October Business Workshops

Fall has arrived. With new seasons, come changes. Whether you are looking to start a new business or expand your current one, you can stay on top of changing business trends with the help of the  Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. Gain a competitive edge with workshops offered in October that will connect you with business experts and resources.

Capital Raise
Tuesday, October 4, 9:00 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, you’ll benefit from meeting with and listening to capital expert, Mike Brennan. He will provide details regarding various capital sources available in Michigan. He will also discuss how to properly position your company so that you can qualify for private funding. He will discuss private equity, the angel network, venture capital and/or public funding including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match.

SCORE Loan Workshop
Thursday, October 6, 8:45 AM to Noon

Fee: $25.00

How much money do you think you’ll need before you can open the door and start doing business? If you’ve done your homework and completed a business plan, your conservative budget will provide the answer. How much money will you need and how much cash do you have on hand? The difference is the amount you will have to borrow. The question is how to finance that difference? Preparing and being prepared for a loan is the primary subject of this business loan workshop.

Creating Age-Friendly Communities | Overcoming “You Can’t Do That”
Tuesday, October 11, 8:30 AM to Noon

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

Don’t wait another year to do the things families, millennials and older adults want — including vibrant places to live, affordable housing, transportation options and complete streets. This half-day workshop will help communities ready to take action now. You will learn how others successfully implemented change. The programming is designed for: city, village or township leaders and staff, downtown managers and advocates, planners and developers, senior community center directors, residents and businesses.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Tuesday, October 11, 9:30 AM to Noon

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. This event is held at the Bloomfield Township Library in Bloomfield Hills.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, October 12, 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. This workshop will be held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building in Waterford.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Thursday, October 13, 9:00 AM to Noon  

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.

Questions contact 248-858-0783 or e-mail smallbusiness@oakgov.com.

Starting a Business
Thursday, October 13, 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.

No HAZ Program
Saturday, October 15, 8:00 AM to 2 PM  

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

The North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste Consortium (NO HAZ) includes 17 Oakland County communities, dedicated to providing residents with safe, reliable and environmentally responsible ways to dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW). These wastes are the substances in your home that can be harmful to humans and the environment if not disposed of properly. Each year, NO HAZ schedules collection events to provide disposal opportunities for Oakland County residents. Since the program began in 2003, more than 4.2 million pounds of material has been collected and properly disposed. This year, five collection events are planned. 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.

Walk In Start Up Thursday
Every Thursday, all year, 9:30 AM to Noon & 1:30 – 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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