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Reiki, Yoga, and community outreach center opens in Waterford

Little Bird Holistic Arts has found a home in Waterford. And though it’s been serving clients since mid-August, the holistic wellness center celebrated with an open house Sunday, Sept. 23.

For Little Bird founder Carrie Mularoni, the open house was an opportunity to familiarize the public with the space itself but also Reiki, the energy-based healing technique that Mularoni teaches.

"The goal on Sunday was to open our doors and answer any questions people might have," Mularoni says. The open house opened and closed with a short meditation. Special vendors including a local soap maker and jeweler were also there for the event.

"This allowed me to reach people in a positive way."

Little Bird Holistic Arts offers a number of services, including Reiki, Yoga, sound therapy, and crystal healing. A retail section includes Himalayan salt lamps, crystals, jewelry, and more.

Mularoni first got involved in Reiki following an unfortunate accident. Eschewing the medications prescribed by her doctor, Mularoni studied Reiki, and she was, as she says, astounded by the results. She studied and became certified to teach the practice, eventually becoming certified to teach yoga, too.

Taking her time to open her own studio, Mularoni found the Waterford space and felt right about setting up shop there.

She wants Little Bird to be more than a studio but instead a community outreach center, one where everyone feels welcome.

"It’s very important for people to feel comfortable here," Mularoni says.

"I wanted a space where I could set people at ease, like if they were walking into a friend’s home."

She plans on hosting pop-up events, including others’ yoga classes, craft classes, and a kombucha-making workshop.

Little Bird Holistic Arts is located at 3792 Elizabeth Lake Rd. in Waterford.

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Oakland County-based aircraft provider celebrates groundbreaking for new headquarters

After taking to the skies for the past 35 years, fractional aircraft provider Corporate Eagle is celebrating a major development on the ground. The company ceremonially broke ground on its new headquarters, having been selected by Oakland County International Airport to lease 5.7 acres of land for the development.

Corporate Eagle was selected following an in-depth RFP process by the Waterford-based airport. The new headquarters will be located at the corner of M59 Highland Road and Patterson Parkway.

Its 5.7 acres will include:

  • 56,000 sq. ft. of hangar space
  • More than 9,000 sq. ft. of business and member VIP facilities
  • More than 8,000 sq. ft. of support facilities
  • 40,000 gallons of jet fuel storage
  • 85,000 sq. ft. of high-load capacity concrete tarmac

Corporate Eagle, a provider of fractional and managed business aviation programs, has 70 full-time employees and a fleet of 14 aircraft. The company was founded in 1982.

According to Corporate Eagle President and CEO Rick Nini, the company has been enjoying a years-long period of extended growth. The new headquarters will accommodate even more anticipated growth.

"We are thrilled to be well on our way with the construction of the new Corporate Eagle headquarters facility," Nini said in a release. "The number one goal of this new headquarters was to enhance the experience for our members significantly, and I assure you, we have accomplished this goal.

"Also, we have added room for larger and more aircraft and greatly improved the site and floor plans for a more convenient and safer flow of our company operations."

The company is currently located in a 58,000 sq. ft. facility less than a quarter mile from its new headquarters.

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Pentastar Aviation collaborates on co-ownership solution for business aircraft owners


Waterford Township-based Pentastar Aviation and Partners in Aviation (PIA) announced they will offer a comprehensive management program with a cost-effective solution to owning and operating a business aircraft.

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Old theater to be transformed into comedy club, music venue


Residents are curious about the renovation Bill Nannoshi is doing at the old Union Lake Twin Cinemas to transform it into a comedy club, music venue, restaurant and gaming room.

“There are between five to 10 people a day who stop and say they can’t believe how nice the building looks,” he said.

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Corporate Eagle selected for 5.7-acre airport land lease at the Oakland County International Airport

Corporate Eagle, a provider of premium, membership-based fractional and managed business aviation programs, based at Oakland County International airport, announced today that it has been selected as the finalist for a highly sought after 5.7-acre parcel of land at the Oakland County International Airport. Corporate Eagle President and CEO Rick Nini made the announcement.

Corporate Eagle competed against other organizations in an Oakland County RFP process that included an extensive description of the proposed development along with a formal presentation to secure this piece of property. This new site permits the company to construct a state-of-the-art building from the ground up, providing Corporate Eagle’s Southeast Michigan members with a very exclusive and efficient private aviation facility, and will allow the company to continue with its strategic growth plan adding hangar space to accommodate more and larger aircraft. Details relating to design and development timing will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Corporate Eagle has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years, highlighted most recently with the 2015 launch of our Falcon 2000 fractional program,” said Nini. “We posted a record year in 2016. During that time, we flew more than 2,000 trips with over 9,000 passengers—landing in 27 different countries. In the past five years, Corporate Eagle has doubled its member base and significantly increased our staff. This is a great opportunity for Corporate Eagle, our staff and our 41 members, and we’re excited to move forward with this great new facility.”

Corporate Eagle is Michigan's largest, longest-serving and fastest growing provider of fractional and managed business aviation. Currently operating from a 58,000 square-foot facility at Oakland International Airport, Corporate Eagle has grown to 57 employees including 32 captain-rated pilots and 14 modern aircraft including the Dassault Falcon 2000, Raytheon Hawker 800XP and Beechcraft Super King Air B200.  The company also manages several private aircraft for businesses, families and individuals.

About Corporate Eagle
Founded in 1982, Corporate Eagle is southeast Michigan's largest and longest serving provider of premium, membership-based fractional and managed business aviation programs. Based at Oakland County International Airport, Corporate Eagle's team of 57 full-time, experienced, committed and passionate professionals are dedicated to delivering exemplary experiences for the region's industry leading corporations and business leaders. With a mission specific fleet of 14 meticulously maintained aircraft, best in class industry safety standards and certifications and unmatched attention to every detail, without compromise, Corporate Eagle, offering the only Far 91 Subpart K fractional aviation program in Michigan, offers its southeast Michigan members a premier, seamless and flexible solution to their private aviation needs. For more information visit www.corporateeagle.com.

Beer here! Rustic Leaf Brewing Co. to open in Waterford late spring


After years of home brewing in his garage, Doug Neubeck’s dreams of one day opening his own brewery are finally coming true.

Neubeck, of White Lake, and his longtime friend Scott Wymer, of Commerce Township, are the brains behind Rustic Leaf Brewing Company, which is set to open in Waterford later this spring.

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Business Aviation Expo soars higher

Corporate executives can learn how to make their businesses soar at the Business Aviation Expo on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Oakland County International Airport’s (OCIA) modern LEED Gold-certified airport terminal. At least 20 business aircraft will be on display and available for tours along with 19 aviation vendors to demonstrate the vast benefits of business aviation. OCIA, the Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA), and media partner Crain’s Detroit Business are hosting the event.

“The expo is an opportunity for c-suite executives to learn about how business aviation can boost their bottom lines,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Private air transportation enables both businesses and individuals to reach 5,000 U.S. airports, 10 times as many as commercial airlines.”

Corporate Eagle, Pentastar Aviation, and Royal Air Charter will be among the OCIA businesses on hand next to original equipment manufacturers Dassault Falcon Jet, Bombardier, Embraer Executive Jets, Gulfstream, and Textron.

There will be four break-out sessions designed to educate both veterans of and those who are new to business aviation. These sessions are “Getting Started in Business Aviation” by Brad Bruce, vice president of sales for Pentastar Aviation and Roger Salo, chair of the MBAA; “The Ins and Outs of Fractional Ownership” with Rick Nini, president and CEO of Corporate Eagle; the “Aircraft Transactions and other Hot Topics” with Clifford Maine, chairman of the aviation law group at the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg; and “When Cash is King, Leasing may be the Answer” by Greg Babcock, vice president - central USA sales region for Global Jet Capital.

OCIA hosted Michigan’s first business aviation expo last year. Participants wanted to see the event grow, so OCIA and its sponsors are making the event bigger and better this year. For more information or to register, go to www.OakGov.com/Aviation and click on the expo link. To join the conversation, use #MichAirExpo.

The Business Aviation Expo is made possible by its sponsors. At the Gold Level are Corporate Eagle, Pentastar Aviation, and Royal Air Charter. At the Silver Level are Dassault Falcon Jet, Satcom Direct, and Sidock Group, Inc.

Pentastar Aviation to open interior showroom at Oakland County Airport


Pentastar Aviation, an aviation services company, will open a designer showroom later this month featuring interior options for outfitting private aircrafts at its maintenance facility at the Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township.

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Lourdes Senior Community broke ground on addition to rehabilitation and healthcare center

When Lourdes Nursing Home was dedicated on May 1, 1965, it was a state-of-the-art facility serving some 100 seniors with outstanding care.  The outstanding care has continued – it’s been judged one of the nation’s best two years in a row by U.S. News & World Report – but the time has come for new construction to enhance the quality of life in a facility more appropriately called the Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.
A groundbreaking ceremony took place on May 13, at 2300 Watkins Lake Road.  The event also began a 50th anniversary celebration of the facility, culminating on May 1 of next year. 
A new one-story building – located in an area by part of the existing facility – will retain wooded areas and walking paths near picturesque Scott Lake.  The primary goals are to improve resident units, the therapy center, common areas and exterior appeal. 
“Our goal in this project and all of our 50th anniversary activities is to continue echoing our commitment of “Ensuring Our Legacy for Future Generations,” said Sister Maureen Comer, OP, Chief Executive Officer of Lourdes Senior Community.  “We have been blessed to serve many seniors over the years and proud of the contributions by our staff, supporters and families.  We are eager to keep moving forward with outstanding care while remaining faithful to our core values:  Dignity, Service, Compassion and Spirituality.”   
In the present center, 15 percent of the 108 rooms are private, 70 percent are semi-private and 15 percent are four-bed wards.  The first stage of the project will include 50 private rooms with private baths and other amenities, including closet space, desk and flat-screen television in 300 square feet of living space.  The beautiful chapel overlooking Scott Lake will remain the crown jewel of the center, connected to the new structure.
In addition, there will be a new therapy center, an indoor town square that will be a lovely gathering area for residents and visitors, and administrative offices.  The lower level will include a new addition for an expanded employee education room and information technology center.  Other sections will be renovated to improve the employee lounge and power plant, including new, energy efficient boilers.  This stage is expected to be completed by early Fall 2015.
The Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is the anchor that led to the founding of Fox Manor on the Lake independent living (1991), Mendelson Home assisted living (2001) and Clausen Manor memory care (1995).  Today the overall Lourdes community has grown to some 250 residents served by a staff of 270.
The roots of how Lourdes came to be are nearly 100 years old.  In July of 1918, Aaron Mendelson purchased land near Scott Lake and eventually built a summer home after his retirement in 1926 from Fisher Body, where he had been a leading figure in the large automotive supplier that merged with General Motors.  He called the estate Menscola – “Men” for Mendelson, “Sco” for Scott and “La” for Lake.
After Aaron’s death in 1933, the property was inherited by son Herbert and daughter Gladys, although neither was interested in retaining the estate.  The Mendelson family has for many years been known for philanthropy – from Aaron and his wife, Jennie, to Herbert and his wife, Marie, to Gladys and her husband, Bernard Kuhn, to the present day of Joseph and his wife, Barbara.  In 1939, Herbert and Gladys donated the estate to Archbishop Edward Mooney for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
When Archbishop Mooney learned in the same year that the Dominican Sisters of Oxford were searching for a new site for their Motherhouse, he donated the Mendelson estate to them in exchange for their Motherhouse in Warren.  In 1948, the superior of the Order, Mother Mary Joseph, decided to move the Motherhouse to a larger facility in Oxford, and the Order expanded its ministry beyond a teaching apostolate to care for the sick and elderly.  To accommodate the new ministry, the Motherhouse was transformed into a healthcare facility, named Menscola Convalescent Home.  It opened in November that year, staffed by five sisters.
As time went on, Archbishop John Dearden and other leaders in the Archdiocese of Detroit were keenly aware of the special needs of seniors for housing and medical care and the benefits of a larger facility.  In 1962, the Archbishop asked the Dominican Sisters of Oxford to staff a proposed nursing home on the Mendelson property.  The Sisters would convert Mendelson Convalescent Home into a convent.  
The nursing home was named “Lourdes” in honor of the French shrine where multitudes of people come each year for physical and spiritual healing.  Financed by a $1 million loan from the Archdiocese and a major project of the 1963 Archdiocesan Development Drive, the groundbreaking ceremony was February 11, 1964, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes.
The nursing home was dedicated by Archbishop Dearden on that May 1 date in 1965, providing 24-hour skilled care for seniors, regardless of race, creed or ability to pay.  The building, with three wings, contained private and semi-private rooms.  Among the initial amenities were a chapel, large lounge areas and dining facilities, X-ray and occupational and physical therapy centers, a hydrotherapy unit and a beauty-barber shop, plus an enclosed courtyard providing a secure haven for residents to enjoy the outdoors.
In 2009, the Dominican Sisters of Oxford joined six other religious congregations to form the Dominican Sisters of Peace, who took over sponsorship of Lourdes from the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2012.  The overall Lourdes community continues to grow and thrive, providing outstanding care for seniors with its core values of Dignity, Service, Compassion and Spirituality.

Main Street Oakland County communities receive record number of accreditations

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced that a record number of Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) communities have received accreditation for 2012 from the National Main Street Center. The 10 Oakland County downtown communities to receive national accreditation are: Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Oxford, Ortonville, Pontiac and Rochester.

"Congratulations to all of our nationally accredited Main Street communities and to all of the individuals in each community who make that happen," Patterson said at a morning news conference at Leon & Lulu in Clawson. "Their hard work reflects well on all of Oakland County."

Each accredited community received a score of 10 out of 10 on their 2012 national evaluations. The accreditations were announced in May at the National Main Streets Conference in New Orleans. The 2014 National Main Streets Conference will be in Detroit from May 18-21.

During the news conference, Patterson highlighted Downtown Rochester which also received the distinct honor of the Great American Main Street Award for 2012 in May. Ferndale achieved that national recognition in 2010. Patterson also acknowledged two communities that joined MSOC earlier this year as associate level members: Oak Park and Lathrup Village.

The county executive was joined by representatives from the 10 accredited communities, the two new associate level member communities, and Oakland County’s Economic Development & Community Affairs Department. Members of the Clawson High School orchestra, cheerleaders and a baton twirler performed prior to the news conference.

MSOC is Oakland County's unique economic development program for its 32 downtown communities with a historic preservation philosophy and an emphasis on "sense of place." It helps local governments develop their downtowns as vibrant, successful districts that serve as the heart of their communities. Patterson established MSOC in 2000 as the nation'' first county-wide Main Street program. Since its inception through 2012, more than $685 million in public and private Investment has created a net of 8,000 new fulltime jobs and established 818 new businesses.

There are currently 18 member downtown communities in the MSOC program. The 12 selected level/full service member communities are Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Oxford, Ortonville, Pontiac, Rochester and Walled Lake. The six associate level member communities are Birmingham, Clarkston, Lathrup Village, Leonard, Oak Park and Waterford. For more information, click on AdvantageOakland.com.

Carol Cain: Location key as charter service moves to Oakland

Two-year-old air carrier Lakeshore Express Aviation is relocating its home base from Chicago's Midway airport to the Oakland County International Airport. This significantly reduces the airline's operating costs and enables them to offer inexpensive airfare for those traveling to and from metro Detroit to Chicago. One-way tickets are $109. The airline also offers free in-flight drinks and does not charge extra for luggage. 

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Pulse Design Studio expands office in Waterford

Pulse Design Studio's business of guiding companies through the process of creating meaningful and memorable powerpoint presentations and other visual and graphic communications is growing so much the company is renovating an office in Waterford and adding to its staff.

The interior design of the new office will focus on ways to bring the creative minds employed at Pulse together in collaborative workspace. The exterior is contemporary and speaks to the company's focus on the latest technology in graphic design.

Tany Nagy, a Lawrence Technological University graduate, started the company in 2009 and has worked on projects locally and outside the state.

Writer: Kim North Shine
Source: Tany Nagy, founder, Pulse Design Studio

Oakland County Parks & Recreation adds county market to its operation

The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission will assume management and operation of the Oakland County Market on June 2, 2012. The market features a Farmers Market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday May through December, and a Sunday Flea Market and Saturday Farmers Market year round. With more than 300,000 visitors annually, the venue is a mainstay for providing grower-direct fresh produce and flowers to county residents and visitors since 1953.
The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission along with the Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved the transfer of operations to the parks system. The market was previously operated by the county’s Facilities Maintenance & Operations division.
“The market aligns with all aspects of the parks system’s mission by encouraging healthy lifestyles, supporting economic prosperity and promoting the protection of natural resources, while at the same time providing high-quality recreational experiences,” Parks Executive Officer Dan Stencil said. “The goal for the market is to promote access to locally grown fresh produce, meat, diary, plants and flowers to residents in an exciting and educational atmosphere. 
“Oakland County Parks and Recreation will provide additional services onsite including parks permits, gift cards and educational activities,” Stencil said. “Volunteers will be able to get involved as parking attendants, porters and more.”  
The market is operated as a producer-direct venue, requiring all vendors to grow or produce the goods they sell. The 14-acre market site consists of a 7,453-square-foot building with 38 indoor stalls, 32 outdoor stalls under a canopy, 20 non-sheltered stalls, parking for 268 vehicles, an orchard and adjacent woodlot. Vendors leasing space totaled 137 in 2011.
This addition to Waterford Oaks County Park brings the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission’s 13 properties to 6,718.82 acres. Waterford Oaks also features a greenhouse on Scott Lake Road that offers indoor and outdoor garden plots, education clinics and plant production.
The market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, adjacent to the Oakland County Executive Office building on the corner of Pontiac Lake Road and County Center Drive.

For additional parks information, visit www.DestinationOakland.com  and like us on Facebook.

Business workshops offered by Oakland County

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center.  The workshops are held in the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.
For more information and to register please visit our website, or call 248-858-0783.
Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
February 1 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Marketing is an essential of business success. All products/services must be sold to well-targeted audiences with a wide-ranging marketing mix. Our staff/SCORE counselors can guide you through successful techniques and marketing principles helping you to promote your products and services to the most promising customers-your target audience. Presented by The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). The fee is $40.
CEED Microloan Orientation
February 8 - 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Many small business owners face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. The recognition of the serious need for working capital for existing businesses, start-up or expansion, equipment purchases, and job creation is not the priority it once was. If you have a need for alternative financing consider the MicroLoan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. Program presented by the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.) This workshop is free & pre-registration is required.
Pre-Business Research
February 8 - 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Are you a business owner who wants to understand which research sources to use for your business plan and where to find the information you need? Presented by The Oakland County Business Center, The Entrepreneur’s Source, Oakland County Market Research division, and a business reference librarian.
This workshop is free & pre-registration is required.
Twitter for Business – Beginner
February 15 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Millions of people are using Twitter and social media for fun, but it is also a powerful business tool that can connect you with your customers, potential customers and the world. You will learn how to leverage these conversations and relationships to: increase brand visibility and reach, be established as a thought leader and expert in your field, give real time customer service, stay on top of industry trends and conduct competitive research, build brand advocates, and yes - you can see a measurable ROI-even sales!   You will learn how to sign yourself and/or your business up for Twitter, set up your account and profile and choose the best Handle (user name), navigate Twitter, Twitter lingo, how to find (the right) people and business to follow, use lists to manage who you follow as well as your followers, how to Tweet, ReTweet, Mention, and Direct Message other users, use of Hashtags, Twitter Privacy, how to protect yourself and your brand on Twitter, establish and  track your digital footprint, and how to stay on top of social media and Twitter trends. The fee is $40.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business
February 15 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
This is a seminar for anyone thinking about going into business. Participants examine their entrepreneurial skills, learn how to implement their ideas and receive a list of pitfalls to avoid when starting a business. The fee is $30.
Team SBA Financing Roundtable
February 16 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon
This session is best suited to those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in their business. Before you apply for a business loan, we recommend that you first attend a Financing Roundtable. The roundtables are a free loan orientation conducted by a business banker, a business consultant from the SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, and an SBA representative. During the roundtable, we’ll debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. You'll learn how the lending process works and what is expected of you and you'll understand how the SBA can assist with our SBA Guaranteed Loan Program. Because the SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms, including purchasing and rehabbing houses for sale, this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtables. Presented by: Small Business Administration (SBA) Representative, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) Consultant, and Business Banker. This workshop is free & pre-registration is required.
Twitter for Business – Intermediate*
February 22 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Create your Twitter Strategy - In this Intermediate session of Twitter for Business you will establish your social media objectives and goals for Twitter, create your Twitter social media marketing strategy and schedule, integrate Twitter into your marketing strategy. You will learn core strategies and tactics businesses are using to get customers talking through Twitter, how to use social media management tools, schedule tweets in advance, use social media search tools for optimizing the timing and reach of your tweets, use social media monitoring tools and leverage them for your Twitter strategy, use social media search tools to find and track people talking about your company/product/industry, respond ethically and effectively to brand supporters and detractors, and manage your digital footprint-connecting Twitter with your website and other social media platforms. The fee is $40.
  *Prerequisite for this class is Twitter for Business Beginner.
Women's Business Certification Orientation
February 22 - 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Learn about the benefits and process of becoming a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE). Benefits include certification to private sector WBE's and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. Presented by the Michigan Women's Business Council. The fee is $25.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan
February 22 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
A workshop for small business owners who are developing a plan to serve as their road map to success. Workshop participants learn what elements are commonly found in effective plans and work on developing each of these for their own business. Assistance in the process as well as information on resources is provided. Fee: $30.
Twitter for Business – Advanced*
February 29 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Create and Launch your Twitter Campaign - In this Advanced Session of Twitter for Business you will establish your objectives and goals for a Twitter campaign, create and launch a Twitter campaign, learn advanced strategies for reaching influencers and building a long-lasting online community and explore ways to take Twitter beyond social media marketing. You will also build a complete multi-channel, social media-enabled marketing strategy, integrate Twitter and traditional marketing channels to deliver a competitive advantage, establish a social media Twitter timeline, grow your base of followers and engage participants, learn how to advertise with Twitter-Promoted Tweets, ensure a reasonable rate of return on your social media investment and acquire the tools you need to deputize your employees for organization-wide Twitter engagement. The fee is $40.
  *Prerequisites for this class are Twitter for Business Beginner & Intermediate workshops.
Future Workshops
1:            Pre-Business Research Workshop
14:          CEED Microloan Orientation
15:          Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan
29:          QuickBooks Essentials Part I
29:          QuickBooks Essential Part II
4:            CEED Microloan Orientation
4:            Pre Business Research
4:            Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
5:            Small Business Loan Workshop
10:          Facebook for Business - Beginner
11:          Fundamentals of Starting a Business
13:          Oakland County Venture Forward Series
17:          Facebook for Business - Intermediate
18:          Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan
24:          Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business
24:          Facebook for Business - Advanced

Oakland County Planner Charlotte Burckhardt Elected President of Michigan Association of Planning

Waterford, Michigan -- Charlotte Burckhardt, a Principal Planner with Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services, has been named President of the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP).

Burckhardt assumed the presidency at MAP's annual conference in Grand Rapids in October. She previously served as secretary/treasurer and vice president. Until taking on the role of vice president last year, she continued to serve as the board liaison to the Government Relations Committee. This is Burckhardt's sixth year on the MAP board.

"Charlotte is a talented employee who will lead the Michigan Association of Planning with innovation and experience," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

Burckhardt, 56, has been employed by Oakland County since 1983. Among her many county projects are the Royal Oak I-696 and Woodward Avenue Project, the Woodward Avenue Corridor Project, the Ferndale Reichhold Site Project and the Shiawassee and Huron Headwaters Resource Preservation Project. She is also responsible for administering the county's review of township rezonings and master plans, including working with the Oakland County Coordinating Zoning Committee. She has obtained certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners and is registered in Michigan as a Professional Community Planner.

"Charlotte has ably represented county government and regional interests, as well as Southeast Michigan during her tenure, and provides valuable perspectives on diverse issues as the board grapples with planning and economic development issues in these trying economic times," said MAP Executive Director Andrea Brown.

Burckhardt and her husband Roger live in Waterford. The couple has a daughter, Rachel.

The Michigan Association of Planning, established in 1945, is the largest state chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), which is recognized internationally as the premier organization dedicated to urban and regional planning. MAP's membership is close to 4,000 professional planners, planning commissioners, zoning board of appeals members, local elected officials, and others interested in planning. For more information on the Michigan Association of Planning, see www.planningmi.org. For more information about Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services, see www.oakgov.com/peds.
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