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.

Monday, August 31, 2015

SCORE to host workshop series in Lathrup Village

SCORE Business Plan Series workshops are 8:45 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays, Sept. 9, Sept. 16 and Sept. 23 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village. The series provide the basics for preparing and writing a business start-up plan. The cost of the three workshops is $100. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration Visit

Friday, August 28, 2015

Free marketing workshop is Sept. 10 in Southfield

TiE Detroit, global non-profit organization for entrepreneurs, will host “What Drives Customers’ Choices” workshop, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road in Southfield. TiE Detroit will welcome Joe Urbany, Ph.D., professor of marketing at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and Entrepreneur Gary Gigot to the workshop. co-founders of Vennli, Inc. The workshop is free but registration is required. Register at For more information, contact Sarah Myrand at 248-254-4043 or

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Oakland County offers free business advice on Thursdays

Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township.It is a small business counseling initiative for individuals who want to launch a business. They will receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary, first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes. There is no fee., 248-858-0783.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

UHY hosting internet sales tax forum in Farmington Hills

Public accounting firm, UHY LLP, will host a complimentary breakfast forum on the future of internet sales tax and Michigan’s new legislation which takes effect Oct. 1. The event is 7:30–9:30 a.m. Aug. 25 at UHY’s Farmington Hills training facility, 27725 Stansbury St #200. CPE credit will be offered. RSVP to Jessica Dalessandro via email or call 586-843-2507.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Oakland County hosting small business workshops, Aug.18-19

• Create Your Marketing Plan is 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 18 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register, 248-858-0783, $40 per person.
• 5 Steps to LinkedIn Mastery is 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register, 248-858-0783, $40 per person.
• Business Start-up Marketing is 8:45 a.m.-noon, Aug. 19 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen, Lathrup Village. Hosted by Detroit SCORE, $25 per person, 313-226-7947,

Monday, August 10, 2015

Oakland County tech248 to meet at Google in Birmingham

Oakland County tech248 MeetUp is Aug. 13 at Google, Inc. in Birmingham. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson formed tech248 in 2014 to promote Oakland County as a global technology hub and increase tech-based business, skilled tech labor and collaboration in the county. For more information, visit or contact Chris Olzem at or 248-858-1354.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

SCORE hosting networking and marketing workshop in Pontiac

SCORE Detroit is hosting "Marketing Your Business for Growth and Profitability," 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Downtown 51 Grill, 51 N. Saginaw, Pontiac, 248-858-2021, The workshop is free and includes hors d'oeuvres and time for networking. SCORE is a nonprofit, with a network of mentors who volunteer to help entrepreneurs and new business owners.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Troy and area chambers to host after-hours mixer

The Troy Chamber of Commerce is hosting an after-hours mixer in partnership with Rochester Regional and Auburn Hills Chambers of Commerce, 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University, Rochester, 248-641-0031, The cost is $25 per person.