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Our guest for lunch this week was Lola Ar├⌐, Supervisor for the Oakland County Michigan Small Business and Technology Center (MI-SBTC). Also known as "Feet on the Street for Michigan's Small Businesses", the MI-SBTC has locations throughout the state. The goal is to enhance Michigan's economic well-being by providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies.  MI-SBTDC positively impacts the economy by strengthening existing companies, creating new jobs, retaining existing jobs, and assisting companies in defining their path to success. Their network provides a full range of services and tools for emerging and growing small businesses.  The organization includes teams dedicated to providing expertise and assistance related to small business, technology, manufacturing and growth. Their One Stop Shop is a resource center with a wealth of information, publications and people to assist businesses in planning activities in Oakland County. Many of these services, including mentoring, are provided to small business owners and start-ups free of charge.

As Membership Specialist at the Farmington YMCA, Booker Snow is able to work with youth and families that enjoy having a friend and a community servant. Booker started working at the Farmington YMCA in 2004 in sports. He has helped out in several different areas of the Farmington Y, including the front desk, wellness center, teen center, summer camp Ki Ka Pu and Camp Riley. In 2009, he played a key role in the successful mentoring program. Working at the Farmington Y as Membership Specialist allows Booker to not only get to meet new members as the come in, but to assist in helping people who are looking to be a part of the YMCA family. He was voted the 2010 William Malcolm Michigan Man of Style and Substance, and was featured at the Hard Rock Cafe as a performer & Gospel show host. He continues to help work with Rescue My Son & It Takes A Village Y'all, while making appearances and performing around the Metro Detroit area. Way to be a community service leader, Booker!

Lieutenant Denny Hughes is one of Farmington Hills Fire Department’s finest. When he's not putting out fires, he's an expert on Emergency Preparedness. He spoke with our group about how to be prepared in our homes. Preparedness in this instance refers to planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response. This 'preparedness cycle' includes things like having enough food and water on hand for several days, knowing where your family would meet in an emergency if no forms of communications were working. It’s all about having a plan. For more information, visit the Federal Government web site at www.ready.gov.

The Farmington Area Goodfellows brought Christmas to over 250 homes, including more than 370 children, families and seniors in our community this year. This all-volunteer organization, which was created over 50 years ago by members of this club, remains one of the cornerstones of Farmington & Farmington Hills. It is our honor to recognize their hard work and service to the community at our first meeting each year. On hand was Goodfellows President, Dave Kenerson, who presented the awards for Goodfellow of the Year to Judy Glass, and Rookie of the Year Randy Sutton. Our annual Goodfellows luncheon brings our largest crowd of the year, and we couldn't think of a more worthy cause than to honor these great folks. Job well done!

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