January Business Workshops

Happy new year 2016. Young man running.

Start the year off on the right foot with a stop into the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. Classes for business loans, expansion and starting a business are available to seasoned business professionals and new entrepreneurs. Learn from the experts with one-on-one sessions during Walk-In Start-Up Thursdays throughout the year, or attend one of the sessions below and get your business on the right track.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.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.

CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation – Waterford
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 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. Use CEED, the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development, to learn the requirements and processes necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. CEED Lending is an initiative of Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

Starting A Business
Thursday, January 14, 2016 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.

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, visit Advantage Oakland’s Business Workshops online 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 on their website. Stay connected with the Business Center on Advantage Oakland’s Facebook & Twitter.

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