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45175 Ten Mile Road
Department Phone: 248-735-5628
Fax: 248-735-5684

Pete Auger
Pete Auger
City Manager

Wenona GrahamWenona Graham
Economic Dev Coord/Retail Spec


New Restart Resources for Business

Resources to help businesses prepare for a new era of operation amid the COVID-19 crisis.

CDC General Workplace Plan
CDC Restaurant & Bar Plan
Detroit Regional Chamber Restart Resources
Detroit Chamber Return to Work Guide
Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Roadmap to Reopening
PPE Supply Connect
Oakland County offers Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing: ALL Returning Workers & Adults

Oakland County has created the COVID-19 ReOpen Kit to provide small business owners, local communities, nonprofit and faith-based leaders with materials and guidelines to help resume activities safely in this new environment caused by the pandemic.

The Kit Contains

  • Digital COVID-19 toolkit
  • Physical tote of personal protection equipment (PPE) and disinfecting supplies
  • ReOpen Resource Guide
  • ReOpen Poster - We Care About Your Safety
  • Community Resource Flyer
  • Printable Social Distancing Decals

Click here for more information

PPE Purchase sites

City Council approved relaxing of Novi's Sign Ordinance through 12/31/2020


Want to know What's Open in Novi? For an easy to read chart, click below.


Civic Center resumes services

The Novi Civic Center has resumed full operations in accordance with the limitations imposed by the Governor's order.
Hours:  8am - 5pm
(effective June 15, 2020)

Virtual avenues will continue to be made available so that visitors may connect with respective departments to set up appointments.  Click here to access the Online Inspection Portal.

Applications and submittals may be made through the web portal for registered contractors. Mail and drop-off options are available. Drop-off and pickup boxes are available in the vestibule of the north Civic Center entrance (closest to Ten Mile Road). Online payment options are also available along with mail in and drop off options. All staff are available through email and phone. Remote meetings can be scheduled.

Please note that the Executive Order includes specific safeguards in sections 11(h) and (i). If you cannot comply with these requirements do not schedule inspections until such time as you can. Community Development staff will leave non-compliant sites and a re-inspection fee will be assessed. Please contact the Community Development Department at 248.347.0415 if you have any questions.

Federal Assistance Programs

Federal aid has been replenished for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

Click here to find out more.

Small Business Resource Guide

In an effort to provide businesses meaningful and timely support as they face various challenges created by the pandemic, we have created this comprehensive guide....

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Families First

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OSSBC Coronavirus Resources

Here you can find information on:

  1. SBA Disaster Assistance Relief
  2. Guidance to Employers Contemplating Potential Layoffs
  3. Virtual Procurement Assistance
  4. Claiming Unemployment
  5. Loan Programs
  6. Quick Tips to Keep Your Small Business Going
Click here for OSSBC Coronavirus Resources

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Business ToolkitOakland County Michigan Health Division

Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) is working closely with healthcare providers, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively monitor and prepare for the presence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. OCHD is providing a Preventing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Toolkit for Businesses to share information with you and your employees about how to stay healthy and prevent illness.

This toolkit is available at:
You will find a link to CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as well as prevention materials about:

  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – What You Need to Know
  • Stopping the spread of germs
  • Hand washing instructions
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Social media posts for your organization

This is an evolving situation and information is updated on our website as it becomes available.Our Nurse on Call is also available at 800-848-5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm or

All Novi Chamber in person events canceled through June 29, 2020.

Click here to visit Novi Chamber

All Novi Public Library programs will be virtual through August.

Share your COVID-19 stories!

We are creating a collection of reflections on this important historical moment for the Local History Room at the Novi Public Library. We want stories from first responders, medical professionals, people in isolation, teachers, supermarket employees, local business owners and anyone with a story to tell.

We will accept written letters, journals, stories, poems, drawings, photos, videos, copies of business social media posts, etc. All work must be original. This collection will be a valuable resource for future generations to understand life in our community during the pandemic. All ages are welcome to respond. A submission by anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian give permission for the submission. To help inspire your submission, here are a few questions to use as a starting point for residents and for businesses.

To submit physical items, please fill out this form and mail your items to:

Novi Public Library
c/o COVID-19 Archive Project
45255 W Ten Mile Road
Novi, MI 48375

To submit digital items, please fill out this form and attach your submission(s).

Questions? Send Email

As the City of Novi, along with our our partners, continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation and make adjustments to events/date, we will make every effort to update the website accordingly and in a timely manner. As we navigate this unprecedented situation together, our goal is to keep you informed. It is vitally important to prioritize resources in an effort to maintain the well being of our business community.

City of Novi Job Fair - April 22, 2020 - POSTPONED

The City of Novi is your home whether you are looking to live, work or play. Just ask our 60,000 residents and more than 3,000 businesses why they chose Novi to call home. Whether you are an existing local business or one looking to invest in our community, give our Economic Development Team a call to assist you in your decision.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Business Workshops presented by Oakland County

Market Research Basics During the Coronavirus Crisis - Consumers Have Changed, Will You?

July 8 | 1pm - 2pm
While it’s impossible to predict what the “new normal” will look like once your business reopens during the coronavirus, understanding customer expectations, incomes, spending habits and behaviors will be key in these uncertain times. This workshop examines changes in consumer behavior for business-to- consumer establishments (B2C) as a result of the pandemic, which behaviors may stick long term and market research resources available to you to help you attract and retain customers.
This workshop is designed to help existing businesses.
Cost: Free | Registration required 

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation

July 8 | 9am - 11am
If your business is in Oakland County and you have a need for alternative financing, consider a CEED Lending Small Business Loan. The workshop introduces you to the requirements and process necessary to qualify for a CEED loan. CEED Lending is an initiative of Great Lakes Women’s Business Council
This workshop is designed to help existing and startup businesses.
Cost: Free | Registration required

A 360° Perspective on Your Business

July 9 | 11am - 12pm
When everything is important all the time, the question becomes “what do we focus on now?” In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to a suite of visual tools to help you quickly evaluate where you’re at with your business and what areas to focus on if you want to grow the company.
This workshop is designed to help existing businesses.
Cost: Free | Registration required


Startup Cash Flow Analysis – Don’t Get in Over Your Head

July 14 | 1pm - 2pm
Fifty percent of new businesses fail within the first five years. Startup Cash Analysis is designed for individuals who need a better understanding of the cash demands required to successfully start a business and how to plan them. The use and concepts of the Startup Cash Analysis workbook including estimating cash needs will be discussed. Proper estimation of startup needs is critical to the successful launch of your business. Don’t be a statistic.
This workshop is designed to help startup businesses.
Cost: Free | Registration required

How to Write a Business Plan in the New Economy

July 15 | 11am - 12pm
This workshop is an updated instructional class on how to write your business plan and re-invent your business during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. In the new economy, there are innovative ways to market your business, your employees and yourself. Your customers will be satisfied and feel safe with your new great service, and your business will prosper now and in the future.
This workshop is designed to help existing and startup businesses.
Cost: Free | Registration required

Pivoting Your Business to Thrive in a New Environment

July 23 | 1pm -  2pm
Most often we talk about a business pivoting during the startup phase, but when something as drastic as COVID-19 strikes, even established businesses need to think about their business model. This workshop will discuss the three areas of your business that hold clues to a successful pivot.
This workshop is designed to help existing and startup businesses.
Cost: Free | Registration required

Projecting Cash Flow – Overcoming Business Interruptions and Beyond

July 28 | 11am - 12pm
Projecting Cash Flow is designed for individuals who need a better understanding of the cash demands required to successfully manage a business before, during and after critical interruptions. The use and concepts of the Cash Flow Projection workbook will be discussed. Having a good system in place to manage cash flow will contribute to your organization’s success now and in the future.
This workshop is designed to help existing businesses.
Cost: Free | Registration required

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WalkIn StartUp - Small Business Counseling - Suspended Until Further Notice

Need help launching a business? Come visit us. Whether you opened a business or you're thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has resources to help you.

Visit us the First Thursday of the Month at the Community Development Center Room in Novi City Hall, 45175 Ten Mile Road.

Questions? Contact Wenona Graham

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Useful Links

NBC Sign-up

Business Grants for Women

How to Use Instagram to Generate Leads

SBDC's End-of-Year Checklist of Small Business

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Businesses

How to Boost Your Small Business Through Sponsorship

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Important Updates

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2020 SBDC Training Schedule

Business Avenue Videos

Business Avenue videos feature local Novi businesses. We explore how they started, why they chose Novi, and provides an intimate behind the scenes look at what makes them unique.

Business Avenue can be seen in Novi on:

Spectrum Cable Channel 212
AT&T Uverse Channel 99
Our Facebook Page
And our YouTube channel

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