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, September 26, 2015

Troy symposium to showcase progressive talent management practices

The American Society of Employers is presenting its first annual Talent Symposium, showcasing progressive talent management practices. The event is 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. Richard Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations of Ann Arbor will speak on, “Engaging Your People and Growing Your Business,” There will be break-out sessions and a panel discussion, "Creatively Solving the Skill Shortage" with Damien Rocchi, CEO & Co-Founder, Grand Circus Detroit; Barbara Palmer, Vice President Employee Relations, Services, Beaumont Health and Ken Mall, Managing Director-EDSI Consulting, EDSI. Admission is $219. For more information, call Dan Van Slambrook at 248-223-8008 or Ed Holinski at 248-223-8017 or visit

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Florine Mark and Denise Ilitch to discuss women's business issues at forum

The Northwood University 2015 Distinguished Women Forum is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 25 at Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Drive in Rochester. Honorees of Northwood University will discuss issues of women business owners. Linda Solomon is the moderator and the panelists include Florine Mark, President & CEO of Weight Watchers International Inc. and Denise Ilitch, President & CEO Ilitch Holdings, Inc. The event includes a complimentary lunch. RSVP required at or contact Ashleigh Summers at 989-837-4465 or email

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Battery Show in Novi to feature latest technology advances

The Battery Show, Critical Power Expo and Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, is Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 15-17 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi. The Battery Show is a showcase of the latest advanced battery technology. It includes the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo and Critical Power Expo. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 15-16 and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17,

Friday, September 11, 2015

Business Aviation Expo to be held at Oakland County Airport

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is inviting corporate executives to attend Michigan’s first Business Aviation Expo 11 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Oakland County International Airport, 6500 Highland Road, Waterford Township. Admission is $49 per person. To register, visit Admission tickets may be purchased at the event.