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May Business Workshops Offered by Oakland County

Public Date: 4/4/2012 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.
 

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion - 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 Oakland County’s Business Center Market Research Division, and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian.
Thursday, May 3 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.
 

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, May 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 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, 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.
Fee: $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 23 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.
The fee is $25 (Please make checks payable to WBEC-GL).
 

Team SBA Financing Roundtable - This session is best suited to those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in their business. Before you apply for a business loan, we recommend that you first attend a Financing Roundtable. The roundtables are 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. 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.
Thursday, May 31 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 p.m.
(PM) Evening Class 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

June 2012

  05: Google Workshops
  05: FastTrac NewVenture Series
  06: Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business (PM)
  07: Small Business Loan Workshop
  07: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion (PM)
  13: CEED Microloan Orientation
  13: LinkedIn for Business (Beginner) (PM)
  14: Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
  20: LinkedIn for Business (Intermediate) (PM)
  21: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
  27: LinkedIn for Business (Advanced) (PM)
  28: QuickBooks Essentials Part 1 and Part 2

July 2012

  05: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion (AM)
  11: CEED Microloan Orientation
  18: 5 Keys to Achieving Fiscal Fitness (AM)
  19: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
  31: Legal & Financial Basics (AM)
The Web site address for Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Workshops is http://www.advantageoakland.com/Pages/EDCA-Calendar.aspx.