INNOVATION & JOB NEWS

Novi High School’s Robotics Team is Building Face Shields for the District’s Teachers and Staff

Excerpt: "Right here, this is the headband part and it's actually pretty easy," said Wenbo Xu.Xu is holding a stiff plastic green band, rotating it on a zoom call. And he's right, it is pretty easy — if you're just snapping the pieces of a face shield together.Read more.

Intel Corporation IoT Exec Named Morning Keynote Speaker for Automation Alley’s Industry 4.0 Conference, Integr8

Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and leading technology and manufacturing business association, announced that Dr. Irene Petrick, Senior Director of Industrial Innovation in the Internet of Things Group at global tech giant Intel Corporation, will keynote Integr8. The Industry 4.0 conference has transformed this year to meet...

MoGo Sees Positives, Negatives in Expansion During Pandemic

Excerpt: Last year it was announced that MoGo, the bike sharing service in Detroit, would be expanding to the cities of Ferndale, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak and Oak Park.The bikes finally arrived in their cities at the beginning of June this year. Unfortunately, they did so during a...

Early Childhood Education Program Ranked No. 1 In Nation

Rochester University’s Early Childhood Studies program has been ranked No. 1 in the country by study.com. The ranking highlights both RU’s bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies and its bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement.“We are thrilled to be ranked as the top program in the...

You Might Recognize the Family Behind This New, Locally Made Gourmet Salsa

Excerpt: A new salsa that is locally made from scratch is slowly making its debut. While the salsa brand, called Missy & Mel’s — along with bags of tortilla chips with the same name — is new, its makers have deep local roots and plenty of history in the food business. Read more.

FCA and Google’s Waymo Debut Commercial Mobility Platform

Waymo has announced it will work exclusively with FCA for the development and testing of class 1-3 light commercial vehicles for commercial delivery customers. Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA in Auburn Hills and Waymo today announced they have taken the next significant steps in the expansion of their...

Clarkston Restaurants Back Open, with Safety the Top Priority

Excerpt: Back in March when the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order was put in place, most Michigan restaurants were forced to close their doors.After a long couple of months, hometown favorites and many more have begun opening up their doors to customers yet again with some adjustments mandated by...

Oxford DDA Awards Micro-Grants

Excerpt: In times like this, every little bit helps struggling businesses. With generous donations from the community, the Oxford Downtown Development Authority was able to raise money through its LoveOxford crowdfunding campaign to support downtown businesses through the current crisis.The campaign raised $5,250 from over 90 patrons, including a...

Ferndale Theaters Discuss Challenges of COVID-19 Closures

Excerpt: Businesses around the world were hit hard when the COVID-19 pandemic began. But as some work to stay open after restrictions loosened in Michigan, entertainment venues have stayed shut down.The city of Ferndale has a number of entertainment venues, such as The Ringwald Theatre and the Go Comedy!...

Highland-Based Alpaca Farm Is Open to the Public

Excerpt: Oasis Acres in Highland is Rebecca Fowler’s avocation.Fowler and her husband of 17 years, Derek, a diesel mechanic, own the place, which is located on Duck Lake Road between Cooley Lake Road and M-59. They started the farm in 2011. “I break it, he fixes it,” she laughed....

Coronavirus-Focused Virtual Business Workshops Among Several Offered in August by County’s Small Business Team

Business owners and entrepreneurs who may have had their operations or aspirations interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic have a chance to get back on track with the help of expert business counselors from Oakland County’s small business team.The center is offering a series of workshops as part of its...

Yoga Studio and Vegan Restaurant Work Together to Strengthen Downtown Farmington

Excerpt: It seems as natural a pairing as any, a yoga studio and a vegan restaurant.In these days of COVID-19, with all of the hardships faced by small business owners, partnering together and sharing resources and customers can be as powerful a survival strategy as any.Meet Bodhi Yoga and Chive...