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June Business Workshops Offered by Oakland County

Public Date: 5/24/2011 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 June offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.

 

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 learn how to respond ethically and effectively to brand supporters and detractors. Topics include: creating your social media strategy, how to integrate word-of-mouth marketing and social media into your overall marketing campaign, and more. Part two of three.
Wednesday, June 1, 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.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $40. No refunds.
 

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).
Wednesday, June 1, 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
www.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 division, and a business reference librarian. Attendees will receive an orientation to the FastTrac NewVenture program, making them eligible to receive a scholarship to the next 10-week program, reducing the cost $700 to just $140.
Thursday, June 2, 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
www.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, June 8, 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
www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
 


5 Keys to Achieving Fiscal Fitness – 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, June 8, 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
www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $25. No refunds.
 


Social Media Marketing Part 3 – Learn advanced strategies for reaching influencers and building a long-lasting online community. Explore ways to take social media beyond marketing and acquire the tools you need to deputize your employees for organization-wide social media engagement. You will build a complete multi-channel, social media-enabled marketing strategy; integrate social and traditional channels to deliver a competitive advantage. Learn 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, establish a social media timeline and more. Third of three parts.
Wednesday, June 8, 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
www.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.
Thursday, June 9, 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
www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $30. No refunds.
 


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, June 16, 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
www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $40, which includes all materials. 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.
Tuesday, June 21, 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.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $20 per person (Please make checks payable to SCORE).
Includes: Handouts and SBA Source Book. 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 and making deposits
• Entering vendor bills/paying vendor bills
• Using credit card accounts
Thursday, June 23
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
www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.
Session One: $40/person, Session Two: $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.
July 2011
 7:    Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
13:   CEED Microloan Orientation (AM)
14:   Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
19:   Legal & Financial Basics
19:   FastTrac NewVenture
20:   Social Media Marketing Part 3 (AM)
21:   Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
28:   Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
August 2011
 2:    Effective Networking
 3:    SBA Forum on Small Business Lending
 9:    Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)
10:   CEED Microloan Orientation
11:   Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
12:   FastTrac Listening To Your Business
18:   Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)
26:   Oakland County Venture Forward

The web address for Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Workshops is www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar.