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August Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Public Date: 7/9/2010 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 August, 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, August 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Farmington Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI  48334-3302 
For pre-registration and location specifics, call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

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, August 4, 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.

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, August 12, 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.

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, August 19, 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.

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. 
Wednesday, August 25, 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.
The fee is $20 per person (Please make checks payable to S.C.O.R.E.).
Includes: Handouts and SBA Source Book. No refunds.

FastTrac® Listening to Your Business Workshop - The day-to-day responsibilities of running your own business leave little time to focus on long-time vision, goals and strategies. Find time in your schedule to spend it with Listening to your Business, a half-day workshop from FastTrac®. Created for entrepreneurs just like you, Listening to Your Business makes the most of the knowledge you have about your business—and the limited time you have to make it better.
Friday, August 27, 2010 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, call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $50. 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.

September 2010
 7:   FastTrac New Venture Fall 2010 (10 weeks)
 8:   5 Keys to Successful Financial Management for Small Business
 9:   Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
10:  FastTrac Growth Venture (Venture Forward) Fall 2010 (10 weeks)
15:  Sales I: Effective Networking
16:  Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
23:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
30:  QuickBooks Essentials Part 1
30:  QuickBooks Essentials Part 2


October 2010
  6:  Team SBA Financing Roundtable
  7:  Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)
14:  Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
19:  Legal & Financial Basics
20:  9th Annual Bid & Brunch Event
21:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)
27:  Sales II: Is Following Up Your Best Sales Strategy?
28:  Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business