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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pontiac business forum is Aug. 7-8

 Greater Pontiac Community Coalition Second Business Forum Conference Series is Aug. 7-8 at Oakland University, School of Business Administration, 242 Elliott Hall (Auditorium), Rochester. The event is for small business owners. An Open Forum and Panel with discussion on start-up business planning, marketing, capital resources and lending is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7. Break-out sessions with discussions with experts and opportunity to qualify for OU’s i2B (ideas to Business) is 9 a.m. – noon, Aug. 8. Register at

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Macomb-OU INCubator pitch application deadline nears

The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator pitch competition deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3. With support of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and local businesses and partners, the Macomb-OU INCubator will award $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to winning Michigan high-growth technology businesses with $2.5 million or less in revenue and in business for thre years or less. In-kind prizes include legal aid from Butzel Long. Finalists will be announced, Aug. 24 and the Finalist’s Live Competition is Oct. 8. Visit

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Starting a business at 50 and up

Detroit SCORE and Entrepreneurs Network Of Michigan are presenting an interactive seminar for ages 50 and up, to consider starting a business. The seminar is 6-8 p.m. July 29 at Next Center 2121 Midvale, Birmingham. It offers resources from the SCORE and the Small Business Association's Encore Entrepreneurs. A growing number of entrepreneurs ages 50 and up, are using interests, hobbies or skills to start a small business.To sign up for free, contact Ike Engelbaum, founder of Entrepreneurs Network Of Michigan at 313-929-6105.

Monday, July 20, 2015

SCORE Detroit hosting 'Social Media for Small Business Owners'

SCORE Detroit is presenting “Social Media for Small Business Owners,” 8:45 a.m.-noon, July 25 at 28200 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills,, 313-226-7947.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

TiE Detroit hosting interactive workshop in Southfield

TiE Detroit, the Detroit chapter of the global non-profit organization for entrepreneurs, will host “Interactive Growth Strategy Workshop with Raj Vattikuti” 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 23 at Engineering Society of Detroit, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, Southfield. The event will begin with networking, appetizers and introductions. A fireside chat with Vattikuti, a philanthropist, entrepreneur and founding charter member of TiE Detroit, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Ford Credit’s Global Project Manager Anu Gopalakrishnan, Vattikuti will discuss how to move a company’s top line forward and redefine and expand the addressable market. Attendees are encouraged to submit their past, current and future business challenges and questions for Raj ahead of time online

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Michigan women entrepreneurs invited to 'pitch competition'

The Michigan Women’s Foundation is hosting the annual Entrepreneur YOU pitch competition for women. The organization will select 20 finalists to participate in coaching and compete for prizes of cash and in-kind services. This year, finalists will participate in Dolphin Tank, a milder version of the television show Shark Tank.
Female entrepreneur applicants must enter a two-page concept paper by 5 p.m. July 13 at A $10 processing fee is required. The Entrepreneur You Business Plan and Pitch Competition applicants can select either the Grand Rapids or SE Michigan competition.
Finalists will be announced in August and will present at the Entrepreneur YOU Pitch Competition in either Southeast Michigan on Oct. 9 or in West Michigan on Oct. 16.
For more information, visit