May 2015 Business Workshops

Small business owners and entrepreneurs, are you ready to take your business to the next level but don’t know where to start? The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center specializes in connecting you with the right resources and network of public and private sector partners to help you grow your business. This May they are offering a number of hands-on seminars designed to take your business to the next level!

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Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
May 5, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.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.

Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery
May 6, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $40 per person
While Facebook looks like any number of reality TV shows, LinkedIn is the business documentary you need to watch. You’ve done the “Google myself” thing, right? Most people are surprised (and excited) to find their LinkedIn profile is the first result. Since Google uses LinkedIn, shouldn’t you? When you use LinkedIn correctly, it’s much easier to be found by prospective clients and/or employers, locate and learn about the decision makers you need to meet, stay current in your industry, stay top of mind with your network, check out future employees and partners, and use all of the bells and whistles you didn’t know existed.

QuickBooks for Business Owners
May 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $60 per person
Join ATD Solutions as we explore the possibilities within QuickBooks. QuickBooks for Business Owners is recommended for owners and financial decision makers who want to explore the options available within QuickBooks. ATD Solutions will review Best Practices to limit your exposure to embezzlement or fraud within your company, the best version to use, and which industry specific reports to use to make great business decisions.

CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation
May 13, 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.

Starting a Business
May 14, 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.

Break the Rules, Close More Sales
May 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $40 per person
A business development workshop for business owners, company presidents/CEOs and professional service firms and sales people. Consider attending if you (or your team) are worried the slow economy is hurting business, concerned your marketing and prospecting activities are not putting you in front of enough qualified prospects, experiencing longer and longer sales cycles. In two hours, you’ll learn how to establish trust with your prospects, shorten the sales cycle and eliminate stalls and objections. Presented by Sandler Training President Erik Meier.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
May 21, 9 a.m. to noon
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
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 on WBE or CEED visit http://www.miceed.org.

Walk-In Start-Up Thursdays
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.

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 or call (248) 858-0783.

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

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