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.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Clarkston Body, Mind, Green Expo to focus on healthy living

Body, Mind, Green Expo — showcasing health, wellness and environmentally-friendly products and services — is March 3. The Clarkston Chamber of Commerce and Clarkston Community Schools are hosting the event, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 3 at the Clarkston High School cafeteria, 6093 Flemings Lake Road, Clarkston. For more information, visit Admission is free.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Entrepreneur-YOU conference is Feb. 26 in Troy

The Southeast Michigan Entrepreneur-YOU (E-YOU) conference is 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois Road, Troy. It will feature workshops taught by local professionals in various industries to help build business success. WXYZ-TV’s JoAnne Purtan is emcee and Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon, founder of AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool will be the keynote speaker. Register at, $45, $25 students with ID). Presented by Michigan Women’s Foundation, Walsh College and Inforum.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Women in Business conference is Feb. 25 in Clarkston

The Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the LaFontaine Automotive Group, is hosting a Women in Business conference, 10:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at Fountains Golf &  Banquet in Clarkston. Charmaine Hammond, radio host and author is the keynote speaker. The conference also features a self defense seminar and on-site boutique shopping. Register at 248-625-8055 or

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Automation Alley’s Technology Outlook is Feb. 22 at the DIA

Automation Alley’s Technology Industry Outlook, networking breakfast is 8-11 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. Demonstrations will include collaborative robotics, 3D printing and scanning, CAD, PLM, MSV and reverse engineering applications, $25-$45, register

Friday, February 12, 2016

Clarkston Chamber to host social media for small business series

Intro to Digital Marketing and Social Media for Small Businesses series is 9-10:30 a.m. Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 8 and March 15 at Clarkston Chamber of Commerce office, 5856 S. Main St., Clarkston, 248-625-8055,, free to chamber members, $20 per class for nonmembers.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Publisher to present social media strategy seminar

The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free entrepreneurship seminar, Friday, Feb. 12 presented by Jeannie Parent, publisher of the Michigan Regional Newspaper group for Digital First Media, including The Oakland Press.
“How to Develop a Winning Social Media Strategy” is 9-11 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Rochester Fire Department, Rochester. It is the first of the chamber’s Entrepreneurship Seminar Series. Future seminars include “Building a Powerful Brand” presented by George Piliouras, CEO of George Piliouras & Associates and “A Platform for Hiring Success” presented by Carrie Schochet and Amy Whipple of Purple Squirrel Advisors.
Register at or call 248-651-6700.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Troy Chamber to host Economic Development Forum

February Economic Development Forum is 8-9:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at Rehmann, 1500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy.  Jonathan Silberman, Professor of Economics at Oakland University is guest speaker with the state-of-the art information of the Southeastern Economic Data Center. Admission is $10 for nonmembers, adv. Register at 248-641-8151,

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lifeline Business Consulting to host entrepreneur course in Pontiac

To help local entrepreneurs get started, Bishop William Murphy Jr., the pastor of New Mt. Moriah International Church in Pontiac and Nicole Farmer, CEO of LifeLine Business Consulting are hosting an accelerated entrepreneurship course. The six-week course will be held 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 2-March 8 at the New Mt. Moriah International Church.
LifeLine Business Consulting is in partnership with the Detroit Microloan Collaborative. For more information, call 248-332-3070 or visit