Local Small Business Support and Resources

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Oakland County | Local Business Development

 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.

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

​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

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

 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