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.

Business Calendar

• From Expungement to Entrepreneurship: The Pipeline to Possibilities clinic is 2-6 p.m. April 6 at the Southfield Public Library Auditorium, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. The expungement clinic will provide low-income individuals information on the laws and processes to apply for the removal of criminal charges from legal records. There is an entrepreneur legal workshop open to anyone interested in starting a small business. For information, call Southfield Human Services at 248-796-4542, free.
• The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), First Friday Ladies Who Lunch monthly networking meeting is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 6, at the Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Ste. 2800, Southfield. Registration required by noon, April 5, $20 each.
• Innovation by Design- Rapid Prototyping to Accelerate Learning is 8-9:30 a.m. April 6 at Lawrence Technological University 21000 W 10 Mile Road, LTU Buell Building M336, Southfield. Explore new ways to address complex challenges in an organization, event is free and includes continental breakfast, hosted in partnership with the DesignThinkers Group, www.ltucollaboratory.com/events/innovation-by-design-2.
• Kauffman Foundation’s free, nationally-renowned 1 Million Cups (1MC) program for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs is held monthly (second Wednesdays) in Waterford Township. The next meeting is 9-10:30 a.m. April 11 at Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road Bldg 41W, Waterford Township. Two early-stage startups have the opportunity to do a six-minute presentation on their companies to potential advisors, investors and fellow entrepreneurs, www.1millioncups.com/oaklandcounty.

• Market Research Basics workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. April 11 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783, no charge.
• CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. April 11 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783, no charge.
• Starting a Business workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. April 12 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783, no charge.
• Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Awards Dinner is April 13 at Shenandoah Country Club, 5600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, register at chaldeanchamber.com or 248-851-1200, $175 each.
• Administrative Professionals’ Day Luncheon & Fashion Show is noon- 2 p.m. April 25 at Volare Ristoranti, 48992 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, $25 each. Register by April 20 at http://lakesareachamber.com/ or call 248-624-2826.
• Oakland County Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon 2018 is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 26 at Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, hosted by Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, seating is limited, register at www.oakgov.com, $50 each.
• The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Detroit presents “How Workplace Branding Creates Company Culture”, 8:30-10:30 a.m. April 26 at ISCG, 612 N. Main St., Royal Oak. Featured panelists include: Katie McGerty, marketing manager at ISCG; Karen Dybis, writer, blogger and author and Kristin Palm, managing director of communications at TechTown.
• Tech248 MeetUp is 3-5 p.m. April 26 at MRA Mobile Experiential, 950 E. Whitcomb Ave. Madison Heights. The topic is “Classroom to Commercial” featuring Greg Doyle, Tech248; Brad Frederick, founder, Media Genesis; Tony Amato, CEO, MRA Mobile Experiential; Guss Issa, CEO of GHI Electronics, LLC and Ross Sheleh, director of Business Development, GHI Electronics.
• The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, (MHCC) 14th Annual Economic Forum Breakfast is 7:30-10 a.m. April 27 at the Detroit Athletic Club. Featured panelists are Bret Hardy, director, head of MOPAR Purchasing & Supplier Quality, FCA; Terry Nadeau, Vice President Global Procurement, Johnson Controls and Tony Tomczak, Chief Procurement Officer, DTE Energy. Register at mhcc.chambermaster.com.
• The Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC), will host its black-tie fundraising gala, 6-10 p.m. April 28 at MGM Grand Detroit. The event will feature a keynote address from Kim Ng, senior vice president of Baseball Operations and International Development for Major League Baseball. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.apacc.net, $200 members, $250 nonmembers.
• Walk-In Start Up Small Business Counseling for entrepreneurs is 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, and the first Thursday of the month at Novi Civic Center Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783, free 15 minute sessions, first come, first served.