October Business Workshops

The Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center is getting ready for another business month with their October workshops. Start-up entrepreneurs and business professionals can succeed with help from other professionals and experts. Register today for one, or all, of the  workshops and get your business on the right track.

Speaker at Business Conference and Presentation.

Starting A Business
Thursday, October 8, 2015 9 a.m. – 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.

Introduction to QuickBooks®
Tuesday, October 13, 2016 9 a.m. – 1p.m.

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

This introduction class will provide an overview of QuickBooks®. We will cover the basic areas within QuickBooks® so that you can generate financial statements.

CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation – Waterford
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 9 a.m.- 11 a.m.

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).

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Thursday, October 15, 2015 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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.

5 Steps to Networking Mastery
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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

Consider attending if you are frustrated with the results of your current networking; uncomfortable networking, but know you need to do it more; or have a new position and want to increase your pipeline. The better we all get at networking, the better all of our networking will be.

Walk-In Start-Up Thursdays

Every Thursday, all year, 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 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.


For pre-registration and a location map, visitwww.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops 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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