WalkIn StartUp

​Dear WalkIn StartUp Thursday Client,

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus health emergency, we are suspending our walk-in process until April 13, 2020 (subject to change). In order to continue to assist you in the process of starting your own business during this time, please take the following steps: 

  1. Make a counseling request
  2. Once we receive your request, you will be emailed a copy of our Business Concept Template. Please fill this out as best as possible and return it to smallbusiness@oakgov.com
  3. After we receive your template, a counselor will contact you regarding next steps. This could be 3-5 business days due to the issues stated above.  

Thank you for your understanding during this time. Please make sure that you are taking all precautions necessary to protect yourself from infection.  

  • Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcoholbased hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough/sneeze in your upper sleeve. Immediately throw away used tissues in the trash, then wash hands. 
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Staying home when sick except to get medical care.
  • Avoiding close contact, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.
  • Practicing good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. 

If you have any questions regarding the business consulting process, contact us at smallbusiness@oakgov.com or (248) 858-0783. 

For questions regarding corona virus issues, you can find helpful tools and information from the Oakland County Health Department

Please view our COVID-19 Response: Business Relief & Resources page for more information

​​​​​​Sign Up For Small Business Counseling

WalkIn StartUp small business counseling is available every Thursday. We provide direction for people interested in launching a business but don't know where to begin. These are confidential, one-on-one sessions with our business counselors – with no appointment necessary. 

Get direct answers, next steps and professional business guidance.                   

Fifteen-minute, walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the:

Every Thursday
9:30AM-Noon | 1:30-4:30PM

One Stop Shop Business Center
Oakland County
2100 Pontiac Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328

Questions? Contact:
First Thursday of Each Month
9:30AM-Noon  |  1:30-4:30PM

Satellite Location: Novi Civic Center
Community Development Center Room
45175 Ten Mile Road
Novi, MI 48375

Questions? Contact:

All organizations (e.g., Chambers of Commerce, Downtown Development Authorities, Rotary Clubs) wanting to support entrepreneurs may order Walk-In Start-Up program materials at no cost by contacting smallbusiness@oakgov.com.