Oakland County October Business Workshops

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Want to start a new business, build your current one, or expand your knowledge? Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center experts can give you advice on small business loans, start-ups, and more. Register today for any of the events below and let the One Stop Shop provide the assistance you need to take your start-up or existing business to the next level!

Starting A Business at Michigan Works Southfield
Tuesday, October 2nd, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
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 9th, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
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.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, October 10th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
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 learning more about 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.

Starting A Business
Thursday, October 11th, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
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.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Thursday, October 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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.

Walk-In Start-Up Thursdays
Waterford: Every Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – Noon & 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Novi: First Thursday of Every Month, 9:30 a.m. – Noon & 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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 are 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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