Business Forward Program Boosts Availability of Small Business Services in Oakland County

Oakland County launched an innovative program that will help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow and thrive, County Executive Dave Coulter announced last week at a news conference in Southfield. Business Forward will engage the county’s 36,000-plus small businesses with expertise and resources in the communities where they are located.

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter speaks at the Business Forward press conference on March 10, 2022 at the Centrepolis Accelerator in Southfield.

“The Business Forward program has already started working in communities throughout Oakland County making it easier for entrepreneurs to run successful small businesses. They will be bringing their expertise and resources directly to the thousands of small businesses that call Oakland County home.”

-Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter

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Carpenter Lake: Southfield’s Wildland Gem

Entrance sign at Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Oakland County communities, park agencies, and nature conservancies have a strong history of creating and protecting parks and trails that offer increased opportunities for healthy and sustainable livelihoods. That’s an excellent benefit of life in Oakland County, since it is well known that natural areas refresh us and breathe life into our cities. Even marginal spaces that are not connected to more expansive wildlands tend to make people happy, and happy people experience significantly higher well-being.

Today, we’re exploring a beautiful, urban natural space in Southfield with enticing trails.

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Black History Month Events in Oakland County

Young African American boy studying in school library

February is Black History Month! 2020 marks a significant year for Black History Month, as it has been 150 years since the adoption of the Fifteenth Amendment recognizing African-American men’s right to vote, and 100 years since the Nineteenth Amendment granting women’s suffrage.

For anyone who wants to learn more about African American history and culture, or gain awareness of the past, check out our list of events being held including musical and dance performances, interactive workshops, and more throughout the month of February in and around Oakland County.

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2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observations in Oakland County

Washington: Martin Luther King, Jr memorial monument on September 2, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. this upcoming MLK Day on Monday, January 20th, by attending an event or participating in a day of service. Observed as a national day of service, Martin Luther King Jr. Day encourages all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Learn more about the MLK Day of Service on their website,  where you can also search for volunteer opportunities or register a project. Additionally, the United Way and Volunteer Match have additional resources and opportunities to make it a “day on, not a day off.”

List of MLK Observations in Oakland County

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