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March Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Public Date: 2/17/2011 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 March, 2011 offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.


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.
Wednesday, March 2, 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.
Thursday, March 3, 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, visit our website
at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or 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, March 4 through May 6
(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. No refunds.
Admission is not automatic as all applicants need to be pre-qualified.

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, March 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.

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, March 10, 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.

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, March 16, 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 $25. 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, March 17, 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, 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, March 24
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, visit our website
at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
Session I: $40/person, Session II: $40/person
Both Sessions: $75/person.
No refunds.
Includes: 30 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.

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)
  15:  Oakland County CRA Association Small Business Money Smart Forum
  19:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)
  26:  Legal and Financial Business Basics for Small Business

May 2011
   4:   CEED Microloan Orientation (AM)
   5:   Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
  10:  Working for Yourself: The Ins and Outs of Becoming a Consultant, 
         a Contactor or Service Provider
  11:  SBA Forum on Small Business Lending
  12:  Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
  17:  Social Media Marketing Part 2 (AM)
  18:  WBE Certification Orientation
  19:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)

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