Resources & Workshops

 Welcome to the Clawson Business Resource Center online resource page 

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 Blair Memorial Library, Clawson Chamber of Commerce, Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), Michigan Works (MI-Works) and others to maintain a relevant listing of resources, workshops and business counseling opportunities. Let us help!

SCORE 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.
SCORE appointments may be scheduled in Clawson, at the Blair Memorial Library. 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.

MI-Works Job Counseling: Michigan Works (MI-Works) helps prepares job applicants for new workplace opportunities and helps employers find suitable employees. Schedule an appointment at the nearest service center location.
MI-Works also maintains a book of current  job listings which is kept at the Blair Memorial Library. Look for the book on the library main counter.

Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center: Offers hands on business and technical services for business start-ups, marketing, financing and market research.




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.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Resources for business success including operating guidance, capital funding, obtaining & renewing licenses, and technology assistance

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.

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 Development Center (MI-SBDC)
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-SBDC – Small Business Development Center
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

Environmental Assistance

Brownfield Rededevelopment Authority – Oakland County Brownfield Initiative
Lean and Green Michigan  – Clean Energy (PACE) Initiative

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