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, October 31, 2016

Tech248 MeetUp presents 'Digital Marketing Trends'

The Tech248 November MeetUp is 2:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village. Tech248 MeetUps are focused on tech companies and held monthly at various places in Oakland County.
The events include a brief tech update, networking and collaboration. This month's topic is “Digital Marketing Trends”and speakers include: Drew Priebe, Corporate Recruiter, HelloWorld, Southfield and Casey Colussi, Senior Director - Development, HelloWorld.
The meetups are solicitation-free. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. For more information, contact Susan Stack at 248-858-0734 or email Register at

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

TiE Detroit Midwest Conference to focus on connected technologies

TiE Detroit Midwest Conference, “Ignite2Disrupt” is Thursday-Friday, Oct. 27-28 at The Henry, 300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn. Ignite2Disrupt – Connected World – Connected Technologies will feature a special focus on mobility, healthcare and global connectivity.
Keynote speakers include Governor Rick Snyder, Manoj Bhargava, founder and CEO, Living Essentials, Nancy Schlichting, CEO Henry Ford Health System, Jay Vijayan, founder and CEO, Stealth Startup Company and former CIO, Tesla and more. TiECon Midwest 2016 is hosted by TiE Detroit, a nonprofit for entrepreneurs,

Monday, October 17, 2016

'Destination Unstoppable' kicks off breakfast series in Troy

“Destination: Unstoppable” presented by Maureen Monte, is 7:30-9 a.m. Oct. 19 at MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. It is the first of a four-part breakfast series features speakers, networking and breakfast. Registration is required at or call Carol Dendler at 248-952-6880. The cost is $36 per session or $130 for the series.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Advantage Oakland County to host business workshops

• SCORE Loan Workshop is Oct. 5 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township,, 248-858-0783. Learn how to develop a winning loan proposal and what you need to know to position your business to be “bankable” before you meet with a lender, $25. For information, email or call 248-276-5997.

• Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9:30 a.m.-noon, Oct. 11 at the Bloomfield Township Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road Bloomfield Hills, free workshop.

• CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township.

• Starting A Business is 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center in Waterford Township, free workshop.

• Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, non holiday, for individuals who want to launch a business at the Oakland County Executive Office in Waterford Township. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes,, 248-858-0783.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sushi, Salsa, & Soul reception to promote minority business talent

Sushi, Salsa, & Soul reception, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Plum Hollow Country Club, 21631 Lahser Road, Southfield, dress business casual.

The event is hosted by Minority Talent Fueling Future Business Growth, DENSO, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, the Detroit MBDA Business Center and Oakland County Economic Development.

Speakers include Dana Paul, Sr. Recruiting DENSO HR, Jennifer Llewellyn, Manager, Workforce Development/ Director, Oakland County Michigan Works! Agency; Van Nguyen, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and Kenneth Harris, President & CEO Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce.

The event includes food, music and cash bar. Admission is $10-$20 advance. For more information,visit