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, October 31, 2015

SCORE to host business workshops in Lathrup Village

SCORE Detroit is hosting business improvement workshops in November at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road in Lathrup Village.
  • "Create Your Business Website" is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov 5. The cost is $45 per person.
  • Business Plan Series is 8:45 a.m.-noon, Mondays, Nov 9, Nov. 18, Nov. 23. The series provide the basics for preparing and writing a business start-up plan, three workshops, $100.
  • "Get Visitors to Your Website and Turn Them into Customers" is 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 12. The cost is $45 per person.
  • "Marketing Campaigns-Offers and Promotions" is 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 19. The cost is $45 per person.
Register at or call 313-226-7947.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

CEED Lending to host financial management forum in Pontiac

"Grow your Business through Financial Management” is 8:30 a.m.-noon, Oct. 28 at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. The forum is presented by Oakland County CRA Association members and guest speakers and hosted by Center of Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) Lending. The forum features a presentation about The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.The event is free to attend and features continental breakfast. For more information please call 734-677-1400.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Business Success Conference to feature L. Brooks Patterson, Sue Novak and more

Business Success Conference is 7:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 23 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The half day event will feature exhibitor, continental breakfast and speakers including L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive; Sue Novak, managing partner Plant Moran; Caroline Grech-Clapper, executive partner Secrest Wardle and James Goebel, founding partner Menlo innovations. Register at 248-666-8600 or, $40 adv.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Seminar to focus on Affordable Care Act compliance

J.S. Clark Agency’s free “Critical ACA Updates for Compliance Success” seminar is 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the San Marino Club in Troy, J.S. Clark Agency President Joel Clark and Corporate Compliance Officer Jennifer Young will offer insights on Affordable Care Act compliance. Registration begins at noon, lunch will be served until the program starts. Admission is free, RSVP to Jane Berger at 248-663-1193 or For more information, visit

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Business leader panelists discuss how they adapt to changing market conditions

“Master Class Evening” featuring top business leaders is 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at The Community House, 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham. Panelists include: Heath Carr, COO, Shinola; Alan Whitman, CEO-Elect, Baker Tilly; Ric DeVore, Regional President, PNC; Linda Orlans, Founder & Executive Chair, Orlans Group; Dr. Tom Rifai, Medical Director, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland; and Patricia Mooradian, President, The Henry Ford. Dr. Michael Mazzeo, Dean of the Business School at Oakland University will serve as moderator for the panel. The event features wine & hors d’oeuvres, networking, Q & A. Tickets are $20 and include one drink ticket. Register at or call 248-644-5832.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Leadership Oakland celebrates Michigan products

Leadership Oakland “Oktoberfest-A Celebration of Local Abundance” is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 7 at Lafayette Market, 154 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac. It features Michigan wines and craft beer along with snacks representing businesses in Michigan and specifically Oakland County. For more information, visit or call 248-952-6880.