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October Business Workshops

Jump start your business by attending an Oakland County business workshop this fall! 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. Register today and let the One Stop Shop’s business counselors provide the advice and assistance you need regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more.

Five Steps to Networking Mastery
Wednesday, October 4, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Fee: Registration is $40 per person; pre-registration is required.

We have all heard that it is not what you know but whom you know. BARNACLES! It’s all about how you are known. This brief, impactful training will teach you how to become an individual to whom people want to refer more business. You will learn why networking works, how to be ready to network anywhere you are whenever you are there, which online sites are worth your time, how to identify your ideal referral partners, the components of a solid ask, and how to grow your business.

Consider attending if you are frustrated with the results of your current networking, are uncomfortable 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. Speaker: Terry Bean, Founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect.

Starting a Business
Thursday, October 5, 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.

Market Research Basics
Tuesday, October 10, 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:

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

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, October 11, 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.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Tuesday, October 31, 9:00 AM – 12:00 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.

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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