Local Small Business Support and Resources

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Oakland County | Local Business Development

 Small Business Saturday

​Shop Small Oakland County - Business Resources
During November and December, partner with us to promote Small Business Saturday on November 27 and “Shop Small and Local” throughout the holidays.  Highlight the special activities going on in your community to bring customers coming back to your business.


​Workshop For Restaurant Owners/Managers

“Restaurant Check-In:  Where We Go From Here” October 11, 2021



“Restaurant Industry Updates, Best Practices and Preparing for the Winter Season”

Amanda Smith, Executive Vice President, Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA); and Executive Director, MRLA Educational Foundation, Lansing
Hear about “Best Practices” from successful restaurants, related news from the state and federal government agencies, latest data and trends for the restaurant industry, staffing shortages, wage inflation, demands for outdoor dining, and ideas on how to prepare for the colder weather in the months ahead.


“Creative Ways to Attract and Retain Employees”
Jennifer Llewellyn, Manager, Oakland County Workforce Development, Waterford; and Director, Oakland County Michigan Works!
Learn creative ways that you can use now and moving forward to attract and retain employees in the restaurant industry.


“Proven Ways to Increase Your Digital Marketing Sales”
Brendan Hunt, Digital Marketing Manager, Pitch Black, Ferndale
See how to Increase your sales in the digital world, including developing a low-cost advertising campaign and tracking results through analytics, dashboards, and a new product for restaurants called “Findable.”


Going PRO Talent Fund
Business Resource Network
Recruiting Employees Today and Tomorrow - Business Workshop
Michigan SBDC Events and Webinars
Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Educational Foundation
QUESTIONS? Contact: George Venettis, Oakland County—Local Business Development:
venettisg@oakgov.com | (248) 858-5618

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 Local Business Connect

Oakland County is transforming the way we provide support and resources to local business owners. We are partnering with Michigan’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and other organizations to bring programming and valuable contacts to a community near you.


The first round of seven Community Sessions was completed in July and included presentations in Oak Park, Troy, Milford, Pontiac, Ortonville, Lake Orion and Farmington Hills.  The sessions covered:  

  • Planning and budgeting
  • Examples of financial analysis for marketing and pricing
  • Re-visiting your business plan while emerging from the pandemic
  • Changes to operations
  • Welcoming back past customers and attracting new customers
  • Properly listing your business online
  • Growing location-based searches and optimizing your digital marketing channels

Here is a copy of the PowerPoint:  Local Business Connect PowerPoint

Questions? Contact:
Erick Phillips, Oakland County – Local Business Development at phillipse@oakgov.com

Participating Business Resource Organizations and Hosts

CEED Lending | Chaldean Chamber of Commerce | Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce | Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce | Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce | Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority | Main Street Oakland County | Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association | Michigan Small Business Development Center | Oakland County Business Finance Corporation | Oakland County Michigan Works! | Oakland County Veterans’ Services | Ortonville Downtown Development Authority | Pitch Black Media |  Pontiac Community Foundation | SOAR—South Oakland Area Regional Chamber of Commerce | Troy Chamber of Commerce

 Our Ongoing Coronavirus Response

Although our office is closed to the public due to the Coronavirus health emergency, we are still working to help small businesses every day.

Virtual Small Business Counseling, Training Opportunities and Mapping Services can be assessed by using the menu on the left.

We appreciate your patience, understanding and encourage you to take all necessary precautions to protect yourselves from infection.

If you have any questions regarding the services available in this department, please contact us at smallbusiness@oakgov.com  or (248) 858-0783

For questions regarding Oakland County’s COVID-19 response, you can find helpful tools and information at: Oakland County COVID-19 Response