A monthly publication highlighting economic development in Novi

October 18, 2016
Novi offers free services to help businesses succeed
Walk-in Thursdays, Business Blender & B.A.T. just to name a few

L ooking 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 November 3.

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. The next

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. Nearly 100 people attended the most recent networking event in September.

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.
Crews working around the clock to finish Crescent 
First stage of construction should be completed by mid-October

Progress is being made on Crescent Boulevard, with the first stage of construction set to be completed in the coming weeks. 

Businesses inside Novi Town Center remain open and accessible as crews  are currently working on the eastbound lanes. The contractor is completing the curb and gutter stone base for the eastbound portion of Crescent this week and hopes to start paving the first course of asphalt early next week. 

Patrons visiting the businesses south of Crescent are encouraged to do so by using either Crowe Drive from Novi Road or Town Center Drive from Grand River Avenue.  For visitors to Doubletree Hotel and the four restaurants on the north side of Crescent Boulevard (Famous Dave's, Olive Garden, Red Robin and TGI Friday's), access will be provided only from Novi Road using Crescent Boulevard. 

Eastbound Crescent is only allowing one-way traffic from Novi Road. The exit is now east on Crescent, to south on Town Center, to west on Grand River, to north on Novi Road.

This first stage of construction should be completed by the end of October, with the entire project being substantially complete by November 1, depending on the weather.
Learn how to establish an online business on Etsy 
SBDC at Schoolcraft College offers free entrepreneurship program

Craft makers looking to take the next step in their careers now have some free help at their disposal.

The Small Business Development Center at Schoolcraft College is providing the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program to those interested in learning how to create a successful online business.

According to the SBDC, e-commerce sales in the United States are projected to reach $480 billion by 2019. Etsy is an global marketplace where 22.6 million active buyers and 1.5 million active sellers connect to buy and sell 36 million unique goods. 

Classes are taught by an Etsy Five-Star Seller and the SBDC will provide ongoing business coaching at no cost. There are six classes in the program, which is only available to those who are over the age of 18 and have never made any sales on Etsy. 

For more information about the program, contact Jodie Beckley at 734-462-4692 or email jbeckley@schoolcraft.edu.
Show us how you helped Paint Novi Pink this month
City encouraging businesses to Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

The City of Novi has gone pink for the month of October and we want our business partners to do the same.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in an effort to raise awareness, honor survivors and remember those who lost their lives to the disease, Novi partnered with St. John Providence on a Pink Door Campaign.

The Civic Center and police department doors feature pink ribbons and our employees are wearing pink on Fridays.

We want to see what you are doing at your business to Go Pink! Share your photos with us on social media #PinkNovi or email them to us at novibusiness@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.

Hanna Andersson is looking for a sales leader and and sales associate to work at its new Novi story inside Twelve Oaks Mall.

The sales leader is responsible for providing outstanding customer service, demonstrating in-depth product knowledge, maintaining store presentation standards, accurate cash drawer handling and supervision of store opening and closing duties.

The sales associate is also responsible for providing outstanding customer service, demonstrating in-depth product knowledge, maintaining store presentation standards, accurate cash drawer handling. This is not a supervisory position.

For more information about these jobs or to apply, visit Hanna Andersson careers.

Women's clothing store The Limited is hosting an on-site job fair from 10am-9pm on Tuesday Oct. 25. The store is located on the lower level of Twelve Oaks Mall near Macy's.

Cottage Inn Pizza is coming to the Novi Ten Plaza and is in need of employees. The gourmet pizza restaurant is looking for managers, cooks and drivers. Those interested should contact Arash Haji-Hassanzadeh at cottageinn@gmail.com. 

Twelve Oaks Mall
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, Dakota Watch Company, Windsor, Trollbeads, American Eagle Outfitters, Fossil, Macy's, California Pizza Kitchen and Proactiv Solution. 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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