Waterford, Michigan -- Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand
or call 248-858-0783.Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This course presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well-planned approach to marketing is demonstrated with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus is on the business’ customers – creating and keeping them. Fee: $40Small Business Loan Workshop
Thursday, Dec. 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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. Fee: $20Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Thursday, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Farmington Hills Library
, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Are you a business owner who wants to benchmark your profit margin and other measure against similar size businesses in your industry? Do you want to know about market trends and opportunities to grow your sales? Business Research shows you ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more. This workshop is free
, but pre-registration is required.
LinkedIn for Business (Beginner)
Thursday, Dec. 6, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Introduction to Social Media Marketing and using LinkedIn for Business
With social media marketing and LinkedIn you can increase brand visibility and reach, be established as a thought leader and expert in your field, give real time customer service, stay on top of industry trends, conduct competitive research, build brand advocates and see a measurable return on investment. Fee: $40
CEED Microloan Orientation
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. 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. This workshop is free
, but pre-registration is required.LinkedIn for Business (Intermediate)
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Establish your social media objectives and goals for LinkedIn, create your LinkedIn social media marketing strategy and schedule, and integrate LinkedIn into your marketing strategy. Class pre-requisite is LinkedIn for Business (Beginner). Fee: $40
Fundamentals of Starting a Business
Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment or are at the beginning stages of starting their business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, and evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. The basics of business ownership are introduced along with resources available to help launch new ventures in Michigan. Fee: $30
LinkedIn for Business (Advanced)
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Establish objectives and goals for a LinkedIn campaign, create and launch a LinkedIn campaign, learn advanced strategies for reaching influencers and building a long-lasting online community, explore ways to take LinkedIn beyond social media marketing and acquire the tools you need to deputize your employees for organization-wide LinkedIn engagement. Class pre-requisite is LinkedIn for Business (Intermediate). Fee: $40
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan
Thursday, Dec. 20, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment or business launch, this course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included. Live examples of effective business plans are used as course material. Fee: $40
8: MI Entrepreneur’s Legal Series (New)
9: CEED Microloan Orientation
9: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
16: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan
29: Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business
6: Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
7: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
13: CEED Microloan Orientation
14: Team SBA Financing Roundtable
20: Fundamentals of Starting a Business
27: Women's Business Certification Orientation
27: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan