A monthly publication highlighting economic development in Novi

November 15, 2016
Spread the word about #ShopSmall and win money 
Register your business for Small Business Saturday on November 26

Small business owners in Novi are being encouraged to partner with Oakland County to make Small Business Saturday 2016 a fun and successful experience.

Small businesses are encouraged to register online for extra visibility and take advantage of a bevy of promotional tools from the county. All businesses that register are entered into a drawing for a $1,000 American Express gift card.

Small Business Saturday, which is November 26, is a national campaign focused on America's small businesses. Shoppers in Oakland County have an extra incentive to #ShopSmall this year as prizes are being offered for first, second and third place entries. First place wins $5,000, second place $2,000 and third a $500 voucher for Southwest Airlines.

Shoppers can enter by texting "Shop2016" to 41411 to register and submit receipt photos. The more receipts entered, the better chance to win. 

To learn more or register, visit AdvantageOakland.com/ShopSmall.
Support available for start-up tech companies
Funding, resources available to eligible candidates in Oakland County

Start-up tech companies looking to make a splash in the marketplace might be eligible for some help from the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Innovation Fund at Macomb Community College.

If you have a new business concept or already launched a start-up related to advanced manufacturing, alternative energy, information technology, health care or supply chain & logisitics you may be able to take advantage of free resources and funding options to assist with your launch. 

Proof-of-concept grants up to $25,000 are available for start-ups to use on evaluating marketing opportunities, advancing a prototype, patent filings and more. Up to $100,000 in early-launch funding is available for additional proof-of-concept activities.  Full eligibility rules and applications are available at innovationfundamerica.org/southeast-michigan. 

The financial model deadline is Dec. 1, 2016, with applications due Dec. 15, 2016, for Cycle 6. For Cycle 7, the deadlines are March 1, 2017, for the financial model and March 15, 2017, for the application.
Enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal at Moe's on Ten
Donations from Wednesday, Nov. 23 dinner to support area needy

Moe Leon and his family will once again open the doors of Moe's on Ten for a free Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

This annual tradition is open to the public, and members of the Novi Police and Fire Departments will be on hand to serve the meal.

While the dinner is free, donations are appreciated as they will go to support area needy during the holidays.

The City of Novi also is providing free transportation beginning at 3pm. Reservations are required and can be requested by calling 248.735.5617 by noon on Monday, Nov. 21. 

Moe's on Ten is located at 39455 W. Ten Mile, just west of Haggerty Road. For more information, call 248.478.9742.
CST honored among the Best & Brightest in Wellness
Novi business recognized for the highest level of excellence

Critical Signal Technologies, a provider of remote patient monitoring services, was recently recognized as one of the Best and Brightest in Wellness.

The Best and Brightest in Wellness recognize organizations that are leading the way for quality and excellence in health awareness. There are eight different categories, including the highest level of excellence being named "elite."

CST was not only given a Best and Brightest Award but also received an "Elite Award" in the category of Wellness Provider to Individuals.

Novi offers free services to help businesses succeed
Walk-in Thursdays, Business Blender & B.A.T. just to name a few

Looking to start a new business or need some help rejuvenating an existing one? The City of Novi (and it's partners from around the area) are here to help.

The City has several resources available to small business owners, starting with the new  Walk-in/Startup Small Business Counseling  at the Novi Civic Center.

This program, which is offered from 9:30-noon and 1:30-4:30pm the first Thursday of each month, provides new or potential business owners with one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant. The next session is scheduled for December 1.

Walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each session is limited to 15 minutes. Sessions take place at the Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road. 

Another useful tool for small to medium-sized businesses is the quarterly Business Blender. This event provides a great opportunity for business owners to meet like-minded people while also learning valuable information about the services available to them in the area. The next Business Blender is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, from 5-7pm at the Novi Civic Center. More information will be available in the coming months.

Finally, there is the newly refreshed Business Assistance Team, a group made up of representatives from the City, Chamber, Oakland County Business Center, Small Business Development Center and financial institutions.

For more information about any of these services, visit investnovi.org  or contact Wenona Graham at 248- 347-0573 or wgraham@cityofnovi.org.
Job opportunities in Novi
Maria's Italian Bakery, Primanti Bros., Twelve Oaks Mall, now hiring

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

Charming Charlie is looking for a part-time seasonal associate to work at its Novi Town Center location. 

As a seasonal associate, you will shop with the customer helping to put together looks that compliment her style in a way that is fun and playful. The ideal candidate has a warm and friendly personality and believes the perfect accessory has the power to make you feel great about yourself.

The candidate must be available on peak holidays and weekends, among other requirements. Visit Charming Charlie careers to apply.

Olga's Kitchen is looking for front of the house, back of the house and management associates at its Novi location at  47960 Grand River Avenue. Those interested can apply online at pleaseapplyonline.com/olgas.

Several businesses inside Twelve Oaks Mall are hiring. They include ATHLETA, GameDay Detroit, Gymboree, Gap/babyGap/GapKids, XXI Forever, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Banana Republic, Michael Kors, Pottery Barn, Aveda, Wet Seal, Solstice Sunglass Boutique, Skechers, The Levi's Store, Sbarro, Eddie Bauer, Godiva Chocolatier, Hollister, LOFT, ALDO, ECCO, abercrombie, Detroit City Sports, Teavana, Sunglass Hut, A&W All American Food, Auntie Anne's & Cinnabon Cafe, aerie by American Eagle, Garage, Bath & Body Works, JCPenney, Pretzel Peddler, Novi Grill, A|X Armani Exchange, Brookstone, Vera Bradley, Artisans Jewelers, Buckle, go! games, toys & books, Coach, Windsor, American Eagle Outfitters, SmileDirectClub, Motherhood Maternity, Windsor, Lord & Taylor, Dry Goods, GUESS, Everything But Water, lucy, Just Baked, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Art of Shaving, Sears, Crocs, Hanna Andersson and Brookstone. For more information on these jobs and to apply, visit ShopTwelveOaks.com.
For more information about doing business in Novi, visit InvestNovi.org.

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