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, April 22, 2017

Business calendar for metro Detroit

• Oakland County’s 32nd Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. April 27 at the Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, $50,
• End the State Income Tax presentation. Hear from and interact with the chairmen of both the House and Senate Tax Committees as well as the director of the National Federation of Independent Business, 6:30 p.m. April 27 at the Fork n’ Pint, 4000 Cass Elizabeth Road, Waterford Township,, free and open presentation by NORC.
• Tech248’s April MeetUp is 9-11 a.m. April 28 at Valentine Vodka, 965 Wanda, Ferndale, “Impact of Tech on Civic Problem Solving” presented by Professor D. Scott TenBrink, University of Michigan Citizen Interaction Design, Ann Arbor, Susan Stack, 248-858-0734.
• Chaldean Chamber of Commerce 14th annual awards dinner is 6 p.m. April 28 at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield Township, moderated panel, dinner, wine, hors d’oeuvres,, 248-851-1200.
• Comerica Bank is hosting a Women’s Business Symposium featuring keynote speaker and Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 28 at the Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, $60 each, $500 table of 10,
• 16th annual Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) Gala is April 29 at MGM Grand Detroit, 248-430-5855,, $200+, dinner, entertainment, door prizes, silent auction.
• Michigan Minority Procurement Conference is May 2-4 at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit,
• Tech248’s May MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. May 4 at The Media Network at Mott High School, 1151 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. The MeetUp will include “Drone Your Business,” a presentation by Josh Bowren and Diana Casetti, FAA certified remote pilots, photographer and editor, WXYZ-TV, Southfield. Register for the May MeetUp by noon, May 2 at, admission is free. For more information, contact Susan Stack, or 248-858-0734.
• “REinvest Michigan” is 8-9:30 a.m. May 10 at Altair, 1820 E Big Beaver, Troy, includes an economic update and a panel of experts to discuss the current business climate. The panel includes Paul Traub, senior business economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago –Detroit branch; Matthew Farrell, CEO and co-founder of CORE Partners and Jennifer Nelson, chief business development officer of Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Moderated by Daniel Duggan, vice president-origination, Bernard Financial Group, $25 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers, 248-641-8151,
• Starting a Business workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. May 11 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township,, register by email to or call 248-858-0783, free admission.
• Detroit Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications 2017 Matrix Awards ceremony is 5:30 p.m. May 18, at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield. Jocelyn Benson, CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality is the keynote speaker. The event includes dinner, reception and silent auction. Tickets are $60 for AWC-Detroit members, $70 for nonmembers, and $35 for students. Register at or call 313-327-2256.
• 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 Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, 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.

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