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February Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Public Date: 1/6/2010 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications, Economic Development and Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

Waterford, Michigan -- Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in February, 2010 offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.
 

Pre-Business Research - Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Are you a business owner who wants to understand which research sources to use for your business plan and where to find the information you need? Presented by The Oakland County Business Center, The Entrepreneur’s Source, Oakland County Market Research Department, and a Business Reference Librarian.
Tuesday, February 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.
For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
 

Fundamentals of Starting a Business is a seminar for anyone thinking about going into business. Participants examine their entrepreneurial skills, learn how to implement their ideas and receive a list of pitfalls to avoid when starting a business.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.
For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $30. No refunds.
 

Team SBA Financing Roundtable - Before you apply for a business loan, we recommend that you first attend a Financing Roundtable. The roundtables are a free loan orientation conducted by a business banker, a business consultant from the SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, and an SBA representative. During the roundtable, we’ll debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. You'll learn how the lending process works and what is expected of you and you'll understand how the SBA can assist with our SBA Guaranteed Loan Program. This session is best suited to those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in their business. Because the SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms, including purchasing and rehabbing houses for sale, this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtables. Presented by: Small Business Administration (SBA) Representative, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) Consultant, and Business Banker.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.
For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
 

Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is a workshop for small business owners who are developing a plan to serve as their road map to success.
Tuesday, February 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.
For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.
 

Women's Business Certification (WBE) Orientation - Learn about the benefits and process of becoming a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE.) Benefits include certification to private sector WBE's and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. For additional information visit www.miceed.org. Presented by the Michigan Women's Business Council.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.
For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $25 (Please make checks payable to C.E.E.D.). No refunds.
 

Small Business Loan Workshop - Getting a small business loan can be a challenging process. Learn the "5 C's of Credit", how to develop a winning loan proposal and what you need to know to position your business to be "bankable" before you meet with a lender. Presented by The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Oakland County Business Center.
Thursday, February 25, 2010,  9 a.m. to Noon
Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.
For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $20 per person (Please make checks payable to S.C.O.R.E.). Includes: Handouts and SBA Source Book. No refunds.
 

Future Workshops 
(AM) Morning Class 9 a.m. to 12/12:30 p.m.
(PM) Evening Class 6 p.m. to 9/9:30 p.m.
 
March 2010
04:     Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
10:     Fiscal Fitness for Growing Business
11:     Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
17:     Sales I: Effective Networking
18:     Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
25:     QuickBooks Essentials Part I (AM)
25:     QuickBooks Essentials Part II
 
April 2010
08:     Market Your Business
09:     FastTrac® Listening To Your Business
15:     Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)
16:     FastTrac® Growth Venture (Venture Forward)  
20:     FastTrac® New Venture ™
22:     Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
27:     Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business
28:     Sales II: Is Following Up Your Best Sales Strategy?
29:     Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)


The Web site address for Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Workshops.