Lyon Township and South Lyon coordinate economic development efforts

Lyon Township and City of South Lyon are again coordinating their economic development efforts to retain and grow businesses in their communities.  Together with the Oakland County Business Center and the Chamber of Commerce for the South Lyon Area, the two communities have scheduled an Open House for April 11, 2013 at 9:00 am to kickoff their Business Assistance Team (BAT) Program. 

Generally speaking, a BAT provides meaningful assistance to small business owners through education and outreach.  The BAT targets businesses that have at least two years under their belt, operate a store front or are home based, are for profit, and have two or more full-time employees.

During the Open House, Greg Doyle, Director of Oakland County Business Center and One Stop, will outline Oakland County resources available to small and medium sized companies through this program.

The Oakland County Business Center has been helping individuals start, manage, and growth their small businesses since 1985.  Ninety eight percent of Oakland County’s businesses are defined as small businesses employing less than 500 employees with $1 to $50 million in sales.

The mission of the Lyon Township/South Lyon BAT will be to identify small businesses in our community that will benefit from the business planning and operational expertise that the newly formed joint BAT offers. According to Chamber Director, Kim Thompson, once businesses are identified, our goal will be to provide knowledge, guidance and useful tools to these businesses in order to help them grow effectively and efficiently, so that they will thrive.

Lyon Township Economic Development Coordinator, Michelle Aniol continued by saying, “The Lyon Township/South Lyon BAT Program will serve as a resource – linking small business owners with organizations that can provide meaningful assistance in, among other things:

~  Reviewing and critiquing business plans,
~  Marketing, market research and marketing plan development,
~  Networking amongst the small business community,
~  Understanding and utilizing small business resources available through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and its various partners on the state, county and municipal levels,
~  Positioning your business for conventional or SBA financing.”

At this open house, applications will be accepted from business owners wishing to take advantage of one-on-one BAT assistance sessions, which will be scheduled for May 8, 2013.  If you are unable to attend the open house but are interested in being considered for additional assistance, please contact one of the representatives listed below for Participation Request Application.

Michelle Aniol, Lyon Township: (248) 437-2240 / maniol@lyontwp.org
Debbie Nogle, City of South Lyon: (248) 437-1735 / dnogle@southlyonmi.org
Kim Thompson, Chamber of Commerce: (248) 437-3257 / kimthompson@southlyonchamber.com

About the Lyon Community
The communities of Lyon Township and South Lyon are the economic cornerstone of southwest Oakland County, offering attractive residential neighborhoods, a wide range of housing opportunities, and land for retail, industrial and research development. The township’s distinction as the fastest-growing community in Oakland County is clear evidence of the community’s broad appeal, which includes its proximity to many of the region’s top assets: top health care providers, major universities, and convenient freeway access. South Lyon is a newer participant in the Main Street Oakland County program. Excellent schools and abundant recreation resources make these communities a premier locations in which to live, work and play.