May Business Workshops

Looking to start a new business or grow your current venture? Accelerate your market potential with the help of Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center. Connect with experts who have advice regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more. Register today and let the One Stop Shop shower your business with the advice and assistance it needs to meet and exceed your expectations.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, May 10th, 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, May 11th, 9:00-11:00 AM
Fee: This orientation 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.

Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation
Wednesday, May 24th, 9:00-11:00 AM
Fee: $25.00; 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 smallbusiness@oakgov.com to register. A $25 fee is payable at the door to Great Lakes WBC. Session time is 9am to 11am.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Wednesday, May 24th, 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.

If you have any questions please call us at 248-858-0783.

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.
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.


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