September Business Workshops

With the kids heading back-to-school, it’s the perfect time to further your business education too! Let the Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center get you on the right path with their September workshops. Start-up entrepreneurs and business professionals can succeed with help from other professionals and experts.

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See what they have to offer this month!

CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation – Waterford
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

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® Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. (CEED is Center for Empowerment and Economic Development).

Starting A Business
Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

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.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Do you want to know about 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.

Break the Rules, Close More Sales
Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Fee: $40 per person, pre-registration is requested.

A Business Development Workshop for Business Owners, Company Presidents/CEO’s and Professional Service Firms and Sales People. In just one session you’ll learn how to: – Establish trust with your prospects – Prospect more efficiently – Shorten the sales cycle – Eliminate stalls and objections – Take control of the sales process – Differentiate your company

Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification Orientation
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fee: $25 per person, pre-registration is requested.

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. Please call 248-858-0783 to register.

Quickbooks® for Business Owners
Thursday, September 24, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Fee: $60 per person, pre-registration is requested.

Our QuickBooks for Business Owners class is recommended for owners and financial decision makers who would like to explore the options available within QuickBooks.

Legal Basics for Small Business
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee: $25 per person, pre-registration is requested.

Legal Basics for Small Business provides new and existing Michigan entrepreneurs an understanding of the key legal and financial considerations when starting and operating a business in Michigan.

SCORE Small Business Loan Workshop
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fee: $20 per person payable at the door to SCORE

Getting a small business loan can be a challenging process. Learn the “5 C’s of Credit”, how to develop a winning loan proposal and what you need to know to position your business to be “bankable” before you meet with a lender.

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
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.

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, and stay connected with the Business Center on Advantage Oakland’s Facebook & Twitter!

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