August Business Workshops

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Are you prepared to kickstart a new business or expand your current one? Connect with Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center experts and get advice on small business loans, start-ups, and more. Register today for one of our August workshops and learn from the One Stop Shop’s business advisors as they provide the help you’ll need to take your career and business to the next level.

Starting a Business
Thursday, August 8, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

This workshop is designed for individuals who are just 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. Startup costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.

Understanding Cash Flow
Tuesday, August 13, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

This workshop is designed for individuals who need a better understanding of the cash demands required to successfully start and manage a business. The use of Startup Cash Analysis and Cash Flow Projections will be discussed.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, August 14, 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. If you have any questions, please call 248-858-0783 or email smallbusiness@oakgov.com.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Thursday, August 15, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

This workshop is designed for individuals who want to find out how banks look at your business loan 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.

Market Research Basics
Tuesday, August 20, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

This workshop is designed for individuals to find ways to find your ideal customers, identify your competitors, perform competitive analysis, identify new site locations, target direct mail campaigns, reveal untapped markets and expand to new and appropriate markets.

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 freeand 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 give guidance on business planning tools. Walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-serve 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, Twitter, and LinkedIn 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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