Resources & Workshops

As part of the Clawson Business Resource Center (CBRC) we work closely with the Oakland County Business Center, Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC), Clawson Library, Clawson Chamber of Commerce, Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and others to maintain a relevant listing of resources, workshops and business counseling opportunities. Let us help!

Monthly Workshops: Scroll to the bottom of the page for the current schedule.

Business Mentoring: One-on-one business mentoring is available by SCORE representatives, current and retired business executives, offering no cost confidential counseling.
Request counseling online at; click on ‘Request a Meeting’ in the green box on the right side of the page or phone  313-226-7947.

Note: Appointments may be scheduled in Clawson, at the Blair Memorial Librar. If you desire the Clawson location please specify. If using the online scheduling note Clawson in the ‘Your Question’ box. Clawson is the only location that offers evening counseling.

Job Counseling: Michigan Works (MI-Works) helps prepares job applicants for new workplace opportunities and helps employers find suitable employees.

Note: a MI-Works representative is available for drop-in assistance in Clawson, at the Blair Memorial Library,  on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6-9pm. To schedule daytime hours visit for locations.


Business Planning

A Guide to Starting a Small Business
A comprehensive guide from the Small Business Development & Technology Center. The publish date is 2008 but the information remains relevant.

10 Point Guide to Starting a Business in Oakland County Michigan

A Helpful Guide to Starting a Business in Clawson

Advantage Oakland
Oakland County’s One Stop Shop of resources for starting a business

Venture Plan Online
An 8-week online workshop to guide you through the business planning process

Business Decision
A web-based software service available through the Michigan eLibrary that enables you to research data for market research, demographics, market segmentation and more.

IRS; Small Business & Self-Employed, Starting a Business
Information and resources from the Internal Revenue Service

Resources and tools for Michigan business owners, powered by the MORE Program.

Michigan Business One Stop
Resources and tools from the State of Michigan

Women’s Michigan Marketplace
Organization offering training, resources & networking for women entrepreneurs.

Business License Search
Find out if your business venture requires a state license.

Professional and Occupational License Search
Verify a license, registration or permit.

Oakland County Assumed Name
Search and apply for assumed names/co-partnerships

Michigan Business Entity Search
Database of business name availability for corporations, LLC’s, and Limited Partnerships.


Manage and Grow Your Business

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
Tax information and online tools

Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC)
Provides resources and tools for small business in Michigan

Pure Michigan Business Connect
A statewide business-to-business network offering procurement opportunities, services and no cost professional services.

Advantage Oakland
Resources to expand, relocate, finance, and grow your business

Contract Connect
Information on contracting opportunities with the State of Michigan

U.P.C. Barcodes
Apply to obtain a barcode for your business


Support Organizations

SBA – Small Business Administration 
– Service Corp of Retired Executives business mentors
MI-SBTCD Online Resource Guide – listing of support groups
MEDC – Michigan Economic Development Corporation
MichiganWORKS! – Michigan Works Association


Restaurant & Liquor Licensing

Michigan Food Establishment Licensing Guide
Michigan Cottage Foods Information
Michigan Liquor Control Commission Licensing
Michigan Liquor Licenses in Escrow


Opportunities Available for Downtown Clawson Businesses

Design Services  – No cost design services are available for all businesses within the DDA.  Architectural concepts and sketches will be provided by a licensed Preservation Architect as part of our Main Street program.  Contact DDA Director Joan Horton for details. 248.219.4022.

Redevelopment Liquor License – This license is a lower cost option available to small, independent bistro-style eating establishments within the DDA. See our FAQ page for more details. Contact DDA Director Joan Horton for assistance; 248.219.4022.

Online Learning
Drive – Digital Learning Hub
An online learning platform  to deliver basic and advanced technology training

 Workshops from the Oakland County Business Center

Location:  Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41 W, Waterford 48328
*unless noted otherwise

Walk In: Start Up Thursdays Free Business Counseling
Every Thursday
Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: One Stop Shop Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328

Entrepreneurs who want to start a business but do not know where to begin can receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business counselor with no appointment necessary. Counselors will provide direct answers to start-up questions, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools. Sessions will be limited to 15 minutes and available on a first come, first served basis.

View a list of upcoming worksops and training opportunities