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COVID-19 Vaccine Availability in Oakland County

Oakland County is in the early stages of administering the COVID-19 vaccine but supply is limited.

Our Health Department is currently vaccinating priority Phase 1A individuals including emergency medical personnel, healthcare workers, and residents of long-term care facilities. Read More.



Business News

Blake Kolo Named UWM’s New Head of Investor Relations


January 21, 2022 07:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Blake Kolo Named UWM’s New Head of Investor Relations

PONTIAC, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PONTIAC, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UWM Holding Corporation (NYSE: UWMC) today announced Blake Kolo (CPA, CVA, CFE, CFF) has been named Head of Investor Relations in addition to his current position as Chief Business Officer at UWM.
Kolo will assume responsibilities for investor relations, which were previously held by Matt Roslin. Roslin will remain active in all parts of the business, but will focus heavily on his role as EVP, Compliance and Legal Affairs at UWM. 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 LOCAL BUSINESS CONNECT CENTER IS HERE TO HELP. SIGN UP FOR MORE INFORMATION TODAY!

OAKLAND COUNTY HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES THRIVE


Local Business Connect

Oakland County is transforming the way we provide support and resources to local business owners. We are partnering with Michigan’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and other organizations to bring programming and valuable contacts to a community near you.

If you have any questions regarding the services available in this department, please contact us at smallbusiness@oakgov.com  or (248) 858-0783

For questions regarding Oakland County’s COVID-19 response, you can find helpful tools and information at: Oakland County COVID-19 Response.

INDUSTRY partners

Williams Proves 100 Percent SAF on FJ44

by Curt Epstein - April 15, 2021, 1:17 PM

Turbine engine maker Williams International has successfully completed a test flight of its FJ44-4 engine running on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This followed extensive material compatibility and endurance ground testing that validated engine performance and reliability using SAF.

The FJ44-4, which powers the Pilatus PC-24 light jet, was mounted on a Citation CJ4 testbed for the 3.5-hour flight on March 29 at Williams’s flight operations center in Pontiac, Michigan. Chief test pilot Robert Lambert noted the flight over northern Michigan was “uneventful and the engine performed flawlessly.” The aircraft reached a cruise altitude of 45,000 feet.

According to the engine maker, the more than 6,500 FJ44/FJ33 engines in service have accumulated more than 15 million hours in operation, and this flight marked another step in its Blue Planet initiative aimed at significantly reducing business aviation’s environmental impact. Read More.

Pontiac receives $90,000 grant to support older adults and caregivers

By MARK CAVITT | mcavitt@medianewsgroup.com | The Oakland Press PUBLISHED: January 25, 2022 at 5:00 a.m. | UPDATED: January 25, 2022 at 9:05 a.m.


The City of Pontiac has received a $90,000 grant from a Colorado-based foundation to enhance the programs and services being provided for its older adult and caregiver community.

Funding comes from NextFifty Initiative, an organization that supports local efforts to improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers.

Mayor Tim Greimel said older adults are a vital and valuable part of the community. Read More.


M1 Concourse Road Kill Nights Return

Roadkill Nights legal street drag racing returning to Woodward to kick off Cruise Week

Eric D. Lawrence |Detroit Free Press
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une 10, 2021

The smell and smoke of burning rubber will rise from the M1 Concourse in Pontiac once again as Roadkill Nights and its legal street drag racing return to Woodward Avenue.

The event, which draws tens of thousands of high-horsepower fans and kicks off Cruise Week, took a break last year along with community plans for the Woodward Dream Cruise in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The official name of the event now includes both MotorTrend and Dodge, highlighting the partnership that makes it possible.

Tim Kuniskis, Stellantis' CEO for the Dodge brand, said fans would not be denied a second year.

"Our Brotherhood of Muscle spoke — screamed, actually — that they were ready for it to return, so we're doing it," Kuniskis said in a news release. 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.

OLHSA Welcomes Community Members to Attend the Community Open House on August 7, 2021


Oakland County, Mich., August 2, 2021 – On August 7, 2021 OLHSA will be hosting an onsite Community Open House

from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the OLHSA Pontiac parking lot, 196 Cesar E. Chavez, Pontiac, MI 48342. All community

members are welcome to attend the event.

Please join us to learn more about OLHSA’s community programs that could benefit you or someone in your community. Find out more.

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, 12/02, 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

County Executive Dave Coulter with Director of Emergency Management & Homeland Security Thom Hardesty thank the team for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

#OaklandCounty Leaders Thank County Employees, Emergency Management Team For Hard Work During #COVID19 Pandemic

#OaklandCounty Executive David Coulter and Director of Emergency Management & Oakland County Homeland Security Thom Hardesty, thank the Emergency Operations Center team and other county employees for their hard work during the #COVID19 pandemic.

“From day one…they have devoted their experience, professionalism and energy towards supporting our county's unified effort,” Hardesty said.

Coulter also acknowledged pandemic survivors and the 2,200 county residents who died from the deadly virus since the pandemic began in March 2020. #OaklandTogether

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Greater Pontiac Small Business Micro-Grant



Through the combined efforts of philanthropic support and partnership with community organizations, Pontiac Community Foundation awarded 10 Small Business Micro-Grants. We are grateful to be able to award these grants, because Pontiac small business owners have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic. So much so, that we received more than 100 applications.

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For questions about this grant, please reach out to info@pontiaccommunityfoundation.org.

Micro-Grant Awardees

Pontiac Community Foundation is providing critical support for Pontiac entrepreneurs through the Center for Pontiac Entrepreneurship

(Pontiac, Mich). Pontiac Community Foundation is providing critical financial support to 10 small businesses. These grant awards coincide with the re-launch of the Center for Pontiac Entrepreneurship (CFPE), a resource hub for small business owners in the City of Pontiac.

This week, PCF will be awarding the first round of their Small Business Micro-Grants. In this round of grants, 108 small businesses applied. The latest round of awardees will receive $2,500 in micro-grants, meant to assist businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The awardees for this round of grants include: ● April’s Famous Bakes ● Serenity Care 350 ● Washington Events LLC ● Tots Learning Center & Child Care, LLC ● Over The Top Towel & Linen Service ● Caked Up, LLC ● Quest Cheer and Dance LLC ● Messy Aces Rib Shack ● GoFarr LLC ● Plain and Fancy Food LLC 
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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!

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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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