March Business Workshops

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March is here, but if you’re looking to start or grow your business without the madness, the Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center is here for you. It is truly the perfect place to unlock your business’s potential. Connect with experts who have advice regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more. Register today and let the One Stop Shop help you turn your latest business idea into a slam dunk.

Use Your Smartphone to Improve Your Business
Wednesday, March 1st, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required

Technology has changed the business world, affording you increased efficiency and potential for business growth using just your smartphone.

We cover the latest apps, devices and techniques needed to improve your business. We discuss ways to find new customers, use your calendar more productively, track business expenses, using the cloud, send out invoices, get a signed document and receiving payments.

We also discuss the latest in office communication, business card management, photo editing apps and social media. Discover how easy it is to link your phone, tablet and laptop to access your important information from anywhere. Presented by Tony Merlo.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Thursday, March 2nd, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required

What’s the secret to getting a business loan? Attend this free Financing Roundtable and find out how banks look at your application, what you can do to improve your chances for a loan, and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get the financing you need.

This session is best suited to those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in their business.

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.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, March 8th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required

If you have a need for alternative financing and your business is located in Oakland County, consider the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply for and obtain a Small Business Loan. CEED Lending is an initiative of Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

Starting a Business
Thursday, March 9th, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required

This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of 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. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.

Social Media for Business Growth
Thursday, March 23rd, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Fee: $40.00 per person; pre-registration is required

Business Power Tools – An overview for using LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to grow any business NOW. Whether you call it social media or social networking or web 2.0 or internet marketing, the question on every professional’s mind is this: “Is social media a waste of time or an essential power tool for business in a post phonebook world?” The simple answer is “yes”. Amid all of the distractions, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are emerging as essential tools for marketing your business. Join Terry Bean from Motor City Connect for this entertaining and educational seminar as he takes you through the tools and rules of social media. You’ll learn what works, what to avoid and how to use LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to grow your network, engage prospects and generate profit. Get ready to kick your internet marketing presence into gear. This class is designed to use these tools for profit.

Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation
Wednesday, March 29th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Fee: $25.00 per person; pre-registration is required

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. Please call 248-858-0783 or email to register. A $25 fee is payable at the door to Great Lakes WBC. Session time is 9am to 11am.

You Asked For It! How Surveys Help You Get the Information You Need
Thursday, March 30th, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required

This session will explore the intriguing world of surveys and how they can be a powerful tool for gathering information. Discover what’s missing from your surveys and how a solid grounding in best practices leads to better results. Learning Objectives: • Discover potential pitfalls in developing your own survey • Review best practices for survey design, even if you are using Survey Monkey • Understand the importance of a well-planned survey Key Takeaways • Feel more prepared the next time you’re asked to develop or supervise a survey project • Create a plan of action and objectives for your surveys • See how the way a survey is written can make it an important tool for making decisions.

Walk-In Start-Up Thursdays – Now in Two Locations
Waterford: Every Thursday, 9:30 AM – Noon & 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Novi: First Thursday of Every Month, 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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