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Emerging Sectors

Oakland County's Emerging Sectors® business development and attraction strategy recognizes the importance of advanced technologies to ensure the continued growth and development of business. Emerging Sectors includes high-tech fields as:
 
Advanced Electronics
Advanced Materials
Aerospace
Alternative Energy
Communications & IT
Defense & Homeland Security
Film & Digital Media
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Medical Main Street
Robotics
 
The strategy envisioned by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in 2004 emphasizes the creation and retention of jobs while expanding and diversifying the employer base, as well as attracting international companies to the North American marketplace.
 
Hundreds of companies have expanded or relocated to Oakland County as part of the Emerging Sectors initiative. These companies have generated investment of nearly $2 billion, created or retained more than 34,000 jobs, and added millions of dollars in tax revenue for the county since the program began.
 

Emerging Sectors Features

Direct Mail Marketing in the Digital Age: The Coupon King Still Reigns at SaveOn

People like to say that print is dead, but don't tell the "Coupon King" that. Mike Gauthier has been saving people money while promoting small businesses with his direct mail and digital marketing company SaveOn since 1984. An independently-owned direct mail marketing company doesn't survive 30 years without being able to roll with the punches, and that's exactly what owner Mike Gauthier has done.

Power Sharing is Tougher Than You Think

How does a company's sole owner and founder transition to the power-sharing structure of executive leadership? That's the challenge that faces Billhighway, a Troy-based firm that's looking to enter its second stage of development. Metromode's Jon Zemke looks for lessons from successful (and less-than-successful) local businesses.

A Vital Connection

Inspired by personal struggles with cancer, Stephen Goldner partnered with David Fuehrer to launch CureLauncher, a company that connects patients with experimental treatments. In less than a year this Bloomfield Hills-based startup has seen an incredible response from hospitals, health organizations, investors and, most importantly, doctors and their patients.

Total Door Systems is a World Leader in Manufacturing in Oakland County

Total Door is the only total door system in the world. It is the last American-made door company and 99% of the materials they use are American-made, with 90% being made right here in Michigan.

Oakland County Workforce Development Survey Identifies Skills Needed to Fill Manufacturing Jobs

The Skills Needs Assessment Project (SNAP), a six-month regional survey of 150 advanced manufacturers in Oakland County and surrounding counties, was conducted to help understand why advanced manufacturing jobs were vacant and how to fill them.
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Emerging Sectors Videos

Featured Video: J&B Medical and Health Net Connect

J & B Medical was established in 1994 and since has become one of the fastest growing and most successful medical distribution companies in the world. J & B Medical, a family owned business, carries over 50 years of industry experience and is a Medical Main Street Life Science company. Video by M-1 Studios.

Featured Video: What Goes Into 2 Billion Dollars - Emerging Sectors

More than 200 businesses were honored and thanked on June 18 by Oakland County L. Brooks Patterson in recognition of their combined investment in the county's Emerging Sectors® business development program which now tops $2.5 billion.

Featured Video: Valeo North America

Oakland County's International Business video series continues with Françoise Colpron, the President of Valeo North America, an automotive parts manufacturing company which is headquartered in Troy with additional offices in Auburn Hills. Video by Advantage Oakland

Welcome To Automation Alley

If building a knowledge-based economy is Michigan's only hope then, much like the force, Automation Alley is what binds the region's technological companies together, finding ways for them to succeed in the global marketplace.

Featured Video: Business Roundtable Annual Meeting 2008

Last week Oakland County business leaders gathered for the annual Businnes Roundtable. They advise the county executive on what's important to the business community. Our video camera was there.
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