July Business Workshops

Summer is a great time to focus on specific areas that can move your business forward. Whether you’re planning to launch a new business or advance your current one, the Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center can help. Learn the skills necessary to take your career and business to the next level at little-to-no cost. Make the most of your summer and register now to learn from the One Stop Shop about topics such as starting a business, understanding cash flow, and more!

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Oakland County May Business Workshops

Let the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center help you connect with the right resources to help your business launch or grow. Register for a workshop during the month of May to take advantage of hands-on seminars that are designed to help business owners and entrepreneurs advance to the next level. Topics include start-ups, small business loans, understanding cash flow, social media, and more. Continue reading

Sap’s Still Running in Oakland County!

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Legends crediting Native Americans with the “discovery” of maple sap flow into our history as easily as sap drips into a bucket on a sunny day on the dawn of spring. My favorite maple sap legend embraces the ways of nature, and salutes the keen observations of the first Americans. It goes something like this: Squirrels licking at sap, dripping from broken sugar maple twigs, in the waning days of winter attracted the attention of Native Americans. The liquid was collected to use in cooking and the process of evaporation sweetened the sap. The rest is history. I accept that as factual, for I often note “sapsicles” forming from broken maple twigs as the duel between winter and spring accelerates. I have also witnessed squirrels lapping at this gift of nature. When hiking in the early days of spring, I follow the behavior of squirrels and sample the trailside treats.

Photo Credit: Library of Congress

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 Polar Vortex Exploration at Draper Twin Lake Park

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” That memorable quote of Thoreau applied perfectly late last Thursday afternoon as I set out to explore Draper Twin Lake Park during the Polar Vortex. The temperature hovered at zero degrees. I resigned myself to the influence of the earth and with situational awareness in mind, and a brave nature-loving friend in tow, it was time for my first nature exploration winter hike at Draper. Continue reading