April 2015 Business Workshops

Business owners and entrepreneurs, are you aware of how your business can benefit from our hands-on seminars and workshops? Take advantage of Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center offerings during the month of April. All workshops are presented by experienced staff and a network of public and private sector partners that want to help your business succeed and grow!


CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation
April 8, 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
April 8, 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
April 9, 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. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced along with necessary steps to getting started.

Capital Raise
April 28, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
If you are a start-up 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 position your company to qualify 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.
Create Your Marketing Plan
April 30, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: $40 – Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is a pre-requisite to this class
When you’re marketing a small business, your budget and human resources are often limited, but your ideas and goals are still as big as they come. This 3-hour class is tailor-made for small businesses and your unique needs. We’ll help you whip your marketing program into shape so you can reach your goals regardless of your budget or team size. We’ll introduce you to a realistic plan with actionable items customized to reach YOUR target audience. You will come away with a marketing budget, calendar, and tools designed to help grow your business.

Walk-In Start-Up Thursdays
Every Thursday, all year, 9 a.m. – noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fee: This workshop is free and no appointment is 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. 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. 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 Advantage Oakland’s Facebook & Twitter!

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