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Apply for Spirit of Main Street Micro Business Grant

Sixteen Main Street Oakland County downtowns, including Clawson, have until April 30 to apply for up to $2,500 in grant money to support the attraction, retention and growth of small businesses in their downtowns.

The grants, called the Spirit of Main Street Micro Business Grants, are the result of a partnership between Main Street Oakland County and Genisys Credit Union. To be eligible, activities must support the creation, relocation or expansion of a micro business and may include location renovations and preparation, signage, and marketing materials and efforts.

“Genisys Credit Union is always looking at ways to help improve the communities we serve,” said Genisys President and CEO Jackie Buchanan. “This is why we are excited to partner with Main Street Oakland County on the Spirit of Main Street Micro Business Grants. These grants help attract and retain small businesses and in turn, build stronger local economies and communities.”

Under the terms of the grant, a minimum dollar-for-dollar match must be provided by the applicant. For more information and to find application forms, go to, and click on the “Services & Trainings” tab. A second round of funding is planned for August.

Main Street Oakland County is comprised of Auburn Hills, Berkley, Birmingham, Clarkston, Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Groveland Township, Hazel Park, Highland Township, Holly, Holly Township, Lake Orion, Lathrup Village, Leonard, Oak Park, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Royal Oak, South Lyon and Wixom.

Health is a Gift You Give Yourself

Learn about the health benefits of eating vegan and enjoy a delicious vegan food tasting with VegMichigan and Dr. Robert Breakey on Wednesday, April 10, from 6 to 7 pm. The program is free, but space is limited.  Registration begins March 13 in the library or by phone at 248.588.5500

Mingle with the Chamber

The March Clawson Chamber of Commerce lunch will be at Tavern on The Main on Monday, March 11 at 11:30 am. Come out for great food, networking with other area professionals and guest speaker Dr. Eli Redman of BodyWorks chiropractic and soft tissue center. An avid athlete, Dr. Eli Redman discovered the benefits of chiropractic as a high school athlete with a back injury. After a few treatments, he was back on the basketball court and convinced of the benefits. Planning to become a teacher, he switched tracks to become a healer to help his fellow athletes. For more information contact the chamber office at or 248.435.6500.

Celebrate Spring!

Shake those winter blues and get ready for spring with the Clawson Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Dinner & Auction on Friday, April 26, from 6 to 10 pm. What better way to celebrate the changing of seasons than with great company, fantastic food, and chances to win some exceptional raffle and auction items. Enjoy fun stuff like a $10 duck pond where every duck is a winner, full cover bingo, and 52 card raffle.


The $50 ticket includes a $3,000 Draw Down Raffle Ticket (only 149 tickets will be sold). Last chance tickets $10. You can sign up to sponsor now and reserve your table for 10 for only $450. Includes VIP seating, dinner, beverages and twenty beer or wine tickets. For reservations, contact the chamber office at or 248.435.6500.

Ready for a Touch of the Irish?

Wear your green to the Senior Center’s St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon on Thursday, March 14 at noon. Cost is $5. Enjoy a delicious meal of corn beef and cabbage, along with some fun and entertainment by Charlene Grablowski! Tickets will be sold until Monday, March 11th or until they sell out, whichever comes first. Get your ticket at the Senior Center or call 248.583.6700.


A Dinner Theatre Murder Mystery!

The famous mystery novel “Right Time for Murder” is being presented for the first time onstage! The author, Evan Carmichael, finds himself entangled in a chaotic, yet elegant event where actors quit before the show, the stage manager is having a nervous breakdown, and the publicist is just plain cruel.  All antics and craziness aside, Right Time for Murder unfolds into a tight-knit murder mystery from the 1920s. Done as a play within a play, we see what truth really means or if it’s really all just fiction. 

Performances are Friday, March 22 at 7 pm, Saturday, March 23 at 7 pm, and Sunday, March 24 at 6 pm at Kirk in the Hills. Tickets are $18.00 and include a full dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance.  They are available at the Hunter Community Center in Clawson, on, or by contacting

*This is a family friendly event, but may not be suitable for children ages 5 and younger*


Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

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