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SBA has advice for consumers, entrepreneurs

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Local Business News Executive Editor Glenn Gilbert asked Constance Logan to address issues affecting small businesses. Logan is the district director of the Small Business Administration in Michigan. Here are excerpts from her responses. 

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New shops, breweries coming to Oakland County downtowns

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Downtowns across southeast Oakland County are welcoming a fresh batch of entrepreneurs to tempt shoppers, diners and the curious with everything from Peruvian food to hair pomade.

Here's a look at some of the new or future storefronts.

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Korean street food restaurant to open in downtown Royal Oak

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Gogi Seoul Kitchen, a restaurant serving Korean-inspired street food and traditional Asian beverages, is now open in Royal Oak on Tuesday, Jon Carlson, managing partner of the restaurant announced.

Last winter, Carlson and his team traveled to South Korea to research culinary traditions and flavors of the region.

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MOD Pizza: Troy's Big Beaver location offers chance to have pizza - and career - "made-on-demand"

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Kevin Hamilton, general manager of MOD Pizza on Big Beaver Road in Troy, smiles in awe as he stands in the midst of his restaurant’s frenzied, first-day activity.

“Opening this store has been a wonderful, uphill roller coaster,” he says. “This team is amazing. Their personalities bring the MOD experience to life as we serve the freshest, fastest pizzas while also serving the community with employment opportunities and local philanthropy.”

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Goldman Sachs small business program readies Royal Oak hot sauce maker for next phase of growth

The latest graduating class of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Detroit program let out recently, and among them is a Royal Oak hot sauce maker that is ready to take their business to the next level.

Don Button is the founder of the Royal Oak-based Smashing Empire, LLC, and its flagship brand, Hell Fire Detroit.

The line of fire-roasted artisan hot sauces won multiple Best of Show awards upon its launch at the Making it in Michigan food show and conference in November 2015, taking home the top prize in categories for flavor, quality, branding, and ability to go to market.

Now, with roughly 100 hours of 10,000 Small Businesses classes under his belt, Button is ready to take Hell Fire to the next ring.

"My background is on the creative side of business, so I’ve always made decisions based on theory and trends. While this approach has worked for me, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program gave me the tools to analyze my business ideas in methodical ways," said Button. "In addition to identifying my leadership style, their process forced me to focus on my next logical step for growth, conduct the research, and apply forecasting models to help determine return on investment.

"The results gave me the confidence to move forward with my next phase of growth."

This is the twelfth graduating cohort of 10,000 Small Businesses Detroit, a program that features experts from several colleges and universities, as well as Goldman Sachs professionals themselves. The Babson College-designed curriculum is taught by Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College faculty on the campus of Wayne State University.

Hell Fire’s Button is one of 30 entrepreneurs to graduate from this most recent cohort.

"Even if I only apply five percent of what I learned in the GS10KSB program, my business is going to be much better for it."

Click here to learn more about the application process.

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Polka on over to this new Polish restaurant in Troy

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The Polka Restaurant and Beer Cafe has all of the traditional dishes you would expect to find at a Polish restaurant. It was started by the same people who own the popular Polish market which is right next door. 

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Venerated Clawson sushi shop and market Noble Fish to expand

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Listen up sushi fans: One of the area's most venerated sushi spots – Noble Fish in Clawson – is growing.

News that the tiny sushi counter and Japanese market will expand into a former coffee shop next door was announced by the City of Clawson's Downtown Develop Authority on its Facebook page.

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New restaurant boasting Wagyu and Kobe hot dogs coming to Troy

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When hot dog café Loaded Links opens this summer in Troy, visitors of the fast-casual concept can try hot dogs with gourmet toppings like tempura avocado and truffle mayo and franks made with Kobe and Wagyu beef. 

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Chicago's Dark Matter Coffee sets up shop in Hazel Park

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One of Chicago's most respected coffee roasters is launching a new location outside the Windy City for the first time, and it's not going to a predictable, trendy coastal city or even Detroit's booming downtown.

For its next location, Dark Matter Coffee has instead chosen the reviving stretch of John R between 9 Mile and 10 Mile in what might be called downtown Hazel Park.

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Royal Oak breaks ground on new City Center project

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Joined by hundreds of local business owners, city officials, community leaders and other stakeholders, the Boji Group officially broke ground on the Royal Oak City Center: a six-story, 140,000 square-foot office building in the heart of downtown Royal Oak. 

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Henry Ford Health System to open $38M medical center in Bloomfield

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Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) is planning a new medical center at the 87-acre Village at Bloomfield development in Oakland County.

The $38-million dollar project involves an 83,000-square-foot facility, located along Telegraph and Square Lake Road. Construction is expected to begin before the end of the year, with a planned opening in the fall of 2019.

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Expanded Cauley Ferrari dealership opens in West Bloomfield Township

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Cauley Ferrari in West Bloomfield Township opened its doors on a redesigned and expanded dealership, a three-year project that saw the sales center move next door for the construction of a second floor as well as added space at a dealership that first opened in 1998.

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$50 million Asian Village featuring retail, housing and restaurants coming to Novi

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Novi City Council has approved the conditional purchase and sale of a 10-acre property located along Grand River Avenue, just east of Town Center Drive and south of 11 Mile Road for $3.15 million. The developer, Sakura Novi LLC., an affiliate of Robert B. Aikens and Associates, plans to construct a $50 million Asian Village.

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Autonomous commercial vehicle leader WABCO Selects Auburn Hills for headquarters

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We’re pleased to report that WABCO Holdings Inc., a leading global supplier of technologies that improve the safety, efficiency, and connectivity of commercial vehicles, announced that it will locate its new Americas headquarters in the City of Auburn Hills. The $19.7 million facility is currently under construction at 1220 Pacific Drive and is expected to open in October.

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Exhibit maker Tectonics picks Auburn Hills for corporate headquarters

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We’re pleased to report that Tectonics has selected the City of Auburn Hills to position their new corporate headquarters and grow their business.

Tectonics’ new headquarters will be located at 1681 Harmon Road, which was once occupied by RECARO Child Seating.

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