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August Business Workshops Offered by Oakland County

Public Date: 7/6/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications Office, 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 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 successful networking, how to develop an effective elevator pitch and how to get results from our networking. Presented by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC).
Tuesday, August 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*
 

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. 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.
Wednesday, August 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 www.advantageoakland.com/Pages/EDCA-Calendar.aspx, or call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
 

Social Media Marketing Part 3 - Advanced Social Media: Create and Launch your Social Media Campaign. In part 3 of this training series, you will learn advanced strategies and tactics for building a long-lasting online community and explore ways to take social media beyond marketing. Discover how to grow your base of followers and engage participants across all social media channels, ensure a reasonable rate of return on your social media investment, and more. Pre-requisite for this workshop is Social Media Marketing Part 1 and 2. This is part three of three sessions.
Thursday, August 4, 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.
Fee: $40*
 

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 division, and a business reference librarian.
Tuesday, August 9, 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 business owners 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 the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.)
Wednesday, August 10, 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.
 

Fundamentals of Starting a Business - A seminar for anyone thinking about going into business. This course helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products. The basics of business ownership are introduced, along with resources available to help launch new ventures in Michigan.
Thursday, August 11, 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.
Fee: $30*
 

FastTrac® Listening to Your Business Workshop - The day-to-day responsibilities of running your own business leaves 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 12, 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*
 

Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan - A workshop for small business owners who are developing a plan to serve as their road map to success. Workshop participants learn what elements are commonly found in effective plans and work on developing each of these for their own business. Assistance in the process as well as information on resources is provided.
Thursday, August 18, 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.
Fee: $40*
 

Social Media Marketing Part 1 - Millions of people use social media for fun, but these technologies 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, particularly for small businesses. 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 and what you need to have in place before you get started.  This is part one of three sessions.
Wednesday, August 24, 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. 
Fee: $40*
 

Oakland County 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, August 26 - November 4
(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, visit our website
at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $140*
Admission is not automatic - all applicants need to be pre-qualified.

*Workshop fees are non-refundable

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 2011
  8:   Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
13:   Social Media Marketing Part 2 (AM)
14:   Working for Yourself…Becoming a Contractor, Service Provider, etc.
15:   Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
21:   CEED Microloan Orientation
22:   Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
27:   Social Media Marketing Part 3 (AM)
28:   5 Keys to Achieving Fiscal Fitness
29:   QuickBooks Essentials Part 1 & 2
October 2011
 5:   SBA Forum on Small Business Lending
 6:   Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)
13:  Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
18:  Legal & Financial Basics
19:  CEED Microloan Orientation
20:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)
27:  Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business


The web address for Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Workshops is www.advantageoakland.com/Pages/EDCA-Calendar.aspx.