March Business Workshops

Are you looking to start or grow a business? Rise above the competition with help from Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center. From small business loans, to start-ups and more, the One Stop Shop’s industry experts can help you meet your goals and transform your enterprise. Register today to turn the season of March Madness into a slam dunk.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Thursday, March 1, 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.

Starting a Business
Michigan Works! Southfield: Tuesday, March 6, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Waterford: Thursday, March 8, 11, 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, March 14, 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.

Women’s Business Enterprise Certification
Wednesday, March 28, 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
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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