1392.

July 25
Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening is 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Jack's Ship N Shop, 7400 Highland Road, Waterford Township. For information, contact the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce at 248-666-8600 or email

July 25
The Community House will facilitate an evening of “Structured Business Networking,” 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at the center, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. The evening includes appetizers and desserts. Open networking begins at 5:30 p.m. The session will introduce attendees to a minimum of 12 professionals while talking business through a business introduction process facilitated by Camille Jayne, president and CEO of The Community House. Admission is $35 per person, which includes appetizers and desserts. Cash bar. To register, contact The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham, 248-644-5832, or visit

July 26
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) announces that the 42nd Annual ICSC Michigan IDEA Exchange and Alliance Program is Thursday, July 26 at The Henry (former Ritz Carlton) in Dearborn. There will be a Keynote presentation by Dave Bolen, CEO and President of Farmington Hills based Pet Supplies "Plus," a General Session featuring Matt Cullen, CEO of Rock Ventures, LLC;  and Matt Gibb, Deputy County Executive at Oakland County, 17 interactive roundtable discussions, and two hours of deal making. To register, visit

July 26
The Bolos Academy is presenting a free seminar from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at Huntington Bank, 1040 East Maple, Birmingham. The event, “Create the Path that is Right for You” will feature motivational speaker Sadie Bolos O'Neill. Business owners, entrepreneurs or those thinking of starting a business may want to attend the seminar, which is sponsored by Huntington Bank. Seating is limited. To register, call 313-886-3676 or email

July 31
Detroit SCORE (SBA Sponsored) “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is hosting a workshop, “Could I, Should I Start My Own Business?” from 8:45 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 31 at the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, 22100 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. The cost is $10. Register at or call 313-226-7947.

July 31
The “Hired In Michigan” Career Expo sponsored by and Sion Recruitment is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 at Radisson Hotel, 39475 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills.
Participating employers will hire in the following industries: Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales, Finance, Customer Service, Management, Retail, Information Technology, Machining, Restaurant, Medical and many other great industries. Businesses interested in registering for the career expo should contact Maria Westwood, Director, at or 734-956-4550.

July 31
The Oakland County Business Center is hosting Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business, 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 31 at the Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township.k The workshop is free, but registration is required at or call 248-858-0783.

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