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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
Alternative Energy
Communications & IT
Defense & Homeland Security
Film & Digital Media
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Medical Main Street
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.


OneStream President Tom Shea

Rochester-based OneStream Software is a global force in financial management software

Rochester-based OneStream Software is a global game-changer in the financial data reporting industry. Goliath, meet David. 

Kathleen Norton-Schock

Flower child capitalists turn low profit company into gazelle startup, ardentCause

ardentCause is a Troy-based socially entrepreneurial startup developed software applications for non-profits, foundations and the like, and doubles ita revenue every year. 

Portrait of an American Family

Cellarmen's: Beards, Bees, and Booze in Hazel Park

The Hazel Park buzz (get it???) is real, and for further proof check out Cellarmen's, a new meadery, cidery, and brewery brought to us by four majestically bearded B. Nektar alumni. 

Shadan Malik

Marketing investment moves growth needle for iDashboards

There is no lack of success for iDashboards. It has consistent double-digit revenue growth, dozens of hires, and cool software more and more people want. The secret sauce to its success: marketing.

Stanisz, Rigato, and Van Til

The Forthcoming Mabel Gray Signals a New Cool for Hazel Park and Michigan's Top Chef

Hazel Park is "under construction," says Chef James Rigato. And, thanks in no small part to his forthcoming second restaurant Mabel Gray, it stands to be the next cool metro Detroit neighborhood to open an independent business. 
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Featured Videos

Featured Video: J&B Medical and Health Net Connect

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.

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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.

Oakland County Business Roundtable

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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