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October Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Public Date: 9/14/2010 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications, Economic Development and Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

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


FastTrac® Growth Venture (Venture Forward) is an intensive, 10-week program designed for owners, CEOs and top management team members of businesses with at least two years of operating experience. Focused on issues most important to business health and growth, attendees gain knowledge to make critical decisions about their business and strategy, investigate next-stage growth and opportunity, plan for strategic growth, build and maintain a competitive advantage and maximize cash flow for profitability.

The class is from Friday, October 1 through December 10
(ten consecutive sessions – no class 11/26), from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.
For pre-registration and location specifics,  call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $299. Partner rate $150. No refunds.
 

Team SBA Financing Roundtable - This session is best suited to those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in their business. 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. 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, October 6, 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, call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
 

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.

Thursday, October 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Novi Public Library, 45255 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi, MI 48375
For pre-registration and location specifics, 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.

Thursday, October 14, 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, call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $30. No refunds.
 

Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business - This workshop covers many of the key legal and financial issues faced by both new and existing small businesses in Michigan. The program initially focuses on the many management and liability concerns faced by entrepreneurs, as well as today's tax consequences. The program also provides solutions and techniques for business concession and individual investment and retirement planning. Presented by Carter & Affiliates, P.C.

Tuesday, October 19, from 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,  call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
 

Ninth Annual Bid & Brunch Matchmaking Event – "Diversifying Michigan's Economy: Corporate/Government/Non-Profit Sourcing Opportunities"
Identify sourcing opportunities through a matchmaking process where participants can meet one-on-one with representatives from a variety of corporate, federal, state, county, municipal and institutional purchasing departments. This is a Must Event for Small to Mid-Sized Minority and Women Business Owners.
  • Identify the decision makers who purchase your products/services
  • Uncover the products/services various corporate, government and non-profit procurement departments put out to bid non-profit purchasing departments
  • Discover future bid opportunities
  • Diversify your client base and recession proof your business
Sponsored by : Oakland County Business Services, Southern Oakland County Chapter NAACP, Oakland County Board of Commissioners and Automation Alley.

Wednesday, October 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Southfield Municipal Complex, Southfield Pavilion
For pre-registration and location specifics, call (248) 858-0783.
Registration is $50 before September 30, $75 after.
All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.
 

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. Workshop participants will learn what elements are commonly found in effective plans and will work on developing each of these for their own business. Assistance in the process as well as information on resources will be provided.

Thursday, October 21, 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, call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.
 

Sales II: Is Following Up Your Best Sales Strategy? - Learn what questions to ask to help the prospect discover why to buy from your company.  Better understand why companies buy from you, and why they don't. Presented by Gerry Weinberg & Associates

Wednesday, October 27, from 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, call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $45. No refunds.
 

CEED Microloan Orientation - Many small businesses face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. The recognition of the serious need for working capital for existing businesses, start-up or expansion, equipment purchases, and job creation is not the priority it once was. If you have a need for alternative financing consider the MicroLoan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. Program Presented by Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.)

Wednesday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, MI 48076.
For pre-registration and location specifics, call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
 

Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business - Marketing is an essential of business success. All products/services must be sold to well-targeted audiences with a wide-ranging marketing mix. Our staff/SCORE counselors can guide you through successful techniques and marketing principles helping you to promote your products and services to the most promising customers-your target audience. Presented by The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC).

Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 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, call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $40. 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.

November 2010
  2: Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
  3: WBE Certification Orientation
  4: Small Business Loan Workshop
10: Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
18: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)

December 2010
2: Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
8: Sales 1: Effective Networking
9: Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)
16: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)