Business Resources

Oakland County Michigan Works! has partnered with the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) to launch the Business Resource Network employee retention assistance program to help county businesses keep their workers.

The strategies and resources provided by the success coaches in similar programs can increase employee retention to 90 percent or higher, according to the Employee Resource Network – USA. This saves employers about $3,500 or more in training costs per employee, based on data from a sample of state businesses.

“We want to help companies keep their employees happy and, on the job,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, director of the Oakland County Michigan Works! agency. “The Business Resource Network not only connects employees to company, public and nonprofit resources, but also provides financial literacy lessons and other essential training.”



American Society of Employers: The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit employer association serving Michigan’s Human Resource business community. ASE provides programs and services that enable member organizations to address their most challenging human resource issues.

Automation Alley: Automation Alley is a non-profit business association that drives growth and economic development through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives. The Automation Alley region encompasses the City of Detroit and counties of Genesee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making.

CareerOneStop Business Center: A major resource for all things employment-related. Creating effective job postings, research salaries, job skill identifier. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Fidelity Bonding: The Fidelity Bonding Program gives employers the peace of mind to safely provide job opportunities to all individuals with limited risk. The Fidelity Bonding Program was created to assist high-risk, but qualified, job seekers who have bona fide offers of employment. Typically, some employers may view ex-offenders, former substance abusers, and other individuals who have questionable backgrounds as high-risk and potentially untrustworthy workers. With the Fidelity Bonding Program, employers can bond job seekers who are facing barriers to employment for the first six months on the job. 

Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Michigan Economic Development Corporation is a public-private partnership serving as the state’s marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent/ jobs, and overall economic growth.

Minority Business Development Agency: The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a job-creating agency, leads Federal efforts to promote the growth and global competitiveness of America’s minority business community.

Oakland Community College Economic and Workforce Development: Oakland Community College Economic and Workforce Development offers a variety of programs and services including corporate offerings, facilities usage, short-term training, grant funding, and IT resources.

Oakland County Business Center: One-Stop Center for small businesses providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies.

Oakland County Planning and Economic Development (OCPED)

Office of Disability Employment Policy: Build a strong, inclusive, workforce.  Office of Disability Employment Policy, United States Department of Labor.

O*NET Toolkit for Business

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of Michigan (PTACs): Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) of Michigan enhances national defense and economic development of the State of Michigan by assisting Michigan businesses in obtaining and performing on federal, state and local government contracts.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect: The State of Michigan’s labor exchange, an online marketplace connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers.

SCORE: SCORE grows successful small businesses across America, one business at a time. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.  Supported by the S.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and a network of 13,000 + volunteers, SCORE is able to deliver services at no charge or at very low cost.

Small Business Administration: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is  an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Small Business Association of Michigan: When small businesses band together through SBAM, they achieve more than they could on their own. SBAM recognizes the challenges of running a successful small business and is dedicated to removing the legislative, regulatory, economic or legal barriers to your success. All of SBAM’s programs and services exist to improve the business climate and conditions in which small businesses operate.

American Staffing Association

State of Michigan Business Services: One-Stop business services and resources.

The Engineering Society of Detroit: ESD promotes and celebrates excellence, innovation, cooperation, professional growth and fellowship in the engineering, scientific and allied professions.  A source for locating technical talent through the ESD job bank.

The United States Department of Labor: Information and services the Department of Labor (DOL) offers employers.

Veterans Services

Work Opportunity Tax Credit