August Business Workshops

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Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for assistance are encouraged to attend high-value, low-or no-cost business workshops offered by the experts at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center. Get help from experts with advice regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more. Register today and let the One Stop Shop’s business experts provide the advice and assistance you need to take your startup or existing business to the next level.

Starting a Business
Thursday, August 3rd, 9:00 AM – 11:30 PM
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.

Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery
Thursday, August 3rd, 9:00 AM – 11:30 PM
Fee: This workshop costs $40; pre-registration is required

While Facebook looks like any number of reality TV shows, LinkedIn is the business documentary you need to watch. You’ve done the “google myself” thing, right? Most people are surprised (and excited) to find their LinkedIn profile is the first result. Since Google uses LinkedIn that well, shouldn’t you? And I want to help you. When you use LinkedIn right, it’s much easier to; – Be found by prospective clients and/or employers – Locate and learn about the decision makers you need to meet – Stay current in your industry – Stay top of mind with your network – Check out future employees and partners – Use all of the bells and whistles you didn’t know existed LinkedIn really is a power tool. It’s part SEO monster, Part contact manager, Part resume, Part research tool and it’s ALL business. The better we all get at networking, the better all of our networking will be. Speaker; Terry Bean, Founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect.

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

Oakland is Open for Business
Wednesday, August 9th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required and seating is limited

Oakland County Business Owners — Check Out the Free, High-Quality Services Available to Help Your Business Thrive
Business owners, entrepreneurs, vendors, suppliers and contractors can:

  • Learn how to become a registered vendor with Oakland County
  • Access the One Stop Shop Business Center’s powerful business tools, classes and data
  • Explore business financing options
  • Connect with Oakland County Michigan Works! offices for hiring and training options

Don’t miss this opportunity to be smarter than your competitors!

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Tuesday, August 29th, 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.

Market Research Basics
Thursday, August 31st, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required

Discover ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more.

Learn how to find your ideal customers, find new customers, find your competitors, perform competitive analysis, identify new site locations, target direct mail campaigns, reveal untapped markets, and expand to appropriate new markets.

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.

Registration and Workshop Details:

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 pages and learn more about the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center on their website or visit their Eventbrite page.


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