Doing Business In Royal Oak

"I think the biggest thing is hiring, because it's all about having the best people.  Aside from downtown Royal Oak being super cool, it is also centralized.  And not to mention just the massive amount of growth and the tech factor we're seeing in downtown Royal Oak."

Jake Sigal, co-founder and CEO of Tome Software, on why Royal Oak is a great home for Tome's mobility business.

The following departments are most commonly visited by our business community:



Royal Oak Music Theatre
For businesses located downtown, the Royal Oak DDA has established a Facade Grant Program to reimburse applicants for approved facade work on downtown buildings.  Approved applicants shall be reimbursed 50% of the eligible costs of facade work up to $10,000 upon completion of the project.  For more information about this program, please click here.

In addition, the following resources are also commonly used by businesses currently residing in Royal Oak or considering relocating to the city:


Pure Michigan Business Connect


This statewide procurement database connects businesses to billions of dollars of opportunity to help them expand their supply chains, identify new opportunities and provides free or significantly reduced legal, accounting and web services.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect


Employers and job seekers alike can search an extensive database of job openings, post and view resumes and jobs, view upcoming job fairs and tap into a variety of specialty career services.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)


The city of Royal Oak works closely with its economic development partner at the state of Michigan to attract new investments and encourage business growth and expansion.  An overview of MEDC programs can be found here.  

Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center


Oakland County's business consultants offer free assistance to Oakland County-based companies with the development of feasibility studies, business plan refinement, and locating appropriate level financing. A list of upcoming workshops can be found here.

Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC)


The MI-SBDC enhances Michigan's well-being by providing counseling, training and research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies.  A satellite office is located at Oakland County Community College's Royal Oak campus.  To register for business counseling, please click here

Michigan Works!


Michigan Works! Association events educate, inspire, and train individuals to meet the demands of Michigan employers and job seekers.

Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to bringing business persons, civic groups, local government and citizens together to advance the economic, professional, cultural and civic welfare of the community.  A list of their upcoming events can be found here.

Royal Oak PACE Program

Royal Oak is the latest municipality to establish a Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) in the State of Michigan. Under the program, commercial building owners may voluntarily assume a special assessment on their property tax bill to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects. 

For more information please visit Lean and Green Michigan, or download an Application Packet (PDF).