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October Business Workshops Offered by Oakland County

Public Date: 9/14/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications Supervisor, 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 October offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.

 

Team SBA Financing Roundtable - Before you apply for a business loan, we recommend that you first attend this SBA Financing Roundtable. This is a free loan orientation conducted by a business banker, a business consultant from the SBA’s network of Small Business & Technology 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, October 5, 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.
 

Pre-Business Research/FastTrac NewVenture Orientation - 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.
Thursday, October 6, 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.
 

FastTrac New Venture 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. Full cost for the FastTrac NewVenture 10 week series is $700, however, scholarships are available to reduce the cost to $140.

Tuesday, October 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.
 
 

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. 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 before you get started. Part I of a three part series.
Tuesday, October 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.
The fee is $40. No refunds.
 

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.
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.
Thursday, October 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $30*
 

Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business - This workshop covers many of the key legal and financial issues faced by both new and existing small businesses in Michigan. The program initially focuses on the many management and liability concerns faced by entrepreneurs, as well as today's tax consequences. The program also provides solutions and techniques for business concession and individual investment and retirement planning. Presented by Carter & Affiliates, P.C.
Tuesday, October 18, 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.
 

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, October 19, 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 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, October 20, 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* 
 

Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business - Marketing is an essential of business success. All products/services must be sold to well-targeted audiences with a wide-ranging marketing mix. Our staff/SCORE counselors can guide you through successful techniques and marketing principles helping you to promote your products and services to the most promising customers-your target audience. Presented by The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC).
Wednesday, October 27 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. No refunds.
 

*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.
November 2011
     3:  Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
     8:  Social Media Marketing Part 2 (AM)
     9:  CEED Microloan Orientation
   10:  Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
   16:  WBE Certification Orientation
   17:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
   30:  Social Media Marketing Part 3 (AM)
December 2011
     1:  Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM) (Farmington Hills Public Library)
     6:  Effective Networking
     7:  CEED Microloan Orientation
     8:  Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
     8:  Small Business Loan Workshop
   15:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)
The web address for Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Workshops is www.advantageoakland.com/Pages/EDCA-Calendar.aspx.