A monthly publication highlighting economic development in Novi

August 9, 2016
Business Blender gives businesses chance to mix it up 
Free networking event scheduled for September 27 at Novi Library

T he City of Novi understands the importance of relationships to successful businesses. Connecting people is one way the City works to help its business partners, and the Business Blender event is a great way to do just that.

Building off the success of the inaugural networking event in May, a fall Business Blender has been scheduled for 8-10am on Tuesday, September 27 at the Novi Public Library.

The event will feature a similar format with a strolling breakfast, opportunity to learn about free resources available to all businesses, "pitch your business" videos, and much more. 

Nearly 60 people attended the first event and complimented on the informal setting and enjoyed networking with people outside their usual group. If you know of someone who missed the first Blender, be sure to pass the information on.

Stay tuned for more event details and new features. Also please feel free to share your ideas with us at novibusiness@cityofnovi.org. Registration is already open for the September 27 Blender, please sign up online at investnovi.org.

Take advantage of temporary signage opportunity
Businesses can request one additional sign from August 29-September 5

The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair is right around the corner, and with it comes the opportunity for Novi businesses to post one additional promotional sign from August 29 through September 5.

Businesses interested in taking advantage of the temporary sign ordinance must submit an application to the City by August 26. The sign must be a ground pole or portable sign, cannot exceed 24 square feet in area and be higher than six feet and cannot be placed on public property or in the right-of-way. 

Applications can be found at investnovi.org and can be submitted in person to the Community Development Department at the Novi Civic Center or mailed to Ordinance Division, Community Development Department,  45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375.
Improved Business Assistance Team coming soon
Volunteer team will cater services to the needs of each business

Back by popular demand, a new and improved Business Assistance Team will soon be available to help business owners maintain and grow their business.

The volunteer team, made up of representatives from the City of Novi, Novi Chamber of Commerce, Oakland County Business Center, Small Business Development Center and local financial institutions, will be used to provide guidance to small and medium-sized business owners who are looking to take the next step.

Some examples of assistance the team can provide include: serve as a sounding board for potential ideas, review existing business plans, give advice on marketing, advertising and public relations, help them network with the community and provide them with options on SBA financing/loans.

Look for more details on this team in the coming weeks at investnovi.org or in next month's Novi Business Connection.
Grow your business with help from the SBDC
Learn how to grow, advance your business through classes, workshops

Are you an entrepreneur ready to launch a new business? Maybe yours is an established company ready to grow to the next phase, or you're simply seeking assistance to help improve office efficiency and workforce skills. 

Whatever your motivation, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Schoolcraft College can help you take your operation to the next level of excellence.
Whether you need to develop the workforce, explore opportunities for growth, research and analyze the market or evaluate financial or legal issues, the SBDC can help.
The Michigan Small Business Development Center network provides a full range of services for a variety of small businesses that are emerging and growing throughout Michigan - including new venture companies, existing small businesses, expanding businesses, new technology companies, and innovators. 
A variety of seminars are available throughout the fall for those seeking assistance. A list of classes and workshops can be found here
Paint the Town Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Businesses encouraged to decorate their doors in October

Join the City and your fellow neighbors in the business community in the fight against breast cancer by participating in the Pink Door Campaign in October.

This is the second year Novi has partnered with Providence Park Hospital to Paint the Town Pink and raise awareness for breast cancer. It is also a great way to honor someone who lost the battle with breast cancer or celebrate a cancer survivor.

Throughout the month of October, businesses are encouraged to decorate their doors pink and share those photos with the City. The City is also hosting the Anthony L. Soave Mobile Mammography and Health Screening Center on Tuesday, October 18 at the Novi Civic Center. Those interested in signing up or learning more about the mobile unit can call 248-735-5628 or email communityrelations@cityofnovi.org. An application must be completed before attending.

Stay tuned next month for more information about Paint the Town Pink and how you can get involved.
Job opportunities in Novi
Martin Technologies, Twelve Oaks Mall, Container Store now hiring

Looking for work? Check out these Novi businesses that are hiring.

CVS Distribution Center
Start your career at a Fortune 10 company!
The CVS Distribution Center is offering full-time employment. This position would be a direct hire, M-F, and includes paid holidays.
The distribution center is located in Novi and is a warehouse environment. Positions start at $11/hour, plus night shift premium of .30/hr, with pay raises every six months for two years.
Full-time employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision, 401(k) with 5% match, education reimbursement and discount at CVS stores. 
If interested, please apply online at cvshealth.com/careers to our Novi location. For more information, contact HR Assistant Jessica at 248-675-2128.

Martin Technologies
Martin is a full-service engineering and manufacturing company supporting major automotive, aerospace and defense companies worldwide. They are expanding their Vehicle Engineering Services, and are seeking to hire Automotive Quality Technicians to join their field service team. For more information about the position, visit haroldmartin.com. 

Twelve Oaks Mall 
Several businesses inside Twelve Oaks Mall are hiring. They include Alex and Ani, Gameday Detroit, The Levi's Store, Ann Taylor, Icing, Claire's, Proactiv Solution, lucy, Gymboree, Lord & Taylor, Sunglass Hut, Bath & Body Works, Guess and Hanna Andersson, For more information on these jobs and to apply, visit ShopTwelveOaks.com.

The Container Store
One of Novi's newest businesses is looking for a full-time store leadership member and part-time sales and early morning merchandising employees. The company focuses on an employee-first culture and has been on FORTUNE magazine's list of "Best Companies to Work for" year after year. For more information on these jobs, visit ContainerStore.com.
For more information about doing business in Novi, visit InvestNovi.org.

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