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Irene Hirano Inouye

The Women's Leadership Conference celebrates Japanese and American women leaders in Oakland County

The Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs and the U.S.-Japan Council present the U.S.-Japan Women’s Leadership Conference on Sept. 26 in the conference center of the county Executive Office Building in Waterford.

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Top five artists chosen as 2018 MI Great Artist online competition gets down to business

Five artists will vie for the top spot in the 2018 MI Great Artist online competition and a share of more than $16,000 in cash and prizes.

Suburban Collection Showplace

The Suburban Collection Showplace expands into a multi-purpose venue that can host concerts and more

The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi is currently undergoing some serious changes, adding almost 200,000 square feet of additional space, the first phase of which just opened for the Michigan State Fair. 

The official ground-breaking of the new garden

Sakura, Sakura! Oakland County plants cherry tree garden in Novi to celebrate Japanese partnerships

This coming spring, when cherry blossoms start to bloom, Oakland County residents can enjoy their splendor at the MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center in Novi, where 17 cherry trees have been planted in their new Sakura Garden.

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7 ways to 'staycation' in Metro Detroit

It’s rare that you get to play the tourist in your own hometown, but Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties have a lot to offer. 

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Royal Oak's Tome Software innovates for safer cycling

Cyclists in Oakland County are pedaling along the many new bike lanes, as biking-for-transportation increases in popularity. We spoke with Jake Sigal of Tome Software about his company’s efforts to make cyclists safer on the roads.

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"People's Choice" award added for Southeast Michigan artists in 2018 MI Great Artist competition

Artists from Oakland County and seven other southeast Michigan counties can strut their stuff as the MI Great Artist™ online art competition kicks into gear.

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Berkley is a startup city doing its "own thing"

It's not a Birmingham. It's not a Ferndale. It's not a Royal Oak. Patrick Dunn lets us in on why unique this dense, walkable south Oakland County community is in a class all its own.

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AUCH Construction celebrates 110 years with a beautiful new building in downtown Pontiac

The George W. AUCH Company just celebrated its 110th year of being in business in southeast Michigan with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their brand-new, 20,000-square-foot building in downtown Pontiac.  

James Rigato, chef at Mabel Gray

12 Detroit area chefs share their favorite local dishes

Food writer Serena Maria Daniels polled some of the best Detroit area chefs on their favorite local dishes. These were their often surprising, illuminating, and humorous answers. 

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Lathrup Village wants you to slow down and stop in

Tiny Lathrup Village recognizes itself as a sleepy, friendly place, but it's not afraid to celebrate its little wins in a big way. Patrick Dunn spent time in Lathrup Village to find out if this small town can change while staying the same.

Downtown Pontiac

Main Street Pontiac is spearheading efforts for transformational change in downtown Pontiac

There are 25 Main Street communities in Oakland County, which has its own countywide Main Street program to support all of them, but only downtown Pontiac is a member of the new UrbanMain initiative, which targets the unique challenges that urban downtown communities face. 

Local high school art on display at Mahindra HQ in Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills-based Mahindra champions the art of local high school students, seeks to grow program

For design inspiration for the north half of Mahindra Automotive’s North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Advanced Concepts Manager Paul Lowis turned to the talented high school students of Oakland County.

Mercedes-Benz Week of Caring volunteers work with Humble Design to transform a home in Detroit, Michigan on June 22, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services logged 4,100 volunteers hours during sixth annual Week of Caring

On Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services just held its sixth annual "Week of Caring," during which time over 600 employees worked with 11 nonprofit organizations on 25 different community service projects through Southeastern Michigan. Together they logged over 4,100 hours of service.

Palazzo Di Bocce

Palazzo di Bocce to host International Bocce Tournament

On July 20 and 21, Palazzo di Bocce in Lake Orion will host the International Bocce Invitational, making it only the second time this world tournament of bocce has been hosted in the United States.

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Can Metro Detroit's treasure trove of mid-century modern architecture be preserved?

Metromode's Patrick Dunn tells us about the remarkable history – and sometimes disheartening present condition – of mid-century modern architecture in Metro Detroit.

Caylin Brandon and Lila Barron count money from their slime sales.

Children's business fair prepares young entrepreneurs for the real world

Young entrepreneurs gathered to showcase their products and pitch their ideas to attendees of a Children's Business Fair in Rochester. Dorothy Hernandez went to the fair and spoke to these budding entrepreneurs.

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Fourth of July fireworks celebrations in Oakland County

From the last week of June through the first week of July, the skies all throughout Metro Detroit will light up with fireworks large and small from townships and cities hosting their own displays as part of their annual Independence Day celebrations. There are well over a dozen in Oakland County alone, so get your coolers ready and mark your calendars because it's time to get into the full swing of summer!

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Why is Pontiac the best home for a tech business?

On June 6, leaders from The NEXT Education, MadDog Technology, LocalHop, and the tech defense industry will sit down with Pontiac entrepreneur Glen Konopaskie at the free High Growth Happy Hour. In advance, they share thoughts on why Pontiac is so special.

LEO Kite Fest

The Lyon Township Kite Festival brings in professional kite flyers from all over the world

The 10th Annual Lyon Township Kite Festival, organized by the nonprofit Lyon Events Organization (LEO), is expected to be its biggest year yet, and has expanded to also include Friday night for the first time ever. 

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Oakland County names first woman CISO

An innovative information security leader with over 25 years of private-sector experience now serves as Oakland County’s first woman chief information security officer (CISO).

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This summer, send the kids to a STEM day camp

Summer is almost here, which means parents must once again decide how to fill their children's time during the next three months in a way that is, ideally, productive, constructive, and instructive. This summer, consider one of Oakland County's many STEM day camps offered by institutions like Oakland University and Lawrence Technological University.

Main Street Super Heroes

Berkley and Royal Oak join the Main Street Oakland County family

Berkley and Royal Oak became members of Main Street Oakland County and six other downtowns were honored during the “Super Heroes of Main Street” gala celebration at the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts in Pontiac on Thursday, May 10.

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Jessica Schatz of Expressions Music Academy on the power of systems in growing a business

Jessica Schatz went from three students at her first music academy business to now an estimated 1,400 students in three locations across Metro Detroit.

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The Rainbow Connection makes dreams come true for Michigan children with life-threatening conditions

Based in Rochester, The Rainbow Connection is a wish-granting organization for Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions that has granted over 3,400 wishes since 1985. 

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Autonomous vehicles will impact the environment, but how?

As the Detroit region leads the charge in electric, connected, and autonomous vehicle innovation, environmental stakeholders are asking questions about how a radically new way of moving people, goods, and services will impact the environment.

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Pontiac-born artist’s tunes, apparel line grows from family, friends and love of music

Sometimes really good things grow out of love when you least expect it.

Phil Bertolini

How connected and autonomous vehicles will change your life for the better

By improving safety and efficiency of transportation, mobility has the potential to change lives for the better. In addition to offering more options for getting around, mobility will spur a big rethink about how we operate in cities, suburbs, and rural areas.

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Twin brothers build Metro Detroit farm-to-table network for carnivores

Matt and Mike Romine are connecting the journey of animals from farm to butchery to table. And if you eat meat, they think you should too.

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Self-driving security: How Detroit leads the way in automotive cybersecurity

The burgeoning world of connected and autonomous vehicles provides hackers a plethora of lucrative opportunities, ranging from stealing credit card information from a vehicle to abusing vehicle-to-infrastructure systems to break into a car owner's garage or house. Fortunately, there are many in Metro Detroit's automotive cybersecurity sector who are working feverishly to prepare defenses against such attacks.

Robotics

RoboZone TV shows how robotics combines the best of varsity sports and STEM education

RoboZone TV is the only TV series dedicated to high school robotics in the country, highlighting how robotics combines varsity sports with STEM education and celebrating Michigan's 500+ robotics teams. 

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Walkable Suburbs: Rochester connects people with downtown, trails

Rochester is known for its wide sidewalks and Norman Rockwell-like downtown. How does the city maintain its walkability as it develops? 

Michigan Works! Red Level

Michigan Works! honors Novi IT company Red Level for partnership to train and hire technical talent

Red Level, a Novi-based full-service information technology company, was recognized with a Michigan Works! Association Impact Award for forming strategic a partnership with Oakland County and Oakland County Michigan Works! to upskill, train and expand the company’s workforce.

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Welcome to the Year of the Hippo

Green Hippo Gifts in downtown Lake Orion offers an ever-changing selection of local and handmade gifts, home goods, children's books, clothing, jewelry, and more, and will celebrate its fourth year in business this October. In recognition of her accomplishment, owner Jennifer Meier, a former teacher with no previous business background, was just named a member of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2018. 

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MiCareerQuest Southeast will expose thousands of local high school students to in-demand careers

The first-ever MiCareerQuest Southeast will take place on November 28, 2018, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. At this event, 10,000 high school students from the greater Metro Detroit region will be exposed to in-demand careers in the biggest growth industries in Michigan, including advanced manufacturing, construction, health sciences, and information technology.

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Ferndale Radio brings hyperlocal focus to the airwaves

If you happen to be driving through Ferndale anytime soon, flip to100.7 Ferndale Radio for a solid mix of college rock and new wave. Don’t turn the dial too fast, though, or you might miss it.

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Eight projects transform over 300 acres of once contaminated or obsolete property

Oakland County’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority approved eight construction projects during the past three years which turned more than 300 acres of once contaminated or obsolete property into $270 million of new investment and increased the taxable value of the property by $45 million.

Lance Luce

Lance Luce - the local theatre organist who inspired Liberace's rhinestone shoes

Lance Luce doesn't exactly have what you would call a "common" occupation: as a professional theatre organist, it's probably safe to say he is one among mere dozens in America. He started playing the organ at the age of 13, and since then has played all over the country and world, from Radio City Music Hall to unity churches, and from pizza parlors to the most opulent historic theaters still standing. 

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Why Hazel Park is the next Hazel Park

While Hazel Park is known for its working-class background, rising home prices have some wondering if the city's ‘true-grit' attitude will persevere. Kate Roff finds out how the city is forging a future for itself that’s very different from its neighbors.

Mabel Gray

Great date night restaurants in Oakland County

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means it's time to make your plans and book your dinner reservations! Dining in Oakland County has quite possibly never been better, so before you book a table at a corporate chain steakhouse, check out these many excellent locally-owned options instead, offering everything from classic steakhouse-and-seafood fare to exquisite from-scratch Italian to trendy new American, with a few James Beard nominees in there to boot. Dare to try something new this Valentine's Day, and treat yo'self!

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Youth Abilities Saturday Sports Special gives kids of all abilities an opportunity to freely play

The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Department's program Youth Abilities Saturday Sports Special started over 10 years ago as a cooperative program with the Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County. This free program is designed for children with disabilities aged 6-18 to keep them happy, healthy, and active during the long winter months.

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Foreign direct investment tops $1.1 billion In four years

Foreign direct investment in Oakland County for the past four years totaled more than $1.1 billion as international companies continue to boost Oakland County’s economy, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said.

Go Comedy!

Go Comedy Improv! to host 24-hour charity fundraiser in Ferndale

Snow Day is an annual 24-hour improv marathon that takes place at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre in Ferndale. All the proceeds from ticket, raffle, and drink sales go to charity.

Fire & Ice Festival

Fire & Ice Festival moves across the street

The Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester, held January 19-21 and sponsored by Oakland County Credit Union, will move most of its winter activities from the open field at Third and Water streets to one at Second and Mill streets in downtown Rochester. 

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Unified Business Technologies emphasizes women in traditionally male jobs

Michelle D’Souza is the President and CEO of Unified Business Technologies in Troy, a multi-faceted company that spans a number of different industries, including information technologies, manufacturing, engineering, and construction. One of the secrets to her success is hiring the right people, even if they don't have the "right" education or experience. 

Connected Vehicle Task Force

Oakland County supports development of innovative autonomous vehicle network pilot program

Oakland County is seeking bids from providers who have the ability to plan, build, deploy and maintain a pilot connected autonomous vehicle network that would ultimately make driving safer at no cost to taxpayers.

The Big, Bright Light Show

Looking back on 2017 and towards a happy, prosperous 2018

2017 has certainly been a year! As we look forward to what lies ahead in 2018, we want to take a moment to reflect on the year that was and the stories we told here at Prosper.

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Downtown Madison Heights defies expectations

When you think of downtown Madison Heights, a traditional “Main Street” look and feel may not immediately come to mind. Metromode's Lish Dorset tells us why this gritty, multi-cultural town will surprise you.

The Big, Bright Light Show

Holiday events in and around Oakland County

It's the most wonderful time of the year once again! Get in the holiday spirit with these events - including tree lightings, parades, holiday markets, theatre performances, and more - happening all over Oakland County and beyond all month long!

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Oak Park reinvents itself, focuses on service and growth

With a regime change, new policies and designs on building a new downtown, Oak Park is remaking its image. Metromode's Patrick Dunn tells us how.

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Bertolini captures coveted GOVERNING award

Deputy Oakland County Executive/CIO Phil Bertolini is one of GOVERNING’s Public Officials of the Year for 2017. GOVERNING selects a handful of officials each year as the most outstanding leaders in state and local government who exemplify the ideals of public service.

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Spooky Oakland County Halloween Events

Don't miss your last chance to enjoy all the fall family fun festivities celebrating harvest season and Halloween! Check out all the events below happening all throughout Oakland County this weekend!

MI Great Artist 2017

Commerce Township self-taught painter is winner of 2017 MI Great Artist online competition

A self-taught painter whose portraits of his daughter in various nature settings caught the eyes of the public – and ultimately the judges – was chosen as the winner of the 2017 MI Great Artist online competition.

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EverythingHR will change the way companies do HR

Five years ago Rochester Hills company El Shaddai Consulting launched the cloud-based human resource management system, EverythingHR, and it is already changing the way businesses do HR. 

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New Oakland County animal shelter opens

Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center held its grand opening on the county’s main government campus in Pontiac. The 35,400-square-foot facility was designed to enhance the shelter’s ability to adopt out as many dogs and cats as it can.

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Sewn together: Pontiac’s underground fashion scene goes mainstream

Once known for cars, Pontiac is reinventing itself. And fashion is becoming a major part of that transformation.

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Oakland County's first international exchange program for middle school to send 11 students to Japan

This October, the Pontiac School District International Exchange Committee will sent 11 Pontiac School District eighth graders to Pontiac's sister city in Japan for an immersive cultural education. 

Chaula Thacker

Farmington Hills dance, yoga, and Bharat Natyam instructor builds a 40-year legacy of community

Chaula Thacker started both her business, Chauladevi Institute of Dance and Yoga, and non-profit organization, Nadanta, in 1977, just a year after her arrival in the United States in 1976.

Inside the Greenhouse

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital Resident Farmer Trevor Johnson teaches kids about healthy eating

Meet Trevor Johnson. He is the Resident Farmer at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, but his role is primarily that of an educator. 

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8 can't-miss Instagrammers from across metro Detroit

How can you stay up to date with what’s going on in the metro area? Instagram, of course!

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Downtown Farmington continues a 'slow and steady' revitalization

If you haven't been to downtown Farmington in a few years, here's why you might want to visit.

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Oakland County’s One Stop Ready program builds bridges between city officials and developers

Created in 2013 by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, One Stop Ready provides local communities resources, tools, and training to promote economic development. By teaching city officials customer-friendly, solution-oriented approaches, the development process between boards and commissions is faster and more efficient.

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Your Personal Memoir preserves priceless family histories

Your Personal Memoir documents the personal histories of families through one-on-one interviews that are then arranged into narratives and printed in heirloom books for future generations to cherish. 

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More Metro Detroit colleges and universities embrace community leadership

Is community leadership something folks are born with or can it be taught? More area colleges and universities are betting that it can--and they're basing their curriculums on it.

Renaissance Festival

Hail and Ahoy! The Michigan Renaissance Festival returns August 19

Kings and Queens, jousters, jugglers, pirates, mermaids, fairies, fortune tellers, and a unicorn? It must be time for the Michigan Renaissance Festival! Check out what's new this year, the festival's 39th running. 

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City Dive: Milford taps potential as western Oakland County's downtown

Milford is growing from a sleepy town to a quasi-urban hub. Patrick Dunn tells us how in our latest edition of City Dive, where we tell the stories of metro Detroit's changing communities.

Day of Service 2017

Leadership Oakland's 2017 Day of Service rehabilitated a home for Monarch Wings

Leadership Oakland is a civic leadership program that approaches leadership development from the personal, professional, and public perspectives with a focus on the local community. The "Day of Service" has been a part of the program for more than 20 years, when these leaders are challenged as a group to develop a service project that will impact a local organization or community. 

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My Pontiac Story: Sonia Acosta of Centro Multicultural La Familia

Ever since a young age, Sonia Acosta has enjoyed helping people live happier, healthier lives, first in Mexico and now in Pontiac, where she's the president and CEO of Centro Multicultural La Familia, a non-profit that takes a holistic approach to assisting the community with social support services.

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DPAN.TV is making history by making news accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community

Sean Forbes started the nonprofit organization D-PAN 10 years ago with the intent of making music and music culture more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community, and he started DPAN.TV in 2015 to make news and current events equally accessible. 

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2017 MI Great Artist competition begins Monday

Artists from Oakland County and seven other southeast Michigan counties have the chance to strut their stuff beginning Monday as the MI Great Artist online art competition kicks into gear.

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Welcome to Bat Country!

The Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For the last 15 years it has been located inside the Cranbrook Institute of Science, where they operated the Bat Zone since 2002 and established an animal sanctuary with 200 nocturnal animals. Now the Organization for Bat Conservation is getting a brand-new home, and with it more than four times the space.

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5 places to find authentic Latin American cuisine in metro Detroit

Pupusas, chicarones, pastelitos anyone? Pull up a chair at metro Detroit’s Guatemalan, Honduran and Salvadorean restaurants.
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One Stop Shop

Nationally recognized One Stop Ready economic development program adds three new communities

The City of Orchard Lake Village, Farmington Hills, and Madison Heights have officially become members of One Stop Ready, Oakland County’s nationally recognized economic development program. 

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Keeping it funky in fashionable Ferndale

Metro Detroit's most progressive suburb is seeing a building boom. But can it grow without sacrificing its unique character?

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Michigan's largest professional theatre company, Meadow Brook Theatre, readies for 52nd year

The Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester is Michigan's largest professional theatre company, and is entering its 52nd season with a world premiere Broadway preview. 

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Local poet finds 'creative heaven' in Pontiac

Vickie Brent-Touray is on a quest to unlock the creative talents of Pontiac's people. To that end, the poet has launched a series of events throughout the city designed to reawaken the audience's imagination. 

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Get ready for summer fun at Oakland County Parks and Recreation

The weather is warm, children will be out of school soon and leisurely summer days lie ahead. Soak up the best summer has to offer this June at these upcoming activities offered through Oakland County Parks and Recreation!

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My Pontiac Story: April Wagner of epiphany glass

April Wagner runs two businesses out of epiphany studios in Pontiac. There's epiphany, which is her line of gift pieces and functional pieces, like bowls and decanters. And then there's the April Wagner Line, which are larger, more ornamental pieces of glass art that often end up in the lobbies of hotels and hospitals, or the dining rooms and stairwells of people's homes.

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MAT2 prepares for next cohort of future highly-skilled employees in the advanced manufacturing field

MAT2 – the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program (pronounced "mat squared") – is an innovative, industry-defined approach to education following the German model of taking students into the workforce and allowing employers to “grow their own” employees.

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Intellectual property law firm sees promise in downtown Pontiac

Dobrusin Law Firm PC has weathered the storm in downtown Pontiac and is looking forward to being part of the city's resurgence.

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Gearing up for the 10th anniversary of The Brooksie Way

On September 24, 2017, The Brooksie Way will celebrate 10 years of exceptional quality of life and community building programming, including the popular flagship "Brooksie" race held every September, the "Chill at the Mills" 5K held in conjunction with the annual Fire and Ice Festival each winter, and the Brooksie Way minigrant program.

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The gig economy: Can you make a living freelancing in Metro Detroit?

Be your own boss, work from home, skip the commute—it's the fantasy of many an office drone. But can you survive doing it? Metromode's Patrick Dunn (himself a freelancer) tells us the story of a few Metro Detroiters who are living the dream.

Earth Day

MI Earth Day Fest celebrates 12 years of celebrating the planet

Now in its 12th year, MI Earth Day Fest - taking place Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 in Downtown Rochester - offers plenty of fun and free ways to shop, learn, and celebrate the planet.

Apprenticeships

Two new workforce development publications focus on building the talent pipeline in Oakland County

Two new publications released by Oakland County once again underscore the County's commitment to workforce development and building a strong talent pipeline for generations to come.

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With development on the rise, Pontiac reaches a tipping point

Patrick Dunn tells us how in the first installment of Metromode's 3-month "On The Ground Pontiac" series about Oakland County's seat.

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Impact100 makes a major impact to philanthropic programs in Oakland County

How much impact can 100 like-minded women make on one local philanthropic organization? For Impact100 Oakland County, it's $100,000.

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John Bry takes helm at Main Street Oakland County

John Bry knew a good deal about Oakland County long before he ever set foot within its borders. That's because he has been working in the Main Street program for a while now--and the county has a bit of a reputation within the nationwide program.

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Hava Nagila to go: Jewish markets in Metro Detroit

To give you a taste of Jewish food in our region, Metromode profiled three local markets: a butcher shop, a well-known local deli and a growing kosher bakery chain. Mazel Tov and enjoy!

Oakland Next

Oakland Next celebrates Oakland County's future leaders and change-makers

A group of Oakland County high school students is being asked the question that may define their future: "Are you Oakland's Next ______?"

Jacob Bishop

If you don't evolve, you die: How Jacob Bishop re-energized the Mr. Alan's brand

Jacob Bishop has re-branded and re-energized the decades-old Mr. Alan's by drastically shaking up the business model, and it seems to be working. Mr. Alan's is now Elite Mr. Alan's, a place for finding the latest trends in shoes and clothing, not just the best bargains.

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Rochester Hills resident Dale Hughes is bringing a world-class velodrome to Detroit

A $4 million multi-sport complex is coming to the City of Detroit. The Detroit Fitness Foundation is funding the project, and Executive Director Dale Hughes will design a world-class cycling velodrome as part of the plan. The foundation also hopes to one day launch a professional track riding team in Detroit. 

Bob Gibbs presents a rendering of Troy's decidedly urbanist Master Plan.

How Metro Detroit's car-oriented suburbs are implementing a 'new American dream'

Things have changed over the past decade, with both residents and businesses shifting their attention back towards compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods like Ferndale, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Midtown and Downtown Detroit, and Metro Detroit's car-oriented are adjusting accordingly. 

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2017 Fire & Ice Festival will go on as scheduled this weekend

Unseasonably warm temperatures predicted for the weekend will not put a damper on the 10th Annual Fire & Ice Festival in downtown Rochester, happening Friday through Sunday.

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Better together: How metro Detroit's entrepreneurial ecosystem nurtured Drought Juice

This is the story of four sisters, four juice bars and how Metro Detroit's startup support network helped grow a mini-empire.

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Tom Kelly prepares Michigan for the next industrial revolution

Technology is rapidly changing the way things are manufactured, and Tom Kelly wants to make sure that Michigan's manufacturing companies are at the forefront of what some are calling the world's fourth industrial revolution—or Industry 4.0, as it's been coined.

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Prosper's Top Stories of 2016

As 2016 finally comes to a close, we here at Oakland County Prosper took a moment to look back at our top stories from this past year. As we look forward to what's ahead in 2017, we would like to share these highlights from the last 12 months to remember the year that was!

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2017 Edition of Oakland County's PROSPER Magazine Hits Airports in Time for Holiday Travelers

PROSPER, the official county magazine spotlighting Oakland County as a business and quality of life destination, is now available at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Flint’s Bishop International Airport in time to reach thousands of holiday travelers.

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Happy Holidays from Oakland County Prosper!

Holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, so we're taking a week off to do just that. Have a safe and happy holiday season spending time with the ones you love! 

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Pleasant Ridge: Metro Detroit's hidden gem

Sometimes wonderful things come in small packages. Take for example one of Metro Detroit’s tiniest cities, born of an ancient beach ridge and home to artists, writers, and beautiful pre-war homes.

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The Brooksie Way Celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2017

2017 marks the tenth year for the flagship Brooksie Way Half Marathon, the road race named in memory of Brooks Stuart Patterson, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's 28-year-old son who died in a tragic snowmobile accident. The Brooksie Way now encompasses two popular annual road races, a minigrant program that supports health and fitness initiatives throughout the county, and a variety of family-friendly events. 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Oakland County Prosper! We hope you have a safe & happy holiday with your loved ones. We'll see you back here in a couple of weeks.

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L. Brooks Patterson shares some thoughts on serving his seventh term as Oakland County Executive

L. Brooks Patterson was recently re-elected to serve his seventh four-year term as Oakland County Executive. He sat down with Oakland County Prosper and shared some thoughts on his achievements while in office, goals for the next four years and advice for an eventual successor.

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One holiday shopper to score $5,000 shopping spree on "Small Business Saturday"

Holiday shoppers who make any purchase at any small business in Oakland County on Nov. 26 could find themselves $5,000 richer under a program launched by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

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The Art of Caregiving offers respite through visual arts for those who take care of others

It is the caregivers who often get overlooked when discussing issues around treatment and care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. On November 17, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center launches their new program, The Art of Caregiving, a free visual arts respite program for those tending to elderly patients with Alzheimer's and dementia.

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Southfield Ambassadors program engages community by reaching beyond residents

In a city where the daytime population more than doubles resident population, Southfield Ambassador Program founder Lauren Bealore knew the city ought to do be doing more to connect people.

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9 things to know about Oakland County's lakes

Metromode's Claire Charlton dives in (not literally) to find out how Oakland County's lakes were formed, how they benefit the region and what's in store for their future.

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Q2 honors Woodward, Pontiac, and Children's Village boosters

Tickets are now available for the 24th Annual Quality People/Quality County (Q2) Awards breakfast which takes place Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint. 

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Family-Friendly Halloween Fun Throughout Oakland County

It's that time of year again: fall is in full "bloom" and Halloween is looming right around the corner! Every year Oakland County Moms puts together an exhaustive list of activities and events to celebrate this spookiest of seasons with your little ghouls and goblins. With permission, Prosper has highlighted a few of these events happening throughout Oakland County over the next two weeks.

Brooksie Way Half Marathon

Seven Oakland County non-profit and community groups to share over $10,600 in Brooksie Way Minigrant

An online yoga program for people with multiple sclerosis, a snowshoe program for special needs students and a monthly dance program for people with Parkinson’s disease are among seven organizations that will share more than $10,600 in Brooksie Way Minigrants.

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How Clawson is making a quiet comeback with food, retail and a nod to history

Once-sleepy downtown Clawson is fast becoming Oakland County's next hot suburb. Metromode's Annamarie Sysling talks to city leaders to find out how they're making it happen.

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Heather Ashley Coppinger paints magical landscapes

Oakland University graduate Heather Ashley Coppinger creates beautiful oil paintings of fantastical, sometimes surreal landscapes. The young artist's work has already appeared in major international art competitions. 

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Fort Clarkston is a dream for kids and parents alike

Fort Clarkston is an 11,000-square-foot, three-story children's playscape facility and arcade, and it is geared as much towards the parents as it is to the kids. 

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Business Aviation Expo soars higher

Corporate executives can learn how business aviation can help their companies reach new heights at the Business Aviation Expo on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) in Waterford.

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Benevolence and bottom lines: Social enterprise in metro Detroit

You've heard the term "social enterprise," but what does it actually mean? Metromode's David Sands goes beyond the buzzword to find out how organizations are mixing profitability and sustainability in metro Detroit. 

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The Durr Group opens new $40 million technical center in Southfield

The Dürr Group has opened a new $40 million technical center in Southfield, renovating a former DTE Energy call center in order to consolidate its three existing metro Detroit locations in Auburn Hills, Plymouth Township, and Wixom.

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Metro Detroit employers offer family-friendly policies to attract millennial workers

Workplaces across the nation are slow to meet the needs of a new generation of employees with families. But we talked to several Metro Detroit employers who are bucking that trend and leading the way to a more family-friendly workplace future.

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Royal Oak Farmers' Market stands the test of time

The 90-year old Royal Oak Farmers' Market is changing with the times. Maureen McDonald checks in to find out how.

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ModeChat: Jeremy Brown on growing the Oakland County Farmers' Market into a community asset

The Oakland County Farmers' market has undergone a major transition since management of the facility was assumed by Oakland County Parks and Recreation four years ago. Market manager Jeremy Brown tells us what's changed and what's next.

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Oakland County's new Community Health Improvement Plan provides a road map for healthy living

Oakland County's new Community Health Improvement Plan is part of a community-wide health improvement initiative Energizing Connections for Healthier Oakland created with the goal of achieving a community where everyone who lives, works, attends schools, worships, or plays in Oakland County is a healthy person.

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HealthyTown-Everywhere debuts at Holiday Market in Royal Oak this Saturday

Dr. Paul Ehrmann, D.O. is behind a new program launching this Saturday, July 16, called HealthyTown-Everywhere, a partnership between his office, Holiday Market in Royal Oak, the Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Coordinated Dietetics Program at Wayne State University.

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Your 2016 guide to the new and next on Metro Detroit's trails

Metro Detroit is home to over 1,000 miles of trails—with even more being planned and built every year. Here's what to expect as you plan your next non-motorized adventure.

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The Troy Historical Society and Troy Historic Village celebrate 50 years

This year the Troy Historical Society celebrates 50 years of a public-private partnership with the City of Troy in preserving the history and heritage of the city through the Troy Historic Village, a collection of ten carefully restored historic buildings that date back as far back as the 1830s.

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Patterson honors 10 "Perfect 10" Main Street Oakland County communities for National Accreditation

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson honored 10 Main Street Oakland County communities who received perfect scores and a national accreditation from the National Main Street Center in Chicago.

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Landscapes of luxury: A guide to metro Detroit's public gardens

Metro Detroit is home to some spectacular formal gardens and greenspaces—all open to the public. Metromode writer and garden expert Brian Allnutt gives us the cook's tour.

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Oakland County Parks and Recreation celebrates its 50th anniversary

This year Oakland County Parks celebrates its 50th anniversary serving Oakland County's 1.2 million people with some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities available. Throughout this spring and summer, Oakland County Parks and Recreation is introducing a number of programs to celebrate this landmark anniversary.

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Medical Main Street goes international

Oakland County’s Medical Main Street and the People’s Republic of China and its life science program, China Medical City, entered into a “Friendship City” relationship to explore opportunities for promoting and commercializing new products and technologies in life science, business, education, energy and the environment.

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The Village of Holly Heats Up

Things are getting hot in the Village of Holly: it recently won six awards at the Main Street Oakland County "Main Event" celebration, has welcomed 47 new businesses in the last two years, and was the number one real estate market in Oakland County in 2015. It's time you rediscovered Holly! 

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Downtown Holly top winner as Main Street Oakland County honors 16 communities at gala celebration

Holly and its Downtown Development Authority (DDA) scored big on May 5, capturing six awards at the Main Street Oakland County “Main Event” celebration at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

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Disc Golf Goes Mainstream

Disc golf has been around in Metro Detroit since the 1970s. The sport continues to attract new players, new events and new courses every year. But is it ready for the mainstream?

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Summer Camps in Oakland County

Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner! And that means: the kids are about to be on summer break. The struggle for parents each summer is how to keep their children active and engaged during those long summer days while balancing their own work and life schedules, or just making sure the kids aren’t glued to their iPads all day. Thankfully there are several summertime programs for kids in Oakland County that are as educational as they are enjoyable for children of all ages.

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Take me to the river: CRWC director Anne Vaara on restoring an urban waterway

The Clinton River may be an Area of Concern, but it's also Michigan's most populous watershed. And that means lots of volunteers at-the-ready to clean things up, which makes Clinton River Watershed Council director Anne Vaara's job plenty of fun.

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Lake Norcentra Park on the Rochester College campus is open to serve the community

Many colleges and universities have beautiful campuses that are lovingly landscaped and carefully maintained…and also not explicitly open to the public. Rochester College in Rochester Hills is going to change that with Lake Norcentra Park.

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Motor City Guitar is a musician's Wonderland where everyone is treated like family

Motor City Guitar in Waterford has been serving area musicians since 1988. The secret to success is that there is no secret: they treat everyone like family because they view everyone that way. It also helps that they have one of the most robust guitar and effects pedal inventories in the Midwest. 

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From its seat in Ferndale, Vintage King rules the audio world

Located in Ferndale amid wholesale auto parts warehouses and body shops, Vintage King has grown into one of the top professional audio equipment companies in the world, supplying studios near and far with the best gear available.

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Tech248, Oakland County arm companies and governments with tools to fight hackers

In an increasingly connected world, education is the number one deterrent against hackers who hope to profit by stealing people's personal and financial information.


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In search of metro Detroit's oldest bars

From pre-Civil War inns to Prohibition-era speakeasys, metro Detroit is home to a wide array of historic watering holes.

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Look to the suburbs to understand the eclecticism of Albert Kahn's architecture

Architect Albert Kahn designed hundreds of commissions in Detroit, but some of his most interesting work lies beyond the city's borders.

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Young entrepreneur creates Zollipops for kids to have candy that's actually good for them

Zollipops is the creation of 10-year-old Alina Morse, who wanted to create a healthy candy that also tastes good and is fun to eat. Zollipops is that candy, the "After You Eat Treat."

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Interactive Map Shows Oakland County's Winter Outdoor Activities

Oakland County is using technology to make it easier for residents and visitors to find outdoor activities around the county this winter. The County is publishing a new interactive map blog of activities and things of interest around Oakland County each month.

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M1 Concourse brings an experiential retail and entertainment destination for car fanatics to Pontiac

It's not called the "Motor City" for nothing – car culture runs deep in metro Detroit, and nowhere does it run deeper than the Woodward corridor, home of the Woodward Dream Cruise, And nowhere is more perfect a place than redeveloping Pontiac for a car fanatics' concept like M1 Concourse.

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Valentine's Date Ideas Around Oakland County

This Valentine's Day, skip the old dinner-and-a-movie – not that we don’t love both dinner and movies, but why not mix it up a bit? There are plenty of activities and events going on all around Oakland County so you can make this special day a little more, well...special!

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County Executive Sweet on Auto Industry for Valentine's Day

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson wants the CEOs from some of the top automotive companies in the world to be his Valentine – at least for a day.

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Clawson's Woodpile BBQ Shack cooks low and slow for the best barbecue

Woodpile BBQ Shack is a beautifully designed carry-out and catering barbecue "shack" located in the old A&W building in Clawson, serving barbecue smoked low and slow daily. 

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9th annual Rochester Fire & Ice Festival will be held January 22-24 in downtown Rochester

The 9th annual Rochester Fire & Ice Festival, presented by Oakland County Credit Union, runs Jan. 22-24 at East Water and Third streets in downtown Rochester with fireworks, ice carving, tube sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, dogsled rides, cross country skiing, carriage rides, food trucks and face painting.

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Oakland County staff raised over $50,000 for different charities in 2015

A week before Christmas, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson presented 19 local charities with checks totaling $31,500. The proceeds were raised by employees participating in the county’s Casual Day program through which they may donate $1 to charity in order to wear jeans to work.

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Looking back at the top stories of 2015

The end of the year is always a time for reflection. We here at Prosper love to share stories of positive developments happening throughout Oakland County, as well as stories of the people making a difference in our community. As we say goodbye to 2015, we look back on our top-read stories of the year – the stories about people working in different ways to make Oakland County such a wonderful place to call home.

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ZeroBase brings renewable energy to areas in need all over the world

Ferndale-based ZeroBase Energy was established in 2009 with the vision of making cleaner sources of energy more accessible to those most in need. 

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Great outdoors leads Carbon Media Group to big things

Success has never really been a problem for Carbon Media Group. Maintaining that upward trajectory while still maintaining its focus on its core audience can be a bit more challenging.

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Chateau Chantal partners with Olive Vinegar to open Rochester tasting room

Great news for Michigan wine fans: another Old Mission Peninsula winery has opened up a tasting room downstate – Chateau Chantal.

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Searching for Region's 'Best of the Best' The Elite 40

If you know a young entrepreneur, community leader, teacher or any person who has made significant contributions to their chosen field and the quality of life to Oakland County and the region and you want them recognized for their good work, this is your chance.

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Veterans Day Ceremony To Honor All Who Served

Veterans, their families, friends and the general public are invited to attend a Veterans Day ceremony honoring all who served in the armed forces of our country.

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Find Your Inner Ronda Rousey at Fit2Fight Studios

Bianca Bahri opened Fit2Fight Studios in Troy to give women a place to work out where they feel comfortable but still train like fighters. 

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Great Places to See Fall Colors in Oakland County

Fall is in full bloom in Oakland County, and you still have time to enjoy it! There are numerous city, county, and state parks for you to hike and bike with the whole family. Here are just a few select scenic areas both close to home and a short drive away to take in the last breaths of fall, from historic manors to century-old cider mills, all amidst forested areas ideal for a perfect fall afternoon out with the family.

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One Stop Ready Community Showcase Features Prime Oakland County Property Investment Opportunities

Developers, investors, brokers and businesses interested in owning a piece of prime Oakland County real estate can shop for available parcels at the county’s second annual One Stop Ready (OSR) Community Showcase.

One Stop Ready community showcase features Prime Oakland County property investment opportunities

Developers, investors, brokers and businesses interested in owning a piece of prime Oakland County real estate can shop for available parcels at the county’s second annual One Stop Ready (OSR) Community Showcase.

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Oakland County wins financial reporting award

Oakland County has won the Award of Excellence for its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for 18 years running. 

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Rochester-based OneStream Software is a global force in financial management software

Rochester-based OneStream Software is a global game-changer in the financial data reporting industry. Goliath, meet David. 

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Flower child capitalists turn low profit company into gazelle startup, ardentCause

ardentCause is a Troy-based socially entrepreneurial startup developed software applications for non-profits, foundations and the like, and doubles ita revenue every year. 

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Educator, Leader, Author and Philanthropist Melody Arabo is this year's Elite 40 Under 40 Winner

Third grade teacher Melody Arabo is Oakland County's Elite 40 Under 40 winner for 2015, and with good reason - in her role as educator, she has undertaken a significant amount of leadership development and social justice work, teaching by example and helping today's children learn how to be tomorrow's leaders. 

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Cellarmen's: Beards, Bees, and Booze in Hazel Park

The Hazel Park buzz (get it???) is real, and for further proof check out Cellarmen's, a new meadery, cidery, and brewery brought to us by four majestically bearded B. Nektar alumni. 

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Marketing investment moves growth needle for iDashboards

There is no lack of success for iDashboards. It has consistent double-digit revenue growth, dozens of hires, and cool software more and more people want. The secret sauce to its success: marketing.

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The Humble Mission of Humble Design

Pontiac-based Humble Design assists families in transition out of homelessness by turning their houses into homes with donated furniture and household goods as well as personalized design services. 

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The Forthcoming Mabel Gray Signals a New Cool for Hazel Park and Michigan's Top Chef

Hazel Park is "under construction," says Chef James Rigato. And, thanks in no small part to his forthcoming second restaurant Mabel Gray, it stands to be the next cool metro Detroit neighborhood to open an independent business. 

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Marvel Apps Started as a Hobby Then Became One of Goldman Sachs' First 10,000 Small Businesses

Marvel Apps is an independent software development company based in Royal Oak that has been named one of the "50 Companies to Watch" in Michigan, and was also among the first cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. 

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Network with Medical Main Street at September 16th INNO-VENTION Reception

Your company could be a Medical Main Street success story. The next opportunity to network with Medical Main Street companies is coming up September 16 for the INNO-VENTION Reception, featuring the INNO-VATOR of the Year Awards held at Petruzello’s in Troy.

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Hiring helps propel Benzinga from startup to financial media staple

5-year-old startup Benzinga, an online financial news publication, is constantly looking for new people to help it keep up with its growth. That means tracking down a wide variety of professionals, ranging from journalists to software developers. 

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168 Asian Mart Serves Metro Detroit's Asian Community with Largest Asian Supermarket in Midwest

168 Asian Mart, now open in Madison Heights, is a 38,000 square feet Asian supermarket stocking specialty food items from major Asian ethnic cuisines including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese. There is also a bakery, bubble tea bar, in-house butcher, food court serving dim sum and hot pot, and a variety of other Asian specialty items. 

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Leader Dogs for the Blind Needs Puppy Raisers to Raise Future Leaders

Since 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind has been empowering the blind, visually impaired, and Deaf-Blind with skills for a lifetime of independent travel with the help of highly trained leader dogs. The training for these dogs starts when they are puppies, and Leader Dogs needs volunteer families to raise these puppies for this crucial first year. 

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STEM education opens doors to a variety of career paths, regional success

A vice president of the largest independent electricity transmission company in the U.S. writes that we can maintain southeast Michigan's reputation as an innovative and desirable location for companies looking to expand as well as set our kids up for success by focusing on STEM-related topics in schools.

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Yessian Gets Behind the Music at One World Observatory

Yessian Music is a music and sound production company headquartered in Farmington Hills that works on high-profile projects with major clients all over the world. Their latest triumph is the Old World Observatory in New York. 

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County planner instrumental in acquiring $1mil in grants honored by Clinton River Trail Alliance

Kristen Wiltfang, senior planner in the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, was honored for her role in obtaining nearly $1 million in grant funding to help develop the Clinton River Trail.

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Infection Prevention Technologies Makes Hospitals Safer for Patients with its Innovative Technology

Infection Prevention Technologies applies much of the technology and know-how used in the automotive segment and adapts it for use in new healthcare applications.

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Emerging Sectors strategy tops $3 billion investment

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson today announced the Emerging Sectors® business attraction and retention strategy he created in 2004 to diversify the county’s economy has surpassed $3 billion of total investment.

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The future of Hazel Park: How a resilient, blue-collar city is reinventing itself

Hazel Park is building on its strong bones toward reinvention as an affordable hub for millennials. Located in the southeastern corner of Oakland County, the town is a study in the history and evolution of the urban fabric of metropolitan Detroit.

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Moody's reaffirms Oakland County's AAA bond rating

Moody’s Investors Service cited Oakland County's “strong management practices, a growing economy, and anticipated maintenance of healthy reserves” as it reaffirmed the county’s AAA bond rating with a stable outlook.

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LunaTech 3D gets customers inside businesses before they ever step a foot in the door

Novi-based LunaTech 3D is a Google Certified Geo 3D Developer Program and a Google Trusted Photographer Program. The company uses these technologies to bring customers inside of their clients' interior spaces for an interactive experience that clients can then track to better understand how users engage with their website content. 

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Clawson and Holly downtowns top winners as Main Street Oakland County honors 11 communities at gala

Clawson and Holly captured three honors each at the Main Street Oakland County “Main Event” awards celebration at the Royal Oak Music Theater.

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Metro Detroit schools are going Green, Emerald and Evergreen

These three classifications are the result of a growing statewide dedication to eco-friendly education and environmental activities through the Michigan Green Schools program.

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Utley Brothers Printing comes full circle after 70 years

Troy-based Utley Brothers Printing is celebrating 70 years in business this year, and with the introduction of their letterpress studio the Atlantic Press five years ago, the company is paying homage to its early origins as much as it is keeping up with current design trends. 

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County seeks input on how $5 million should be spent on housing, community development

County residents who want a say on how $5 million annually should be spent for various housing and community development projects including neighborhood improvements or home foreclosure prevention will get three chances to be heard.

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An artist's argument for STEAM education

It would be a shame if kids with a passion for art were somehow led to believe that there is not a place for them in the world of science, technology, and innovation, argues designer and inventor Curt Bailey, which is why he believes it important to insert an 'A' for arts into the STEM acronym.

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Green Electrical Supply takes the mystery out of energy efficient technology

Rich Osterhout opened Green Electrical Supply in Auburn Hills in 2007. The company specializes in energy efficient electrical products, customer education, and high quality customer service. 

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In Pontiac, historic neighborhoods are key to city's revival

Pontiac's historic neighborhoods are not only testaments to the city's former economic and industrial might, but also to its potential for future redevelopment.

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Seed capital fuels 365 Retail Markets rapid growth rate

Joe Hessling spent a couple years building 365 Retail Markets from nothing, but he was able to grow the Troy startup's revenues quickly after scoring $1 million in seed capital. That hockey stick spike in growth is why 365 Retail Markets is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in Metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's Year of the Gazelle series.

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Rockwell Medical's innovative drug Triferic will impact iron deficiency therapy around the world

Wixom-based Rockwell Medical is preparing to release its industry-changing iron maintenance and replacement therapeutic drug treatment Triferic to the market later this year, positioning itself as a global leader in its field. 

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How metro Detroit became a national leader in mead making

Collaboration and good-natured competition have propelled metro Detroit's meaderies into a class of their own.

Oakland County expertise leads to national economic development group appointment

Oakland County and its business development team have been appointed to FDI Frontlines Coalition – an economic development steering committee created by the Washington D.C.-based Organization for International Investment.

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Hopeful Harvest Foods is a social enterprise that is growing the local food economy

Hopeful Harvest Foods is a for-profit subsidiary of Forgotten Harvest designed to help further the organization's mission through three key social enterprise efforts to help local small businesses, become part of a larger workforce development initiative, and have another avenue to drive revenue to support the mission of Forgotten Harvest.

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Saving the Leonard Mill, a 19th century agricultural relic in Oakland County

Parts from a doomed historic mill in South Lyon will be used to restore a similar mill in the Village of Leonard, creating a historic destination on the Polly Ann Trail.

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Canine Advocacy Program provides comfort for children forced to testify in criminal cases

The Canine Advocacy Program is a child crime victims' advocacy nonprofit based in Novi and founded by Dan Cojanu in 2010. The dogs provide comfort and reduce anxiety for children forced to testify in criminal cases, doing a little less harm in a situation that is terrifying for them. 

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From almost famous to truly famous: Metro Detroit's up-and-coming chefs have arrived

Back in 2012 Metromode ran a two-part story on metro Detroit's up and coming restaurant scene and the chefs who were striving to make a name for themselves. So, where are these culinary young guns now? As it turns out, each and every one has not only delivered on their promise but exceeded expectations.

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MI Great Artist Weatherly Stroh found her inner painter after coming home to Michigan

Weatherly Stroh is yet another Michigan returnee success story. The Birmingham artist spent 20 years living in Colorado before finally returning home, where she began painting full time and has since received prestigious recognition for her work along with a warm Michigan welcome. 

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The Culinary Studio Provides Resources to Startup Food Entrepreneurs

With the surge in recent years of home-based food producers looking to take their family recipes and turn them into a retail business, many need access to a licensed commercial kitchen for production. The Culinary Studio in Southfield fulfills a need for a dedicated, 24-hour commercial kitchen space for local food entrepreneurs, as well as professional guidance to get their businesses up and running. 

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Thirty deals total $171 million of foreign direct investment in '14; Europe and Asia focus for 2015

Oakland County attracted $171 million of foreign direct investment in 2014, prompting the county’s business development team to expand its global search for companies looking to locate in the county. Europe and Asia are the focus for 2015 economic development travel. 

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Kidpreneuer Teaches Kids How to Code, and How to Fail

Kidpreneur in Wixom teaches kids ages five to 14 about technology - including 3D printing, coding, Minecraft, video production, robotics, game design, and web design - and entrepreneurship - including how to fail. 

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8th Annual Rochester Fire & Ice Festival

The 8th annual Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday, January 25. Crews have been making snow, building the ice rink, and prepping for other activities such as dogsledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and fireworks.

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Incubating a new food industry in metro Detroit

Launching a food-based business in metro Detroit is a lot harder than you think. Luckily, budding foodpreneurs are getting a leg up, courtesy of Southfield's kitchen co-working space, The Culinary Studio, and The Seed, a business incubator started by the owners of Garden Fresh.

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Flipside Records in Clawson has been a retro entertainment mecca for over 30 years

Flipside Records in Clawson is a retro entertainment mecca that has been serving customers for nearly 32 years. The store has a little something for every kind of music and media fan, and has raised generations of music-hungry teens scavenging their bins for treasures. 

Happy Holidays!

The holidays are upon us! We'll be taking the next couple of weeks off to enjoy time with our loved ones and we'll see you back here January 7. From all of us at Oakland County Prosper, happy holidays and a prosperous New Year!   

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Meghan Marion Offers Contemporary Clothing That Appeals to the Midwestern Woman

Meghan Hart is owner of Meghan Marion, a contemporary women's clothing boutique in downtown Royal Oak that seeks to create a comfortable, personalized shopping experience with classic items that appeal to the Midwestern woman. 

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2015 Edition of Oakland County's PROSPER Magazine Hits Airports in Time for Holiday Travelers

PROSPER, the official county magazine spotlighting Oakland County as a business and quality of life destination, is now available at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Flint’s Bishop International Airport in time to reach thousands of holiday travelers.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Prosper will be off next week to celebrate Thanksgiving, expressing our gratitude to those who have made our lives richer. We'll be back Dec. 10. Have a wonderful holiday!

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Collaboration and entrepreneurship: Metro Detroit's most innovative nonprofits

From creative ways of raising revenue to forming partnerships, nonprofits are becoming more entrepreneurial in order to sustain themselves into the next generation. Area nonprofit leaders share the ways and means by which the social sector is becoming more like the business sector.

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Unity Park is Part of Pontiac's Ongoing Revitalization Efforts

Community Housing Network is nearly finished building 32 rental homes in southeast Pontiac’s Unity Park neighborhood that offer residents close proximity to downtown and introduce greater affordable housing options into Pontiac and Oakland County, and they are already planning on additional development phases.

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Why Detroit's improv comedy scene is no joke

Detroit is not exactly NYC, Chicago, or L.A., but the local improv scene, which has produced national talents like Keegan-Michael Key, is thriving thanks to dedicated performers and theaters like Planet Ant and Go Comedy!.

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The Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 Under 40 program opens Monday

Nominations are being accepted for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2015. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson started the program in 2012 to honor young professionals and thought leaders who excel in their field and have demonstrated dynamic leadership.

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Oakland County launches tech248 to harness the power of nearly 2,000 tech companies in county

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has launched tech248, a branding and business development initiative aimed at harnessing the power of the nearly 2,000 tech companies in the county and market the county as a global technology hub.

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Waterford Boo-tique, Sutton's Costumes and Tuxedos, Fulfills All Your Costume Needs All Year Long

Who among us hasn't gone to Spirit Halloween or Party City to look for a costume and just ended up disappointed by how cheap and shoddy they all look? Sutton's is a sacred place for people who care about their costumes and don't want to end up with yet another pre-packaged, mass-produced, cheap-looking superhero getup.

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OpEd: Why DDAs should back business development

Downtown development authorities are commonly known for placemaking projects – capital improvements and programming intended to turn downtowns into gathering spaces. But critics claim such projects aren't translating into sales for local businesses. As such, Annette Knowles, executive director of the Farmington DDA, says business development should be high-priority on the DDA's list.

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He knows what scares you: A Q&A with filmmaker and MPI founder Doug Schulze

Doug Schulze is dedicated to making movies in the Mitten. As the founder of the Motion Picture Institute he helps to train aspiring filmmakers for an industry that's just starting to take hold in the state. As a filmmaker he has found success with indie horrors. Schulze's latest project goes below the surface of Michigan's Great Lakes… in the dead of winter.

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Stealth innovation: How a Troy company is reinventing vending machine technology

In 2009, Troy-based 365 Retail Markets generated $42K in revenue. This year it's projected to make $15 million. Read how one of Michigan's most under-the-radar tech companies is reinventing the vending machine experience and reaping big business in the process.

One Stop Ready

One Stop Ready gets communities working together to help them grow

Oakland County's One Stop Ready is a community-focused economic development program built on self-evaluation, information sharing, and outstanding customer service. It is designed for community leaders to review their policies, compare best practices, and work hand-in-hand to make business development easier.

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OpEd: Why interns should be civically involved

Student internship programs go far beyond short-term employment stints; they have significant long-term benefits. Brenda Gallick, human resources director at Billhighway, covers what the company looks for in interns and why their civic involvement is a priority.
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Saginaw Street Consignments is Vintage Pontiac

Saginaw Street Consignments is a vintage store located 150 N. Saginaw St. that sells previously-owner furniture, lighting, fine china, artwork, designer handbags, jewelry, vintage audio equipment, and other housewares and accessories. Co-owner April Ogg-Ivankovich’s family has owned and operated the downtown Pontiac building for over 50 years. 

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. revs up for success

From their Royal Oak basement to the stages of Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is yet more evidence that metro Detroit is both the destination and birthplace for contemporary music. The indie duo explains why our local music scene continues to rock, pop and rap with the best of them.

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The Ford-Wyoming and Detroit's Automotive Love Affair

A new book by Detroit-area business reporter and former Detroit News and Oakland Press staffer Karen Dybis, The Ford-Wyoming Drive-In: Cars, Candy & Canoodling in the Motor City, looks at the six-decade history of this iconic local institution, once the biggest drive-in theatre in the world.  

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Fermenta galvanizes women in Michigan's craft beverage industry

Some clubs are created to exclude. Some clubs are created to nurture. Fermenta is a Michigan collective devoted to helping women craft brewers find their feet in an industry otherwise dominated by men.

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Hit the Lights! Kimberly LED Lighting Takes the Lead in Fast-Growing Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry

Clarkston-based Kimberly LED Lighting is a family-owned company that specializes in energy-efficient LED lighting for the residential, business, and industrial sectors. The LED market is expected to be a $3 billion market in the next three years.

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More than just profit: Social entrepreneurs and the challenge to find investors

Some people want to make money. Others want to change society for the better. Social entrepreneurs want to do both. But in the Darwinian world of venture capitalism, convincing investors to compromise on profits for greater social good can be a tough sell. 

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The Beaumont Neuroscience Center of Excellence consolidates services in new $22 million building

Beaumont Health System has unveiled the new $22 million, 80,000-square-foot Beaumont Neuroscience Center of Excellence at their Royal Oak campus, a comprehensive consolidation of multiple neurological services for children and adults.

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Priority Health's Krischa Winright is Keynote Speaker at Medical Main Street's INNO-VENTION 2014

Medical Main Street has announced that Krischa Winright, chief information officer for Priority Health and vice president of information technology for Spectrum Health, will be the keynote speaker for INNO-VENTION 2014, Southeastern Michigan’s premier healthcare and life science conference.

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Cool Jobs: Irina Cotfas, Aerial Artist

Some metro Detroiters sit behind a computer all day. Others see patients, clients, customers, what-have-you. Irina Cotfas defies gravity. For a living. If you ever wondered what it would be like to run away with the circus, this Ferndale aerialist is your answer.

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County Executive launches Oakland Business Connect Online Business Directory

Oakland County businesses can become part of a free online registry to build their business locally while securing opportunities with some of Michigan’s largest companies.

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Downtown Southfield is the Place to Be

Southfield does not have a traditional "downtown" the way we understand traditional downtowns in cities small and large. But there is indeed a section of Southfield that is under the management of the Southfield Downtown Development Authority. What it "lacks" in traditional downtown living it makes up for in infrastructure and growing industries.

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Oakland County Leads in Job Growth

Oakland County’s job growth since 2010 has outpaced other key counties of similar population around the United States, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced on June 30.

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Get AMPed: A New Multi-Purpose Amphitheater is Coming to Downtown Milford

AMP in Central Park is a grassroots effort to build a multi-use outdoor amphitheater in Milford's Central Park. AMP is a collaborative effort between the Rotary Club of Milford, the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Milford Downtown Development Authority

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L. Brooks Patterson honors Michigan's 50 Companies to Watch

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson honored nine local businesses for being named among “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.”

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The Oakland County Pet Adoption Center wants to find permanent homes for 2,014 pets this summer

The Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center has an ambitious goal this summer: to adopt out 2,014 animals during the months of June, July, and August. Their "2014 in 2014" campaign is part of their participation in the $100K Challenge presented by the ASPCA and Rachael Ray.

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OpEd: Why Oakland Schools Technical Campuses has a Working Relationship With Business

As Michigan reinvents its economy, educational institutions are getting in synch with employers' changing needs. Leaders from the Oakland Schools Technical Campuses discuss the importance of retooling to supply the state's emerging high-tech industries with new talent. 

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12 projects mean almost $90 million of investment and 1,800 jobs for the county

Twelve companies either expanded or landed in Oakland County in May – the most economic development projects the county has seen in a single month since it began keeping track in 2004.

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Senior advocates group honors Patterson

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was among four recipients of the Sosnick Courage Awards from the Oakland County S.A.V.E. (Serving Adults who are Vulnerable and/or Elderly) Task Force. The Courage Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have taken action to further awareness of or prevent the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable adults.

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The Rise of Metro Detroit's Mixologists

Five years ago metro Detroit was barely a blip on the craft cocktail radar. Today it's considered one of the hottest regions for mixology, boasting bartenders and a scene that rival any in the U.S.  Nicole Rupersburg charts our cocktail culture's recent evolution. 

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Feeding a Need: Kravings in Oak Park Serves Gourmet Kosher in a Modern Atmosphere

Kravings in Oak Park is filling a need for high-quality, gourmet Kosher food in metro Detroit that appeals to the returning culturally-savvy young Jewish community who have spent time living on the coasts where "Kosher" means more than just matzo ball soup and kugel. The best part is, the food at Kravings appeals to everyone - young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. 

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The Business of Being Funny

As the old adage goes: "comedy is hard." Especially when it comes to turning a profit. Over the last six years, Ferndale's Go Comedy! Improv Theatre has evolved from a nightlife pastime to a growing business that teaches classes, hosts events and runs workshops for some of Metro Detroit's most notable businesses.

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From Main Street, With Love

Here Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson discusses the growth and success of the Main Street Oakland County® initiative, the first full-service, county-level Main Street program in the U.S.

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Out of the Malls, Into the Trees: Oakland County Ecotourism?

How did Oakland County, a place famous for its wide selection of shopping malls, end up with metro Detroit's first ecotourism attraction? Well, it's funny you should ask. Metromode's Natalie Burg learns how West Bloomfield now speaks for the trees. 

Featured Video: The International Academy

Not only has business gone global, so too has education. The International School in Bloomfield Hills is cited as the top International Baccalaureate public High School in North America, with nearly 95% of its graduates earning their IB degree! Get educated by clicking on the YouTube video below.

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Oakland Economy Leaving Recession in Its Dust

Oakland County's Economic Outlook Luncheon, celebrating the positive economic forecast prepared by University of Michigan economists George Fulton and Donald Grimes, was held at the Detroit Marriott Troy on May 1 and had plenty of good news to share. 

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Oakland County Community and Home Improvement Supervisor Named "Housing Counselor of the Year"

Kathy Williams, a 15-year veteran of the Oakland County Community & Home Improvement Division, was named “Housing Counselor of the Year” by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

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The Secret Life of Planterra

When it comes to buying plants you can be forgiven if florists and highway greenhouses are the first thing to come to mind. But let us open your mind (and eyes) to an entirely different level of horticultural design. Let us cultivate in you an appreciation for the entrepreneurial ambitions of Planterra, a West Bloomfield company that brings new meaning to organic design.

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Right Moves for Seniors Has the Right Stuff for Mom's Stuff

Moving is one of the top five most stressful life events no matter how old you are. But for senior citizens who have spent decades in the same house where they raised their family and collected a lifetime's worth of stuff, moving can be outright traumatic. That's where Linda Hiller Novak and Carolyn Stieger come in.

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Urbanizing Metro Detroit's Suburbia

The lines between suburban and urban are finally blurring in some Metro Detroit communities. And none too soon. Though our region ranks last in terms of urban revitalization among the 25 largest metros, things are looking up. "You're moving in the right direction," says Christopher Leinberger, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.

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Bedside Healers are a Small Way to Make a Big Difference

Bedside Healers got its start in 2001 when president Jason Peach's father Dan had to be hospitalized for six months. Now the company delivers plush toys all over the country to make a positive difference for people in the hospital, and they work with nonprofits to donate as many as they can. 

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Making It in the Midnight Hour

Quick, name a locally created and produced television show that isn't a news program. Not so easy, is it? As the number of cable channels swells, it's ironic that local content dwindles. For six years now, Lee Martin's The Midnight Hour has proven itself the exception to that rule, producing a once-a-month suspense anthology that uses a whole lot of homegrown talent..

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Direct Mail Marketing in the Digital Age: The Coupon King Still Reigns at SaveOn

People like to say that print is dead, but don't tell the "Coupon King" that. Mike Gauthier has been saving people money while promoting small businesses with his direct mail and digital marketing company SaveOn since 1984. An independently-owned direct mail marketing company doesn't survive 30 years without being able to roll with the punches, and that's exactly what owner Mike Gauthier has done.

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Guest Blogger: Irene Spanos

Communications and IT have become the fastest-growing sector in Oakland County in recent years, according to Irene Spanos, director of the Oakland County Dept. of Economic Development & Community Affairs. She talks about why tech entrepreneurs are arriving – and staying – in the county.

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Patterson and Chinese Official Sign Agreement for Potential for Future Investment in Oakland County

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and the mayor of Hai’an, China signed a memorandum of understanding that could open the door for future investment, educational opportunities and cultural exchanges between Oakland County and the Chinese city.

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Oakland County Market Promotes Food Businesses with Grants for Business Education

Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center, in partnership with the 58-year-old Oakland County Market, is in the midst of a 10-week Venture Plan entrepreneurial education program designed specifically for small food industry businesses. As more and more people show interest in starting their own food business and there is an increasing consumer demand for locally-made food products, these two Oakland County entities are working together to take them to the next level.  

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Fuel Up To Play 60

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced the next evolution of his efforts to combat child obesity in his 2014 State of the County speech Wednesday, Feb. 12. He told an audience of more than 520 individuals at Centerpoint Marriott in Pontiac about his plans to transition his Count Your Steps initiative to the nationally recognized Fuel Up To Play 60 program.

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Power Sharing is Tougher Than You Think

How does a company's sole owner and founder transition to the power-sharing structure of executive leadership? That's the challenge that faces Billhighway, a Troy-based firm that's looking to enter its second stage of development. Metromode's Jon Zemke looks for lessons from successful (and less-than-successful) local businesses.

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Creating a New Paradigm

Michele Cadaret and her sister Angela Jones were both teachers when they started having kids and went searching for adequate childcare. They noticed that nothing they found was up to the standards that they wanted for their own children, and that's how Paradigm Care & Enrichment Center in Waterford first started 10 years ago.

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Patterson honored in Washington D.C. as Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was honored as one of Governing magazine’s “Public Officials of the Year” during a dinner and reception in Washington D. C.

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A Vital Connection

Inspired by personal struggles with cancer, Stephen Goldner partnered with David Fuehrer to launch CureLauncher, a company that connects patients with experimental treatments. In less than a year this Bloomfield Hills-based startup has seen an incredible response from hospitals, health organizations, investors and, most importantly, doctors and their patients.

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Elite 40 Under 40 Voting Now Open

Starting today the public can cast an online vote to choose the winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2014.

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Municipal Millennials: Three Metro Detroit City Officials Who Are Under 40

Metro Detroit's city councils and commissions are mostly composed of older citizens. This tends to limit the interests and experiences of those charting their community's future. Metromode's Patrick Dunn went in search of a few municipally-minded Millennials to ask what got them involved and how others of their generation might follow suit.

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Oakland County, Oakland County Parks and Downtown Rochester Announce 7th Annual Fire & Ice Festival

The seventh annual Fire & Ice Festival kicks off the last weekend of January in  downtown Rochester with a new Brooksie Way 5k winter road race, a pet adoption area, and live ice carving demonstrations along with a host of free winter activities that  celebrate winter in Oakland County.

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Playing to the Fringe

To some, fringe theater is a kind of creative canary in the coalmine, a clue as to whether your art scene offers a nurturing environment for performing artists to experiment and explore. So, how does metro Detroit stack up? Metromode's Patrick Dunn checks in with a handful of local companies to get the lay of the land.

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PROSPER Magazine available in airports for holiday travelers

PROSPER, the official Oakland County print magazine that spotlights the county as a business and quality of life destination, is now available in Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Flint’s Bishop Airport in time to reach thousands of holiday travelers.

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MI Great Artist awards over $3,000 in cash and prizes for second year

A Lathrup Village artist won top honors over 67 other artists in Oakland County’s second annual MI Great Artist competition, celebrating and supporting Michigan's talented artists by engaging the public in an online vote and awarding over $3,000 in cash and other valuable prizes.

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Everything is Illuminated: Intellistreets Evolves the Humble Light Bulb

Let there be light... and sound and video. Farmington Hills-based Intellistreets is taking Thomas Edison's signature invention to a whole new level, using wireless technology to integrate digital information. It's only fitting that their product now illuminates his Menlo Park laboratory at The Henry Ford.

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Patterson Wants Best of the Best for Elite 40

Nominations are now open for Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Patterson seeks young men and women who are excelling in their fields and giving back to their communities in a way that improves quality of life.

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Why They Sit on Their Local School Boards

Let's face it, being a school board member can be a tough and thankless job, especially if you have kids enrolled in the very educational system you help to oversee. To get an insider's view, Metromode's Amy Kuras chats with parents of school-age kids who also serve as school board members in Dearborn, Northville and Royal Oak.

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Total Door Systems is a World Leader in Manufacturing in Oakland County

Total Door is the only total door system in the world. It is the last American-made door company and 99% of the materials they use are American-made, with 90% being made right here in Michigan.

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One Foot in Farmington Hills, the Other, Everywhere Else

In 30 short years Scott Brills has visited 70 countries, launched a website development firm, raised funds for international charities, and is now launching a safari company. And he's doing it all from his home base in Farmington Hills. Still think you lead a busy life?

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INNO-VENTION 2013 Connects Ideas with Possibilities

INNO-VENTION 2013, a Medical Main Street Conference will return this year with a focus on the interrelationship between medical devices and health IT – including the impact of mobile technology on the future of healthcare. The event provides not only an opportunity for education, but also collaboration across various segments of the medical industry.

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Oakland County Workforce Development Survey Identifies Skills Needed to Fill Manufacturing Jobs

The Skills Needs Assessment Project (SNAP), a six-month regional survey of 150 advanced manufacturers in Oakland County and surrounding counties, was conducted to help understand why advanced manufacturing jobs were vacant and how to fill them.

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Another Year of Living the Brooksie Way

The Brooksie Way family of races, which include a half marathon, 10k, 5k and a series of races for children and athletes with disabilities, completed its biggest weekend ever on Sept. 29 and 30 in Rochester and Rochester Hills. The weekend was the culmination of a year’s worth of planning, fundraising and organizing, and planning has already begun on next year's event.

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Ink Detroit and I Love Michigan are all About Local Pride

Got love for our Great Lakes State? Show it with locally-designed and manufactured apparel by Royal Oak-based Ink Detroit and the I Love Michigan Shop. Paul Marcial and Steve Mansour have been putting Deeeee-troit and Michigan pride on T-shirts since 2005. 

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Building a World of Glass

From restoration to creation to innovation, Rocky Martina's life is centered around glass. If you've been to the Fox Theatre, you've seen his stained glass work. And like many self-made entrepreneurs, this Oakland County artisan is expanding his interests by helping to launch a new masonry coating start-up.

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MI Great Artist Prizes Improve

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has raised the stakes for the 2013 MI Great Artist contest. He announced that cash prizes would grow to a total of $3,000 for the second annual art competition. 

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Guest Blogger: Tom Woiwode

Metro Detroit is inching ever closer to being criss-crossed not just by roads, but a network of trails, or greenways. The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan has made over 150 grants to this end. Greenways Initiative Director Tom Woiwode maps out the where and why of this greenway network.

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La Vida Massage: Bringing Health and Wellness from Oakland County to the Rest of the Country

Commerce Township-based LaVida Massage is a leading provider of affordable and convenient health and wellness services and is rapidly expanding across the country with more than 50 locations in 20 states throughout the US and one additional location in Canada.

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The Co-Working Space Roundup

Co-working spaces are hardly breaking news in metro Detroit. What's exciting, however, is how they've grown in scope, services, size and availability over the last few years. Submitted for your approval: a roundup of the region's more interesting shared work spaces.

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Auburn Hills is One Stop Ready for new development

As one of Oakland County's participating One Stop Ready communities, which aims at streamlining the development process, Auburn Hills knows all too well how important it is to court new development and foster good relationships with existing businesses. A new 21+ acre development at a long-vacant site underscores their efforts at attracting development and retaining businesses. 

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Auburn Hills is a Community for a Lifetime

The City of Auburn Hills is taking a proactive approach to addressing the boom of Baby Boomers that will turn 65 by 2030. The city is one of Michigan's AARP-designated “Community for a Lifetime,” seeking to improve the quality of life for  those aging in place.

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Clearing the Trail For More Talent

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has been a big supporter of trail development projects in southeast Michigan, awarding over half of its municipal grant funding to the cause. These trails, many converted from old railways, connect downtowns with parks and recreation. The benefits aren't just health and recreation-wise, they're also economic, paving the way to attracting new residents. 

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Oakland County Business Center and Sandler Training to offer ExecDirect business growth coaching

Oakland County's One Stop Shop Business Center introduces ExecDirect - Business Coaching for the C-Suite, a 10-week training program which partners with nationally known Sandler Training and is designed to help second-stage companies grow and succeed.

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Plymouth Technology gives back with internships

Plymouth Technology specializes in helping industrial manufacturers clean up their water, but also helps college students working towards careers in the manufacturing industry get real world work experience and also find out if this is really the right industry for them. 

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Back to the Future of Food Trucks

In the last two years, Metro Detroit has been playing catch up to the nation's mobile food vending scene. Now food carts and trucks are hitting the road, even serving as trial runs for brick and mortar restaurants. Nicole Rupersburg, Metromode's food cartologist, dishes with a few of these mobile chefs.

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Patterson Honors 220 Emerging Sectors Companies at The Palace as Total Investment Tops $2.5 Billion

More than 200 businesses were honored and thanked on June 18 by Oakland County L. Brooks Patterson in recognition of their combined investment in the county’s Emerging Sectors® business development program, which now tops $2.5 billion.

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Oakland County Parks and Rec commission receives $20,000 donation to fund disabled veterans program

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission received a $20,000 Fueling Communities Grant from BP on June 8 to fund a new Disabled Veterans Sports Initiative.

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Longboard Company Creates Custom Boards, Global Customers

Build it local, sell it global. It's the philosophy of many a Metro Detroit business. And skateboards are no exception. Case in point: CR Boardworks in Madison Heights, which has made a big name for itself in a short amount of time.

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County and State Announce Cloud Collaboration

A partnership between the State of Michigan and Oakland County will save taxpayers money and improve government services by expanding the cloud for government-based software in Michigan. 

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The D-MAN Foundation Improves Quality of Life Through Music

The D-MAN Foundation improves the quality of life for people with traumatic head injuries, spinal injuries, cerebral palsy, and other diseases that affect the nervous system and impair movement. This is done through their music therapy program, offered at their one-of-a-kind hands-free music therapy studio in Berkley.

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Metro Detroit's Hottest Home Markets

Houses are selling before they're listed. Buyers are getting into bidding wars. Sound familiar? No, it's not a return to the crazed real estate market of 2003... but a few metro Detroit communities are coming back with a vengeance. Why? Well, vibrant urban cores have a lot to do with it. 

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Special Edition: Growing the Defense Industry

GraviKor, Plex and Patriot Services are firms that are expanding business in the defense and aerospace industry sectors. In this Special Edition, Jon Zemke shows us how this business gets done in Metro Detroit. 

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Daylighting the Clinton River

Few people realize it, but there is a river running through downtown Pontiac - or at least there was. For years the idea of daylighting the Clinton River in downtown Pontiac has been kicked around. Here Matthew Lewis and Oren Goldenberg explore the possibilities that daylighting could bring to Pontiac. 

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Oakland's Economic Resurgence Continues

On the heels of its strongest two-year job growth in almost 20 years, Oakland County's economy will add nearly 42,000 jobs through 2015, say University of Michigan economists.

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From a dying landmark to live music, the Crofoot rocks Downtown Pontiac

Both the building at 1 S. Saginaw in Pontiac and the McGowan family have deep ties to Michigan history. Through their redevelopment of the Crofoot building from abandoned office space to a ballroom, the family proved that the recipe for downtown revitalization is one part historic preservation, one part innovation, and a dash of rock 'n roll.

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Kentucky Trailer Opens a New Facility in New Hudson

If you've ever seen a semi truck on the road, you've seen a Kentucky Trailer. Kentucky Trailer is the nation's leading custom trailer manufacturer, manufacturing trucks and trailers for a slew of storage and moving facilities. This week they celebrate the grand opening of their new Kentucky Trailer Paint and Reconditioning facility in New Hudson. 

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Clarkston Jr. High's Digital Blackboard

What do mini laptops, video-streaming pencasts and Charlie Sheen have to do with scholastic achievement? At Clarkston Junior High School, a whole heckuva lot. Jeff Peariso, who teaches algebra and statistics, has piloted a high-tech teaching program for a handful of students, with exciting results.

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Introducing MI Trade School

MITradeSchool.org is a one-stop source for information on jobs, training and possible careers in a skilled trade. If you’re looking for a career but you have more questions than answers, a stop at MITradeSchool.org may help you find a rewarding and high-paying career in more than 170 skilled trades.

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Walking The Talk: ISCG Creates Its Own Inspired Workplace

ISCG in Royal Oak has long been designing workplaces for clients with an eye toward rehabilitation and re-use. Last year the firm put its money where its mouth was and became its own client. The building? The discarded Royal Radio building on Main Street. The results speak for themselves.

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Photo Essay: Searching for Stoneflies on the Clinton River

What is a stonefly? Why are people tromping around the Clinton River in the dead of winter counting them? Metromode's intrepid photographer Dave Lewinski lets you in on the answers to these questions from the comfort of your warm cozy homes. (Hint: It has a lot to do with the health of our waterways.)

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Workforce Development in Oakland County: A Q&A with John Almstadt

One of the biggest challenges facing the workforce right now isn't lack of jobs: it's lack of necessary skills to fill the jobs now available in this new post-recession economy. Oakland County's Manager of Workforce Development John Almstadt discusses some of the programs Oakland County has in place to address the needs of employers and help build up our local talent pool.

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Going Veggie in Metro Detroit

Metro Detroiters do not live by meat alone. For an increasing many, there must also be veggies, and nothing but. Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg offers up a guide to local restaurants devoted to vegetarian cuisine as well as places that include great meatless options.

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Oakland County's Preservation Architect Ron Campbell Talks Adaptive Reuse and Preservation

Oakland County Prosper checks in with Oakland County’s Economic Development and Community Affairs’ Principal Planner/Preservation Architect Ronald A. Campbell for his insight into the importance of historic preservation.

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From Michigan to the Red Sea: Building Global

Adding to Michigan's global outlook are companies like general contracting and construction firm PAT USA, Inc., with offices in Africa, the Middle East, and India. Though much of the work takes place abroad, globalization creates jobs locally. And it's a handshake between countries.

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Patterson says Oakland County is turning the corner in annual State of the County speech

"Oakland County's economy is rebounding," County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in his 19th State of the County address February 7 at the Seligman Family Performing Arts Center on the Beverly Hills campus of Detroit Country Day. He cited innovation and job attraction within the knowledge-based economy as the reasons behind Oakland County's success which includes an 8.5 percent per capita income increase from 2010 to 2011 and an estimated 25,000 jobs created in 2012.

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A Brittle Game Plan

When you've been to the Super Bowl six times what else is there to do? For defensive tackle and Birmingham native Mike Lodish the answer was peanut brittle.

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i3 Detroit: Creating | Community

When you hear the term “hackerspace” you might conjure an image in your head of early ‘90s cyberpunk films that depicted cyberspace and the art of hacking with brightly-colored swirling computer-generated graphics with flashing bits of code set to a techno soundtrack while stylish teens typed intensely on tricked-out Compaqs. But in the case of the Ferndale-based nonprofit organization i3 Detroit, “hackerspace” doesn’t even refer to computers.

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Medical Main Street Visits Dubai

Few counties in the United States can claim the international diversity of Oakland County’s business community – 900 firms from 37 foreign countries call Oakland County home. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson frequently cites the county’s foreign firms as a critical part of Oakland County’s economic signature.

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Finding A Hydrogen Future

For more than 20 years Dr. Robert Buxbaum's Ferndale-based company has been designing technologies that filter hydrogen. That may not sound particularly exciting to the everyday Joe but when you consider that he has contracts with the U.S. and U.K. Navies and believes his product could have prevented the Fukushima meltdown you understand how focusing on something very small can have a very large impact.

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Regina Carter: World-Renowned Jazz Violinist Cherishes Her Detroit Roots

Regina Carter is an accomplished jazz violinist, a Grammy-nominated performer, a native Detroiter, and an Oakland University alumna. Here she talks with Prosper about jazz music in Detroit, her life as a musician and as an educator, and her upcoming concert at OU. 

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An Inspired Workplace

You might find financial services and art culture strange bedfellows, but at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services in Farmington Hills it is de rigueur. MBF workers aren't only inspired and challenged by their art gallery-like surroundings, they are encouraged to become active participants in Metro Detroit's arts community.

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Destination Cinema

For years The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township was an art house that catered to an older film-going audience. Jon Goldstein thought it could be more, so he bought it. $1.5 million later the Maple boasts a topnotch coffee house, full service bar, and, of course, movies.

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A Double Life: Ara Topouzian

Ara Topouzian, Economic Development Director for the City of Novi, didn’t start his career in urban planning in quite the way you might expect. In fact, his whole career working with city governments and chambers of commerce began out of something different entirely: his other career as an Armenian musician and record producer.

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Dino's: Feeding Fans And School Kids Alike

Dino's restaurant has been a beloved Ferndale fixture for over a decade. When the recession hit, owner Dean 'Dino' Bach started catering to keep his employees working and, unexpectedly, discovered a whole new business opportunity - providing healthy lunches to school kids.

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A Look Back at 2012

The holidays are inevitably a time for reflecting back on the year that was. While it's certainly no easy task for us to pick our favorite stories from this past year, you, dear readers, did the work for us! Here are some of Prosper's top stories from 2012, and while they certainly run a wide range of topics, it's pretty safe to say -- you guys are hungry!

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Metro Detroit Maker: John Parker Glick

From dinner tables to galleries to the Smithsonian, master potter John Parker Glick has been working with clay for most of his life. And for nearly 50 years, his Plum Tree Pottery studio has become a destination for both collectors and those looking for one-of-a-kind dinner ware.

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Healthy Dogma Creates Good Karma with Canines

People love their pets as if they were their own family. So what pet owner wouldn’t want to give their beloved furry friends the very best products available to help them live a long, happy and healthy life? This is the inspiration for Healthy Dogma.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. May your day be filled with good friends and family, good food, and good conversation! In the spirit of the holiday, we're taking a week off and will be back in December. 

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Q&A with L. Brooks Patterson

L. Brooks Patterson, 73, was recently elected to his fifth four-year term as Oakland County executive. He has spent more than 40 years in the public eye, having served as Oakland County Prosecutor before becoming county executive in 1993. Patterson, who is recovering from a serious traffic accident in August, spoke with PROSPER from his office in the Executive Office Building in Waterford Township about the accident, his plans for his fifth term and the future of Oakland County.

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Celebrating Our 100th Issue

Five years and 100 issues; our baby is growing up so fast! As we take a look back at Prosper over the years and have seen how much it has grown and changed since those early days, we wanted to take a look back at some of the major players who have been a part of making Prosper a success over the years. With Thanksgiving coming up this week, we are reminded of just how thankful we are to have such a talented group of people working with us, both past and present!

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A Dozen Game-Changing Buildings in Metro Detroit

Architecture can catalyze a neighborhood or change the way we think about our community. It can be inspiring, iconic, or even controversial. So which buildings rate as game-changers in Metro Detroit? We asked a quartet of prominent local architects to select twelve buildings worth paying attention to.

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Oakland County Workforce Development Seeks Employer Input on Advanced Manufacturing Job Vacancies

Oakland County launched a program this week that will help prospective employees identify the skills they need to get advanced manufacturing jobs that are vacant because too few qualified applicants are available.

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The Big Salad Aims To Get Bigger

John and Elizabeth Bornoty are on a mission: To change people's opinions about salad. And it seems to be working. As the founders and owners of Grosse Pointe Woods' The Big Salad, the couple is building a fast-growing franchise that puts produce front and center as a healthy meal.

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Let Oak Routes Guide You to Better Living

It’s hardly a secret that quality of life is inextricably tied to health and wellness, including having easy access to outlets for outdoor physical activity. Oakland County understands that, and makes great efforts to be able to offer residents of its many communities safe and free options to encourage health, wellness, and an overall greater quality of life.

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The Apps Metro Detroit CEOs Can't Do Without

It's an app app app world. Metromode's Jon Zemke quizzes some of Metro Detroit's CEOs on which business apps they can't live without, which apps others should use, and which locally produced apps are worth checking out.

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Medical Main Street names two companies INNO-VENTION 2012 “Innovators of the Year”

A Southfield company that created a device to alert doctors when nerves are at risk of injury during surgery and a Kalamazoo company whose technology treats hypertension were chosen as Medical Main Street “Innovators of the Year.”

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Fall into fun and fitness at Oakland County Parks!

Crisp, cool air and trees in bursts of red, orange and gold are the backdrop for outdoor fun this fall with Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

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Detroit, One Invention at a Time

This point cannot be labored enough: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office affirmed Detroit's growing manufacturing and knowledge economy by opening its first-ever satellite location in Detroit. Metromode examines the U.S.P.T.O's activities in the region, and what its presence means for the area's economy.

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Better Living Through Better Buildings

Unless you've been living in a cave you've probably heard the many green-minded arguments for why you should make your home more energy efficient. But what you might not realize is that there are compelling reasons beyond reducing the size of your carbon footprint. How about comfort? Better living has inspired one Ferndale resident to become an envangelist for Michigan's BetterBuildings program.

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Five Years of the Brooksie Way

The Brooksie Way Half Marathon sponsored by Health Plus is now in its fifth year, a landmark year in the world of road racing. Initially conceived by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson as a quality of life effort to get people active and raise awareness for wellness and fitness in the county, the Brooksie Way took on a whole new depth of meaning following the tragic death of Patterson’s son.

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Metro Detroit Leads The Way On PEVS

Michigan's plug-in electric vehicle industry is poised to churn out more and more of the long-awaited, zero-emission vehicles. As the market grows, the AnnArbor-based Clean Energy Coalition and its partners are leading a statewide effort to make sure Michigan communities are not only ready for the rush but leading the nation in policies and practices.

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DIY Street Fair: Ferndale-centric Fun for the Whole Family

There are countless many festivals held in Oakland County throughout the summertime, from small Main Street festivals celebrating their community’s unique charm to massive art, music and food festivals (like Arts, Beats & Eats) that overtake a whole city for several days. From craft beer to arts and crafts, from fairs to faires, there is no shortage of ways to celebrate summer. But there is nothing quite like the DIY Street Fair.

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Inno-Vention: The Road to Innovation

Did you know that Oakland County and the surrounding region is becoming one of the fastest-growing medical technology areas in the nation?  We are emerging as a global center of innovation in health care, research and development, education and commercialization in the life sciences industry.  This means jobs, lots of jobs, and Oakland County's Medical Main Street inaugural INNO-VENTION Conference is all about fostering the growth of this industry. 

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National speaker to discuss health care reform for Medical Main Street’s inaugural Inno-Vention 2012

For Oakland County's Medical Main Street inaugural Inno-Vention Conference (Oct. 3-5 in Rochester), prominent national keynote speaker Thomas Novelli, vice president of government relations for the Washington D.C.'s based Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), will discuss the effects of health care reform on the medical device industry. 

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How Building Design Can Reflect A Community's Persona

In many ways, buildings are the face of the community. Through their design, materials, and placement they express the character of a place. So, what two buildings best represent the current values and personality of Ferndale and Royal Oak? Metromode takes a look.

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The New Old Vinsetta Garage

Mac & cheese with that fill up? Not quite. Vinsetta Garage may be the latest Metro Detroit culinary hot spot but it's also a triumph of repurposing and redevelopment. From 1900s service station to hip eatery, this Berkely rebuild demonstrates how a vintage building can become a modern neighborhood destination.

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The Ballad of Ballard International

Ballard International is an asset service and solutions company based in Waterford. The company has three distinct facets of operation, and most recently acquired a dying business and turned it into a profitable one after only eight months. What started for Justin Ballard in college as a side gig to help pay the bills has become a successful small business with unlimited growth opportunity. 

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Urban strategizing in Pontiac

The Downtown Pontiac Transportation Assessment is trying to undo the disconnect created by Pontiac's 1960s-era Woodward Loop, which bypassed the city's core and, effectively, kept people out of the loop with downtown goings-on. Will the plan succeed? Renowned urban strategist Thomas Jost thinks so.

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Rags to Riches: Tawny Thieu's success story is all about landing on her feet

Tawny Thieu talks so quickly and with so much energy it’s almost impossible to keep up with her. And that could really be said of her as a businesswoman too – she’s almost impossible to keep up with. Since 2007 she has opened four stores under her signature Pink Pump brand and another three stores under the more affordable Pink Pump offshoot P2. But success didn't come so easily to the perky entrepreneuer: after some initial failure, Thieu found a way to land on her feet.

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Craftwork: Pursuing Passion To Make Things By Hand

Blame it on the recession or chalk it up to a growing subculture of people who prefer vinyl records to MP3s, but the trend toward creative entrepreneurship is real and rising. With a growing appreciation for authenticity, usually in the form of a handmade object with pedigree or a good story, folks have traded in their "day jobs" to pursue their passion for making things by hand.

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Oakland County's MI Great Artist is a whole new kind of arts competition

Oakland County is pleased to announce a brand-new arts competition: MIGreatArtist™, a whole new kind of arts competition in which submissions and public voting are done entirely online for thousands of dollars in prizes.

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Happy Fourth of July!

From our Oakland County Prosper family to yours, we are wishing you a safe, happy and healthy Fourth of July filled with family, friends and fun! We'll be back on July 11; in the meantime, don't forget about all of our great parks for barbecuing, hiking, fishing, canoeing and many other great outdoor family activities!

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Vectorform Breaks the Nerd-Human Barrier

Vectorform is Metro Detroit's stealth company, a Royal Oak-based tech firm that does its work on the down low. That work includes phones apps, games, and technological innovations that have a global reach. It has satellite offices in New York, Seattle, Germany and India. But shhhh, that's just between you and us, okay?

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Birmingham Welcomes Its Lego Robot Masters

Anyone with kids knows that Legos are more than just a toy, they are a multi-colored, foot-impaling lifestyle... and the addiction of many a child. Meet Jonathan and Sarah Jacobs, the ultimate pushers. Realizing that kids need a makerspace of their own, the couple opened Birmingham's Robot Garage, a Lego and handmade robotics wonderland.

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"The Family Business": Bon-A-Rose Home Style Foods

Bon-A-Rose Home Style Foods is the product of family - a family business, family recipes, the family name. Anna Hoffman is using her grandmother's recipes and working out of the space where her mother once ran a restaurant called Bon-A-Rose to create Bon-A-Rose Home Style Foods, a whole line of made-from-scratch packaged food products now available at 75 different retail locations. And it is still very much a family operation.

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A Cupcake Supreme

Chocolate Salted Caramel cupcakes. French toast and bacon cupcakes. Are you salivating like Homer Simpson yet? Royal Oak's Taste Love Cupcakes (TLC) was just another Metro Detroit cupcakery ...until it proved it wasn't. Now it's a "Cupcake Wars" champion. And the hungry masses are coming.

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Summer in Oakland County: A Roundup of Local Events

This is just a sampling of the many events compiled by the Oakland County Arts, Culture and Film happening across Oakland County this summer, including everything from hanging out at the zoo to watching hydroplane boat races and Shakespeare in the park. So slather on some sunscreen, get outside and enjoy all that Oakland County has to offer! 

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RIIS Finds Innovation and Inspiration in Oakland County

Southfield-based RIIS was founded in 1998 by information technology developer, writer and speaker Godfrey Nolan. For over a decade, RIIS has ben optimizing web applications and internal business processes, including most recently the development of mobile applications.

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Adopt-a-Watt Brings Bright Ideas to Oakland County

You’ve heard of the Adopt-a-Highway Program, right? Royal Oak-based Adopt-a-Watt functions in much the same way. Instead of sponsoring the maintenance of highways, corporate sponsors fund energy efficient and green technologies.

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Baconfest comes to the Royal Oak Farmers Market June 2

Let there be bacon! On Saturday, June 2 from 6 to 10 p.m., Baconfest Michigan 2012 will take over the Royal Oak Farmers Market to celebrate the most magical of meats – bacon.

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Metro Detroit's Brew Nation

It doesn't take a hop of faith to believe in the excellence of Michigan-made brews. After all, we're fifth in the nation for beer-making. But beyond the rich flavors and frothy heads there's a real art and science to craft beer. Metromode's Dave Lewinski takes you behind the scenes at some of Metro Detroit's favorite breweries.

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From Dining Room to Downtown: Future Help Designs

With its low barrier to entry and seemingly endless demand for new product, the phone app market is inspiring a tsunami of start-ups. That wave has struck downtown Pontiac, with Future Help Designs not only making the city its home but establishing an incubator for like-minded efforts.

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Fore! Golfing in Michigan Tees Up for Summer

Summertime in Michigan means it’s time to explore the great outdoors – and for many that means tee time. Royal Oak-based Golfing in Michigan is your resource for all things Michigan golf.

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The Art of Destination Dining

Every year lots of restaurants open in metro Detroit but few are able to distinguish themselves as dining destinations. What does it take to create an eatery that has its own sense of place? Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg chats with Hubert Yaro, co-owner of the iconoclastic Ronin and Commonwealth about the art of pioneering a stand-out business.

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IPS Technology Services has 20/20 Vision

What does it mean to have 20/20 vision? For Pradip Sengupta of IPS Technology Services, it means $20 million by the year 2020! The company that started as a strictly part-time consulting gig while Sengupta had a "cushy" corporate job has now blossomed into a healthy firm offering a number of different IT-related advisory, staffing and training services and exhibits exponential growth from year to year, having just signed their biggest client to date. 

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Mobile Comply bridges mobile apps and education

Elaina Farnsworth originally intended to create a mobile-app start-up when she founded Mobile Comply two years ago. A little more than a year into the endeavor, she pivoted the Clarkston-based firm so it bridges the gap between mobile apps and education.

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Global Oakland: Oakland County’s European Adventure

Last month Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and a team of Oakland County representatives from a number of fields, including business and economic development, traveled to Europe – Italy, Greece & Germany - but this was no leisure trip. Oakland County was there in full force to build relationships with overseas companies and more importantly, to get them interested in investing in Oakland County.

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Yessian: Making Music You Can't Get Out Of Your Head

From jingles to mash-ups, family-owned Yessian Music in Farmington Hills has been creating soundtracks for commercials, theme parks, movies, and high profile events for 40 years. This year's Super Bowl, which boasted five different ads with their work, demonstrates the ever-growing global reach of this homegrown firm.

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A Feast for the Eyes

The restaurant scene in Oakland County is on an unprecedented upswing, with a flurry of new restaurant openings since the start of 2012 that shows no sign of slowing. But what sets these restaurants apart from the crowd is a whole new interior design precedence: restaurateurs are now paying as much attention to design and décor as they do to the menus and staff, and Oakland County is paving the way for a whole new restaurant design aesthetic in metro Detroit.

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Building Another International Bridge... to Israel's Entrepreneurs

Thousands of miles separate, but Israel and Michigan operate in a parallel universe. What happens when you cross Michigan's established manufacturing base and high-tech mindset over to Israel's 3,000-plus tech start-ups? The Michigan Israel Business Bridge yields an array of academic and entrepreneurial matches.

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Selling Birmingham's Downtown Shopping District

For decades national chains, the stores most American shop in, have set their sites on malls and shopping strips. But the times they are a-changing. Every year the focus and enthusiasm for downtown living and shopping grows. So, how do you integrate and accommodate national retail into a city's core? Metromode chats with Julie Fielder, Birmingham's go-to gal for putting stores into its downtown storefronts.

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The Uptown Film Festival returns with three days of thought-provoking films

The Uptown Film Festival (UFF) will be held at the Palladium 12 and Birmingham 8 theatres in Birmingham on Thursday, March 8 through Saturday, March 10. This is the second year for this film festival, which celebrates both Michigan-based filmmakers (and films shot in Michigan) as well as other domestic and international films of significance.

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Our Pop-Up Kitchen Scene

They're like the Brigadoons of cuisine, restaurants that appear for one night then vanish into the ether, leaving their fans hungry for their next appearance (which is usually far less than 100 years). Pop-up kitchens are... well... popping up around Metro Detroit, giving budding restaurateurs their first taste of what it's like to run an eatery.

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Employer Participants and Available Positions Announced for Oakland Job Hub 2012

Oakland Job Hub 2012 will be held on Thursday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Oakland University. Over 60 companies are registered to attend including Hewlett Packard, Valeo, Nissan, DENSO International America and many more. Over 1,800 professional job opportunities are immediately available in engineering, information technology, finance, and more.

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Nothing Small About Peteet's Famous Cheesecakes

Peteet’s Famous Cheesecakes in Oak Park offers 30 different flavors of two-layer cheesecake daily (they make a total of 90 different varieties) whole or by the slice. But this isn’t just cheesecake: this is probably the best cheesecake you have ever had in your life – even the top chefs in metro Detroit think so.

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Being A Mompreneur: A Conversation with Lynne Golodner

Working from home is one thing. Running a successful business with employees out of your house is another. Lynne Golodner not only found a way to stay at home and grow her PR firm, Your People, she attracted a like-minded staff.

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All Things Pickled

Metro Detroit's got pickle pride! This humble, homegrown, and oh-so tasty snack has a long history in Motown, and now a new generation of briners and picklers are ready to carry the torch ... or wield the jars, as the case may be. From gherkins to kimchi to sauerkraut and all points between, food fermentation is our new black.

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Bluer Skies for Blue Sky Productions

Blue Sky Productions has been in business for nearly 20 years in both television and video production. The company is best-known for its award-winning weekly show Autoline This Week (formerly known as Autoline Detroit), which is broadcast nationally on the Speed Channel as well as on Detroit Public Television.

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Metro Detroit's Monthly Moviemakers Club

Musicians have bars and nightclubs. Writers have salons and workshops. Poets have readings and slams. Where do local filmmakers go to show their work? The Mitten Movie Project. Since 2005 this monthly event has been bringing together movie makers of every stripe, showcasing their work at Royal Oak's Main Art and providing an informal networking scene.

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Oakland Hills Now Open to Serve Man and His Best Friend

Oakland Hills Veterinary Hospital in Troy hasn’t even been open two weeks yet (they opened their doors for business on January 11, 2012), but president and sole veterinarian (for now) Kathy Christy DVM is confident. “I have quite a nice following,” she states. “A lot of people have followed me here. I also live about 3.5 miles away so a lot of neighbors will be coming here. My kids are in Avondale schools, so I know people through that [too].” She hopes to be able to expand soon, adding another 3-4 doctors with 3-4 additional staff members per doctor.

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For A Limited Time Only: 1xRun Innovates Art Buying

Apply Groupon-like marketing strategies to fine art and, voila, you get the highly successful 1xRun. The brainchild of 323 East Gallery and Ohm Creative Group owners Dan Armand and Jesse Cory, this Royal Oak-based company is bringing art (much of it local) to the masses (much of it international).

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Reinventing the Steel: Steel Master Transfer

Steel Master Transfer in Oxford is no stranger to a challenge.   The one-time metal fabricator has been through its share of hardships but through the vision and determination of its president and CEO, Gus Andreopoulos, its dedicated employees and with the assistance of Oakland County’s Business Center, Steel Master has a brighter future.

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Social Media Pioneer: Founder of Shazaaam began Internet outreach back in 1989

As president and CEO of Shazaaam!, Adrienne Lenhoff has been performing marvels in the world of communications, using her PR and marketing savvy and innovative ideas to achieve national recognition, a bevy of awards, 30 clients — and billings of more than $3 million a year.

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Best Wishes For the New Year

We're taking the rest of the year off for holiday festivities. Best wishes to you and yours and see you in 2012.

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Oakland County employees raise more than $30,000 for charities

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson distributed $31,750 among 17 southeast Michigan charities during a ceremony in the lobby of the Executive Office Building on December 14. The funds were raised by county employees over the course of 2011 from Casual Day donations.   “Oakland County employees are generous even during tough times,” said Patterson. “Casual Day is one of many ways our employees give back throughout the year.”

Woodward Auto during the 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise.

Woodward Auto Drives Success

Woodward Auto (located on Woodward Ave. in Pontiac) has been an Oakland County staple since 2000, but president and owner John Mihelich has Woodward roots that extend far earlier than that. “In 1988 I leased part of the old Cadillac dealership on Woodward Ave,” Mihelich says. “I keep coming back to Woodward Ave., from growing up near Woodward to working on Woodward; I was born at the hospital on Woodward … it just kept bringing me back!”

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Need Shopping Suggestions For The Holidays?

We've been bringing you great ideas about independent Oakland County retailers all year long, but now is the time to return to our favorites. Ferndale's Rust Belt Market has holiday hours. You may also be interested in Paint Creek Center for the Arts or the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center's holiday market. For the person of refined gift-giving taste, try the Cranbrook Institute of Science gift shops or The Detroit Shoppe at Somerset. Happy shopping and thanks for supporting local businesses!

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From Scratch: World Clothes Line

Lots of people love to travel, but few take the time to engage with the cultures they encounter. While hiking in places like Indonesia and Peru, Mallory Brown noticed that people were desperate for clothing. In the act of literally giving them the clothes off her back she stumbled upon an idea: World Clothes Line -- a philanthropic business that provides new clothes to those in need.

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Collegiate Beads' Incredible Story of Growth

The Miner’s Den jewelry store in Royal Oak has been open since 1971, which is a huge accomplishment in itself for an independent retailer in today’s economy. But the story gets better. Well, first it gets worse. Miner’s Den owner David Schowalter was diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumor in 2008. At that time Michigan’s economy was in its most severe stage of decline. “I bought into that feeling that there was nothing good happening here,” Schowalter says. “I went looking outside the state for help when I got sick, even though in our own backyard we have Henry Ford.” Schowalter didn’t realize what a tremendous medical resource Henry Ford is and thought they couldn’t possibly have the expertise needed to help him.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's to turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and another great year in Oakland County. Happy Thanksgiving! We're taking a week off to be thankful for football, friends, and family, so the Oakland County Prosper will return to your inbox December 5. 

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Chicks Roux: Metro Detroit's Women Chefs

James Brown once sang that "This is a man's, man's, man's world" ...and that couldn't be truer when it comes to executive chefs. Which is why Nicole Rupersburg looks at the women who are helming high-profile Metro Detroit kitchens, proving that  "...it wouldn't be nothing, nothing without a woman."

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How Indie Book Stores Keep Communities Vibrant

Though technology and big box retail have taken their toll, there's still a place for the downtown book store. Some Metro Detroit businesses are pushing past the traditional browse and buy forumla to create a third place for art, events, and socializing.

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ITC Holdings grants Oakland County $100,000 to plant trees

Oakland County was recently awarded a grant of $100,000 to plant trees on public land in the Rouge River watershed. The 2011 Great Lakes Initiative Restoration Grant (GLIR), which was sought by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and doled out in portions to Oakland County, Wayne County and the city of Detroit, is administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

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Straight Talk with Benzinga's Jason Raznick

Capturing the news is one thing. Connecting what's going on with how investors can react to it is something else. Jason Raznick's Benzinga has carved out a successful niche in Metro Detroit's start-up culture and, like his business, the CEO isn't afraid to call things as he sees them.

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Defining Moments: Robert Dustman's new book captures a portrait of life at war

Robert "Bob" Dustman has always been a storyteller. After a 25-year career in broadcasting, Dustman served as Director of Communications for Oakland County, narrating the county's transformation under County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Now retired, this Auburn Hills resident is still chronicling events -- though, this time, he's revisited the past for inspiration. Dustman's first memoir, Defining Moments, tells the story of his father's service in the South Pacific during WWII, and the aftermath war wrought on one family.

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Rust Belt Market fills big box space with big ideas

From big box to big ideas. Ferndale's Rust Belt Market is an artist and craft fair, DIY marketplace, and music festival all rolled into one. And it happens day in and day out in a space that formerly housed an Old Navy.

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Baker College celebrates a century of career-focused education

100 years ago this month, Eldon E. Baker founded the Baker Business College in Flint, promising his inaugural 150 students a quality career-oriented education at an affordable price. A century later, the nonprofit and nationally accredited Baker College system is Michigan's largest private institute of higher learning; training more than 43,000 students at 12 campuses, four satellite locations and over the web. But a Baker graduate still means one thing in Michigan -- a well-trained student ready for a career.

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From Scratch: Maggie May Swimwear

Maybe it's the vast expanse of Michigan's beachfront property. Or maybe it was just winters of wishful thinking. Either way, fashion designer Magdalena Trever decided to launch a swimwear line in the Mitten. Now, her eye-catching knit bikinis are getting gobs of attention.

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SOAR Learning teaches the building blocks to success

As a child, Susan Kruger struggled in school -- until she found the study skills that helped her achieve academic and professional success. She channeled that experience into a best-selling Amazon book and a curriculum currently in use by over 700 schools, But SOAR Study Skills is more than just a fast-growing Lake Orion start-up. Kruger's on a mission -- helping students across the country learn the study strategies that changed her life.

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Double Lives: Ben Sharkey

Ben Sharkey leads a truly 3D life. A designer at visualization tech firm Real Time Technology, he moonlights as a  honey-smooth jazz vocalist. Okay, so he sings on the side, you say. Still, how many part time jazz singers do you know that boast YouTube fans in the hundreds of thousands?

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Oakland County International Airport debuts new green terminal

Michigan’s first “green” airport terminal opened August 23 at the Oakland County International Airport (OCIA).   “This terminal is the gateway to Oakland County,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “There’s a ‘wow’ factor about the terminal that will give travelers a positive impression of our region.”

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When Avocation Becomes Vocation: A Q&A with Emagine's Paul Glantz

In what has to be the smallest sliver of a Venn diagram that includes the insurance industry, upscale bowling, and movie theater chains, sits Paul Glantz. As the CEO of both Proctor Financial and Emagine Entertainment, this native metro Detroiter is nothing if not entrepreneurial.

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Four summer festivals highlight Oakland County culture and creativity

As August winds down, it's easy to feel a sense of regret that these dog days of summer passed so quickly. With the worst of the heat behind us, it's time to celebrate Oakland County's outstanding artistic contributions. With four outdoor end-of-summer festivals to choose from, there's plenty more than good eats to satisfy every appetite -- cultural, musical, physical and historical. Read on to find out about the new and exciting offerings from this year's Arts Beats & Eats, Arts & Apples, Dragon on the Lake and Michigan Renaissance Festivals. 

Chaldeans And Jews: Building A Common Community

It's a well-known fact that immigrants are an entrepreneurial crowd. Yet, common misconceptions among ethnic groups can splinter economic and social relations. A pair of newspaper publishers saw the rift between those of Jewish and Chaldean heritage and got together to form the "Building Communities" program, which offers cultural exchange, a teen forum, and even an angel investment fund.

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Mapping Oakland County's History

The first shot of the Civil War was fired 1,000 miles from Oakland County's borders. Yet this area is brimming with Civil War tales, facts and artifacts -- now available to the public through a new digital map, Oakland County in the Civil War. By marrying technology and local history and information, the County's developing collection of interactive, digitized maps seeks to present 21st century residents with new ways to explore the 872 square miles of Oakland County.

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Bohemian Rhapsody: Metro Detroit's Coffee Chemists

Craft beers, heirloom produce, artisanal breads - not all foods are created equal. Now a network of local cafes are looking to get Metro Detroiters to reconsider that most sacred of beverages - the cup of Joe. Unconvinced? Consider this:  Wine has 750 flavor profiles; coffee has 1500.

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Highland Recreation Area's Haven Hill Hideaway Sees New Light

Steady progress is being made at Haven Hill, the former country estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, thanks to the Friends of Highland Recreation Area (FOHRA) and their community partners.

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Incubating Metro Detroit's Health Care Economy

Business incubators and accelerators are all the rage. Communities see them as a vital new tool in economic development. Southfield, in its attempt to capitalize on the region's growing reputation for medical excellence, is hoping to launch its first health care incubator.

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Phoenix Rising

As Pontiac celebrates 150 years of history, a new private-sector initiative is filling the city's historic downtown with entrepreneurs -- and hope. Thanks to partnerships forged by the Rise of the Phoenix program, over 50 new businesses have already set up shop in downtown Pontiac this summer.

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Oakland County Prosper is taking a holiday until July 25

Prosper is taking some time off to enjoy this beautiful weather and celebrate the founding of our great country. Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July, and look for the next edition of Prosper in your mailbox on July 25!

Ferndale - Metro Detroit's Urban Incubator

Locally owned small businesses? Check. An emphasis on walkability? Check. Once a working-class auto industry town, Ferndale is emerging as Metro Detroit's go-to community for new urbanist success. Metromode's Jon Zemke looks into why.

Happy Birthday, BFC and EDC!

After 30 years in business, Oakland County's Business Finance Corporation and Economic Development Corporation have amassed some pretty good numbers: total investment of more than $1.2 billion and more than 26,000 jobs created or retained.

That's a wrap: This filmmaker's new movie makes Oakland County the star

Tom Nahas knew where he wanted to shoot the majority of scenes for his first film: Oakland County, Michigan. As an Oakland County IT employee, he knew all the locations he needed were within an easy drive of his home base in Macomb. Over the course of the last six months, the 42 minute film, 'Amendment,' was shot in Rochester and Holly, as well as in the Macomb County communities of Richmond, Clinton Township, Macomb and Mt. Clemens.

That's a wrap: This filmmaker's new movie makes Oakland County the star

Tom Nahas knew where he wanted to shoot the majority of scenes for his first film: Oakland County, Michigan. As an Oakland County IT employee, he knew all the locations he needed were within an easy drive of his home base in Macomb. Over the course of the last six months, the 42 minute film, 'Amendment,' was shot in Rochester and Holly, as well as in the Macomb County communities of Richmond, Clinton Township, Macomb and Mt. Clemens.

Double Lives: Tim Kochenderfer

All the world's a stage for Tim Kochenderfer. Literally. When he's not producing the nightly news for Channel 7 Action News, he's penning his next stage play. With 17 published titles under his belt and more on the way, this Emmy-award winning producer has become a mainstay in school theaters around the globe.

The First (Micro) Step Forward

Launching a new business can sometimes require a helping hand. Oakland County's Microloan Program steps in where banks can't -- giving small businesses the working capital they need to get their doors open. Find out how the Microloan Program helped two Oakland County entrepreneurs realize their dreams.

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Welcome to the new, improved Prosper

Something look different here? Notice anything new?  (Correct answer: YES!)Prosper is new -- at least we've prettied ourselves up a bit.

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Five Women, Five Faiths, One Community

There is little doubt that Metro Detroit has become a melting pot of cultures and faiths. Still, finding common ground with our neighbors doesn't always come easy. A group of women, representing five different faiths, is out to prove that it is our common experiences that will ultimately bind us together as one community.

2011 Economic Luncheon promises long-term growth ahead for Oakland County

Oakland County is predicted to add almost 29,000 jobs in the next three years, giving it the best years of job growth since 2000, according to University of Michigan economists. Dr. George Fulton and Donald Grimes of the UM Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, told more than 600 people at the county's Economic Outlook Luncheon the county's economy is on an upward swing and sustained growth trajectory.

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Metro Detroit's Institutes Of Greener Learning

New and better ideas. Innovation. These are the things we associate with our institutes of higher learning. So, now that green technology and practices are becoming a way of life, how do Metro Detroit's universities and colleges fare when it comes to sustainability? Metromode's Kim North Shine checks out who's doing what to reduce their collective carbon footprint.

Full Press Success: A Q&A with John Gongos

Business is basketball. Basketball is business. Both are John Gongos and his firm, Gongos Research.All three (basketball, Gongos and his namesake company) are evident in Gongos' sphere of influence.

Tough Steel

When her husband passed away unexpectedly, Linda O'Brien took the reins of the family's business, becoming the head of Madison Heights' Emerald Steel Processing. With the help of her employees and a business class at Oakland County, she's engineered an impressive turnaround.

Featured Video: Birmingham Community House

The Birmingham Community House offers nearly 800 classes, programs and social services under one very historied roof. Art, dance, social organizations and continued learning classes keep this model of community access humming with activity. 

Historic Holly looks toward the future

When it comes to rebuilding a thriving downtown district, Holly is looking to the future while continuing to embrace its past. The village recently welcomed four new businesses to its historic "Main Street" district, already dotted with antique dealers, clothing shops and restaurants. And while Holly might be better known for its old-timey feel and celebrations like the annual Dickens Festival in Battle Alley, efforts by the Downtown Development Authority to transform its streets into a 21st century attraction are paying off.

Embracing Change: A Q&A with Marcie Brogan

From the smokey cocktail parties of the '60s to the caffeine and Facebook-fueled world of the Internet, advertising exec Marcie Brogan has seen it all. More importantly, she has embraced rather than resisted the inevitable changes in her industry.

Featured Video: Count Your Steps kicks off

How much healthier are kids who participate in Oakland County's Count Your Steps program? Let's put it this way -- according to their pedometers, they're currently 15 billion steps ahead. Count Your Steps took over the Palace of Auburn Hills to get O.C. children running, skipping rope, dancing, and hula-hooping -- all in the name of friendly competition. Take a leap ... watch the video from Tom Hendrickson after the jump.

What is makeLAB?

If you don't know much about architecture or design, it's a little hard to explain. And if you don't know anything about the history of architecture, it's not possible to understand just how groundbreaking Lawrence Tech's new working digital fabrication lab is.So that's a good place to start.

Gates Corporation celebrates 100 years of mechanical innovation

100 years. A century. It's a long time, any which way you describe it. The Gates Corporation, formerly The Gates Rubber Company, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year. The company makes belts, hoses and hydraulics that can be used in a vast array of products; ranging from keeping engines running to transferring fluids like fine wine. And it's the the only non-tire producing rubber company that has a presence in all of the world’s major markets.

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. Click in to check out this small business success story.

Building A Cultural Bridge

With audiences across all of North America, Southfield-based Middle Eastern American Television is the only 24-hour media outlet of its kind in the nation. And starting in March, owner Wally Jadan will see his dream of building a bridge between the Arab and Arab-American world come true as MEA-TV goes international.

Featured Video: Epiphany Studios

Move over Chihuly, Epiphany Studios is out to eat your lunch. Okay, not really, but this Pontiac-based glass studio produces some incredible work, employing techniques developed and mastered by Italian glass blowers over hundreds of years.

Lights, Camera, Michigan!

Premiering three major films that were shot in the Mitten State, as well as a host of local reels, the brand-new Uptown Film Festival hopes to celebrate Michigan's growing film industry -- with a dash of Hollywood glamour.

Double Lives: Jim Miller

Jim Miller is restless... In that fingers-in-many-pies sorta way. Not only is he Metro Detroit's go-to guy for marketing and PR as a member of Franco's Leadership Team, he's also a children's book author. As Nikka Costa sings, "everybody got their something."

This Old House

For Rick and Patricia Blackburn David, retirement is the time for new adventures, not sitting around. They've turned a century-old Victorian mansion in Pontiac into the town's only bed and breakfast — and that's just one way this couple hopes to assist in the city's turnaround.

Featured Video: Paper Street Motors

Government-funded business incubators can't be all things to all people. Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and fill the niche no one wants to scratch. Meet Andy Didorosi, who wants to turn Ferndale's Paper Street Motors building into a creative hive for small businesses.

Going Mobile: Q&A with Henry Balanon of Bickbot

When Henry Balanon says, "Let's step into my office," that could be just about anywhere. The founder of Bickbot, a mobile application firm, surfs his laptop, writing code and making business connections between home, co-working spaces and coffee shops across Metro Detroit. It has become such a lifestyle choice that the people at Urbane Apts co-working space notice when Balanon doesn't stop by and Starbucks gave him a gold card bearing his name to buy lattes. This is the life of a 20-something entrepreneur in Southeast Michigan's emerging mobile app economy.

State of the County 2011: Patterson announces 8 new initiatives

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced eight new initiatives Tuesday night at his 2011 State of the County address. He also highlighted the successes of well-established programs such as Automation Alley, Emerging Sectors, and Medical Main Street before an audience at the Marriott at Centerpoint in Pontiac. "We still have the ability to launch new programs that are basically cost neutral to you, or better yet, they actually have the potential of generating badly needed revenue without raising taxes," said Patterson.

PALAZZO di BOCCE

Palazzo di Bocce is so cool that Prosper had to point you to this truly unique venue. Once the setting for the world championship; this Lake Orion gem beckons your next bocce ball showdown.Click on the YouTube video to learn the finer points of bocce ...

Featured Video: Fire & Ice

Fire & Ice Fest returns to downtown Rochester for the fourth year of chilly winter fun. To get a sense of what goes down at Oakland County's premiere winter festival, check out this video by Tom Hendrickson. We recommend a pair of mittens.

Elemental: Fire & Ice festival returns to downtown Rochester

"To see the faces of the kids as they come down the tubes in the tube run -- it's really gratifying to see that much happiness," says David VanderVeen.He's talking about the event he coordinates: Fire & Ice, Oakland County's premiere winter festival, which returns for its fourth year Friday, January 28 through Sunday, January 30 in downtown Rochester.

Going Rouge In Ferndale

Local and organic are words that are usually associated with restaurants and grocery stores. But in downtown Ferndale's ever-growing hub for hip businesses it applies to skincare and nails. Cheryl Salinas-Tucker not only turned her power suit past into an entrepreneurial future, she's made her salon, Rouge, a truly homegrown destination. 

The Crofoot

Cool events. World class sound. Redeveloped historic downtown building. Hip crowd. In a better world every city would have their own Crofoot. Check out this one-of-kind Pontiac music venue.

Working Habitat: a brave new model for Metro Detroit's white-collar workforce

Tim Calkins has been there. He knows what it's like to be hit by the recession, to have to close a business, to not collect a paycheck for more than a year and not know when another job will come along. He's already lived through it. That's why he thinks he may be the man to help the thousands of unemployed white-collar workers in the state find their niche in a new economy.

Medical Main Street is just what the doctor ordered for Oakland County growth

When Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson called for the creation of Medical Main Street, a concerted effort to bring life science and medical technology companies to Oakland County and Southeastern Michigan in 2008, four companies pledged what then seemed like a hefty fund: $5.2 million.

'Tis the Season to Give: Oakland County Charities Benefit From Casual Day Fund

The gift giving came a little early for a handful of Oakland County charities this year. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson played Santa and passed out checks totaling $26,000 to seventeen local charities.

The Home Court Advantage

Why go to the hockey rink when you can bring the hockey rink to you? Game Courts of Michigan not only creates courts and rinks for schools, parks and gyms but also for residential backyards. And business is growing!

Featured Video: Welcome To Automation Alley

If building a knowledge-based economy is Michigan's only hope then, much like the force, Automation Alley is what binds the region's technological companies together, finding ways for them to succeed in the global marketplace. Tom Hendrickson reports.

Aging advisor Lynn Alexander sees the tsunami ahead

After working for the State of Michigan and Oakland County’s programs on aging in one way or another for 15 years, Lynn Alexander is an expert on how to age well and the processes to make it easier. Her consulting firm, Your Aging Well Advisor, is keeping her busy in spreading the message regarding how to stay independent as an older person. She is also focusing her efforts on a new topic. Alexander just released a new book called Caregiver Tsunami. It's released by Publish America, who says the novel "navigates the rough seas of caregiving with sensitivity and practical intelligence mixed in with a bit of magic and humor." After a talk with Alexander, it is easy to see how sensitive and intelligent she truly is. Her book can be purchased at Barnes and Noble.

A Better Landing

Overlooked for years, Oakland County Airport is getting a much-needed face-lift in order to live up to its title as Michigan's second busiest airport. The terminal's multi-million dollar upgrade will soon match the Fortune 500 execs, rock stars, trade missions, and elite clientele the airport caters to every day.

Holiday

Here's to turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and another great year in Oakland County. Happy Thanksgiving! Oakland County Prosper will return to your inbox December 13.

Confessions of a Hollywood Extra in Metro Detroit

You've heard about movie stars flocking to the Mitten. And local production crews being snapped up for jobs. And the thousands of hotel rooms rented for visiting shoots. But what about those anonymous, unsung heroes who give Michigan-made movies their sense of place? We're talking, of course, about the extras. This is the story of one Metro Detroiter who's found his calling on Hollywood sets.

Maury Okun holds the strings to Detroit's classical music scene

All Maury Okun really wanted to do was make great music -- the great business model was sort of a fortunate byproduct. "It wasn't because we wanted to create an interesting model, we wanted to create interesting art," says Okun. "It enables us to do more of what we wanted to do." The interesting model is the remarkable collaboration among three Oakland County arts organizations: Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. The organizations maintain separate identities and boards of directors, but they share office space, administrative staff and technology.

The Chinese Are Coming (To Learn)

Lawrence Technological University is among those universities welcoming increased ties with China through collaborative exchange programs - to the point that the Southfield school is almost better known in China than it is in its own backyard.

Rich In History -- A Q&A with Patrick McKay

To Patrick McKay, history is a living thing. As the supervisor of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Pat (as he likes to be called) manages one of Oakland County's most accurate and engaging historical landmarks. The museum is located in Stoney Creek Village (listed in the National Register of Historic Places) on a 16-acre complex that originally belonged to the Taylor and Van Hoosen families. Buildings from the 1840s until today are presented on the grounds, including a restored 1927 dairy barn, the original Stoney Creek Schoolhouse (which dates back to 1848) and the 1850 Red House.We caught up with McKay to find out what it's like to run a 16-acre museum complex, that historical baseball team he helped organize (the Rochester Grangers, who play the gentleman's game in the manner, custom and uniforms of 1860's ball clubs) and why he works to preserve a truly original, still breathing piece of Oakland County's history.

A Life in Art: Charles McGee at the BBAC

A new retrospective of renowned Detroit artist Charles McGee at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) includes more than just pieces from the 82-year-old's body of work -- it's also a proud showcase of 25 students he's taught at the center since 1999.

What's Next For The Silverdome?

After picking up the Silverdome at bargain-basement prices, the stadium's new Canadian owners are fixing up the place and bringing in events like international soccer teams and concerts. It may just turn the hulking building from a local punchline into an economic driver.

Brooksie Way Half Marathon and 5K

"We've seen the Brooksie Way grow in popularity among both the serious runners and the casual runners and walkers because we offer something for everyone," said Deb Kiertzner, the race director. "We have created an entertaining family-friendly event that also caters to the serious runners."

An Early Adopter: A Q&A With Pete Bonner

The three guys behind Detroit Trading Company didn't originally plan to create a family business. A few Internet start-ups later, however, it's clear that success and kin go hand in hand.

Video: Brooksie Way

The Brooksie Way, a half-marathon and 5k run/walk, made Oakland County a destination spot for runners, beginning at Oakland University and ending at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills. Watch the Prosper video.

Featured Video: Berkley

Right next to Royal Oak and Ferndale, Berkley's quiet charms sneak up on you. Walkable neighborhoods surround a cozy downtown well-worth checking out. Blink and you'll miss it... and you'd be sorry.

Metromode: The Art Of Business: A Q&A with Jesse Cory

Internet marketing or hipster art gallery? It's two great tastes in one. Jesse Cory is the brainchild behind both 323 East and Ohm Creative Group in Royal Oak. But the split identity doesn't end there. He also shuttles between Metro Detroit and Brooklyn, NY - doing business in both.

Doctor Finds Innovative Ways to Promote Wellness in Oakland County

Dr. Paul Ehrmann's mission is simple: He wants to affect the next 125 years of your life. His plan is not to fight weight loss but to promote a healthier lifestyle.

Going Global in Oakland County

Oakland County is a lot more international than we might think. Thanks to the work of the Oakland County Economic Development & Community Affairs and its relationship with the Consular Corps of Detroit, the county is now home to more than 730 foreign firms from more than 37 countries.

Featured Video: ePrize

ePrize has been part of what founder and CEO Josh Linkner calls a "reverse brain drain," attracting employees from the coasts to work at the Internet promotion agency. Watch their story here.

Emerging Biz In Oakland County for July

Oakland County saw $5.58 million of investment, 422 jobs created, and 140 jobs retained from the county's Emerging Sectors in the month of July.

Metromode: Where Oakland County Meets Middle Earth

Giant haunted houses, a popular renaissance festival, Theatre Bizarre, and now LARP. Oakland County is home to a surprising number of fantastical past times, drawing eclectic and enthusiastic crowds. But more than just dress up, Live Action Role Playing is a full immersion experience.

Prospering Company: EcoStore USA

Mommy bloggers had a hand in getting the word out about Lyne Appel Downing's company EcoStore USA. She sent the bloggers her plant- and mineral-based baby and personal care products that have a slogan "No Nasty Chemicals." They loved them... and it now seems everyone else does, too.

How does your garden grow? Ask Beth D'Anna

Instead of asking Mary, who is quite contrary, how her garden grows, you might want to ask Beth D'Anna. She, along with four other volunteers, planned and cultivated the butterfly garden at the Royal Oak Public Library. And this same passion for gardening has spurred her own company: Your Green Thumb LLC.

Featured Video: Epiphany Studios

Move over Chihuly, Epiphany Studios is out to eat your lunch. Okay, not really, but this Pontiac-based glass studio produces some incredible work, employing techniques developed and mastered by Italian glass blowers over hundreds of years.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation: The Natural Choice Since 1966

Oakland County Parks and Recreation enhances the quality of life for those living and working in Oakland County. The 13-park system includes 68 miles of trails, day-use parks, campgrounds, nature centers, waterparks and golf courses. The parks system serves 1.5 million visitors annually.

Emerging Biz In Oakland County for June

Oakland County saw $24 million of investment, 532 jobs created, and 180 jobs retained from the county's Emerging Sectors in the month of June.

Featured Video: What's in the Magic Bag

Music. Movies. Alcohol. It's the holy trinity of entertainment under one roof. Ferndale's The Magic Bag is a one-stop shop for nightlife, offering local and touring bands, cheap flicks and a scene every night of the week. Better yet, it's independently owned and operated. After all, buying local ain't just for foodies.

Metromode: The Young & Entrepreneurial: Jake Sigal

When someone asks why young professionals matter for Metro Detroit's future, think of people like Jake Sigal. The 28-year-old Ferndale resident took his love of music and penchant for entrepreneurship and not only helped invent the USB turntable for DJs, he started Livio Radio, a company that employs 15 people and has attracted support from Michigan's largest VC group.

An Opportunity and a Challenge for Manizha Wafeq

She's on the short end of some pretty steep odds – 99-1 – but Manizha Wafeq doesn't seem the least bit fazed. She owns her own business and business owners who are women have faced challenges for a long time in a world typically dominated by men.

Featured Video: ePrize

ePrize has been part of what  founder and CEO Josh Linkner calls a "reverse brain drain," attracting employees from the coasts to work at the Internet promotion agency based in Pleasant Ridge, right next to downtown Royal Oak.

Metromode: Pontiac Goes Hollywood

The Michigan Film Incentives have brought a giant mutated insect to Pontiac. And they seem to be bringing a whole lot of economic activity to the region. Sucker is just the latest homegrown effort to capitalize on the state's growing movie industry, and help plug our creative brain drain.

A Few MUST Dos Outside This Summer

The poet William Carlos Williams once wrote, "In summer, the song sings itself." So, with that said, and summer here, we've compiled a short list of some MUST dos in Oakland County.

He's Got Passion for the Brooksie Way

The Brooksie Way is growing in numbers and shrinking the waists of those who participate. Tom Szczpanski, CEO of Beach Commmunications, has dropped 30 pounds thanks to the run. He's part of the CEO Challenge, which is just one of the many new additions to the benefits of the Brooksie Way.

Emerging Biz In Oakland County

Oakland County saw $16.6 million of investment, 92 jobs created, and 332 jobs retained from the county's Emerging Sectors in the month of May.

Featured Video: Detroit Bros.

Metro Detroit as a design aesthetic? Hell, yeah! Detroit Brothers in Ferndale take the industrial grit of the Motor City and turn it into custom motorcycles coveted the world over. Beautiful, brash and badass, their designs live up to the brothers' slogan: "Good parts for bad people."

Prospering Company: Strategic Energy Solutions

Berkley-based Strategic Energy Solutions was green when green was just a color, says founder, owner, and President Steve DiBerardine. SES specializes in heating and cooling technology.

From Metromode: Bewitched by Bats

With warm weather comes bugs, and with bugs come bats. Maligned and misunderstood, these furry flying creatures have found friends and supporters at the Organization for Bat Conservation, the only program of its kind in the country. Open your mind and enter Cranbrook's Bat Zone...

Featured Video: The Fifth Luxury Condos

"On top of the world, Ma!" In Royal Oak, no less. The Fifth is 18 stories of upscale living (both meanings of the word) and the tallest building in RO's hip downtown. Check it out!

Metromode: Ignite Ferndale

Every city strives to bring business to its downtown but few know how to attract thousands of Facebook fans. Ferndale's leaders want to add a few entrepreneurs to its mix of funky, artsy, and hip businesses. Actually, a lot of entrepreneurs. So they're using social media and online communication to build real-world opportunities.

Reeling in the Film Industry with Food

The State is offering a nice little incentive for the film industry. It seemed to work, bringing in more projects then the last handful of years combined. With that sentiment in mind, the Troy Chamber of Commerce is also offering an incentive of their own, but this is more of the edible kind. It's a restaurant discount card for film casts and crews that offer a discount to various eateries in Troy.


Emerging Biz In Oakland County

Oakland County saw $69 million of investment, 3,151 jobs created, and 880 jobs retained from the county's Emerging Sectors in the month of April.

Featured Video: Ronin

The Ronin were masterless samurai forced to carve out a path of their own. So too does this Royal Oak eatery, combining contemporary bistro sensibilties with a uniquely woodsy ambiance.

Living Green in Oakland County: Q&A with Whitney Calio

Does your kid go to a "green school" here in Oakland County? Ever drop anything off at a NO HAZ event? If so, you might have crossed paths with Whitney Calio. This issue's Q&A knocks on Calio's door to have her explain a few things about the NO HAZ events and the Michigan Green Schools Program.

Prospering Company (with a Green Twist): wowgreen International

A cleaning supply that is safe enough to spray in your mouth? Sounds crazy, but not to Ali Khalil, founder of wowgreen International. The Southfield-based company specializes in chemical-free, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies. And, as Khalil says, its better than, say, most national brands.

Prosper TV: Earth Day Festival

In honor of Earth Day here's a video recap of the Earth Day Festival in Rochester. You'll see that being green is not only helpful but fun. And remember, Earth Day shouldn't just be one day a year... it should be every day of the year.

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It's All Here; Just Ask the Cultural Concierge

What if we said there was someone out there who could help you plan any event and wouldn't charge you a dime? You'd call us crazy, right? Well, we'd tell you to call the Cultural Concierge. 'Cause that's exactly what this new program, which comes from the Cultural Alliance for Southeastern Michigan, does.

March: Emerging Biz In Oakland County

Oakland County saw $15.878 million of investment, 160 jobs created, and 94 jobs retained from the county's Emerging Sectors and Traditional Sectors Programs in the month of March.

Featured Video: Birmingham Community House

The Birmingham Community House has been offering programs, services and classes to residents young and old. From belly dancing to cooking classes to issue-oriented events, this community center is a model for learning, outreach and participation.

Rock and Roll - and Folk and Pop - in Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills is certainly not the center of the music industry, and yet, some very influential musicians hail from our community. From the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farms newsletter comes a reminder of just how Rock and Roll -- and folk and pop -- Rochester Hills really is.

Prospering Company: SHW Group

Who would have thought that wider halls, neutral colors, and natural light in an elementary school will increase a students' performance? Well, Marjorie Simmons would have thought that, since it's her business. Simmons started a company called Duce Simmons Associates that merged with the international company SHW Group in 2003 to bring its Michigan clients educational design services.

Featured Video: DIY Business Incubation In Ferndale

Government-funded business incubators can't be all things to all people. Sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and fill the niche no one wants to scratch. Meet Andy Didorosi, who wants to turn Ferndale's Paper Street Motors building into a creative hive for small businesses.

Metromode: Sharing Woodward Avenue

Automobiles have done a lot of good for Michigan. But for Woodward Avenue, not so much. As the value of dense and vital downtowns becomes increasingly evident, leaders are rethinking the auto-only policies and practices of Metro Detoit's transportation spine.

Early birds can save $40 as online registration opens for 2010 'Brooksie Way' Half Marathon and 5k

Runners who register for the 2010 Brooksie Way Half Marathon and 5k by May 1 can save themselves as much as $40 off their entry fees for the third running of Oakland County's premier road race.

Prospering Company: Vroomers

Rhonda Gelstein hates cold feet and loves classic cars. So, naturally, she based her business to solve something she hates with something she loves. Vroomers is an Internet-based business that sells comfy slippers shaped like classic cars.

February: Emerging Biz In Oakland County

Oakland County saw $64 million of investment, 1052 jobs created, and 108 jobs retained from the county's Emerging Sectors and Traditional Sectors Programs in the month of February.

Featured Video: RTT, USA

The virtual world is their oyster. Royal Oak's RTT, USA has turned its virtual prototyping technology into a must-use strategy for companies developing new products. It can then use that same technology to virtually market the product to an endless Internet audience. Cool.

Metromode: Birmingham's Second Story

Downtown Birmingham's buttoned-up rep for professional offices and trendy boutiques only tells part of the story. Amidst the doctors, lawyers and financial consultants, Old Woodward's second story houses a little-seen collection of new economy businesses. From sports agents to "an incubator on steroids" Terry Parris Jr. uncovers the people you might not meet every day.

Prospering Company: Helro

The Russells, wife Kim and husband Jeff, not only saved one company, Helro, from the recession, but came out with two others. And now a state Senate race is in the works for the wife.

Metromode: Royal Oak's Second Story

Walking through Royal Oak's downtown, it's hard not to notice the bars, restaurants and shops that have popped up over the last decade. But do you ever wonder what goes on upstairs? Terry Parris Jr. visits Main Street's second story and discovers a community of new economy creatives. And lots of cereal boxes!

The Ways to Stabilize a Community: Prosper Q&A with Karry Rieth

Block grants, home improvement grants, home-buying programs, foreclosure prevention and counseling programs. All these things are facilitated by the Oakland County Community & Home Improvement Division. It's a part of local government that's focused on maintaining the community, the neighborhood, and the home. Prosper dives in.

Prospering Company: Venran Complete Solutions

Tough times produce strong companies, and that's what Venran Complete Solution is. The Troy-based enterprise resource planning company has pushed through this economic downturn and has come out on the other side.


Prospering Company: Advanced Research Company

Reinvention is William Sharp's key to success. His endeavor, Advanced Research Company, has transitioned in a way that other businesses could model. By identifying the changing economic landscape, Sharp flipped his company's focus from a shrinking industry to the emerging sectors.

The Importance of Being Counted: Prosper Q&A with Katherine Graham

Katherine Graham wears a number of hats as a market research analyst for Oakland County's Planning and Economic Development division. But, right now, the two biggest are the 2010 Census and Oakland County's Virtual Databook. Why are these important for the OC? Come inside and she'll tell you.

January: Emerging Biz In Oakland County

Oakland County saw $13.85 million of investment, 1013 jobs created, and 356 jobs retained from the county's Emerging Sectors Program in the month of January.

Featured Video: Hillberry Gallery

There was a time when Ferndale and artsy would have been a contradiction in terms. Not anymore. Don't believe it? Visit the internationally recognized Hilberry Gallery, probably the most respected and forward-thinking private gallery in Michigan.

Featured Video: Fire and Ice

Another Fire & Ice Fest in downtown Rochester has come and gone - though the cold is still here. If you missed it for whatever reason, don't worry. We've recapped the event for you. To get the full sense of what went down, take your computer outside and watch it in the cold!

Patterson's Positive Message about a Budget Year

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson outlined new initiatives and past successes in his 2010 State of the County Address that will continue to make Oakland County one of the best places to live, work and raise a family.

Ten Years of Theater in the Park: Prosper Q&A with Ed Nahhat

William Shakespeare is one of the greatest playwrights in the history of the world. His plays have been enjoyed across the world for hundreds of years. But, the best place to view one of these plays, might be as close as your back yard, under the stars or through the sunset ... if you live in Royal Oak. Ed Nahhat's Water Works Theatre Company have been rolling out professionally acted and produced plays each summer in Royal Oak, in the park, for the last ten years. And here's the story.

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.

3rd Annual 'Fire & Ice Fest' Heats Up Winter Fun with a Blast of Outdoor Activities

Oakland County and downtown Rochester have teamed up to celebrate winter and many of its most popular activities in the 3rd annual Fire & Ice Fest. The two-day outdoor festival, which runs Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday from Noon-9 p.m., turns downtown Rochester into a winter festival that include ice, fireworks and family fun.

Metromode: Little Vietnam In Madison Heights

Pho shops and Vietnamese businesses are popping up in Madison Heights like dandelions. What gives? Metromode looks into why the unlikely stretch between John R and Dequindre is turning into Metro Detroit's de facto Little Vietnam.

New Feature for Prosper: The Workforce Transition of Oakland County

Michigan is in a state of transformation. So Prosper is going to take a look at what that means to the workforce. This new "Workforce Transition" feature will focus on people in transition: From employee to entrepreneur, unemployed to employed, old economy to new economy. Our first edition is 25-year-old Shauna Nicholson who went from marketing wiz at a growing company to a marketing wiz for her own company.

Featured Video: International Bancard Corporation

For eight years Royal Oak's IBC has been a stealth company, pulling in customers and profits with its old school ideas about servicing clients. Now the e-commerce and credit card processing firm is ready to step into the sunlight and school other companies about the power of topnotch customer service.

Prospering Company: Michaelene's Gourmet Granola

Michaelene Hearn's business started in a Lamaze class, trying to get expecting mothers to eat better. She started passing out her homemade granola. The mother's loved it so much they wanted to buy it ... and now everyone is buying it.


Strong December puts Emerging Sector Program over $191 million of investment for 2009

The Emerging Sectors program was good to Oakland County last year. Throughout 2009, the County saw more than $191 million of new investment while creating or retaining more than 3,200 jobs.

What To Do During the Holiday: A Prosper Roundup of Events

Here's a list of events across Oakland County to attend during the holiday break. Everything from hanging out at the zoo to model train sets to the comedy castle. So brave the cold and get out and enjoy what Oakland County has to offer.

Wintertime Is Fun Time at Oakland County Parks

Winter in Michigan doesn't have to mean hibernation! Bundle up and learn how to snowshoe or strap on skis and try cross-country skiing; explore winter changes at two nature centers or make your own fun by ice skating or ice fishing.

Featured Video: Bellyache Candy Shoppe

Candy and Detroit rock n' roll - two great tastes that taste great together! Royal Oak's Bellyache Candy Company is taking the web by storm, pushing Goo Goo Clusters, Pop Rocks and Charleston Chews along with CDs, vinyl LPs and 7-inch singles from bands like  The Amino Acids, The Hentchman, and Gore Gore Girls. Can you say, "Yummy"?

Prospering Company: Sweet and Savory Bake Shop

For nearly a decade the Sweet and Savory Bake Shop of Oxford has been keeping the areas sweet tooth satisfied. Through their passion, ambition, and ability to follow their dreams, owners Debra Meyers and Scott Eschelbach have made a pretty "sweet" name for themselves.

Prospering Company: First Media Group

Delora Hall Tyler had a few sleepless nights and burned a few dinners while getting her business, First Media Group, off the ground. But now, thanks to her tenacity, the Southfield-based full-service advertising, marketing and PR agency, is wide awake and rolling.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey. Cranberries. Sweet potatoes. Pumpkin pie. And, of course, we can't forget thanks. That sounds like a great Thanksgiving to us. Have a wonderful holiday and a happy Thanksgiving Prosper readers.

Metromode: The King Of Detroit Comedy

When times get tough people start looking for a reason to laugh. No one knows this better than comedy club veteran Mark Ridley, who's been busting the guts of Metro Detroiters for more than 20 years. And even in though credit is tight and the economy tighter, he's decided to renovate his storied Royal Oak Comedy Castle.

Featured Video: B Nektar

Mead, it's not just for renaissance fest geeks anymore. Proof? B. Nektar in hipper-than-thou Ferndale, where honey, apples and all sorts of fermentable goodness are crafted into a damn fine brew.

Prospering Company: Perry's Party Rental

It's party time in Pontiac. Well, at least for Perry's Party Rentals. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, there should be enough parties to ring in the new year -- quite literally -- and Perry's is here to serve.

Prosper Q&A: Economic Development with Maureen Krauss

Maureen Donohue Krauss is director of Oakland County's Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs. A county employee for more than 11 years, she is the first woman to oversee the department's 90-person staff and its $7.2 million budget. She spoke with Prosper about economic development in the county, a shrinking budget and the challenges that face Oakland County in the coming years.

Emerging Biz In Oakland County

Oakland County saw $28.9 million of investment, 267 jobs created, and 225 jobs retained from the county's Emerging Sectors and Traditional Sectors Program in the month of October.

Prosper TV: Michigan Works!

Prosper visited the Troy Career Center for Michigan Works! to find out what's going on over there. The conclusion? If you're transitioning from unemployment to employment or just looking for some new opportunities, Michigan Works! is the place for you.

Prospering Company: Patriot Services Corporation

Are you ready for anything? Most of us aren't but Patriot Services Corporation most certainly is. This prospering company, based in Walled Lake, offers detailed disaster and emergency plan solutions. And if the last five years are any indication of its next five years, well, plan on seeing major growth from this company.

Featured Video: Brogan & Partners

When your business relies on great ideas it's wise to keep your inventory happy; namely the creatives that work for you. Birmingham-based Brogan And Partners Convergence Marketing gets it. Seriously. From its historic downtown digs to its employee perks to an underlying appreciation for the creative spirit, Brogan has long been one of Metro Detroit's most desirable places to work.

Metromode: The High Life

You don't have to go to New York City or Chicago to get top-of-the-world views. Urban professionals are rethinking the traditional big house, big yard template of living, and moving into downtown high rises. From Royal Oak to Birmingham to Ann Arbor, Metromode gives you a sense of what it means to be "movin' on up" in Metro Detroit.

Have You Seen Our New Feature Yet?

Last issue we rolled out a new feature to the Prosper newsletter. If you scroll down, below the featured stories, you'll see our workforce section. Each issue we'll display three jobs landed, three jobs available, as well as three internships that are up for grabs -- and they are all in Oakland County.

Prosper Q&A: Doug Smith Goes to Israel

Doug Smith, a deputy Oakland County executive in charge of economic development, is among a dozen people in Israel on a week-long trade mission sponsored by Automation Alley. He was joined on the trip by four companies, Lawrence Technological University and Steve Cassin, Macomb County's head of economic development. Before he left, Smith spoke with Prosper about the trip that will take the group to Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Grace & Wild: A Studio Success Before Hollywood Came Calling

With all the talk of film studios moving into Detroit, Pontiac and Allen Park, people seem to forget that SE Michigan has long had a state-of-the-art studio operating in its own backyard. For 25 years, Grace & Wild has been the go-to facility for advertising and film production. And with the state's new film incentives, they see an expanding landscape of opportunities.

Prosper Q&A: Brownfields with Brad Hansen

What exactly is a Brownfield? What do they do? What does it mean? Brad Hansen, the Environmental Program Coordinator for Oakland County's Waste Resource Management Unit, answers these questions for all of our readers.

Prosper Has Added A New Feature

Beginning today, Prosper introduces a new feature -- the Jobs Available/Jobs Landed section. In every edition, we highlight actual job openings in our region, including the industry, location and skills required by the potential employer. We also feature a minimum of three jobs landed, including the industry, hiring organization, location and a brief biographical sketch about the person who landed the job.

Prosper Video: NO Haz in Oakland County

Prosper drops in on a NO Haz pick-up event, where the North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium was there to take your hazardous materials off your hands. A heads up: There's another event coming up Oct. 17 at the Orion Commerce Center.

Prospering Company: Unified Business Technologies

Twelve years ago Michelle D'Souza was a stockbroker. Today she's the founder and president of Unified Business Technologies, a full-service firm providing human resources, services, and solutions for a variety of technological and engineering companies.

Last Chance for Discount Registration for the 2009 'Brooksie Way' Half Marathon

Time is running out to join thousands of participants for the second running of Oakland County's premier road race, the Brooksie Way Half Marathon and 5k.

Main Street Oakland County Welcomes New Communities

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is pleased to announce that Waterford Township and South Lyon have joined the Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) Mentoring Program.

Prosper Video: Moving the Historic Arnold School

The Arnold School in Addison was completed in 1857. Two years ago the city discussed tearing it down. The community rallied, donated money and earlier this month the 152-year-old school was picked up and moved to Watershed Park. Here's the video...

Prosper Spotlight: Welcome To The Velodrome

There are only 20 of 'em in the world and Rochester's on the list. Seem unlikely? Not when you consider the fact that local resident Dale Hughes is one of the few people in the world who actually gets paid to design Velodromes. Don't get caught "off the back." Read on...

Prospering Company: Premier Food Supplies

Ferndale-based Premier Food Supplies started to fill a void Amit Makhecha and brother-in-law Jagdish Rughani saw in the Indian food distribution world of Southeast Michigan. Now, by responding to the needs of the community, their operation is growing and succeeding.

Prosper Video: ARKITEKTURA

Birmingham's Rail District is quickly becoming ground zero for designers and consumer creatives, bringing SoHo-style aesthetics to Metro Detroit. Case in point: Arkitektura, a Cranbrook-born, SF-partnered showroom that boasts the latest in uban design and furnishings.

Oakland County Executive's Statement on $725 Million Renovation at Ford Wixom Plant

Two renewable energy companies are combining forces to create a $725 million redevelopment project at the closed Ford Wixom Assembly Plant. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says it's great news not only for Oakland County but for Michigan as a whole.

Prosper Q&A: Placemaking with Larry Falardeau

What is placemaking? What does that mean for Oakland County? What exactly does a principal planner for the OC's Planning & Economic Development (PED) Services do? Larry Falardeau spends some time with Prosper answering those questions and a handful of others about what's up with Oakland County and its PED services.


Prosper Spotlight: Clawson Central

For business owners stymied by city bureaucracy and anti-development ordinances, the "Welcome To..." sign has become "Proceed With Caution". Enter Clawson, a speck of a city that's used progressive downtown strategies and business-friendly policies to become known as Metro Detroit's best-kept secret.

Prosper Video: The Crofoot

Cool events. World class sound. Redeveloped historic downtown building. Hip crowd. In a better world every city would have their own Crofoot. Check out this one-of-kind Pontiac music venue.

Prosper Company Spotlight: Four Seasons Chem-Dry

Waterford-based Four Seasons Chem-Dry has bucked the trend taken by a good number of businesses and continued to grow during each of its three years of operation. Thanks to Oakland County's Venture Forward program, and good old customer service, the company doesn't have any intentions of slowing down.

Prosper Highlight: Community Foundation Challenge

Here's a chance to make a big difference. Beginning August 18 at 10 a.m., the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan will be providing up to $1 million to match general operating gifts to local arts organizations that are made online at the foundation's web site. Seventy-five organizations are participating and a number of them are in Oakland County.

Emerging Biz In Oakland County

Oakland County saw $19,212,000 of investment, 89 jobs created, and 318 jobs retained from the county's Emerging Sectors and Traditional Sectors Program in the month of July.

Prosper Video: Toast

From Ferndale to Birmingham the Toast empire expands. If you haven't been to this one-of-a-kind... well, now two-of-a-kind eatery you really should. Who'd imagine that a place with Taco Tuesdays could be tres chic? That's the delicious conundrum that is Toast. Cool decor, surprising accoutrements and, always, yummy food.

Art Takes Center Stage At The William E. Scripps Estate

For two weeks four artists spent every day and every night at the William E. Scripps mansion in Lake Orion. They were part of the first every Scripps artists-in-residency program, in which they were asked to create pieces inspired by the sprawling estate. They found not only a beautiful mansion but a way to promote their passion: Art.

Event Spotlight: Main Street Oakland County Presents 'Lead Your Downtown from Brown to Green'

Main Street Oakland County presents the last of three workshops to help local communities cope with tough economic times. "Lead Your Downtown from Brown to Green" will be held Friday, August 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center.

Ringwald Theatre Has Its Cake, And Eats It Too

Fringe theater is often viewed as a barometer for a city's hipness.The Ringwald, in downtown Ferndale, has garnered top billing for its campy and unconventional shows, even drawing the city's mayor into the limelight.

Featured Video: Incognito In Royal Oak

If it's good enough for George Clinton, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The White Stripes, it's good enough for you. Incognito is a longtime local fave known for its funky footwear, clothing and accessories.

Great Downtowns: Seven Main Street Oakland County Communities Honored

Seven Main Street Oakland County communities who received national recognition were honored last Thursday by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson for helping create exciting and attractive downtowns.

Prosper Company Spotlight: Comic City

Oakland County's Venture Forward business development program help Comic City -- in Pontiac, Novi, and Canton -- weather the economic downturn.

Emerging Biz In Oakland County And Year-To-Date Report

Oakland County saw $748,499,000 of investment, 5200 jobs created, and 1,474 jobs retained from the county's Emerging Sectors and Traditional Sectors Program in the month of June.Additionally, this months report will show successes in the Emerging and Tradtional Sectors program since it's inception since 2009.

Heads Up: Register Now For 2009 'Brooksie Way' Half Marathon on October 4th

Registration is now open for the second annual Brooksie Way Half Marathon that takes place Sunday, October 4th. Four thousand participants came out last year and more are expected in 2009. Olympian Bill Rodgers and other elite runners will be there too. The race uses state-of-the-art D-tag timing and provides half marathon finisher medals.

Prosper video: Millenials Matter

Communities work hard to accomodate the needs of seniors and children. But what about young professionals? If Metro Detroit wants to combat the loss of young talent to other states it needs to rethink its approach to this vital demographic. The Millenial Mayors Congress hopes to help bridge that gap, paving the way for tomorrow's leaders.

Timebank Puts Community Back Into Lathrup Village

Since 2007 Lathrup Village has been using a Timebank system. It works like this: Neighbors offer their time to perform tasks for other neighbors in exchange for "Timebank dollars." One Timebank dollar can be used to "purchase" one hour of service from another neighbor. But it's not just a way to get stuff done, it's also a way to get to know your neighbor.

Rethinking The Cineplex

Most people view multi-screen cineplexes as joyless movie warehouses with only one goal: To get you in and out with as much popcorn grease on your fingers as possible. Local movie chain Emagine is trying to remake the muliplex image by offering its audiences unexpected amenities and local outreach.

Prosper Spotlight: Puppeteer Brad Lowe

Oakland County native Brad Lowe wears a lot of hats as a talented master puppeteer. Everything from recording artist to comedian to inventor to engineer, Lowe has his hands in all kinds of pots and puppets. He currently has a nationally syndicated show and, not to mention, is part of the Puppet Mobile program here in Oakland County.

Heads Up: Scripps Artist-in-Residence Workshops July 11

Four artists were picked to live and work in the William E. Scripps mansion for two weeks, producing as much art inspired by the historic location as they can. For one day, on July 11, they'll be holding half-day workshops. But you must register and registration ends July 8... So, heads up!

Millenials Matter

Communities work hard to accomodate the needs of seniors and children. But what about young professionals? If Metro Detroit wants to combat the loss of young talent to other states it needs to rethink its approach to this vital demographic. The Millenial Mayors Congress hopes to help bridge that gap, paving the way for tomorrow's leaders.

Prosper Profile: The Natural Evolution Of Organic By The Case

After one year, Orion Township-based Organic by the Case, an online bulk organic foods and cleaning products and distribution business, is going strong and celebrating its anniversary... organically of course.

Scoring Michigan's New Film Industry

With Michigan's new film incentives, everyone's talking about Hollywood actors and production crews. But what about the guys and gals behind the scenes, the ones who create all those memorable movie soundtracks? Three local composers weigh in on where they see the state's burgeoning film industry is headed.

Emerging Biz In Oakland County

Oakland County saw $950K of investment and 40 jobs created from the county's Emerging Sectors and Traditional Sectors Program in the month of May.

Prosper Video Spotlight: House Of Chants

House Of Chants could care less about the masses. They want you to look fabulous. Upscale urban, locally minded and absolutely authentic, this 20s era storefront is SoHo meets Motown. Yup, just another example of downtown Ferndale's renaissance.

Habitat For Humanity Of Oakland Is Seeing Green

The Habitat For Humanity Of Oakland is up to its old tricks for building houses again... but with a twist. This time they're green. Not literally of course. Two houses in Pontiac are being dubbed "grand experiments." Affordable green housing for needy families and two are already in the books.

Prosper Spotlight: The Bronx Deli

New York style sandwiches in your backyard? Yeah, yes please. The Bronx Deli, opened in August 2007, has been supply Pontiac and the surrounding areas with some top notch corned beef from their digs on Telegraph. They just recently moved to a bigger location and still seem just as busy.

Memorial To Deputy Oakland County Executive Dennis Toffolo

Oakland County has lost a great mentor and leader last week. Dennis R. Toffolo, deputy Oakland County executive, died last Tuesday evening after suffering a heart attack at his Oxford home. He will be missed.

Prosper Video: Oak Street Fair

The Oak Street program aims to put some pride back in these neighborhoods by offering educational and staff resources to help communities preserve historic character while moving forward with sustainable growth and investment.

Prosper Spotlight: Oakland County's Economic Outlook Luncheon

Yes, there is a light at the end of the economic tunnel, say forecasters. If the county can bear a few more months of hardship, it will be poised to emerge more prosperous than ever.

A Little Bit of History at the Oak Street Fair

The inaugural Oak Street Fair will give a stage to some of the city's older homes and offer residents a chance to learn more about preserving their historic neighborhoods. The action takes place on May 16 in Hazel Park.

Emerging Biz In Oakland County

Oakland County saw $3.247 million of investment and 50 jobs created from 2 companies from the county's Emerging Sectors Program in the month of April.

Prosper Spotlight: Lola Are

The Prosper Spotlight is on Lola Are, the head of the Oakland County Business Center and the Senior Business Consultant on the OC economic development team. Her primary focus is on helping small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and improved management.

The Green Future: Oakland County Green Schools Awards

The children are the future and so is having a green lifestyle. But the two together and you have the Michigan Green Schools Program. Last week participating schools were honored with either Green or Emerald awards. Oakland County have 98 of them... 98!

A Better Set Of Building Blocks

Infrastructure. It's not exactly a sexy word, but with the Obama administration's focus on rebuilding our nation's roads and bridges, innovation is in demand. Enter Lawrence Technological University, where new infrastructure inventions are an everyday way of life.

Ferndale's Local Boutique: Naka

Buy local doesn't just mean food. Naka boutique in Ferndale features hand-crafted clothing, soaps and gifts from Metro Detroit creatives and designers. And owner Kelly Pettibone Lapointe doesn't just sell local, she moved back from New York City to be local.

Going Green In Oakland County

Between the success of Oakland County's NO HAZ program and the participation of county schools in the Michigan Green Schools program, the future is looking pretty green here in the OC.

Arts & Culture: Local Projects Receive Mini-Grants

The Oakland County Office of Arts & Culture has recently awarded local cultural institutions $30,100. Funding was made possible by the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Regional Regranting program.

Emerging Biz In Oakland County

Oakland County saw $42.4 million of investment and 571 jobs created from 5 companies from the county's Emerging Sectors Program, the Traditional Sectors program, and the Film industry in March.

Prosper Video: The Oakland Edge

The skates were sharpened, the sticks were taped, and the zamboni was all warmed up for last weekend's Oakland Edge, an adult hockey tournament in Rochester at Onyx Arena... and we got it all on tape.

Go Comedy, Go!

They are the Justice League of improvisational comedy. The Dream Team of yucks. Ferndale's Go Comedy, brings some of the region's funniest performers together under one roof - a former Secretary Of State's office turned laughter emporium. Now that's irony.

Shrine Robo-Knights are Going to Germany

Through the association of our coach, Mr. John Maten and Mr. Ron Lavalee, FloChart Software Consultant, the RoboKnights, from the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak were invited to participate in a pilot competition in the United States, sponsored by Phoenix Contact, world headquartered in Germany.

Restoration of Oakland County's Lady Justice almost complete

Oakland County's historic Lady Justice is due back to it's spot in May after a winter-long restoration process. The 9-foot-tall statue was purchased in 1904 from W.H. Mullins, a Salem, Ohio-based company that manufactured statues. She stood guard in front of the old Oakland County Courthouse until 1962, when the building was demolish. After two decades in storage, she was returned to the plaza in front of the new courthouse.

Prosper Spotlight: L. Brooks Patterson On Medical Main Street

Prosper sits down with County Executive L. Brooks Patterson to discuss Oakland County's Medical Main Street, his most ambitious initiative under the Emerging Sectors® business development strategy. It is a unique alliance of world-class hospitals, universities, medical device and BioPharma companies creating a global center of innovation in health care, research and development, education and commercialization in the life science industries.

Emerging Biz In Oakland County

For March Oakland County saw $4.15 million of investment and 135 jobs created from 3 companies from the county's Emerging Sectors Program.

Heller Has The Tools For Growing In Oakland County

Heller Machine Tools is increasingly utilizing its US operation to manufacture its advanced CNC machines in the United States, according to company management, and has become the largest manufacturer of horizontal machining centers for heavy-duty production in the United States.

Dancing As Fast As They Can

Agnes de Mille once said "The truest expression of a people is in its dance." For nearly 30 years the Detroit Dance Collective of Royal Oak has boasted an intergenerational company of artists dedicated to the truth of modern dance. But even more impressive than their longevity is their ability to attract and keep young talent in Metro Detroit.

Oakland County Employee Wins NAACP Award

Mark Adams burns the midnight oil. As a senior economic development representative for Oakland County he's integral when it comes to business growth and retention... but that's not his only gig. For nearly as long as he's been here working in the OC (12 years) he's been a volunteer and a board member for the Southern Oakland County chapter of the NAACP, and on Feb. 15 the organization honored him with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

No Place Like Home: The Oakland County Home Buyer Program

Homebuyer assistance and home improvement services are available to help you purchase and improve a vacant foreclosed single family home or condominium in Oakland County. Through this program, your monthly mortgage costs could be less than what you now pay for rent.

Defending The Net

With the proliferation of personal info on the Internet today -- everything from bank account access to your boyfriend's pet name -- life is becoming a paperless open book. Here are some area experts who are helping to keep some of those pages from prying eyes.

Face Off in Oakland County: Edge Hockey Tournament Coming Soon

Hey, hey hockey players -- time to sign up, strap on your blades and hit the ice for the Oakland Edge Adult Hockey Tournament. Game on!

History Lives on at the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society

In Pontiac, history comes to life at the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society. The historic home is a hub for history buffs and those curious to see what life was like 150 years ago.

Emerging Biz in Oakland County

In January 2009, Oakland County started the year off right with $6.35 million in investment and 212 jobs created from four companies in county's Emerging Sectors program.

One Farmington

To most Metro Detroiters the difference between Farmington and Farmington Hills is non-existent. Unless, of course, you live in one or the other. Could the merger of these two communities be a model for municipal cooperation, prompting the rest of the region to rethink its inefficient and redundant ways?