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April Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Public Date: 3/29/2011 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 April, 2011 offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.


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, April 5 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.

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, April 6 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.

Small Business Loan Workshop - Getting a small business loan can be a challenging process. Learn the "5 C's of Credit", how to develop a winning loan proposal and what you need to know to position your business to be "bankable" before you meet with a lender. Presented by The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Oakland County Business Center.

Thursday, April 7, 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 $20 per person (Please make checks payable to S.C.O.R.E.).
Includes: Handouts and SBA Source Book. 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.
Tuesday, April 12, 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.

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, April 13, 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 2 - Establish your Footprint and Get Your Customers Talking! Learn the core strategies and tactics businesses are using to get customers talking through social media. You’ll also learn how to respond ethically and effectively to brand supporters and detractors. Topics covered will include: creating your social media strategy, how to integrate word-of-mouth marketing and social media into your overall marketing campaign, and more.
Wednesday, April 13, 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.

Oakland County CRA Association: Free Small Business Money Smart Forum - This no charge financial forum is sponsored by the Oakland County Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Association and is intended to provide entrepreneurs with up to date information on sources of funds and valuable resources to support their businesses.  Panel will address the audience and elaborate on their services.  There will be a display of banker member products and services and an opportunity for entrepreneurs to sit face to face with the various bankers and microlenders to address financing needs.
Friday, April 15, 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.
This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

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.
Tuesday, April 19, 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.

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, April 26, 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.

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.
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)
June 2011
   1:   Effective Networking (PM)
   2:   Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)
   8:   CEED Microloan Orientation (AM)
   8:   5 Keys to Successful Financial Planning for Small Business
   8:   Social Media Marketing Part 3 (PM)
   9:   Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
  16:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)
  21:  Small Business Loan Workshop (AM)
  23:  QuickBooks Essentials Part I & II

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