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June Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Public Date: 5/5/2010 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications Officer, Economic Development and Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

Waterford, Michigan – May 5, 2010 - Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in June, 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, June 1, 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.
Working for Yourself: The Ins and Outs of Becoming a Consultant, a  Contractor, or other Service Provider - Are you an experienced professional with valuable-defined skill sets, looking for a new career avenue? Think about taking your expertise and becoming an independent consultant, a contractor, or a service provider. Explore the steps to form your business (LLC or other), market yourself and your services, create an action-oriented business plan, and define your client engagement. Take away from your experience, a 1-2 page action-business plan to help you start, build and sustain a successful service-oriented business.
Speaker: Meri Dembrow
Thursday, June 3, 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. No refunds.
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, June 9, 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 $25. 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, June 16, 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 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, June 17, 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.
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, June 24, 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.
Business Workshop Series #4: The TOOL Kit That Keeps On Working - Obtain tools that every business owner SHOULD have from financing and grant information; business planning tools; market research; training; marketing materials; consultants and more. This presentation will enlighten you about the affordable resources right here in Oakland County. Presented by the Oxford Downtown Development Authority, Jim Filak, Filak CPA and Lola Aré, Oakland County Business Center Services. Breakfast and networking opportunities included.

Wednesday, June 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Oxford Public Library, 530 Pontiac Road, Oxford, 48371.
For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.downtownoxford.org, or call (248) 770-8587.
The fee is $20. 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
Wednesday, June 30
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.
 
July 2010
  8: Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
15: Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
20: Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business
22: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
28: Sales II: Is Following Up Your Best Sales Strategy?
29: Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
 

August 2010
  3: Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)
  4: TEAM SBA Financing Roundtable
12: Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
19: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)
25: Small Business Loan Workshop
27: FastTrac Listening To Your Business
The Web site address for Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Workshops is oakgov.com/peds/calendar.