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February Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Public Date: 1/18/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications, Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in February, 2011 offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.

 

Effective Networking - You know about the importance of networking, right? You have attended dozens of events and passed out all those business cards, but "Networking" is just "Not working." Find out what you need to do to make networking work for your business. Learn the keys to sucessful networking, how to develop and effective elevator pitch and how to get results from our networking. Presented by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC).
Wednesday, February 2, 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. No refunds.

Working for Yourself: The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Consultant, a Contractor, or 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.
Tuesday, February 8, 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.

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, February 8, 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.
 

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, February 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.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.
 

Social Media Marketing - Part 1 - Millions of people use social media for fun, but they are also powerful business tools that encourage communication and collaboration. Before you start using social-media tools, learn how they work and what they offer. They can enable internal collaboration, allow information-sharing with external partners, exchange information with your customers, and harness the collective ingenuity of the public to build brand advocates. You will learn what it means to be engaged in social networking, which social networks are the most effective for conducting business, how to select the right tools for the job, how to protect yourself and your business, what you need before you get started. Part I of a three part series.
Tuesday, February 15, 2010 from 6:00 pm. 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. No refunds.
 

SBA Forum on Small Business Lending - Before you apply for a business loan, we recommend that you first attend the SBA Forum on Small Business Lending. This is 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. This session is best suited to those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in their business. 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, February 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.
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, February 16, 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.

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, February 18, 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, visit our website
at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $50. No refunds.
 

Women's Business Certification (WBE) Orientation - Learn about the benefits and process of becoming a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE.) Benefits include certification to private sector WBE's and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. For additional information visit miceed.org. Presented by the Michigan Women's Business Council.
Wednesday, February 23, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.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 $25 (Please make checks payable to WBEC-GL). 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, February 23, 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.
 

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.

March 2011
   2:   Social Media Marketing Part 1 (AM)
   3:   Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
   4:   FastTrac Growth Venture (Venture Forward)
   9:   CEED Microloan Orientation (AM)
  10:  Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
  16:  5 Keys to Achieving Fiscal Fitness (AM)
  17:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
  24:  QuickBooks Essentials Part I
  24:  QuickBooks Essentials Part II

April 2011
   5:   Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)
   6:   Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business (AM)
   7:   Small Business Loan Workshop (AM)
  12:  Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
  13:  CEED Microloan Orientation (AM)
  13:  Social Media Marketing Part 2 (PM)
  19:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)
  26:  Legal and Financial Business Basics


The Web site address for Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Workshops is http://www.advantageoakland.com/Pages/default.aspx.