June Business Workshops

June Business Workshops Offered at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center

Are you just starting your business or in need some understanding of the legal considerations? One of these classes may be just for you.​ Business owners and entrepreneurs can greatly benefit from one of the many seminars offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.

 

Capital Raise
June 9, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
If you are a startup or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert, Mike Brennan. He will detail the various capital sources in Michigan, and talk about how to properly position your company to be qualified for private funding, including private equity, the angel network and venture capital, and/or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match.

CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation
June 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
Many small business owners face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. If your business is in Oakland County and you need alternative financing, consider the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a CEED small business loan.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
June 10, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
Are you thinking of starting a business and want to research your business idea? Do you want to identify market trends and opportunities to grow your sales? Are you looking for new customers or to diversify your market base? Business Research shows you ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more.

Starting a Business
June 11, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.

Introduction to QuickBooks®
June 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $60 per person
This introduction class will provide an overview of QuickBooks. It is designed for a person who is new to QuickBooks or has worked within the software in a limited capacity. ATD Solutions will cover the basic areas such as invoicing customers, receiving payments and making deposits, entering and paying vendor bills, generating financial statements, and more.

Government Contracting 101
June 18, 9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $45 per person
Find out what it takes to sell your goods and services to the federal government and the state of Michigan. What makes a successful government contractor? What services and resources are available to a small business pursuing the government market? If your company is considering government contracting, this seminar will give you the insight you need. Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company should attend. Presented by Alexander Masters, PTAC of Schoolcraft College

Legal Basics for Small Business
June 23, 9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $25 per person
Legal Basics for Small Business gives 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.

Every Thursday, all year, 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
No Appointment Necessary

Individuals who want to launch a business but don’t know where to begin can receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant. Counselors will answer start-up questions, suggest next steps and guidance on business planning tools. Walk-in sessions available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 15 minutes.


For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford.

You can learn more about the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center here, and stay connected with the Business Center on Advantage Oakland’s Facebook & Twitter!

Michigan’s Amazing Asparagus: A Celebration of Green Spears from Empire, Michigan to the Oakland County Market

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There is no celebration of asparagus quite like the three days of food-stomping, hand-clapping, green-spear eating fun that was held last weekend in northern Michigan. The festival took place on the streets of downtown Empire, a village nestled in the shadows of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and barely a stone’s throw from the waves of Lake Michigan. Are you wondering how one celebrates asparagus? I traveled to Empire to find out and quickly became an active participant in Empire’s 12th Annual Asparagus Festival, an event that even outshines St. Patrick’s Day when it comes to being green.

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Congrats to OUWB’s Charter Class 2015 Graduates!

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Congratulations to the 47 students who graduated from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) last Friday, May 15, 2015. The graduates make up the first class to graduate from OUWB and were selected from more than 3,200 applicants nationwide. The OUWB medical school opened in 2011 as Michigan’s first new M.D.-granting allopathic medical school in nearly 50 years and Oakland County’s first medical school ever. Continue reading

Service and Sacrifice Honored

Memorial Day

Decoration Day, as it was called from the Civil War until 1967, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

The City of Ferndale, host to the oldest, continuously held Memorial Day Parade in Michigan, held their first Memorial Day parade in 1919. This year, they will honor all who have sacrificed during their 97th annual parade on Monday, May 25th at 10 a.m. in Downtown Ferndale.

Please join us honoring in those who served at one of the many events that Oakland County communities have planned for Memorial Day.

View our list of this year’s Memorial Day events by community.