Oakland County Economic Development taps small business owner and counselor to head Business Center

The Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs has named a veteran business counselor to direct the One Stop Shop Business Center.

Greg Doyle is a certified Michigan Small Business Counselor who has worked with small business owners for more than 20 years. In his new position, he will lead the team of business counselors who work with start-up and second-stages businesses to help them succeed. He oversees the multiple business classes and workshops the county holds every month. “We’re excited about Greg’s energy and knowledge,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “He’ll be a great addition to the team.”

Doyle spent the past four years as a small business counselor for the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center. He is a certified FastTrac facilitator and NxLeveL trainer and has facilitated numerous entrepreneurial classes.

“I really enjoy working for Oakland County with all the resources they have here,” Doyle said. “The reputation the county has is phenomenal and with the team of people we have and all the resources, we can help people in a significant way.”

Doyle, 52, formerly worked for EDS where he managed the North America Customer Support Center. He later worked in global purchasing where he managed the supplier diversity program for the General Motors account. He also owned his own business for 10 years.

Irene Spanos, the county’s director of economic development, said Doyle is a perfect fit for the position.

“Greg has a keen insight and a wonderful business sense,” Spanos said. “He is passionate about helping business owners succeed. We’re lucky to have him.”

Doyle is a graduate of Michigan State University. He and his wife have two children and live in Rochester Hills. He was board president of the Rochester/Avon Historical Society, a board member of the Six Rivers Conservancy and a committee member of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.