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.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Oakland County business workshops slated for July

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend Oakland County Business Center seminars at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford Township,, 248-858-0783. These workshops are free.
  • CEED Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. July 8
  • Starting a Business is 9-11:30 a.m. July 9 and Business Research
  • Feasibility to Expansion is 9-11:30 a.m. July 14.
  • Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, non holiday, for individuals who want to launch a business. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Networking beer and wine tasting set for Pontiac's Lafayette Market

"Connecting for a Cause" is 5-7:30 p.m. June 25 at The Lafayette Market, 154 N Saginaw St. Pontiac, 248-392-2100. Young professional networking event with Michigan beer and wine tasting, information about Community Housing Network,, $10 adv. $15 at the door. (Includes 10 drink tickets (each good for one 3 oz. sample), appetizers, and live music.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 23 business leadership 'boot camp' is in Novi

The Leadership Training and Certification seminar is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 23 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Road in Novi. It is an interactive “boot camp-like” seminar conducted by Dr. Andrea Lee, Certified Life and Business Coach. She will guide participants to develop the skills to manage their businesses effectively. The program includes exploring the five practices of exemplary leadership skills and taking steps to keep staff and customers happy. Register at or call 248-880-8336, $499 per person.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Women in Mobile Tech event set for June 22

Women in Mobile/Wireless Tech: An Exploration of Opportunity with Successful Women Leaders is 6-8:30 p.m. June 22 at the Iroquois Club, 43248 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, hosted by The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan. Krischa Winright, CIO for Priority Health, will join five women leaders in the mobile/wireless tech space from a variety of industries to participate in the first ‘Women in Mobile Tech’ event, $40,

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Google analytics workshop to be hosted by Troy Chamber of Commerce

 Google Workshop: Measure Success with Website Analytics is 3-4:30 p.m. June 16 at Northwood University, 1500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, 248-641 0031, $15 per person.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Social media and image workshops planned for Auburn Hills

• Auburn Hills Getting Social: Social Media Practices is 8:30 - 10 a.m. June 9 at University Center, 3350 Auburn Road, Auburn Hills,  $15 per person.
• Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Series workshop to sharpen skills in business etiquette, civility and image is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 10 at Public Safety Building - Community Room, 1899 N. Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills, $45 each.

Register for the workshops at or call 248-853-7862.