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, September 30, 2014

'Marketing to the Generations' conference to show how to use data

Waterford, Clarkston, Pontiac, Auburn Hills and Orion area chambers of commerce are hosting the annual Business Success Conference, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday Oct. 30 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. This year’s theme, “Marketing to the Generations” will begin with a presentation by Oakland County’s Economic Development Department of demographic and market planning analytics for the five area chamber hosts. Two panel discussions will follow on how to effectively utilize this information to market a business. The cost is $40 for chamber members and $55 for nonmembers.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Job fairs in Oakland County set for Tuesday

Oakland County Job Expo to feature 45 employers, 500 jobs

Oakland County Job Expo is 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Radisson Hotel, 39475 Woodward Ave. Bloomfield Hills. Job Fair Giant is hosting the expo with 45 local companies seeking to fill more than 500 positions. The event includes scheduled workshops on resume writing, job search techniques and more.
Job seekers may submit resumes early at Employers and applicants may call 734-956-4550 or visit www.JobFairGiant for more information

Great Lakes Crossing to host job fair with 70 stores

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is hosting a job fair 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Auburn Hills mall, 4000 Baldwin Road. Candidates will be able to meet with prospective employers from more than 70 stores and restaurants, with on-the-spot interviews in the shopping center’s food court. 

“We are entering into our busiest shopping season and are so excited to offer this opportunity to our stores and restaurants as well as the local communities,” said Melissa Morang, Marketing and Sponsorship Director for Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is looking to fill part-time, full-time and seasonal positions.
Available positions include sales, management, culinary specialists, stocking and inventory associates.
Participating merchants include:
Aerie Outlet, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Art Van Furniture & Clearance Center, Bed, Bath & Beyond, B2 by Bachrach, Calvin Klein, Charlotte Russe, Charming Charlie, Chico’s Outlet, Claire’s, Coach Factory, Cole Haan Outlet Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Express Factory, Famous Footwear Outlet, Finish Line, Forever 21, Gap Outlet, G by Guess, Guess Factory, Helzberg Diamonds Outlet, J. Crew, Jos. A. Bank, Johnston & Murphy, Factory Store, Kasper Outlet, Kay Jewelers, Kenneth Cole Outlet, Lacoste Outlet, Levis Outlet, The Limited Outlet, LOFT Outlet, Lord & Taylor Outlet, Love Culture, Lucky Brand Jeans Outlet, Marshalls, Michael Kors Outlet, Movado Company Store, Nike Factory Store, Olga’s Market Fresh Grille, Osh Kosh B’gosh, Panda Express, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH, Sanders, Skechers Outlet, Sports Authority, Starbucks, Stride Rite Outlet, Swarovski, Sweet Loraines Fabulous Mac N’ Cheez!, Taco Bell, Teavana, Things Remembered Outlet, TJ Maxx, Tommy Hilfiger, Torrid, True Religion Brand Jeans Outlet, Van Husen Outlet and Victoria’s Secret Outlet.
For more information, visit

Friday, September 19, 2014

Workshop advises how to approach lenders for a small business loan

Learn how to prepare for approaching lenders for a small business loan. SBA and banking representatives will make presentations and answer questions, 8:45 a.m. to noon Tuesday Sept. 30 at Oakland County Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $20. Register for workshops at or call 313-226-7947.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rotary Club of Troy hosting Viva la Vino fundraiser

Rotary Club of Troy is hosting its third annual Viva la Vino wine tasting fundraiser, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the St. Nicholas Cultural Center, 760 West Wattles Road, Troy. Catering will be provided by Opus One. There will be a live and silent auction to support Blessings in a Backpack for Kids, Homeless Veterans, Troy Boys and Girls Club, Scholarships, Literacy Programs and Lebanon Water Project. Tickets are $75 and can be ordered online at

Sunday, September 14, 2014

6 documents needed for a solid estate plan

Submitted by Ginny Grimsley of News and Experts,
There is a surge of retirees – 10,000 baby boomers every day for the next 18 years, according to certified planner Larry Roby.
“Only 23 percent of pre-retirees have calculated how much they’ll need to save for retirement, according to New Retirement Landscape; while three-quarters say they’re confident... an equal amount of people haven’t even done the math yet!” says Roby, founder and president of Senior Financial Advisors, (, a wealth-management firm.
“Confidence in your retirement portfolio is good – if it’s justified. Otherwise, it can lull people into a false sense of security and lack of preparedness.”
Having a diverse portfolio and understanding options for life insurance, Social Security and 401(k) or other retirement accounts are staples for retirement planning. But there are also six crucial documents that are often overlooked:
•  Joint Ownership -- Enables you to own property jointly with another person and upon the death of the joint tenant, the surviving joint tenant automatically becomes the owner of the property.
•  Last Will and Testament – A legal document which expresses the wishes of a person concerning the disposition of their property after death and names the person who will manage the estate.
•  Durable Power of Attorney – Grants authority to another individual to act on behalf of the person who executes the instrument and are commonly used for legal and financial purposes.
•  Durable Health Care Power of Attorney- Grants authority to another individual to make health care decisions on your behalf should you be unable to make such decisions.
•  Advance Care Directive – A set of written instructions in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health, if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity.
•  Living Trust – Created during your lifetime.  Assets are transferred to the trust while you are alive.  Provides written instructions for the disbursement of the trust assets upon your death.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oakland Chamber Network hosting fall mixer

The Oakland Chamber Network is hosting a fall mixer for Oakland County business representatives, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 59 West, 786 W. Highland Road in Highland. The event costs $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $25 for non-chamber members. For more information, call 248-666-8600 or visit

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wine & Dine in the D fundraiser to feature top area restaurants

The 4th Annual Wine & Dine in the D is Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit to benefit Multiple Myeloma Research.
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a roundtable presentation by some of the top doctors in the field. Then, the "wining and dining" begins at 6:30 and includes specialties from some of Metro Detroit's top restaurants including 24 Grille, Joe Muer Seafood, Michael Symon's Roast, Rattlesnake Club and Vicente's Cuban Cuisine in Detroit; Forest Grill, Bistro Joe's, The Stand, Townhouse, and Bella Piatti Restaurant in Birmingham; Bigalora Wood-Fired Cucina and Eskimo Jacks Artisan Cookies & Ice Cream in Southfield; Café Cortina in Farmington Hills, Maria's Restaurant, Stage Deli and Baked Impressions in West Bloomfield; Beverly Hills Grill in Beverly Hills; Ocean Prime in Troy, Mitchell's Fish Market in Livonia, Steve & Rocky's and Big Tommy's Parthenon in Novi and Eddie Merlot's in Bloomfield Hills.
In addition, guests may sample selections from top Michigan and California wineries and craft beer from Frankenmuth Brewery and Short's Brewery.

Famed Detroit jazz artists Ursula Walker and the Buddy Budson Quintet will provide the entertainment and the event includes a silent auction. A Patron-only After-Glow Reception in the Founder's Room caps off the evening with desserts, dessert wines and cordials.

The event benefits the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation to develop treatments for multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. Tickets for Wine & Dine in the D are $175 each, or $275 for a Patron ticket, which allows the purchaser to attend the After-Glow Reception as well. Visit or call 248-625-0070.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Suppliers needed for Pure Michigan Business Connect's reuse opportunity

LANSING-Pure Michigan Business Connect is partnering with General Motors, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, CXCatalysts, and the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development to launch the Reuse Opportunity Collaboratory (ROC) initiative on Sept. 30. The event will bring together Michigan industries, institutions, small and medium sized businesses, and entrepreneurs to develop zero-waste partnerships in which one organization's waste becomes another's raw material.
"ROC Detroit is a groundbreaking effort to support sustainable manufacturing while growing Michigan's economy and creating jobs," said Michigan Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Michael A. Finney.
The ROC-Detroit launch matchmaking summit, taking place at the GM Renaissance Center, will give participating businesses the opportunity to be matched to ROC partner companies centered on procurement or partnership prospects for byproduct materials reuse. The partner companies include Aevitas Specialty Services Corporation, Alpha Resins, DOW Materials, General Motors, Marathon Petroleum, and Walker-Miller Energy. Participating suppliers may include any manufacturing-based company or waste management company interested in zero-waste production, including energy companies, manufacturers, and waste reduction and recycling businesses.
The byproduct materials needs and application information can be viewed at
"General Motors is enthusiastic about this partnership because we believe that waste is simply a resource out of place," said John Bradburn, GM global manager of waste reduction. "This event will create by-product synergies by repurposing one company's trash into another's primary resource."
Michigan companies interested in attending must complete the online application and identify their qualifications based on the needs listed. After each application is reviewed, invitations will be sent to companies whose intended purposes best match the available resources. Each invited company will have a private meeting to discuss potential opportunities with one of the procurement teams present at the summit.
The priority application deadline is Sept. 16. All applicants will be notified by Sept. 23 regarding participation eligibility. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if there are needs that have not been filled by the initial applicants.
Pure Michigan Business Connect is a public-private alliance of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, state agencies and major Michigan companies and organizations that connects in-state companies to business resources.

Monday, September 1, 2014

SCORE Detroit to host series for business start-ups

SCORE Detroit Business Plan Series is 8:45 to noon Monday, Sept. 8, 15 and 22. It includes 201 - Research and Sales Planning, Sept. 8; 202 - Start-up Costs and Financial Statements, Sept. 15 and  203 - Writing Your Business Plan for Funding, Sept. 22. All three workshops will be held at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village. Register at or call 313-226-7947. The cost is $100 per person.