August Business Workshops

Like a building and it’s foundation, it is critical for business to have the right resources for it’s strength and longevity. Whether you’re a start-up entrepreneur, or a business professional looking to further develop your skills set, the Oakland County Business Center has a workshop that is suited for you.

See what they have to offer this month!class_training

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, August 12, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cost: no charge
Many small businesses face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan.  If your business is located in Oakland County and you have a need for alternative financing consider learning more about the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply for and obtain a Small Business Loan.  CEED Lending is an initiative of Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (formerly The Center For Empowerment and Economic Development)

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Wednesday, August 12, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost: no charge
For a startup or existing small business looking to research their business idea or find research for their business plan. This workshop will show you ways to find your ideal customers, find your competitors, diversify your market base, perform competitive analysis and more!

Starting a Business
Thursday, August 13, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Cost: no charge
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.
Presented by the Michigan Small Business Development Center

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Thursday, August 13, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: no charge
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.

Create Your Marketing Plan
Tuesday, August 18, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: $40 per person
When marketing a small business, your budget and human resources may be limited but your ideas and goals are still as big as they come. That’s why the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center is offering Create Your Marketing Plan (Finally, a Marketing Plan You Can Use), a three-hour class tailor-made for the unique needs of a small business.
The Business Research:Feasibility to Expansion workshop is a prerequisite for this class

5 Steps to LinkedIn Mastery
Wednesday, August 19, 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Cost: $40 per person
We’ve all heard that it’s not what you know – it’s who you know, right? BARNACLES!  It’s all about how you are known. This brief, impactful training will teach you how to become an individual to whom people want to refer more business. You will learn why networking works, how to be ready to network anywhere you are whenever you are there, which online sites are worth your time, how to identify your ideal referral partners, how to grow your business, and more.
Speaker:Terry Bean, Founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect.

Walk In Start Up Thursdays -Small Business Counseling
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: 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. Stay connected with the Business Center on Advantage Oakland’s Facebook & Twitter!

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