Cast Your Vote – Help Choose the Winner of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

22 Jan

Voting for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2015 is now open. We invite you to cast your vote online to choose the winner of this year’s class.

“There are so many talented young people who are a vital part of Oakland County,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Their innovation, talent, leadership and ideas will help shape this county for years to come. I’m thrilled with the class that was chosen and encourage the public to participate in the online vote for the candidate they think is the best of the best.”

Nearly 500 applications and nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges, looking for the top 40 young professionals and thought leaders who live or work in Oakland County. The 40 honorees have achieved excellence in their field and contributed to the quality of life in their communities. Of that group, the three candidates who scored the highest are placed before the public vote to determine a 2015 winner. Online voters must choose between the three top candidates.

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Time to Shred! 2015 Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding List

16 Jan

Hey Michiganders! Winter is in full swing and now’s the time to get your skiing and snowboarding in. Whether you want to stay local or get away for a ski weekend, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect ski resort for you. Check out our list of Oakland County and Michigan Ski Resorts here.

If you want to stay local, Oakland County has three ski resorts just a short drive away. You can choose from Alpine Valley, Mt. Holly and Pine Knob. All three resorts offer student, child & senior discounts, school ski-clubs, rentals, lessons and terrain parks. In addition, if you’re just learning, you’ll be pleased to know that all three offer beginner hills with tow ropes and magic carpets.

Oakland County Ski Resorts

Alpine Valley Ski Area – White Lake Township

Mt. Holly Ski Area – Holly

Pine Knob Ski & Snowboard Resort – Clarkston

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Celebrate Winter with Fire & Ice

15 Jan

Celebrate cabin fever with a little snow, a little Ice and a little Fire!

Winter has finally set in. It’s time to jump in and enjoy it at the 2015 Fire & Ice Festival.

Oakland County, Oakland County Parks, the City of Rochester and Downtown Rochester have come together to host a wild weekend of winter fun, with a variety of activities to celebrate winter.

Some of the Activities & Events at this year’s Fire & Ice Festival include ice carving demonstrations, tube sledding, face painting, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, dog sled demos and rides, ice skating (bring your skates), broom ball exhibitions, ice sculptures and on Friday and Saturday nights – FIREWORKS! Continue reading

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs – The Michigan Winter Dog Classic

12 Jan

Irish Wolfhound with MWDC Logo

This weekend (January 15-18, 2015) thousands of dog enthusiasts will make their way to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi to watch a wide variety of prancing pooches in the show ring at the Michigan Winter Classic Dog Show. The show, which is now Michigan’s largest, also offers breed seminars and access to many of the breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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Floating on Snow: Cross-country Skiing in Oakland County

8 Jan


Have you tried cross-country skiing?

Like rowing or swimming, it is a great workout that uses every major muscle group. And since rowing and swimming are not very practicle in the Michigan winter, cross country skiing is a good way to shed a few of those extra holiday pounds you may have added.

If you are new to the sport, their are two styles of cross-country skiing: traditional and skate skiing. With the traditional skiing technique, your skis are pointed straight forward and your feet do not have to leave the ground. In skate skiing your movements are closer to those of a roller or inline skater.

Most will advise you to take a lesson your first time out. It can reduce the amount of frustration of learning on your own or worse yet, the chore of unlearning bad habits.

You will soon enjoy the peacefulness of floating across the snow.

Here is a little list of some of the places you can cross-country ski in and around Oakland County. Some have amenities like a warming station or ski rental and others are just an open area in which has the space for you to ski. Many require either an annual park or daily park pass. Please check before you go.


All Oakland County Parks and Recreation areas (except Groveland Oaks and Lyon Oaks Golf Course) are open for winter hiking and snowshoeing.
Listed below are those parks that are better suited for cross-country skiers. Most require a daily pass or annual vehicle permit. 

Addison Oaks – Leonard
Groomed Trail

Independence Oaks – Clarkston
Groomed and Marked Trails
Ski and Snowshoe Rental

Highland Oaks – Highland Township
Ungroomed trails

Orion Oaks – Lake Orion
Ungroomed trails

Rose Oaks – Holly
Ungroomed trails

Lyon Oaks – Wixom
Ungroomed Trails


Bald Mountain State Recreation Area – Lake Orion
Brighton Recreation Area – Howell
Highland State Recreation Area – White Lake
Holly State Recreation Area – Holly
Ortonville State Recreation Area – Ortonville
Proud Lake State Recreation Area – Commerce Township
Seven Lakes State Park – Holly
Dodge #4 State Park – Waterford
Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area – Waterford
Maybury State Park – Northville


•Indian Springs Metro Park – White Lake
•Kensington Metropark – Milford
•Stoney Creek Metro Park


Remember, wherever you go and what ever winter activity you choose, please stay safe and stay warm

North American International Auto Show 2015

31 Dec

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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is better known to most in the region as the Detroit Auto Show. The NAIAS is one of the premier events in the auto world. It’s come a long ways from the first show that was held at a local beer garden in 1907. Continue reading

January 2015 Business Workshops

29 Dec
It’s that time of year when everyone is making New Year’s Resolutions. While many are health and wellness related, if you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, then we’re sure you’ve set some lofty business goals!  Jump-start 2015 by participating in a FREE Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center January workshop to get your New Year’s Resolutions off the ground.
2015 Business Goals


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