October Business Workshops

Workspace with yellow and red maple leaves.

A new season calls for time to gain new knowledge and learn new skills to launch a business or advance your current one with help from the Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center. Start fall out right and register now to learn from the One Stop Shop about topics varying from starting a business, marketing research, and more!

Starting a Business
Thursday, October 1, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Michigan Works! Southfield 21415 Civic Center Drive Ste #116, Southfield, MI 48076
Fee: This workshop is freeand no appointment is necessary.

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 8, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: This workshop is free. Class size is limited, availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Discover ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, October 9, 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.

Starting a Business
Thursday, October 10, 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.

Understanding Cash Flow
Friday, October 18, 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.

TEAM SBA Financing Roundtable
Thursday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: This workshop is free. Class size is limited, availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

From Good Idea to Great Concept!
Tuesday, October 29, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: This workshop is free. Class size is limited, availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn how to take your idea and build a great business concept that you can implement as well as how to move from idea to concept and how successful entrepreneurs adjust their concept to give them the best chance at creating a successful business.

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 L. Brooks Patterson 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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