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, October 23, 2013

Oakland County business events slated Oct. 24

There is a host of business events, workshops and grand openings in the Oakland County area. If you have an event to list, email it to

Oct. 24
BIRMINGHAM — The Community House is hosting its second annual business symposium, “Maximizing Your Success Potential,” is 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24 at The Community House, 380 South Bates St., Birmingham. Keith Pretty, President and CEO of Northwood University will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. As a nonprofit, The Community House goal is to raise $33,000 from the Symposium to help fund programs for at risk youth in Oakland and Wayne counties. Every attendee will go to three moderated seminars with four expert panelists giving key tips and tools of how to “maximizing their success potential” in the following topic areas. Tickets are $60. Register at, or call 248-644-5832.
Oct. 24
NOVI — Critical Signal Technologies will host a grand opening gala with ribbon cutting and tours of the new facility at 3:15 p.m., Thursday Oct. 24 at their new headquarters at 27475 Meadowbrook Road in Novi. The new headquarters will accommodate the company’s growth over the past six years. Critical Signal provides emergency response products, care transitions and readmission management programs for patients.
Oct. 24
TROY — Dale Carnegie Training Center is offering an orientation course for the Dale Carnegie training program, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday Oct. 24 at Embassy Suites, 850 Tower Drive, Troy. The course outlines the five objectives of the Dale Carnegie program: increased self confidence, people skills, communication skills, leadership skills and reducing stress and worry. For more information, call 248-380-7000 or visit
Oct. 24
ROYAL OAK — Brand experts from Trent Design will discuss the distinction between brand development and branding at the Association for Women in Communications (AWC), Detroit Chapter meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Socrates Tea Shop in Detroit. Marilyn Trent, Principal, and Vivian Carmody, Brand Strategist will illustrate the successful outcomes and effectiveness of work that is built on a strategic identity vs. work that is built only as visual identity. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with networking over light supper and refreshments, followed by program at 7 p.m. The cost is $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers and $15 for students. Socrates Tea Shop is located at 71 Garfield, Suite 50, Detroit. Registered participants will receive directions to private parking. For more information, or to register, visit or call 866-385-1784.
Oct. 24
WALLED LAKE — Continuity Programs is hosting its 40th anniversary celebration and open house, 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at its new headquarters at 8451 Boulder Court, Walled Lake. The event features a tour of the new facility and new technology being developed. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served.
Kirk King, president of Continuity Programs, said he is hosting a marketing mailer giveaway on the company’s facebook page. Visit or call 800-521-0026 or visit for more information.
Oct. 24 — Tawny Thieu-Walker- owner of multiple Pink Pump, P2, P2 Exchange women's fashion boutiques, and PBS “Start-Up” series are hosting an all women entrepreneurial event and mixer and premiere 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at Pink Pump, 309 S. Main, Royal Oak.
The event is a women's entrepreneurial enrichment event, a RSVP preview screening of Thieu-Walker's Start-Up segment will be shown, followed by a Q & A with Thieu-Walker and Jenny Feterovich, the producer.
Start-Up, is a new PBS television docuseries highlighting the struggles and victories of entrepreneurs in eight cities across the United States, debuted this fall. It airs at 7:30 p.m. Mondays on WTVS in Detroit. Sponsored by American Express, General Motors and Walsh College, Start-Up provides an up close and personal look into today’s small business success stories. View trailer at To RSVP, email Drinks and appetizers will be served.

For future Oakland County business events, go to Business Calendar which is listed in the right column of this blog.

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