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July Business Workshops Offered by Oakland County

Public Date: 6/8/2012 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 July offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop/Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.



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, July 11 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 http://www.advantageoakland.com/Pages/EDCA-Calendar.aspx or call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

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 benchmark your profit margin and other measures against similar size businesses in your industry? Do you want to know about market trends and opportunities to grow your sales? Are you looking for new customers or to diversify your market base? Business Research will show you ways to find your ideal customers, find your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more! Presented by Oakland County’s Business Center, Market Research Division and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian.
Thursday, July 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 http://www.advantageoakland.com/Pages/EDCA-Calendar.aspx 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, July 18 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 http://www.advantageoakland.com/Pages/EDCA-Calendar.aspx or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $25* per person.

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, July 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 http://www.advantageoakland.com/Pages/EDCA-Calendar.aspx or call (248) 858-0783.
Fee: $40 per person. No refunds.

Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business - "Legal & Financial Basics" provides new and existing Michigan entrepreneurs an understanding of the "key" legal and financial considerations when starting and operating a business in Michigan. The program addresses “how to” select the best legal entity for your business, "how to" protect your business interests when dealing with customers, suppliers or independent contractors and important information and guidelines for establishing short and long term succession plans for your business. Presented by Witzke Berry & Carter PLLC
Tuesday, July 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 http://www.advantageoakland.com/Pages/EDCA-Calendar.aspx 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.
 
August 2012

  01:  Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business (PM)
  02:  Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion (PM)
  08:  CEED Microloan Orientation
  08:  Twitter for Business (Beginner) (PM)
  09:  Team SBA
  09:  Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
  09:  FastTrac Growth Venture (PM)
  15:  Twitter for Business (Intermediate) (PM)
  16:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)
  22:  Twitter for Business (Advanced) (PM)
September 2012

  06:  Small Business Loan Workshop
  07:  Oakland County Venture Forward
  12:  CEED Microloan Orientation
  13:  Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion (AM)
  21:  Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification Orientation
  27:  QuickBooks Essentials Part I and Part II
  27:  Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)

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