Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center. The seminars will take place at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.
Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9
a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 1. It is for those who want to start or
grow a business and those who want to identify market trends and
opportunities to grow sales. The workshop is presented by Oakland
County Market Research and an Oakland County Public Library business
reference librarian. This workshop is free but registration is
Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May
8. It is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances
for successful self-employment, the course covers business planning in
detail. The first steps for creating a business plan draft are included
along with a demonstration of the MI-SBTDC online business plan tool.
The fee is $40 per person.
CEED Microloan Orientation is 9 to 11
a.m. Wednesday, May 8. Many small business owners face obstacles when
trying to obtain a business loan. The Microloan program requirements
and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan will be
discussed. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
Forward is 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 10 to June 19. It is an
intensive, 11-week program designed for owners, CEO’s and top management
team members of businesses with at least two years of operating
experience, revenue of at least $100,000, and a minimum of two full-time
employees. The fee is $140 per participant.
Series: Protecting Your Intellectual Property is 9 a.m. to noon,
Tuesday, May 14. The workshop will discuss the differences between the
various state and federal registration protections (patents,
copyrights, trademarks), and the specific requirements for the
“contractual protections” available to Michigan businesses, and more.
The fee is $40 per person.
Women's Business Enterprise
Certification Orientation is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22.
Information about becoming a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).
Benefits include certification to private sector WBE’s and access to
procurement opportunities with major national companies. For more
information, visit www.miceed.org. The fee is $25 per person.
Business Money Smart Forum is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May
23. Learn about funding sources and valuable resources available to
small business owners and entrepreneurs. Attendees will have the
opportunity to meet with bankers to discuss specific business financing
needs and learn about banker member products and services. The focus is
specific to start-ups and second stage businesses. The special guest
will be Martin Lavelle, Senior Associate Economist at the Federal
Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch. Sponsored by the Oakland County
Community Reinvestment Act Association, the workshop is free, but
registration is required.
Team SBA Financing Roundtable is 9 a.m.
to noon, May 30. This is a free loan orientation conducted by a
business banker, a business consultant from the SBAs network of Small
Business Development Centers, and an SBA representative. This workshop
is free, but pre-registration is required.