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, April 29, 2016

Smartphone workshop for business is May 5 in Waterford

“Use Your Smartphone to Improve Your Business” workshop is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 5 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, $40,, 248-858-0783.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

'The Elephant in the Boardroom’ author to speak in Troy

Vistage Michigan will host Edgar Papke, author of “The Elephant in the Boardroom: How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success.” Papke is a speaker, author and executive coach known for his innovative approaches to leadership and business. The event, which is open to CEOs, presidents and key executives, is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. Cinco de Mayo-themed hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served, starting at 4:30 p.m. The keynote address begins at 5 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Vistage Michigan is a Chief Executive organization. Registration is required, with Anna Morton at 586-443-5880 (ext. 205) or visit

Monday, April 25, 2016

'Spring Your Business into Shape' set for April 28 in Clarkston

“Spring Your Business into Shape”, featuring educational speakers and workshops on topics including marketing and PR, business succession planning, is 8:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Deer Lake Athletic Club, 6167 White Lake Road, Clarkston. The event includes breakfast and lunch Visit or call 248-625-8055 to register, $50-$65.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Women in Automotive Conference is April 26-27 in Troy

5th Annual Women in Automotive Conference is April 26-27 at Detroit Marriott Troy Hotel, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. The conference is produced by national trade association, Women in Manufacturing, and in partnership with the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation and Inforum. It includes numerous keynote presentations and networking opportunities. For information and to register, visit, $199-$350.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Century 21 office to host free home buying/selling seminar in Madison Heights

Home Buying & Selling Seminar with information on how the new real estate laws affect the buying and selling process is slated to begin at noon, Saturday April 23 at Century 21 Campbell, 1186 E. 12 Mile Road Madison Heights. Speakers include a mortgage expert and real estate expert and Q&A session. This seminar is free, register at 248-398-6655 x237. For information, visit

Sunday, April 17, 2016

'Spring Your Business into Shape' is April 28 in Clarkston

“Spring Your Business into Shape”, featuring educational speakers and workshops on topics including marketing, PR and business succession planning, is 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Deer Lake Athletic Club, 6167 White Lake Road, Clarkston. The event will be hosted by Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce and includes breakfast and lunch,, 248-625-8055, $50-$65.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Troy chamber event to feature cooking demonstration by Hell's Kitchen contestant

The Troy Chamber Women's Business Forum  will present "Bite into Business" featuring a live cooking demonstration by Hell’s Kitchen contestant, Jared Bobkin. He is executive chef at Local Kitchen & Bar of Ferndale.
The event is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at Regents Park, 2751 Melcombe Circle, Troy,
Bobkin will be preparing Salmon Asparagus Risotto, with ingredients provided by Fresh Thyme Market. Advanced registration is $14 for Troy Chamber of Commerce members and $24 for nonmembers. To register, call 248-641-8151,  email or visit

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Todd Romer to present 'Young Money Live!' seminar in Detroit

National author, Todd Romer will present his Young Money Live! seminar, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12 at Wayne State University in the Student Center’s Hillberry Room AB, 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit. Funded by Michigan Credit Union Foundation and Extra Credit Union. Free admission. The first 50 attendees receive a free copy of his book, “Young Money Planner: Track Your 5 Step Plan to Financial Success. For more information, visit