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March Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Public Date: 2/8/2010 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 March, 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.
Thursday, March 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 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.
Fiscal Fitness for the Growing Business - Fiscal Management Tools for the Non-financial Manager. This workshop provides the business owner an in-depth look at the essentials of using financial information to make effective decisions about improving their business performance. Topics include Ways to improve your company's cash flow, How to use the balance sheet and income statement to diagnose business problems and opportunities, how breakeven analysis helps you make better pricing and business decisions and How to insure you have enough working capital to support growth.
Wednesday, March 10, from 8:00 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.
The fee is $50. No refunds.
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, March 11, 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, visit our website at
oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $30. No refunds.
Sales I: Effective Networking - You're up and running, right? And still busting your butt, but not getting the results you want? You're asking yourself, "Is this it? What am I missing? Learn the secrets and skills that will give you a tremendous competitive edge and dramatically improve your income! Learn how to give an effective 60 second elevator pitch, learn valuable networking tips and how to network effectively and get Invited In! Presented by Denise Roberts, Sales Partners-Troy.
Wednesday, March 17, 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, visit our website at
oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.
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.
Thursday, March 18, 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, visit our website at
oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

QuickBooks® Essentials - This introduction to small business financial management provides an overview of accurate recordkeeping, report interpretation and utilization, and management of the variety of tools provided in this system. Presented by Kildal Services, LLC.

Session I
  • Basic accounting terminology
  • New company file setup
  • Customizing forms and letters
  • Working with bank accounts
Session II
  • Invoicing customers
  • Receiving payments & making deposits
  • Entering vendor bills/paying vendor bills
  • Using credit card accounts

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Session One from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Session Two from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 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.
Session I: $40/person, Session II: $40/person
Both Sessions: $75/person. No refunds.
Includes:  60 day QuickBooks®  software demo
Laptop highly recommended.

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.
 

April 2010
08:     Fundamentals of Marketing 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)
23:     Oakland County CRA Small Business Money Smart Forum
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)

May 2010
05:     WBE Certification Orientation
11:     Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
12:     Team SBA Financing Roundtable
13:     Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
20:     Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
27:     Small Business Loan Workshop