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Featured Video: Andrew Chmielewski

Andrew Chmielewski is the co-founder of Dave's Sweet Tooth, the become the largest manufacturer of specialty toffee products in Michigan, and Mitten Crate, a monthly subscription-based box delivery of Michigan-made artisan food products and specialty goods. He is part of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2015read on…

Featured Video: Sundberg-Ferar

Sundberg-Ferar was established in 1934 and is the second oldest industrial product design company in the United States. The Walled Lake company is an industry leader with a product roster that includes home appliances, automotive products, industrial electronic products, mass transit vehicles, vending machines, aircraft interiors, medical tools, and concept models for the NASA space station. Take a look inside Sundberg-Ferar with this Oakland County Prosper video by Matthew Stanton.  read on…

Featured Video: American Plastic Toys

American Plastic Toys is an all-American-made toy company based in Walled Lake, Michigan. Their injection-molded plastic toys are sold in places like Walmart, Sears, JC Penney, Big Lots and Toys"R"Us at prices significantly lower than their name-brand counterparts (which are typically manufactured outside of the United States). American Plastic Toys have been proudly made in the USA since 1962, and currently employ 175 people here in Michigan. read on…

The Chrysler Technology Center: 25th Anniversary

It’s a landmark that can’t be missed when driving along I-75 in northern Oakland County. The Chrysler World Headquarters and Technology Center with its trademark Pentastar, in Auburn Hills, Michigan, has intrigued passersby for 25 years.   The research development side of the complex, Chrysler Technology Center (CTC) has been operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the last quarter century building some of the most recognizable vehicles in the world.   Now celebrating its silver anniversary, CTC is still the only automotive facility that brings together scientific research, product design, engineering and manufacturing under one roof. Together with the Tower, the complex is the second largest in the United States in floor space; only the Pentagon is larger!   At 3.3 million square feet, the building became “the ultimate advantage” in the auto industry. There had never been anything like it and there still isn’t. read on…

Featured Video: Bingo Pet Salon

Bingo Pet Salon is a full-service dog and cat grooming facility in downtown Royal Oak that also offers dog walking and pet sitting services as well as groomer training classes. Learn more about this successful, independently-owned shop from owner Brian Lane, whose tireless commitment turned it into a thriving business. This video was produced by Hendrickson Video Productions Detroit. read on…

Featured Video: Jersey Mike's Franchise

Sharing the Bread Inc., a franchise of Jersey Mike's Subs, is one of the small businesses located throughout Oakland County that was helped by the SBA 504 Loan provided by the Oakland County Business Finance Corporation. Here Robert Middleton, President of Sharing the Bread Inc., talks about how the SBA 504 Loan helped their business start opening franchises of the East Coast submarine sandwich chain, with an agreement signed in 2012 to open 20 Jersey Mike's stores in Oakland and Macomb County.    read on…

Featured Video: Detroit Mechanix

The Detroit Mechanix (DMX) represent the American Ultimate Disc League, the first professional disc league in the sport of ultimate disc. Building on a community-centered, fan-driven, family-oriented team experience, the Mechanix seek to introduce the sport of ultimate disc to the masses. Assembled from all over Michigan, the gentlemen of DMX actively promote their love of the sport by participating in clinics, exhibitions, and appearances wherever and whenever they are able.   read on…

Featured Video: Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Doctor Kill-r-watt! The Great Chopandoff! Marvin's is a coin-operated wonderland of blinking, buzzing, and clattering machines. Every square inch is crammed with animatronic dummies, model airplanes, video games, and sideshow posters. From boardwalk-style gypsy fortune telling machines to the "Sing-Sing prison electric chair" to a custom-made automated orchestra, this one-of-a-kind arcade doubles as a museum unlike any you've ever visited. read on…

Featured Video: SOAR Learning Skills

Susan Kruger has spent over a decade teaching hundreds of students how to succeed in school. She began tutoring individual students in study skills. As demand for her expertise grew, she created the SOAR® Study Skills Workshops to reach more students. read on…

Featured Video: Sled Dogs Hit the Ice

Sled hockey brings "the coolest game on Earth" to disabled athletes around the world. At the third annual Oakland Edge adult hockey tournament held at Rochester's Onyx Ice Arena, visitors witnessed a sled hockey showdown between London, Canada's Blizzard hockey club and Metro Detroit's very own Michigan Sled Dogs. Tom Hendrickson reports. read on…

Featured Video: The Robot Garage

At The Robot Garage, LEGO toys and robotics adventures are more than just childhood pastimes. Located in a converted warehouse in Birmingham's Rail District, this imagination laboratory hosts building classes, birthday parties, weekend competitions and one of the coolest retail shops in all of Oakland County. Whether you're a creative kid or just a child at heart, there's plenty to discover. read on…

Featured Video: Beauty Blossoms In Metro Detroit

Norm Silk and Dale Morgan are all about aesthetics -- whether it's the explosion of flowers that fill their Birmingham boutique or the restoration of the only home in Detroit to be designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. read on…

Fixing Detroit's Rock: Koontz Guitar Repair

Detroit is the home of rock and roll. Period. No other city can claim the innovation and influence the Motor City has had on contemporary music. From Motown to electronica to punk this region makes music like no other. And keeping a guitarist's main weapon to wage rock is an essential part of what keeps Metro Detroit (and the rest of the rock world) strumming. read on…

Featured Video: Planterra

It's always spring at Planterra, an enchanting landscape conservatory in West Bloomfield. Through a partnership with Oakland County's SBA 504 loan program, Planterra was able to expand from greenhouses to their current botanical paradise, including a new event space that's open to the public.  read on…

Featured Video: Dixie Gully Run

The 35-acre off-road vehicle demonstration course in Groveland Township hosted the first-ever Dixie Gully Run ORV event on November 1 and 2, 2014.  read on…
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