May 2014 Business Workshops

16 Apr Small Business Center

Spring is officially here…so why not spring forward your business and entrepreneurial skills?

The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center’s May workshops are now open for registration, and are the perfect way for business owners & entrepreneurs to defrost from the long winter and re-energize their business endeavors. Continue reading to see what’s being offered in the month of May!

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National Main Street Conference Coming to Michigan

9 Apr National Main Street Conference

This year, the National Main Street Conference is coming to Michigan! For the very first time, the national conference will take place in Detroit, and Oakland County is a participating sponsor and partner.

The conference, sponsored by the National Main Street Center and hosted by Michigan’s Main Street Center and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), is expected to bring in over 1,500 downtown development professionals from across the U.S. to Michigan.

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Small Business Investing Triples in Oakland County

2 Apr

In a recent press release (available HERE) from the Oakland County Executive’s Office, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said small businesses are growing and thriving in Oakland County, Michigan.

Citing the press release, in 2013, existing small businesses and start-ups obtained triple the amount of loans and capital formation dollars from 2012 with the help of the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.

The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center offers more than assistance in helping businesses secure loans and other forms of funding– watch this video and discover how we can help you and your business!

2014 Elite 40 Under 40 Awards

27 Mar 2014 Elite 40 Under 40

The stars were shining last night, as we celebrated the 2014 class of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40! This program, an initiative of Brooks, recognizes the brightest and best young talent that either live or work (and often times, both) in Oakland County.

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Oakland County Careers

20 Mar

Your career at Oakland County can begin in any number of places… and take you practically anywhere you want to go. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Interested yet? Head over to Careers Page and explore all the different opportunities currently being offered throughout Oakland County. Keep in mind that new jobs are posted each Monday, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for today check back next week.


Use the ‘Search’ feature to filter through available positions.

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Tech Boom in Oakland County

12 Mar Irene Spanos

Communications and IT have become the fastest-growing sector in Oakland County in recent years, according to Irene Spanos, director of the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. She talks about why tech entrepreneurs are arriving – and staying – in the county in her guest blog post on Oakland County Prosper– our FREE electronic magazine.

Read her post HERE and learn more about the tech boom taking place right here in Oakland County!

[Photo credit: David Lewinski Photography]

Upcoming Business Workshops

5 Mar

Did you know Advantage Oakland puts on tons of great workshops each month? You’ve already taken the first step and started your own business, now let us help you take the next step toward continued success. Take advantage of doing business in Oakland County by checking out one of the many great upcoming workshops. All services provided are either low cost — or no cost!

Upcoming Business Workshops:

Break the Rules- Close More Sales
Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Capital Raise
CEED Microloan Orientation
Create Your Marketing Plan
Get A Grip on Your Business
Health Care Reform and Small Business
Introduction to QuickBooks®
Know Your Numbers
Legal Basics for Small Business
QuickBooks® for Business Owners
Small Business Loan Workshop
Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation


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