The Oakland County area has an abundance of opportunities for existing businesses and new ventures.
When the going gets rough, the entrepreneurial spirit gets creative and resourceful.
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Oakland County business workshops offered

Oakland County business workshops offered

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in June, offered by the Oakland County Business Center at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. For pre-registration, visit or call 248-858-0783.
—“Pre-Business Research” is 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesday. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
— “Working for Yourself: The Ins and Outs of Becoming a Consultant, a Contractor or other Service Provider” is 9 a.m.-noon Thursday. The fee is $40.
— “Fiscal Fitness for the Growing Business - Fiscal Management Tools for the Non-financial Manager” is 8 a.m.-noon June 9. The fee is $25.
— “Sales I: Effective Networking” is 9 a.m.-noon June 16. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.
— “Fundamentals of Starting a Business” is 6-9 p.m. June 17. The fee is $30.
— “Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan” is 6-9 p.m. June 24. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.
— “QuickBooks Essentials Session One” is 9-11:30 a.m. and Session Two is 12:30-3 p.m. June 30. Sessions are $40 each per person, and $75 for both sessions per person.

Automation Alley discusses conversational marketing

“Marketing Success: How Content Drives the New Conversation” is 8:30-11 a.m. Thursday at 2675 Bellingham in Troy. Discussion will center on the shift to conversational marketing. The term “content marketing” includes white papers, online press releases, blog posts, case studies and social network outreach to reach target audiences directly. Pre-registration is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Call 800-427-5100 or visit

Forum features emerging technology companies

The Entrepreneurial Initiative of Southeast Michigan forum is 8 a.m. June 10 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham in Troy. It will feature presentations by emerging technology-driven companies including Family Mint, H&T Medical Solutions and InPore Technologies. The short presentations are critiqued by attendees, including venture capitalists, angel investors and business professionals, who provide constructive criticism and guidance. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call 800-427-5100 or visit

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