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Oakland County | Local Business Development

 Local Business Connect – Restaurant Workshop

​New Workshop - October 11, 2021 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

​Join us for three short sessions packed with information important to you, including:
  • “Best Practices”
  • Latest data and trends for the restaurant industry
  • Ideas to help you prepare for the colder weather ahead
  • Creative ways to attract and retain workers
  • Increase and measure your digital marketing sales

Networking and resource vendors will also be available to you onsite. Virtual option also available.

REGISTER TODAY: AdvantageOakland.EventBrite.com

George Venettis, Oakland County—Local Business Development:
venettisg@oakgov.com | (248) 858-5618

Cost: FREE | Registration Requested | Space is Limited

Registration is Required for In-Person Attendance or Virtual Link

Coffee and light morning snacks will be provided.

NOTE: You can attend this event in person or virtually. Attendance onsite will be limited to 50 people to provide some social distancing. Masking is appreciated.

 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

Video of the training is coming soon

​If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future Local Business Connect sessions, please click here:

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

We'll Help You

Develop fe​asibility studies

Create realistic m​onth​ly cash flow projections

F​​ind appropriate level financing

Get clients

​​​​Grow revenue

Raise capital​​

​​Determine direction and plan

Build knowled​ge and skills

Define failsafe processes​​​​​​​​​​​

Find​​ talent

Improve marketing results

Manage time wisely​​

Refine business and marketing plans

All businesses headquartered in Oakland county with fewer than 100 employees already qualify for free assistance. 

Request free business counseling today and let us help you overcome your business challenges.

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 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