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On March 10, 2020 the first COVID-19 case was recorded in Oakland County and we became one of the earliest and hardest hit counties in the state. The County Executive Team, working with the Board of Commissioners, leaned in and aggressively addressed both the health and economic impact of the pandemic on Oakland County residents.  

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New Oakland County vaccine site in Pontiac can administer up to 5,000 doses a day

By Jack NissenPublished March 19PontiacFOX 2 Detroit

PONTIAC, Mich. - Oakland County will unveil its own major vaccine center at a sports complex owned by an area wholesale mortgage company in April.

The county's health department announced that a partnership with United Wholesale Mortgage will enable it to vaccinate up to 5,000 people a day. Health officials expect to help between 1,000 and 3,000 residents per day at the UWM Sports Complex in Pontiac. Administering the doses will begin on April 2.

"We’re humbled at the opportunity to help our community in Oakland County," said Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of UWM. "The vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel, and we’re proud to do our part in ensuring community members have easy access to get vaccinated and play a role in protecting themselves and their loved ones." Read More.

   
 
   

 The Oakland History Center at Pine Grove has closed for the winter season.
While the grounds and library are closed to the public, they will continue to take research questions, offer resources through their website, and online store remains open. Visit: www.ocphs.org for more information!

WHETHER YOU​​​'RE THINKING OF STARTING A NEW BUSINESS OR HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR YEARS, THE ONE STOP SHOP BUSINESS CENTER IS HERE TO HELP. SIGN UP FOR BUSINESS COUNSELING TODAY!

OAKLAND COUNTY HEL​Ps SMALL BUSINESSES THRIVE


Small Business

Whether you’re thinking about starting a new business or have been in business for years, we are here to help.

Our staff of business counselors have over 75 years of combined small business experience and access to some of the most powerful market research, data analysis and business tools currently available. 

Request free business counseling today and let us help you overcome your business challenges. Find out more.

INDUSTRY partners

Williams International was founded in Commerce Township and expanded to nearby Pontiac. Oakland County is a unique blend of a thriving technology industry, bustling city life, comfortable suburbs, and wide-open spaces.

Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's recently gave a Oakland County a AAA bond rating, the highest rating possible. Only 19 of America's other 3,043 counties received this high a rating.

Oakland County is the third most affluent county (in per-capita income) in the United States. Taxes are low; at 4.9 mils, Oakland County has the lowest county tax rate in Michigan.

Housing options in Oakland County provide a variety of settings and lifestyles. Urban areas offer classic architecture homes and townhouses in older, well-established communities. Read More.

Flagstar Bank's Pontiac's Big Idea Grant Program

Flagstar Bank has committed to investing $10 million into Pontiac as an economic catalyst for both downtown and Pontiac’s greater region. One of the investment projects from Flagstar Bank is “Pontiac’s Big Idea Grant Program” which works with the support and partnership of Main Street Pontiac, the Build Institute and ProsperUS. The grant program puts in $500,000 of funding into the small business community each year, starting in 2017.

We believe that a great idea can become a great business or can help a good business grow. Pontiac’s Big Idea Grant Program (PBIGP) celebrates doing business in the city of Pontiac – rewarding those with the best ideas for growth. Apply Today!


M1 Concourse Appoints New CEO

By Grace Turner -February 5, 2021

M1 Concourse in Pontiac has announced Jordan Zlotoff, CEO, will step down effective March 1 to pursue new professional ventures. He will be replaced by Timothy McGrane, an automotive sports executive.

Zlotoff has been with M1 Concourse since construction of the development began in 2015, serving as director of business development and director of operations before assuming the role of CEO in March 2019. He will remain part of the ownership structure and an informal adviser to the organization’s operations.

M1 Concourse, a private driving club, became the largest private garage community in the world over the last five years, offering 170 luxury garage condos ranging from 500-5,000 square feet. It is also a venue for automotive entertainment and corporate events and is home to the Champion Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile performance track. It is housed on an 87-acre former General Motors Co. factory property. Read More.

From organizational and consumer behavior and strategic management, policies and strategies, to international business, and legal and ethical studies, Oakland University students benefit from the vast range of expertise the management and marketing faculty offer. Continue your career path today!

Through collaborative empowered solutions the Pontiac Marketing & Promotions Bureau envisions a support system that pushes for the continued growth and development of the City of Pontiac, and in particular, the revitalization of downtown Pontiac and the Historic Business District. We support all individuals, citizens and groups who share in the efforts to bring forth solutions and progression to the City of Pontiac and Oakland County. Join the organization designed to care. Become a member with Pontiac MPB.

Wheeled Vehicles: A Legacy of the Pontiac Community!

Starting in the 19th century, the transportation industry became the pulse of Pontiac, MI. This community saw decades of phenomenal “boom” growth, some economic “down” cycles, huge industrialization, and recently a newly re-emerging downtown “avant-garde” culture. The non-profit Pontiac Transportation Museum intends to tell this remarkable story, but also has a role in energizing community development and re-vitalization.

Situated in a historic neighborhood location, the museum is well-equipped to reach out to the Pontiac schools and community.
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Baker College to reopen campuses across Michigan for fall semester 
Jun 19, 2020 The Oakland Press 

Baker College will resume in-person classes, and reopen apartment-style dormitories at campuses across Michigan, for the fall semester, according to a press release.

Baker College Chief Operating Officer, Jacqui Spicer, who also heads Baker’s Pandemic Response Team, made the announcement. Read More.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) TBRA Waiting List to Open October 16, 2020

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Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) TBRA Waiting List to Open October 16, 2020

The Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program is a federally-funded HOPWA program that assists persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A) in paying their rent. The TBRA program is operated by the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA). Find out more.

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Register Now for the Small Business Workshop Mid-Life Career Transitions: Switching Careers in Today's Economy; Basic Steps of a Career Transition Opportunities available to the older worker Older workers – the stereotypes and the truth, presented by  by Oakland County Michigan Works! Thursday, 4/29, at 10 am.. Register Today!

#OaklandCounty retail stores; restaurants; and personal service businesses, such as nail and hair salons, can apply for a share of nearly $30 million through the #COVID19 #OaklandTogether Small Business Recovery Grant program if owners have been impacted by the #coronavirus pandemic: www.oakgov.com/covid/grants

 Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter, Top Officials Commemorate One Year Since First Confirmed COVID19 Case

One year after COVID19 first appeared in our region, Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter; Deputy County Executive Rudy Hobbs; Public Health Oakland Health and Human Services Director Leigh-Anne Stafford and Brandy Boyd, Oakland County Parks and Recreation Chief of Recreation Programs & Services, who lost both her parents to COVID; sit down and reflect on the pandemic. They discuss the tragedies, the suffering and the heroism many people experienced since March 10, 2020. 

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Greater Pontiac Covid Response



GREATER PONTIAC COVID-19 RESPONSE

The Pontiac Community Foundation is leading the COVID-19 Emergency Response Efforts for the Greater Pontiac Community in partnership with Oakland University, MyCovidResponse.Org, Lighthouse and a host of community partners!

The need for community support, volunteers, and donors is necessary to meet the pressing needs facing our friends and neighbors during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Without your help, many of our community members stand a chance of going without food and other life-sustaining resources.

PLEASE CONSIDER GETTING INVOLVED TODAY!


SPECIAL REPORT

The Pontiac Capacity Building Program
Grant Application Opens March 29, 2021
The application deadline is April 26, 2021, at 5 p.m.

The Pontiac Capacity Building program addresses demand amongst the local government, grassroots and community organizations, and nonprofits for increased access to tools and resources that build capacity to address barriers to social change.

    • This program includes three categories of grant opportunities:
    • Professional Leadership Development: Support for individuals working in civic, nonprofit or community organizations to participate in professional development activities.
    • Organizational Development: Support for small and mid-size nonprofit organizations seeking to improve their capacity to better serve the community in one or more of the following areas: Operations. Funding & Resource. Organizational Culture. Strategy & Planning, Program Management, & Evaluation. Leadership & Governance.
    • Collaboration Development: Support for small and medium sized nonprofits to more effectively cooperate, communicate, coordinate for consensus-building, shared policies, practices, and projects.

The steps for applying for a grant are as follows:


STEP 1: REVIEW THE GRANTMAKING GUIDELINES
STEP 2: REGISTER FOR ACCESS TO THE ONLINE GRANTS PORTAL
STEP 3: REVIEW THE VIRTUAL APPLICATION INFORMATION SESSION
STEP 4: REVIEW THE FREQUNETLY ASKED QUESTIONS
STEP 5: SIGN UP FOR VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS TO ASSIST WITH APPLICATION
STEP 6: START AN APPLICATION

To find out more or to start an application Click Here.

Pontiac MPB has a membership designed to cultivate the Marketing and Promotional community within the City of Pontiac and throughout Oakland County. Pontiac MPB provides inner City and County Marketing professionals with educational, networking, and leadership opportunities geared towards an effective and united marketing plan.

If you have passion for community, building and re-branding, if you have vested interested in changing the image of the City of Pontiac and uniting the surrounding areas…

THE PONTIAC MARKETING AND PROMOTION BUREAU IS FOR YOU!

Join Now


Pontiac Supportive Businesses, Organizations, Programs & More


(2021) Amazon Common Ground Pontiac Youth Recreation Enrichment Center (P.Y.R.E.C.) Pontiac Tribe
General Motors (GM) Community Network Services (CNS) Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) The Art Experience
George W. Auch Co. (Auch) Gary Burnstein Clinic Pontiac Public Schools Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society
M1 Concourse Henry Ford Medical Center (2020) Baker College Golden Opportunity Club Organization
Michigan Works! Pontiac Honor Community Health Oakland Community College Oakland County Employment Diversity Council
Pontiac Regional Chamber McLaren Oakland Hospital Oakland University Pontiac Soup
Rubicon Capital (Investor) Oakland County Community Mental Health Oakland University-Pontiac Initiative Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County
United Shore Mortgage Pontiac Optimist Club Pontiac Promise Zone Greater Pontiac Community Coalition (G.P.C.C.)
Williams International Pontiac Symphony Orchestra Pontiac Public Library Hope Hospitality and Warming Center
Flagstar Bank (Investor) Golden Opportunity Club Organization Read to a Child Lighthouse of Oakland County
Genisys Credit Union Pine Grove Historical Museum Accent Pontiac Main Street Pontiac
Façade Grant Program Pontiac Alumni Association Pontiac Sun Time Bank Oakland Family Services
CrofootCity of PontiacConservation Group Pontiac Transportation Museum
“Pontiac’s Big Idea” Grant Program Ascend Foundation Build Institute Reading Buddy By Genisys
Spirit of Main Street Micro Business Grant Talent Development Coalition (T.D.C.) Committee of Fifty Oakland County




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