September Business Workshops

As seasons change and students head back to school, it’s a great idea to stay on top of changing business trends. You can stay competitive with the help of the  Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. Whether you want to expand your business or launch a new one, you can take advantage of workshops offered in September that will connect you with business experts and resources.

Starting A Business
Thursday, September 8, 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, September 13, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 want to diversify your market base? Business research shows you ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, September 14, 9:00 AM to 11:00 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.

Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery
Thursday, September 15, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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

Master LinkedIn with Terry Bean, Founder of Networked, Inc. and MotorCity Connect will speak on LinkedIn and its use as a powerful business tool. It’s a great tool for many things including SEO, contacts, resume, research and networking. This workshop will help you optimize your LinkedIn profile so you can be found by prospective clients and/or employers, locate and learn about the decision makers you should meet, stay current in your industry, stay top of mind with your network, check out future employees and partners and use the LinkedIn tools that you didn’t know existed.

Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation
Wednesday, September 21, 9:00 AM to Noon and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Fee: A $25 fee is payable at the door – Great Lakes Women’s Business Council 

Learn about the benefits and process of becoming a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). Benefits include certification to private sector WBE’s and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. Register at 248-858-0783 or contact smallbusiness@oakgov.com. A $25 fee is payable at the door to Great Lakes WBC.

Advisory Boards: A Team of Ideas Executive Roundtable
Thursday, September 29, 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM 

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

Short on ideas to drive the growth and wealth for your business on your own? Brainstorming with an advisory board of trusted professionals can be a powerful asset to your business. Register here. Questions contact Karen Lear 248-858-0783 or e-mail smallbusiness@oakgov.com.

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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