September Business Workshops

Business seminar in a computer room.

This fall, get a leg up by attending an Oakland County business workshop! If you are a business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur, these high-value, low-or-no-cost business workshops offered by the experts at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center have the power to transform your business. 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, September 7, 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.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, September 13, 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.

Avoiding Costly Real Estate Mistakes
Thursday, September 21, 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Fee: This workshop costs $25; pre-registration is required.

Did you know your lease for commercial space could be a time bomb waiting to explode? When looking for commercial space, most people focus on the base rent, not realizing terms in the lease could cost them even more. Many people don’t realize that office, industrial, and retail leases typically have different ways of charging for expenses. Are you signing a pure gross lease or not? Do you have a relocation clause in your lease? What does that mean and why should you care? Lynn Drake, President and Founder of Compass Commercial, LLC discusses “Avoiding Costly Real Estate Mistakes.”

Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation
Thursday, September 21, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Fee: This workshop costs $25; 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 Women’s Business Council.

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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