August Business Workshops

Stay competitive with the help of the  Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. Expand your business or launch a new one! Take advantage of workshops that are being offered in September and connect with business experts and resources that can help you succeed. 

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, August 10, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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

Small businesses often face obstacles, especially when trying to obtain a business loan. As a small business owner, it’s important to understand the steps  to obtaining a business loan. If your business is located in Oakland County and you have a need for alternative financing, consider the CEED Small Business Loan Program. This particular workshop will provide the requirements needed for the program, while detailing the process necessary for application. CEED Lending is an initiative of Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

Starting A Business
Thursday, August 11, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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

If you plan to start a business, this workshop is designed for you. Aspiring entrepreneurs will receive an introduction to startup costs, financing options, and business planning along with the necessary steps to getting started. abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Business owners will also be able to assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Tuesday, August 16, 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.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Thursday, August 18, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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

What is the secret to getting a business loan? Find out by attending this free financing roundtable and learn how banks will review your application. You will also be exposed to what you can do to improve your chances for obtaining a loan and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get the financing you need.

Note: Because the SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms, including purchasing and rehabbing houses for resale, this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtables.

Pitch ‘N’ Pontiac
Completed Applications Due July 29, 2016

The Pitch “N” Pontiac Competition provides new and existing small for profit business owners in the food, technology, and lifestyle industries the unique opportunity to pitch their idea and gaining valuable, on-the-spot insight to launch and grow their businesses.

Seven finalists will be selected to participate in this first annual Pitch “N” Pontiac Competition. The Pitch will take place on August 31st. This exciting event allows the finalists to pitch their idea to a panel of industry experts and members of the Pontiac business community. The winners will receive monetary and consulting resources to move their business forward!

  • Pitch Prep Sessions for Finalists: August 15 – 26
  • Live Competition: Wednesday, August 31, 5-8 p.m.
  • Finalists will be announced: Monday, August 12, 2016.

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.

Stay connected with the Business Center on Advantage Oakland’s Facebook and Twitter and learn more about the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center on their website or visit their Eventbrite page.

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