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Main Street Oakland County Workshop "Make Your Business and Downtowns Better Now" Offered November 18

Public Date: 10/21/2010 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications Supervisor
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

Waterford, Michigan -- Main Street Oakland County's November 18th workshop is filled with current and crucial sessions to help you make your businesses and downtowns better right now! Experienced professionals will provide hands on information for success in this economy.

The first of two sessions will be held Thursday, November 18, 2010 at The Crofoot, 1 South Saginaw in downtown Pontiac. Registration is $55 and includes conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch and snack. All Main Street Oakland County and Michigan Main Street representatives attend for only $25 each.

To register, see For questions, call Karla Richey at 248-858-1099 or Julie Courtney at 248-858-2033.

Sessions include:
• "Creating a Low Cost, Common Sense Market Analysis"
• "Developer Selection Process for Buildings and Sites"
• "Marketing Your Property: The Role of Individual Property Owners and the DDA"
• "Missing Out on Marketing? Let Your Façade Do the Talking"
• "Lower Your Costs and Increase Your Margins: What Successful Businesses Do for Downtown"
• "Coordinate and Promote What You Have: Arts, Culture and Opportunities" and
• "Adaptive Use Examples: Identify Potential. Projects and Buildings in Your Downtown"

The second workshop is scheduled for January 27, 2011.

Main Street is a trademarked program of the National Main Street Center in Washington, DC. Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester and Walled Lake are the selected MSOC Communities. Berkley, Clarkston, Clawson, Hazel Park, Leonard, South Lyon and Waterford Township are other communities in the mentoring program. Oakland County was the first county in the United States to operate a full service county-wide Main Street Program for the 32 distinct, historic downtowns in Oakland County. Collectively, Main Street downtowns have generated more than $538 million in private and public investment, 4,072 new jobs and 407 new businesses since the program was formed in 2000.

For more information, see the MSOC website,