The Oakland County area has an abundance of opportunities for existing businesses and new ventures.
When the going gets rough, the entrepreneurial spirit gets creative and resourceful.
The Oakland Press has gathered upcoming events, news and links to help business owners and professionals succeed.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Small business loans available through SBA

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Small business loans available
High tech companies bring 1,000 jobs to Rochester Hills

Auburn Hills
Giffin Inc. expands, relocates

 Giffin Inc., an industry leader in surface finishing systems, is moving its headquarters from Farmington to Auburn Hills.
Giffin president, Donald Giffin said the modern, 125,000-square-foot facility at 1900 Brown Road will allow Griffin to design, fabricate and distribute industrial process and surface finishing equipment from one location.
“We have a dedicated group of employees and were determined to stay in southeast Michigan,” Giffin said. “Having our workforce under one roof will improve the ability to interact and provide a more efficient environment to support our global customer base,” he said.
The additional space enhances Giffin’s specialty manufacturing potential and significantly increases the capacity for future expansion. In addition to their manufacturing growth, Giffin will continue to support on-site customer operations for the installation and service of process equipment from their new home.
At the same time, Giffin plans to consolidate administrative, engineering, manufacturing and logistics at the building on Brown Road.

Business survey deadline looms

 Monday, Dec. 20 marks the deadline for participation in the latest “Business Climate Survey,” an electronic poll that gauges the outlook of the Macomb County business community.
The survey is the third in a series of surveys, launched in December 2009, as a joint project of Oakland University, the Macomb County chambers and the county Planning and Economic Development Department. These surveys constitute the largest of their kind ever undertaken in Macomb County.
The results outline business owners’ concerns and needs, and the outcome is presented to county officials and community leaders. The polls are conducted every six months as a baseline to measure progress toward improving the business climate in Macomb County and to assist in identifying opportunities for economic development.
The current survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete and allows respondents to remain anonymous, can be found online at: For more information, call 586-469-5285.

Tanner Friedman wins awards

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals has honored Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications for creative client achievement with three 2010 International MarCom Awards. The Tanner Friedman team received one platinum and two gold awards for work on behalf of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, Forgotten Harvest and Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids. Tanner Friedman and client Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit received platinum recognition for a multi-disciplinary communication campaign supporting the “Scoopy D” Detroit Top 10 Video designed to generate awareness for Goodwill Industries’ efforts to fight Metro Detroit unemployment. Tanner Friedman is a strategic communications firm located in Farmington Hills. Visit

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