April Business Workshops

Spring has sprung in Oakland County! Grow your business by leaps and bounds 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 flower into its full potential.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, April 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.

Market Research Basics
Wednesday, April 11, 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.

Starting a Business
Thursday, April 12, 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.

Success is in Your F.A.C.E.
Friday, April 13, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Fee: This workshop costs $40; pre-registration is required.

Lessons in Focus, Awareness, Communications and Execution. The only thing more elusive than a shared definition of success is a solid understanding of how to achieve it. What makes someone successful is distilled it into memorable acronym: Success is in your F.A.C.E.: Focus, Awareness, Communications, and Execution.

Oakland County 2018 Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon
Thursday, April 26, 11:30 AM
Troy Marriott – 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084
Fee: This event costs $50 per-person; pre-registration is required.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s Economic Outlook Luncheon is a must-attend event for business, education and community leaders. You will be the first to hear respected University of Michigan economists present their three-year forecast on the county’s economic future – and you will receive an executive summary report.

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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