May Business Workshops

Let the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center help you connect with the right resources to help your business launch or grow. Attend a workshop during the month of May and take advantage of hands-on seminars that are designed to help business owners and entrepreneurs advance to the next level.

May 4 – Mergers & Acquisitions Executive Roundtable
Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

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

Second-Stage Businesses (with over $1 million annual revenue) can hear about the current market and ways to navigate the complexities of a sale or achieve growth through acquisitions or capital raise. Keeping pace with the M&A environment can be challenging. Discussions cover: Transaction Rationale, Transaction Optimization, and Proceeds Management. This engaging breakfast panel represents a wide range of expertise – from Doeren Mayhew, Comerica Bank, LV2 Equity Partners, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss and Harvey Hohauser and Associates.

May 5 – Use Your Smartphone to Improve Your Business
Thursday, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Cost: $40 per person

Technology has changed the business world, affording you increased efficiency and potential for business growth using just your smart phone. We cover the latest apps, devices and techniques needed to improve your business. We discuss ways to find new customers, use your calendar more productively, track business expenses, using the cloud, send out invoices, get a signed document and receiving payments. We also discuss the latest in office communication, business card management, photo editing apps and social media. Discover how easy it is to link your phone, tablet and laptop to access your important information from anywhere.

May 10 – Capital Raise
Tuesday, May 10, 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, we invite you to attend a 90-minute presentation by our capital strategist, Mike Brennan. He will detail the various capital sources in Michigan and talk about how to position your company to qualify for various funding sources, including private/angel, SBA, short-term private lending, private equity, venture capital and angel network. He will also discuss state and federally supported grant, loan and matching programs.

May 18 – Five Steps to Networking Mastery
Wednesday, May 18, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Cost: $40 per person

We have all heard that it is not what you know but whom you know. BARNACLES! It is 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 grow your business among other topics. Consider attending if you are frustrated with the results of your current networking or 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. Speaker: Terry Bean, Founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect.

Walk-In Start-Up Thursdays
Every Thursday, all year, 9 AM – Noon & 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

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.


Pre-register by visiting Advantage Oakland’s Business Workshops page or by calling 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.

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 and Twitter.

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