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County Executive's Emerging Sectors business attraction program tops $4 billion total investment

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced the Emerging Sectors® business attraction and retention strategy he created in 2004 to diversify the county’s economy has surpassed $4 billion of total investment.

The strategy had four successes in June totaling $367 million of new investment, resulting in more than 1,700 new and retained jobs. When combined with figures since inception in 2004, the program has 450 business successes resulting in total investment of $4.3 billion; 44,562 new jobs and 29,920 retained jobs. A success is a company that is either new to Oakland County or expanded here when it considered moving to another state or country. Patterson said the strategy is responsible for new investment in the county, on average, of $915,000 every day for 13 years.

“The Emerging Sectors program has been an incredible success,” Patterson said. “It has changed the face of Oakland County’s economy.”

The milestone was reached 13 years after Patterson introduced the program to diversify Oakland County’s economy which had been heavily dependent on the automotive industry. The strategy targets international companies that show an interest in expanding operations into North America and North American companies that identified Oakland County as a possible business location. The targeted sectors include advanced electronics, advanced materials, medical technology, information technology/communications, aerospace and defense/homeland security.

“I wanted to wean us off our reliance on automotive, for which we paid such a heavy price during the Great Recession,” Patterson said. “I tried to balance my expectation with some realism about our likely success but I had no idea we would move so quickly.”

The most successful sectors have been health care/life science (Medical Main Street) at $1.1 billion of total investment, and IT/communications (Tech 248), at $801 million.

The companies that put Emerging Sectors over the top in June, including country of origin if not U.S.-based, business sector and location of Oakland County facility, are:
  • Elektrobit: Germany, advanced electronics, Farmington Hills
  • Autoliv Electronics America: Sweden, advanced electronics, Southfield
  • Williams International: aerospace, Pontiac
  • Cynerge Consulting: communications/information technology, Pontiac
Oakland County aggressively seeks international investment, with about 1,100 foreign-owned firms from 39 countries having business locations here. The county attracted $371 million of foreign direct investment in 2016 – about 38 percent of the county’s known private investment of nearly $900 million for the year. Through June, 18 international companies from seven countries announced new investment totaling $162 million and more than 4,700 new and retained jobs.

Deputy County Executive Matthew Gibb accompanied Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on a trade mission to Europe last month in an effort to attract companies to Oakland County. At the same time, Economic Development Director Irene Spanos was in Washington D.C. at the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The event attracted company representatives from more than 40 countries interested in establishing operations in the U.S.

Patterson lauded Gibb, Spanos and their team for attracting the new investment.

“Since coming together as a team less than five years ago, Matt and Irene have grown investment in the program by nearly $3 billion – a feat unmatched in the state,” Patterson said.

The success of the Emerging Sectors program has increased as it has matured. In 2008, Patterson hosted a celebration at the Cranbrook Institute of Science to honor the first 70 Emerging Sector companies whose total investment surpassed $1 billion. With the Great Recession at its peak, it took until 2013 for the program to reach $2 billion in total investment. More than 500 representatives from Emerging Sector companies and other guests were invited to a “What Goes into $2 Billion?” celebration on the arena floor at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The program reached $3 billion in 2015, which was marked by a celebration at Pentastar Aviation in an airport hangar at Oakland County International Airport. All of the celebrations were privately funded by sponsors.

Patterson said he would hold out until the program reaches $5 billion for the next celebration.

“This came on us too quickly,” he said.

Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge returns to Pontiac's M1 Concourse


Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, a drag racing event and car festival, today announced it will return to the M1 Concourse in Pontiac for its second year on Aug. 12.  

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Patterson calls on residents to take emergency preparedness survey

Oakland County residents and businesses can help the county update its emergency preparedness plan by participating in a voluntary online questionnaire, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Feedback from the confidential 10-minute survey will enable Oakland County’s Homeland Security Division to better serve residents and businesses before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

“Oakland County has a continuous commitment to planning, training, and exercising response capabilities for all types of disasters,” Patterson said. “This voluntary and confidential questionnaire will assist our emergency preparedness staff in identifying which hazards are of most concern to our residents and businesses as well as which services the community may need during an emergency.”

Some sample questions are:
  • If a disaster (i.e. snow storm) impacted Oakland County, knocking out electricity and running water, would your household be able to manage on its own for at least three (3) days?
  • Do you believe that your household and/or place of business might ever be threatened by the following hazards? Please rate what hazards present the greatest risk.
  • What might prevent you from leaving your place of residence if there was an evacuation order? Please select ALL that apply.
  • In an evacuation, would you or anyone in your household require special assistance?
“The success of our response to a disaster will depend on how well we have prepared in advance,” said Thomas Hardesty, manager of Oakland County Homeland Security Division. “The more survey responses we receive from residents and businesses, the better we will be able to prepare for an emergency.”

To fill out the questionnaire, go to http://oakland.preparedness.sgizmo.com/s3/. The survey will remain open until Sept. 1. For a hard copy version of the survey, please contact the Oakland County Homeland Security Division at oakhsd@oakgov.com or call 248-858-5300. Businesses which are interested in having their employees confidentially participate in the survey in order to utilize the data to update their business emergency preparedness plans may contact Homeland Security Division to make those arrangements.

Oakland County adheres to federal requirements to update its emergency preparedness plans every five years in an effort to keep residents, businesses, and organizations well prepared and vigilant. Oakland County last conducted an emergency preparedness survey in 2012. The purpose of emergency preparedness planning is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses.

About Oakland County Homeland Security Division

Oakland County Homeland Security Division is dedicated to supporting Oakland County cities, villages, and townships through a coordination of effort for logistical support during emergency operations by enhancing all-hazard preparedness along with comprehensive homeland security initiatives and first responder training. Oakland County Homeland Security Division develops and coordinates programs for natural, technological, national security, and nuclear/chemical/biological emergencies/disasters affecting Oakland County. For more information, go to OakGov.com/HomelandSecurity.

Celebrate the Spirit of '45 Day with the Detroit Tigers

Celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the end of WWII with The Detroit Tigers, The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial and WWII re-enactors in period uniform as the Detroit Tigers host the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park.

Click here to buy tickets.

Buy your ticket by July 20 and receive a special Hank Greenberg commemorative stamp and cachet (envelope) shown to the right. Read more about Hammerin’ Hank below.

A portion of the proceeds benefit The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial.

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Major League Baseball Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis wrote President Roosevelt, inquiring as to the appropriateness of continuing Major League Baseball in the face of the declaration of war.

Roosevelt’s famous answer was conveyed in the document known as the “Green Light Letter.” In part he wrote “if 300 teams use 5,000 or 6,000 players, these players are a definite recreational asset to at least 20,000,000 of their fellow citizens – and that in my judgment is thoroughly worthwhile.”

Nowhere was this more the case than in the factories of the Arsenal of Democracy where loyal Michigan workers rooted for their Tigers throughout the war years.

Detroit’s Hank Greenberg was a trailblazer for Major League Baseball players’ support of the war effort.

Greenberg served even before the US declared war, being drafted in early 1941. He was a superstar that proudly traded uniforms. After giving up the 1941 season, he was honorably discharged two days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Within a few months he had re-enlisted. He returned to baseball In July 1945 after being honorably discharged for a second time. He then led the Tigers to the AL pennant when he dramatically hit a grand slam in the ninth inning of the last game of the season.
Then of course to cap off victory in Europe and victory in Japan, the Tigers captured the 1945 World Series, cementing their bond with these times.

Note that as a bonus, Sunday, August 13 is a Sunday Kids Day featuring a pregame interactive kids area and the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee where every fan 14-and-under will receive a free Victor Martinez poster. In addition, Kids Days will feature free rides for kids on the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel and Carousel, presented by Kroger, free face painting, and Kids Run the Bases following the game, weather permitting.

Beaumont Health first in Michigan to treat cancer patient with protons

Bill Baker, an 86-year-old Mid-Michigan man with brain cancer, is the first patient to receive treatment at Beaumont Health’s new Proton Therapy Center in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Said Craig Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., chairman, Radiation Oncology, Beaumont Health, “Beaumont’s Proton Therapy Center is the first in Michigan to treat cancer patients with this powerful and precise form of treatment that deposits energy directly in the tumor, sparing nearby healthy organs and tissue from harm. It was many years in the making, but we never gave up in our efforts to bring this advanced cancer therapy to patients and families in Michigan.”
Beaumont’s center is one of just 25 operational proton therapy centers in the U.S.
“This means that cancer patients from other states and countries will travel to Michigan for proton therapy, making Beaumont even more of a destination center for cancer care,” said Dr. Stevens.
According to independent research, conducted by NRC Health, Beaumont Health is one of the most preferred providers of cancer care in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
How proton therapy works
Proton therapy is a high-tech alternative to X-ray radiation. A scanning beam of proton radiation with online image guidance offers greater precision to destroy cancerous cells, sparing adjacent healthy tissue with fewer side effects.
Proton therapy uses positively charged atomic particles, traveling up to two-thirds the speed of light, to fight cancer. A cyclotron, or particle accelerator, creates protons from hydrogen molecules. The proton beam is sent to the treatment room through a transport system consisting of magnets, called the beam line, finally arriving in the gantry, a device that rotates around the patient. The beam is directed to the patient through a nozzle that targets the tumor.
While proton therapy is not effective against all cancers, Dr. Stevens explained it is effective in treating many solid and localized tumors, including:
• pediatric cancers
• soft tissue cancers that develop in bone or muscle
• brain and skull base tumors
• eye tumors
• head/neck cancers
• abdominal/pelvic tumors
• liver tumors
• lung and thoracic cancers
• left-side breast cancer
“Proton therapy is an ideal treatment option for many patients, especially those with tumors close to vital organs,” added Dr. Stevens. “For children, those most vulnerable and susceptible to the damage of traditional radiation therapy, proton therapy offers less radiation exposure while reducing side effects.” 
Advanced technology
“Our IBA ProteusOne single-room treatment system includes precision technologies,” said Dr. Stevens. “Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy, which combines Pencil Beam Scanning and 3-D Cone Beam CT, can target a tumor within less than a millimeter.”
Pencil Beam Scanning refers to the delivery of protons in a thin beam. Like a pencil, the beam uses back and forth motions to target the treatment area – the shape, size and depth. It “paints” a radiation dose on tumors layer by layer. Compared to X-ray beams, which pass through a patient, proton beams deliver targeted radiation to the tumor and then stop – resulting in no exit dose.
Radiation oncologists at Beaumont are well versed in precise image guidance, having developed cone beam CT technology almost 20 years ago. Image guidance allows doctors to analyze soft tissue and bone contrast to see tumor changes.
Single-room facility
Unlike larger, multiroom proton treatment facilities, Beaumont’s compact, single-room treatment center is more affordable to build and maintain. Along with advanced, image-guided technology, Beaumont’s facility includes the Philips Ambient Experience system that lets patients select a color theme, music and video for relaxation during treatment.
“Our center offers the most advanced proton technology available anywhere in the world,” said Dr. Stevens. “We will have the ability to potentially cure patients that have failed conventional treatment at other centers.”
In February 2015, construction began on the $40 million Proton Therapy Center. The two-story building is 25,200-square-feet, including a basement. The first floor houses the Proton Therapy Center, including a cyclotron and gantry that produces and delivers proton beams to a single-room treatment area. The second floor will soon be the home of Beaumont’s Center for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Beaumont chose Ion Beam Applications S.A., or IBA, of Belgium, to manufacture, install and maintain the proton system. An Atlanta-based proton therapy development group, Proton International, is lending its operational expertise. 
Beaumont’s Facilities Management department oversaw design and construction, with Kasco Construction as the contractor and SmithGroupJJR, as the architect.
Comprehensive cancer care
Proton therapy is an important addition to Beaumont’s comprehensive arsenal of leading-edge cancer treatments. Beaumont’s Radiation Oncology department is ranked among the nation’s best for advanced technology, innovative treatment and research. Advanced radiation treatments developed at Beaumont include adaptive radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, intensity-modulated arc therapy, high-dose rate brachytherapy and hyperthermia therapy.
To learn more about the new center and its capabilities, call Beaumont’s Radiation Oncology program at 248-551-8402 or go to www.Beaumont.org/proton-therapy.

Get ready for Shakespeare Royal Oak 2017

It's that time of year! Get ready for the 17th season of the professional Shakespeare Royal Oak festival in Starr-Jaycee Park! Opening night is July 27 and the season runs through August 6. We are so excited! 

Three Great Shows.
Join us for The Taming of the Shew, opening Thursday July 27, with eight evening performances through August 6. Our fun Daylight Show (recommended for age 8 and up), is a Water Works' original Shakespeare in Love & War, running six days, July 29 to August 5. Water Works Teen Ensemble, our popular high school experience, presents their version ofHamlet, with three shows July 29 to July 31. And finally, KidsAct! camp which runs July 31-Aug 5 for grades 1-8 is filling up with registrations.  
Fun in the Park.
We offer Michigan craft beer and wine during all of our professional shows, plus fresh made popcorn and fun snacks. Concessions are cash only and please bring proper ID. We welcome you to bring your own picnic for outside the theatre area (no alcohol allowed there). You'll find free and easy parking on Farley Field at the west end of the park. And be weather aware, temps might be higher during the day, but our night time shows are quite comfortable under the canopy of trees and the evening breeze! 
More information, including easy ticket purchasing (good for any performance), and show schedules are available at our website  www.shakespeareroyaloak.com.
So grab a blanket or your lawn chairs, bring your family and friends, and be entertained and amazed by the talented local professionals of Shakespeare Royal Oak! 

Board announces business workshop on August 9th

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs and Purchasing, will present a business workshop for local business owners and entrepreneurs. The event is free and will begin at 2:00pm in the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road (Building 41W) in Waterford, Michigan.

The program is designed to provide business owners, entrepreneurs, vendors, suppliers and contractors with information about the many free business services and resources the County offers. Attendees can learn how to become a registered vendor with Oakland County, access the One Stop Shop Business Center’s many resources, explore business financing options and connect with Oakland County Michigan Works! offices. Oakland County Commissioners Janet Jackson, Michael Spisz and Gary R. McGillivray will host the event, which will also feature a Q&A session and tabletop exhibits.

“Oakland County offers many opportunities for business owners to improve their companies, open a new business or expand their reach into a larger market,” said Commissioner Michael Spisz, Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. “I hope to see a lot of local businesses participate and take advantage of this event.”

“Small business entrepreneurship is the life blood in communities,” stated Commissioner Janet Jackson. “It is essential, as the Board of Commissioners, to provide information and forums that help educate and foster fledgling businesses. These activities can level the playing field and spur economic development for all of our residents.”

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners created this executive summary event in response to many questions from the local business community, and it is a great opportunity to explore the many services Oakland County offers to help local businesses grow and thrive.

“This will be a great opportunity to learn how your company can bid on projects Oakland County has available,” added Commissioner Gary R. McGillivray. “You will also learn about Oakland County services that will benefit your business free of charge!”

To register, go to www.oakgov.com/boc and click on the “Register Today!” link under the “Oakland is Open for Business!” section on the home page. For more information, please contact Connie Srogi at 248-858-4078 or srogic@oakgov.com.

"All the World’s a Stage" at Ferndale's Front Porch Music Festival


Jacques’ 400-year old proclamation that “all the world’s a stage” was proven spot-on last Saturday, as front porches and gardens became soundstages and backdrops for Michigan’s newest (and quaintest, and probably best-foliaged) music festival, The Front Porch. It was a perfect day to showcase the talents of local musicians along with neighborhood beautification efforts (and to test some drivers’ patience).

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Detroit Zoo heats up for Wild Summer Nights

The Detroit Zoo gets even wilder on Wednesdays during July and August with the annual Wild Summer Nights concert series, presented by Genisys Credit Union. Concerts take place in the Main Picnic Grove from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 5 through Aug. 30, 2017, and are free with Zoo admission.

Wild Summer Nights features a variety of music from local bands, including children’s, pop, blues, country, rock and classical. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets; outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from Zoo concessions.

Concert Schedule:

• July 5 – The Euphorics (pop)
• July 12 – Detroit Social Club (country blues)
• July 19 – Tom Seley and the Troublemakers (children’s)
• July 26 – Michigan Opera Theatre (opera)
• August 2 – Steve King & the Dittilies (Motown)
• August 9 – Athens Creek (indie folk)
• August 16 – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (classical)
• August 23 – Gary Greenfelder Orchestra (big band)
• August 30 – Cosmic Groove (pop)

Farmington DDA Director: 'We want everyone to succeed'


Smart development, public/private partnerships and a friendly “hello” are some of the keys to growing a successful downtown, according to the new DDA director for the city of Farmington.

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New report ranks Oakland University third-safest college in nation

Oakland University ranks among the safest colleges in the nation, according to a new report from a national trade organization dedicated to furthering public knowledge on home safety and security issues.
The National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked Oakland third on its list of the Top 100 Safest Colleges in America. According to the organization’s website, the list was compiled using the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics.
OU Police Chief Mark Gordon called the report “a testament to the cooperation and commitment that the Oakland community has toward creating a safe environment.”
The report looked at accredited public, private and not-for-profit institutions that offer four-year degree programs and have student populations above 15,000. More than 2,000 colleges and universities were assessed. The top-ranked colleges had low overall crime rates, both on campus and in the surrounding community. Additional information about the report’s methodology can be found here.
Oakland University was ranked as the safest college in Michigan, ahead of Michigan State University (No. 10) and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (No. 29). The University of New Hampshire was ranked No. 1 on the list, followed by Brigham Young University at No. 2.
These rankings come on the heels of a 2016 report from CollegeChoice.net, which ranked Oakland No. 7 on its list of the 50 Safest Large Colleges and Universities in America.
Based in Washington D.C., the National Council for Home Safety and Security is a national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups across the United States.

Beaumont Health supporting crisis text and chat

Beaumont Health has provided a gift of $40,000 to support expanding the Crisis Text and Chat service at Common Ground.    
A Resource and Crisis Helpline telephone service is free and available 24-hours per day, seven days a week. However, due to limited funding, text and chat service has only been available from 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Beaumont’s gift will more than double the current coverage, expanding the text and chat service to 4 p.m.–2 a.m., seven days a week.

“Providing an avenue for troubled and confused youth to reach out for support will help prevent tragedies such as teenage suicide,” said David Wood, M.D., chief medical officer, Beaumont Health and a longtime supporter of Common Ground. “Teenagers are often more comfortable and feel ‘safer’ texting than speaking with someone on the phone. Our hope is that the expansion of the text and chat line will save lives.”

Common Ground’s 24-Hour Resource and Crisis Helpline added text and chat service approximately five years ago to reflect societal shifts in communication. The Oakland Community Health Network is the primary funder of the Resource and Crisis Helpline. 

Common Ground has a stated goal of providing text and chat service 24/7 and hopes the Beaumont sponsorship will serve as a springboard to secure additional funding. The benefit of text and chat is to provide a lifeline to those seeking crisis support, but who prefer not speaking on the telephone, or are in situations which do not permit them to do so safely. Expanding the hours will provide greater access to crisis intervention services, particularly to those in greatest risk age group of 10-14 years old.     

Beaumont Health
Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system, based on inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. A not-for-profit organization, it was formed in 2014 by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to extraordinary, compassionate care, no matter where they live in Southeast Michigan. Beaumont Health has total net revenue of $4.4 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 174 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians and 36,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers.  In 2016, Beaumont Health had 177,508 inpatient discharges, 17,536 births and 567,658 emergency visits. For more information, visit beaumont.org.

Common Ground
Common Ground is a nonprofit organization that has served as an expert on mental health issues and crisis intervention since 1971. Through its 24-hour Resource and Crisis Helpline and in person, Common Ground uses a trauma-informed approach to provide professional, compassionate services to over 80,000 people annually. Common Ground’s core purpose is to move people from crisis to hope through three impact areas: responding to crisis, providing safety and advocacy, and building communities of support.  For more information, please visit www.CommonGroundHelps.org or call 248-456-8150.

Orion Township Public Library receives Friends donation

The Friends of the Orion Township Public Library recently presented a check for $10,000 to the Orion Township Public Library for funds raised at the Friends Passport to Spring Gala event which was held at the library at the end of April.

Over 300 guests attended The Passport to Spring: A Visit to Poland event when the library was filled with Polish music, food, culture, and entertainment.

“This donation will be used to upgrade the technology in the Teen Room at our library,” said Karen Knox, director, Orion Township Public Library. “Orion teens would like to be able to have access to the latest video game systems, chargers for their portable devices, and special software on the computers. With this generous donation from the Friends, we will be able to provide our teens with upgraded technology, which encourages them to keep coming to the library.”

Library staff plan to add these upgrades to the Teen Room this summer. Be sure to stop in a take a look!

The Friends of the Orion Township Library is a 501(c)3 organization whose volunteer members are dedicated to supporting and improving the library by raising funds for services, programs, projects, and resources not provided for by the general library budget.

The Friends are always looking for new members and volunteers! If you are interested in learning more about the Friends of the Orion Township Library, please visit orionlibrary.org/friends.

For more information, visit the Orion Township Public Library at 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48362, orionlibrary.org or call 248.693.3000.  The library is open 9:30a-9:00p Monday through Thursday and 9:30a-5:00p Friday and Saturday.

Free or low-cost business classes offered in July/August at One Stop Shop Business Center

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for assistance are encouraged to attend high-value, low- or no-cost business workshops offered by the experts at the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783.

July/August Workshops:

Starting a Business
July 6 | 9-11:30 a.m.
July 27 | 10 a.m. - noon Troy Public Library - 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
Aug. 3 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Thinking about starting a business? This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products and services. Topics like startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with the necessary steps to getting started. If you are ready to start your business this workshop is for you.
Cost: No charge | Registration Required

Market Research Basics
July 11 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Troy Public Library - 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
Aug. 31 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Ready to grow your business? Our Market Research Basics workshop helps you discover ways to find your ideal customers, identify your competitors, perform competitive analysis, identify new site locations, target direct mail campaigns, reveal untapped markets and expand to new and appropriate markets. If you are ready to grow your business, the Market Research Basics workshop is for you.
Cost: No charge | Registration Required

Social Media for Business Growth
July 12 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Business Power Tools – An overview for using LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to grow any business.
Whether you call it social media, social networking, web 2.0 or internet marketing, the question on every professional’s mind is this: “Is social media a waste of time or an essential power tool for business in a post phonebook world?”

Amid all of the distractions, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are emerging as essential tools for marketing your business. Join Terry Bean from Motor City Connect for this entertaining and educational seminar as he takes you through the tools and rules of social media. You’ll learn what works, what to avoid and how to use LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to grow your network, engage prospects and generate profit. Get ready to kick your internet marketing presence into

This class is designed to use these tools for profit. It covers:
• Three things you MUST do to find success on each platform
• How to use status updates that gain attention
• Ways to manage priorities so you’re not stuck in an endless loop
• How to make posting simpler
• The fastest way to grow your audience
• Which platforms are best for you

Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
July 12 | 9-11 a.m.
Aug. 9 | 9-11 a.m.
Have a need for alternative financing for your business? Is your business located in Oakland County?

Consider learning more about the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and processes necessary to apply for and obtain a small business loan. If you are interested in alternative financing for your Oakland County small business, then the CEED Lending Small Business Orientation is for you. CEED Lending is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.
Cost: No charge | Registration Required

August Workshops

Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery
Aug. 3 | 9-11:30 a.m.
While Facebook looks like any number of reality TV shows, LinkedIn is the business documentary you need to watch. You've done the "Google myself" thing, right? Most people are surprised (and excited) to find their LinkedIn profile is the first result. Since Google uses LinkedIn that well, shouldn't you?

When you use LinkedIn right, it's much easier to:
- Be found by prospective clients and/or employers
- Locate and learn about the decision makers you need to meet
- Stay current in your industry
- Stay top of mind with your network
- Check out future employees and partners
- Use all of the bells and whistles you didn't know existed

LinkedIn really is a power tool. It's part SEO monster, part contact manager, part resume, part research tool and it's ALL business. The better we all get at networking, the better all of our networking will be.

Speaker: Terry Bean, Founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect
Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Aug. 29 | 9 a.m.-noon
Need the inside scoop on how to obtain a business loan? Attend the Team SBA Financing Roundtable to find out how banks evaluate your application. Learn how to improve your chances for a business loan and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get financing. This workshop is best suited to those with good credit, a solid business idea and funds of their own to invest in the business. If you want to improve your chances of obtaining a business loan, then this workshop is for you.

Note: Because the SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms, including purchasing and rehabbing houses for resale, this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtable.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Walk-in Start Up Thursdays in Waterford and Novi

WalkIn-StartUp Small Business Counseling
July 6 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 3 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
In Waterford: One Stop Shop Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford
In Novi: Novi Civic Center - Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi
Whether you opened a business or you’re thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has resources to help you. We can provide you with confidential small business counseling. You receive one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant – with no appointment necessary. Consultants offer direct answers to your questions about startups, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools. These high value services are offered at no charge to you. Walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session is limited to 15 minutes.

Oakland County Parks hosts full day of play at Independence Oaks County Park

Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host a full day of play with inflatables, zip line, climbing tower, games and Get Outdoors! adventures Tuesday, July 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston.

The Come Out & Play event is free and open to the public. For the zip line, children must be between 45 and 250 pounds and 42 inches tall. A waiver form, available at the park, must be signed by a parent or guardian. The non-water inflatables require socks.
In addition, there will be face painting, an interactive nature touch table and a treat for each child. The Get Outdoors adventures will include GO! Fish and Go! Cache.

Independence Oaks County Park is located at 9501 Sashabaw, in Clarkston.

For more information, contact John Haney, 248-858-1486, HaneyJ@oakgov.com.

For details on upcoming events and activities, visit OaklandCountyParks.comGet social with Oakland County Parks and Recreation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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