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September Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Public Date: 8/12/2010 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 September, 2010 offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.


FastTrac® NewVenture is an intensive, 10-week program that helps you evaluate business opportunities and develop an action plan for owning your own business. Written by entrepreneurs for aspiring entrepreneurs, FastTrac® NewVenture offers essential business information to help you develop your entrepreneurial skills and build your business on a strong foundation. FastTrac® NewVenture provides the opportunity to objectively evaluate your concept and plans for moving forward, begin building an infrastructure for your business operations and processes, understand how to access the human, financial and business resources, and build an actionable business plan.
The class is from Tuesday, September 7 through November 16
(ten consecutive sessions) from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 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 $700. Full or partial scholarships are available.


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.
Wednesday, September 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Southfield Public Library,
26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield .
For pre-registration and location specifics, call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.


5 Keys to Successful Financial Management for Small 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, September 8, 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 $25. No refunds.


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, September 9, 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, call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.


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, September 10 through November 19
(ten consecutive sessions), 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 thanks to partial scholarships.
 

                                                    
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, September 15, 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, 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, September 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 $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, September 23, 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, 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, September 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, 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.

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?
27:  CEED Microloan Orientation (Southfield Library)
28:  Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business

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)