February 2015 Business Workshops

Show your small business some love this Valentine’s Day and sign up for one of Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center February workshops. Whether your business is a passion project or labor of love, business owners and entrepreneurs will benefit from our hands-on business seminars delivered by an experienced staff and network of public and private sector partners.
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Starting a Business
Feb. 12, 9 a.m. – 11 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. Start-up costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Feb. 18, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
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.

Government Contracting 101
Feb. 19, 9 a.m. – 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.
Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Feb. 26, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
What’s the secret to getting a business loan? Attend this free Financing Roundtable and find out how banks look at your application, what you can do to improve your chances for a loan, and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get the financing you need. This session is best suited to those who have good credit, a solid business idea and some money to invest in their business. NOTE: Because the SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms, including purchasing and rehabbing houses for resale, this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtables.
Walk-In Start-Up Thursdays
Every Thursday, all year, 9 a.m. – noon and 1:30 p.m. – 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. All programs are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783.

You can learn more about the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center on our website HERE, and stay connected with the Business Center on Facebook & Twitter!

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