July Business Workshops

Wish your business was as hot as the weather outside? Do you have a brilliant idea, but need help turning it into action? Boost your business potential with the help of Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center. Get help from experts with advice regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more. Register today and let the One Stop Shop’s business experts provide the advice and assistance you need to bring that summer heat to your venture.

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Watch the 2018 Oakland County State of the County Live

The 2018 Oakland County State of the County address will be held Wednesday, February 7th at The Strand Theatre in Pontiac at 7pm. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will address over 600 Oakland County business, community, and political leaders at this invitation-only event. The winner of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 will also be revealed during the address and will introduce Patterson. The County Executive will highlight why 2017 was a big year for Oakland County and what we can look forward to in 2018. From the latest in Emerging Sectors to record investment, Patterson will outline why Oakland County is leading innovation.

The speech will be available to the widest possible audience. WDET-FM (101.9) returns to air the speech live. In addition, Oakland County will livestream the event on the County Executive website, OakGov.com/Exec, as well as Oakland County’s YouTube channel, @OakGov, and the Executive Office Facebook page, @OakGov.EO. The county’s Twitter handle, @OakGov, will feature live tweets with highlights from the speech. Those listening to the speech are encouraged to use the hashtag #Brooks2018 to join the conversation. Digital copies of the typewritten speech will be available afterward at OakGov.com/exec and the Executive Office Facebook page. Post-production versions of the speech will be distributed to local cable channels for re-airing. An American Sign Language Interpreter will also be interpreting during the speech. Continue reading

The 25th Annual Oakland County Business Roundtable

The Oakland County Business Roundtable met for its 25th consecutive year last week at Baker College in Auburn Hills. The Oakland County Business Roundtable Annual Meeting was created by Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, and is a partnership between business, education, community leaders, and government working together to improve the business climate and quality of life in Oakland County. The Oakland County Roundtable’s five committees are Economic Development, Workforce and Education, Oakland Next, Transportation and Mobility, and Quality of Life.

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Oakland County Exceeds Economic Forecast, Projects Continued Growth

University of Michigan Economists, Donald Grimes and Dr. Gabriel Ehrlich, address the media in a press conference with Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson.

Good news dominated both reports and forecasts at last Thursday’s 32nd Economic Outlook Luncheon.

The Luncheon, held at the Marriott Hotel in Troy, featured keynote addresses from two University of Michigan Economists: Dr. Gabriel Ehrlich and Dr. Donald Grimes. Ehrlich and Grimes co-authored this year’s Economic Outlook Summary, which compiled highly-detailed data on job growth, population trends, and economic forecasts as far ahead as 2019.

According to the report, Oakland County has added an average of 15,771 jobs per year since 2009. In 2016, in-county employers added 16,475 new jobs, an overall increase of 2.3%. 2016’s growth rate surpassed the numbers for both 2014 and 2015, which saw increases of 1.9% and 2.1%, respectively. Continue reading

Watch or Listen in! 2017 Oakland County State of the County

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The 2017 Oakland County State of the County will be held Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Auburn Hills Marriott PontiacOakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will be addressing over 600 Oakland County business, community, and political leaders at this invitation-only event. The County Executive will highlight why 2017 will be a big year for Oakland County. From the latest in Emerging Sectors to improvements in public safety, Patterson will outline why Oakland County’s best accomplishments still lie ahead. The winner of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 will also be revealed during the address.  Continue reading