June Business Workshops

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It’s time to move ahead of the competition. Let Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center help you learn how to expand your business or launch a new one. Take advantage of workshops that are being offered in June and connect with business experts and resources that can help you succeed. 

Capital Raise
Tuesday, June 7, 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. He will detail the various capital sources in Michigan, and talk about how to properly position your company to be qualified for private funding, including private equity, the angel network and venture capital, and/or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match.

Starting a Business
Thursday, June 9, 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 just 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. Startup costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Tuesday, June 14, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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.

8(a) Certification
Thursday, June 16, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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

This seminar explains the benefits and process for engaging in the Federal Government 8(a) program that is administered by the Small Business Administration. Targeted at socially and economically disadvantaged (typically minority owned) businesses, the 8(a) Business Development program helps those small businesses gain a foothold in government contracting. Upon enrollment in this program, firms receive help with finding contracts, proposal preparation, and contract administration. The applicant must be a small business, unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are U.S. citizens, been in business for at least two years, and demonstrate potential for success.

Walk-In Start-Up Thursdays
Every Thursday, all year, 9:30 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.

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