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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Job fair offers speed interviews

Oct. 31
SOUTHFIELD—Speed-Interview Job Fair sponsored by, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Westin Hotel-Southfield allows both the interviewee and hiring company to assess the potential match of candidate to corporation. More than 40 companies are ready to interview and hire candidates; it is mandatory candidates dress for success. 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. The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. Businesses interested in registering for career expo should contact Lucy Wade at or 734-956-4550. For more information, visit

Nov. 1
WATERFORD TWP.—Demystifying the Cloud is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Waterford Township Library, 5168 Civic Center Dr, Waterford. The conference is to be presented by Dan Izydorek, PC Miracles, Inc. Registration is $10 chamber early bird rate and $25 per person for non-members and at the door. Register online at or call 248-666-8600.

Nov. 1
BLOOMFIELD HILLS—Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Sean H. Cook will be a featured speaker during the Walsh Institute Leadership Center’s Business Transitions Annual Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 at Walsh College’s Troy campus. Butzel Long is a sponsor of the Leadership Center. Cook’s presentation is titled, “Skeletons in the Closet or Hidden Treasure Trove?” This session will discuss the importance of discovering the true facts about one’s company before the official due diligence process begins. The Conference will focus on business transitions from all angles – preparation, process and preferred results. To register, visit

Nov. 1
TROY—Walsh Leadership Center Transitions Conference is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the College’s Troy campus, 3838 Livernois Road. The conference will look at business transitions and include insights by a panel of business owners from Core3 Solutions, HMS Products Inc., Harvey Hohauser and Associates and Painter’s Supply Company. The companies have seen transitions in recent years; some well-planned, others not. Tickets for the conference are $15 for students, $45 for Walsh alumni and partners, and $90 for all others. Ticket price includes breakfast, lunch and all materials as well as a chance to win door prizes. Register at or call 248-823-1392.

Nov. 1
FARMINGTON HILLS—UHY LLP, a full service public accounting firm, will host its annual Manufacturing Outlook, 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Farmington Hills office training room as well as via webcast. The event features a panel of manufacturing professionals discussing the latest industry trends including global manufacturing, exploring the new shale oil and gas paradigm and patent protection for medical devices. Breakfast will be provided. For reservations, contact Courtney Gray at or 586-843-2533.

Nov. 1
NOVI—Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Novi Public Library, 45255 10 Mile Rd  Novi. This workshop is for those thinking of starting a business and want to research an idea and for business owners who wants to benchmark profit margins against similar size businesses and identify market trends. It is presented by Oakland County Market Research and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at or call 248-858-0783.

Nov. 1
ROYAL OAK—The Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) will host a fall networking bowling event, “Emagine the Connections,” beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Star Lanes at Emagine Royal Oak, 200 North Main Street, Royal Oak. All proceeds from the event will contribute to MSED’s scholarship program. The cost for the event is $45 for both members and non-members and includes bowling, shoe rental, food and soft drinks. A cash bar will be available. To register or obtain more information, contact Meeting Coordinators at 248-643-6590 or visit the MSED website at

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