Growing Your Business in Oakland County

Here in Oakland County, we pride ourselves in harvesting an environment that encourages entrepreneurship and business growth. We are continuously ranked among the top counties in the nation for overall new businesses and job creation. That’s why we have the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center – your go-to resource for starting and growing your small business!

Perhaps your business is growing in popularity – is your internal support growing with it? Are you seeing growth in website traffic, but no increase with foot traffic? Let our staff help!

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Now Hiring!

Are you looking for a rewarding and challenging workplace? Look no further than Oakland County Government!

At Oakland County, we offer you more than just a job – we offer careers. Comprehensive benefits packages, career paths, and a dynamic company culture is what you can look forward to. Unique events, such as our Fitness Unleashed program, encourage employees to spend time away from their desk by walking dogs from the Oakland County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center during their lunch hour. And the Oakland County Market (open Tuesdays and Thursdays from May – December) is centered in our campus – perfect for afternoon shopping trips for fresh, locally grown produce!


Our online jobs board (available HERE) is your quick resource to finding the perfect position based on your skill set. Whether you’re looking for opportunities in information technology, administrative, health and human services, facilities management (and much more), we have openings for you.

Interested in joining the Oakland County team? You can learn more about our hiring process HERE, or contact our Human Resources department HERE. New positions are constantly being posted – so keep your eyes open, and best of luck!

Oakland County Leads in Job Growth

Much like it was discussed at this year’s Economic Outlook Luncheon, Oakland County is on the up-and-up for job growth! According to the May 2014 jobs numbers just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Oakland County has 11 percent more jobs than it did in 2010.

Dan Hunter, market research analyst for Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, compared Oakland County to other counties of similar size – and we’re at the top of the table.  job_growthOakland County plays a significant role in Michigan’s economic recovery because of our deep dive into the knowledge-based economy,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a press release.“And from the looks of it, we are a leader in the nation as well.”

In 2004, Patterson launched the Emerging Sectors initiative, geared towards diversifying our economy, which identified the top 10 sectors that will attract and retain sustainable, high-paying jobs to the region in the 21st century. Last year, Emerging Sectors celebrated it’s $2 billion investment mark, and the most recent numbers show$2.71 billion invested from 284 companies, creating 31,379 jobs and retaining 16,282 more.

To learn more about the Emerging Sectors initiative, visit our website HERE.

Poison Ivy: Humans fear it. Birds eat it.


Poison ivy thrives in the sultry heat of summer.  This cantankerous producer of human misery is very much at home on the Wilder Side of Oakland County; including along the trail sides of Oakland County Parks, Huron-Clinton Metroparks, Paint Creek Trail and the Clinton River Trail and the meandering Shiawassee River Heritage Trail.


This poison ivy vine along the Shiawassee River towers more than 15 feet above the head of six foot tall Jim Lloyds, a board member of the Six Rivers Land Conservancy ( ) and leader of their Adventure League.

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Mental Health First Aid Training

More likely than not, your workplace is prepared for a physical crisis – smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, AED devices – but is it prepared for a mental health crisis?

Businesses and organizations in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties can receive FREE mental health first aid training from Training and Treatment Innovations, a private, not-for-profit agency that has been providing specialty mental health services and training in Michigan since 1987. Through a generous grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health, individuals, businesses, and organizations can receive comprehensive, hands-on training from professionals.

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