November Business Workshops

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Looking to start a new business, expand your current one or learn a new skill? Take advantage of Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center workshops offered in November. It’s your chance to connect with business experts and resources who can offer advice on market trends, networking, project management and more. Register today and let Oakland County’s One Stop Shop help you realize your full business potential.

Street Smart Workshop Plan, Survive and Thrive Through Infrastructure Projects
Wednesday, November 2nd, 8:30 AM – Noon
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required

Don’t let construction projects put your community over an orange barrel. Get the details that will increase your “IQ.” A community’s “infrastructure quotient” depends on its ability to plan ahead, stay on track and finish strong throughout the timeline of a major construction project. The free Street Smart Workshop is a guide to mapping out the best strategy for the community, its residents and affected businesses.

5 Steps to Networking Mastery
Tuesday, November 8th, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Fee: $40

Consider attending if you are frustrated with the results of your current networking; uncomfortable with 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.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, November 9th, 9:00 – 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.

Starting A Business
Thursday, November 10th, 9:00 – 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.

Workforce Development Session for Pontiac Businesses
Monday, November 14th, 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required

Learn about the free resources available to address your workforce recruitment, retention and training needs. You may be surprised by how many services are available to you through the Michigan Works! offices and Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center, including: Candidate Pre-Screening, Workforce Assessment, Pure Michigan Talent Connect, Hiring Incentives, Business Consulting Services, Securing Capital and Market Research / Marketing Plans.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Tuesday, November 15, 9:00 – 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.

Walk In Start Up Thursday
Every Thursday, all year, 9:30 AM – 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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