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May Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Public Date: 4/19/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications Officer, 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 May offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.


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, May 4, 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.

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 and a business reference librarian.
Thursday, May 5, 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.

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, May 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 $40. No refunds.

SBA Forum on Small Business Lending – Before you apply for a business loan, you should 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, May 11, 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, May 12, 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.

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 include creating your social media strategy and integrating word-of-mouth marketing and social media into your overall marketing campaign. Part two of three.
Tuesday, May 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. 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, May 18, 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, May 19, 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.

 
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.
June 2011

   1:   Effective Networking (PM)
   2:   Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)
   7:   FastTrac NewVenture
   8:   CEED Microloan Orientation (AM)
   8:   5 Keys to Achieving Fiscal Fitness
   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

July 2011

   7:   Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
  13:  CEED Microloan Orientation (AM)
  14:  Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
  20:  Social Media Marketing Part 3 (AM)
  19:  Legal & Financial Basics
  21:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
  28:  Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
 
The Web site address for Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Workshops is http://www.advantageoakland.com/Pages/EDCA-Calendar.aspx.