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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Small Business Saturday promotion to span a week

Oakland County’s Small Business Saturday to Saturday promotion is Nov. 25 through Dec. 2. In previous years, it has been held one day only, the Saturday following Thanksgiving.
This year, shoppers can enter to win $5,000, by making a purchase at any independent retailer or service provider in Oakland County. Second place is $2,000, courtesy of Bank of Ann Arbor. Third prize is a $500 voucher toward air travel on Southwest Airlines, courtesy of Flint Bishop International Airport. 
To enter the drawing, shoppers must text Shop2017 to 41411 to receive a text message with a link to a shopper registration page where they upload their contact information and a photo of their store receipt. All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
For more information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/ShopSmall.
Also, CEED Lending is offering a $1,000 American Express gift card to a randomly selected business and an additional $500 to the business employee who waits on the winning customer. Businesses must register to be entered in the drawing at www.AdvantageOakland.com/ShopSmall.
(first published Nov. 16, updated Nov. 19)

Monday, November 6, 2017

'Social Media for Business Growth' workshop is Nov. 15 in Waterford

Social Media for Business Growth is 9-11:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, $40 each. An overview for using LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to grow any business.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Business Leaders for Michigan Summit set for Nov. 9

 Business Leaders for Michigan Summit brings together business, community, government and nonprofit leaders to discuss and share strategies for addressing challenges and opportunities, is Nov. 9, at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, $150, www.BusinessLeadersforMichigan.com/events.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Economic Development Forum set for Nov. 8 in Troy

Economic Development Forum is 8-9:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at Rehmann, 1500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, www.troychamber.com/events/november-2017-economic-development-forum, 248-641-1606, $10 for nonmembers, free to members.