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Free or low-cost business classes offered In November/December

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for assistance are encouraged to attend high-value, low- or no-cost business workshops offered by the experts at the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.

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. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783.

November/December Workshops:
CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Nov. 8 | 9-11 a.m.
Dec. 13 | 9-11 a.m.
Have a need for alternative financing for your business? Is your business located in Oakland County? Consider learning more about the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and processes necessary to apply for and obtain a small business loan. If you are interested in alternative financing for your Oakland County small business, then the CEED Lending Small Business Orientation is for you. CEED Lending is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Social Media for Business Growth
Nov. 15 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Business Power Tools – An overview for using LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to grow any business.
Amid all of the distractions, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are emerging as essential tools for marketing your business. Join Terry Bean from Motor City Connect for this entertaining and educational seminar as he takes you through the tools and rules of social media. You’ll learn what works, what to avoid and how to use LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to grow your network, engage prospects and generate profit. Get ready to kick your internet marketing presence into gear.

This class is designed to use these tools for profit. Terry will cover:
  • • Three Things You MUST do to Find Success on Each Platform
  • • How to Use Status Updates That Gain Attention
  • • Ways to Manage Priorities So You’re Not Stuck in an Endless Loop
  • • How to Make Posting Simpler
  • • The Fastest Way to Grow Your Audience
  • • Which 2-3 Platforms Should Are Best for You
Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required

Starting a Business
Nov. 16 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Dec. 14 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Thinking about starting a business? 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 and services. Topics like startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with the necessary steps to getting started. If you are ready to start your business this workshop is for you.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

December Workshops

Market Research Basics
Dec. 5 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Ready to grow your business? Market Research Basics workshop helps you discover 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. If you are ready to grow your business, the Market Research Basics workshop is for you.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Walk-in Start Up Thursdays in Waterford and Novi
WalkIn-StartUp Small Business Counseling
Nov. 2 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
In Waterford: One Stop Shop Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford
In Novi: Novi Civic Center - Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi
Whether you opened a business or you’re thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has resources to help you. We can provide you with confidential small business counseling. You receive one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant – with no appointment necessary. Consultants offer direct answers to your questions about startups, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools. These high value services are offered at no charge to you. Walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session is limited to 15 minutes.

Free or low-cost business classes offered in October/November at Oakland County One Stop Shop

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for assistance are encouraged to attend high-value, low- or no-cost business workshops offered by the experts at the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.

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. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783.

October/November Workshops:
Five Steps to Networking Mastery
Oct. 4: 9-11:30 a.m.
We have all heard that it is not what you know but whom you know. BARNACLES! It's all about how you are known. This brief, impactful training will teach you how to become an individual to whom people want to refer more business.
You will learn…
  • Why networking works
  • How to be ready to network anywhere
  • Which online sites are worth your time
  • How to identify your ideal referral partners
  • The components of a solid ask
Consider attending if you:
  • Are frustrated with the results of your current networking
  • Uncomfortable networking but know you need to do it more
  • Have a new position and want to increase your pipeline
The better we all get at networking, the better all of our networking will be. Speaker: Terry Bean, founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect.

Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required

Starting a Business
Oct. 5: 9-11:30 a.m.
Nov. 16: 9-11:30 a.m.
Thinking about starting a business? This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products and services. Topics like startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with the necessary steps to getting started. If you are ready to start your business this workshop is for you.

Cost: Free | Registration Required

Market Research Basics
Oct. 10: 9-11:30 a.m.
Ready to grow your business? Our Market Research Basics workshop helps you discover 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. If you are ready to grow your business, the Market Research Basics workshop is for you.

Cost: Free | Registration Required

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Oct. 11: 9-11 a.m.
Nov. 8: 9-11 a.m.
Have a need for alternative financing for your business? Is your business located in Oakland County? Consider learning more about the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and processes necessary to apply for and obtain a small business loan. If you are interested in alternative financing for your Oakland County small business, then the CEED Lending Small Business Orientation is for you. CEED Lending is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

Cost: Free | Registration Required

Team SBA Financing Roundtable                                             
Oct. 31 | 9 a.m.-noon

Need the inside scoop on how to obtain a business loan? Attend the Team SBA Financing Roundtable to find out how banks evaluate your application. Learn how to improve your chances for a business loan and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get financing. This workshop is best suited to those with good credit, a solid business idea and funds of their own to invest in the business. If you want to improve your chances of obtaining a business loan this workshop is for you.

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 roundtable.

Cost: Free | Registration Required


November Workshops
Social Media for Business Growth
Nov. 15: 9-11:30 a.m.
Business Power Tools – An overview for using LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to grow any business now.
Whether you call it social media or social networking or web 2.0 or internet marketing, the question on every professional’s mind is this: “Is social media a waste of time or an essential power tool for business in a post phonebook world?”
The simple answer is “Yes.”

Amid all of the distractions, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are emerging as essential tools for marketing your business. Join Terry Bean from Motor City Connect for this entertaining and educational seminar as he takes you through the tools and rules of social media. You’ll learn what works, what to avoid and how to use LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to grow your network, engage prospects and generate profit. Get ready to kick your internet marketing presence into gear.

This class is designed to use these tools for profit. We will cover:
  • Three things you MUST do to find success on each platform
  • How to use status updates that gain attention
  • Managing priorities so you’re not stuck in an endless loop
  • How to make posting simpler
  • The fastest way to grow your audience
  • Which 2-3 platforms are best for you
Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required

Walk-in Start Up Thursdays in Waterford and Novi
WalkIn-StartUp Small Business Counseling
Oct. 5: 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 2: 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
In Waterford: One Stop Shop Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford
In Novi: Novi Civic Center - Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi

Whether you opened a business or you’re thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has resources to help you. We can provide you with confidential small business counseling. You receive one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant – with no appointment necessary. Consultants offer direct answers to your questions about startups, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools. These high value services are offered at no charge to you. Walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session is limited to 15 minutes.

Free or low-cost business classes in September/October at the Oakland County One Stop Shop

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for assistance are encouraged to attend high-value, low- or no-cost business workshops offered by the experts at the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.

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. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783.

September/October Workshops:
Starting a Business
Sept. 7 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Oct. 5 | 9-11:30 a.m.
This workshop is designed for those who want to start 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 and services. Topics like startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with the necessary steps to getting started. If you are ready to start your business this workshop is for you.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Sept. 13 | 9-11 a.m.
Oct. 11 | 9-11 a.m.
Have a need for alternative financing for your business and it’s located in Oakland County? Consider learning more about the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover how to apply for and obtain a small business loan. If you are interested in alternative financing for your Oakland County small business, then the CEED Lending Small Business Orientation is for you. CEED Lending is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council. 
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation (WBE)
Sept. 21 | 9-11 a.m.
Attention Women Entrepreneurs: Consider becoming a Certified Women Owned Business. Learn the benefits of joining the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). WBE certification benefits include accessing procurement opportunities with national companies looking to do business with women- and minority-owned companies. If you are ready to take your women-owned business to the next level, this workshop is for you.
Cost: $25 per person | Registration Required

Avoiding Costly Real Estate Mistakes
Sept. 21 | 9-10:30 a.m.
Did you know your lease for commercial space could be time bomb waiting to explode?
When looking for commercial space most people focus on the base rent, not realizing terms in the lease could cost them even more. Many people don’t realize that office, industrial and retail leases typically have different ways of charging for expenses. Are you signing a pure gross lease or not?
Do you have a relocation clause in your lease? Should you care?
Lynn Drake, president and founder of Compass Commercial, leads the discussion.
Cost: $25 per person | Registration Required

October Workshops
Five Steps to Networking Mastery
Oct. 4 | 9-11:30 a.m.
We have all heard it’s not what you know but whom you know. BARNACLES! It's all about how you are known. This brief, impactful training will teach you how to become the preferred choice for business referrals.
You will learn…
  • Why networking works
  • How to be ready to network anywhere anytime 
  • Which online sites are worth your time
  • How to identify your ideal referral partners
  • The components of a solid ask
Consider attending if you are frustrated with the results of your current networking; uncomfortable networking but know you need to do it more; or have a new position and want to increase your pipeline. The better we are at networking, the better our networking will be. Speaker: Terry Bean, founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect
Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required

Market Research Basics
Oct. 10 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Ready to grow your business? Our Market Research Basics workshop helps you discover ways to find your ideal customers, identify competitors, perform competitive analysis, identify new site locations, target direct mail campaigns, reveal untapped markets and expand to new and appropriate markets. If you are ready to grow your business, the Market Research Basics workshop is for you.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Oct. 31 | 9 a.m.-noon
Need the inside scoop on how to obtain a business loan? Attend the Team SBA Financing Roundtable to find out how banks evaluate your application. Learn how to improve your chances for a business loan and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get financing. This workshop is best suited to those with good credit, a solid business idea, and funds of their own to invest in the business. If you want to improve your chances of obtaining a business loan, then this workshop is for you.
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 roundtable.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Walk-in Start Up Thursdays in Waterford and Novi
WalkIn-StartUp Small Business Counseling
Sept. 7 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
In Waterford: One Stop Shop Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford
In Novi: Novi Civic Center - Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi
Whether you opened a business or you’re thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has resources to help you. We provide confidential small business counseling, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant. No appointment necessary. Consultants answer questions about startups, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools. These no-cost sessions are limited to 15 minutes and first-come, first-served.
 

Free or low-cost business classes offered in August/September at the Oakland County One Stop Shop

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for assistance are encouraged to attend high-value, low-or no-cost business workshops offered by the experts at the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.

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. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248- 858-0783.

August/September Workshops:
Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery
Aug. 3 | 9-11:30 a.m.

Have you ever ‘Googled’ yourself? Chances are that your LinkedIn profile was the very first result.
If Google is putting your LinkedIn profile at the top of the search results, make sure that you are putting your best foot forward. When you use LinkedIn correctly, it’s much easier to:
  • Be found by prospective clients and/or employers
  • Locate and learn about the decision makers that you need to meet
  • Stay current in your industry
  • Evaluate future employees and partners
  • Understand valuable and lesser known features on LinkedIn
LinkedIn can be a powerful tool – part SEO, part contact manager, part resume, part research and all business.
The better we all get at networking, the better all of our networking will be.
Speaker Terry Bean, Founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect
Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required

Starting a Business
Aug. 3 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Sept. 7 | 9-11:30 a.m.

Thinking about starting a business? This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products and services. Topics like startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with the necessary steps to getting started. If you are ready to start your business this workshop is for you.
Cost: No charge | Registration Required

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Aug. 9 | 9-11 a.m.
Sept. 13 | 9-11 a.m.
Have a need for alternative financing for your business? Is your business located in Oakland County? Consider learning more about the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and processes necessary to apply for and obtain a small business loan. If you are interested in alternative financing for your Oakland County small business, then the CEED Lending Small Business Orientation is for you. CEED Lending is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.
Cost: No charge | Registration Required

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Aug. 29 | 9 a.m.-noon
Need the inside scoop on how to obtain a business loan? Attend the Team SBA Financing Roundtable to find out how banks evaluate your application. Learn how to improve your chances for a business loan and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get financing. This workshop is best suited to those with good credit, a solid business idea and funds of their own to invest in the business. If you want to improve your chances of obtaining a business loan, then this workshop is for you.
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 roundtable.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Market Research Basics
Aug. 31 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Ready to grow your business? Our Market Research Basics workshop helps you discover 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. If you are ready to grow your business, the Market Research Basics workshop is for you.
Cost: No charge | Registration Required

September Workshops
Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation (WBE)
Sept. 21 | 9-11 a.m.
Attention Women Entrepreneurs: Consider becoming a Certified Women Owned Business. Learn about the process and benefits of joining the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). WBE certification benefits include access to procurement opportunities with major national companies who are looking to do business with women- and minority-owned companies. If you are ready to take your women-owned business to the next level, this workshop is for you.
Cost: $25 per person | Registration Required

Avoiding Costly Real Estate Mistakes
Sept. 21 | 9-10:30 a.m.
Did you know your lease for commercial space could be time bomb waiting to explode? When looking for commercial space most people focus on the base rent not realizing terms in the lease could cost them even more. Office, industrial and retail leases have different ways of charging for expenses. Are you signing a pure gross lease or not? Do you have a relocation clause in your lease? What does that mean and why should you care?
Lynn Drake, president and founder of Compass Commercial, LLC discusses “Avoiding Costly Real Estate Mistakes”
Cost: $20 per person | Registration Required

Walk-in Start Up Thursdays in Waterford and Novi
WalkIn-StartUp Small Business Counseling
Aug. 3 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

In Waterford: One Stop Shop Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford
In Novi: Novi Civic Center - Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi
Whether you opened a business or you’re thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has resources to help you. We can provide you with confidential small business counseling. You receive one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant – with no appointment necessary. Consultants offer direct answers to your questions about startups, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools. These high value services are offered at no charge to you. Walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session is limited to 15 minutes.

Cheryl Bush picked as manager of Oakland County International Airport

Excerpt: 

Cheryl Bush has been named manager of the second busiest airport in Michigan, Oakland County International Airport. 

Bush, former president of large aircraft flight operations company Aerodynamics Inc., will become the first woman to manage the airport when she steps into her new role on July 12. She will make $107,832 annually.

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Junk removal business moves into Waterford warehouse

Excerpt

Burly Guys Junk Removal is growing fast as baby boomers downsize/move their parents and downsize their own homes. Because of this growing trend, Burly Guys recently moved into a 2,000 square-foot warehouse at 5499 Perry Drive, Suite P, in Waterford Township.

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Free or low-cost business classes offered in May & June at the Oakland County One Stop Shop

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for assistance are encouraged to attend high-value, low- or no-cost business workshops offered by experts at Oakland County One Stop Sh?op Business Center.

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. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops? or call 248-858-0783.

May Workshops:

WalkIn-StartUp Small Business Counseling in Novi
May 4 Novi  | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
June 1 Novi | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Novi Civic Center - Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi
?Whether you opened a business or you’re thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has resources to help you. This program provides you with confidential small business counseling. You receive one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant – with no appointment necessary. Counselors offer direct answers to startup questions, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools. These high value services are FREE. Walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session is limited to 15 minutes.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
May 10  | 9-11 a.m.
June 14 | 9-11 a.m.

Have a need for alternative financing for your business? Is your business located in Oakland County? Consider learning more about the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover how to apply for and obtain a small business loan. If you are interested in alternative financing for your Oakland County small business, then the CEED Lending Small Business Orientation is for you. CEED Lending is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Starting a Business
May 11  | 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
June 15 | 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

?Thinking about starting a business? 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 and services. Topics like startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with the necessary steps to getting started. If you are ready to start your business this workshop is for you.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation (WBE)
?May 24 | 9 a.m. -11 a.m.

?Attention Women Entrepreneurs: Consider becoming a Certified Women Owned Business. Learn about the process and benefits of joining the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). WBE certification benefits include: Access to procurement opportunities with major national companies who are looking to do business with women and minority owned companies. If you are ready to take your business to the next level, this workshop is for you.
Cost: $25 per person | Registration Required??? 

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
May 24 | 9 a.m.-noon

?Need the inside scoop on how to obtain a business loan? Attend the Team SBA Financing Roundtable to find out how banks evaluate your application. Learn how to improve your chances for a business loan and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get financing. This workshop is best suited to those with good credit, a solid business idea and funds of their own to invest in the business. If you want to improve your chances of obtaining a business loan, then this workshop is for you.
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 roundtable.
?Cost: Free | Registration Required?

Market Research Basics
?June 13 | 9-11:30 a.m.

?Are you ready to grow your business? Our Market Research Basics workshop helps you discover ways to find your ideal customers, identify your competitors, perform competit?ive analysis, identify new site locations, target direct mail campaigns, reveal untapped markets and expand to new and appropriate markets. If you are ready to grow your business, the Market Research Basics workshop is for you.
Cost: Free | Registration Required?

Social Media for Business Growth
June 21 | 9-11:30 a.m.

?LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are becoming essential tools for marketing your business in this post phonebook era. Instructor Terry Bean, founder of Networked Inc., and Motor City Connect, will take you through the tools and rules of marketing via social media. You will learn what works, what to avoid and how to utilize LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to grow your network, engage prospects and generate profit for your business. This workshop is designed to use social media tools for profit and will cover:
  • Three Things You MUST do to Find Success on Each Platform
  • How to Use Status Updates That Gain Attention
  • Ways to Manage Priorities So You’re Not Stuck in an Endless Loop
  • How to Make Posting Simpler
  • The Fastest Way to Grow Your Audience
  • Which 2-3 Platforms Are Best for You
Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required?

Waterford native provides a variety of running gear at shop

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Paul Coughlin and his staff at the three locations of Runnin’ Gear want to see, touch and even smell your old running and athletic shoes.

Don’t worry, they have a good reason. Simply put, it is the best way to ensure that the next pair of running shoes you purchase is indeed a perfect fit.

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December Business Workshops

Excerpt

Give your business the gift of an Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center workshop this holiday season. Whether you’re a start-up entrepreneur or a seasoned professional, the One Stop Shop can help you with your business needs. Take advantage of offered tools, experts, and workshops to get your business off the ground, or keep it running smoothly during the holiday rush. Tis the season to perfect your business plan!

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Aviation exec: Success comes from stubbornness

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As a boy, Rick Nini was fascinated with flying.

He was inspired, he said, by the NASA space program, and at 12 or 13, his parents put him on a new, commercial jet to fly by himself from Michigan to California to see his aunt, uncle and cousins.

“I think it was a 747, a brand-new plane,” Nini, 60, recalled. “After that, I knew I wanted to do this, to fly.”

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Over 100 attended prescription drug abuse prevention training

More than 100 healthcare professionals from southeast Michigan attended one of the country’s premiere prescription drug abuse prevention training programs in Oakland County earlier this month. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was among those who spoke about continuing efforts to combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic at the SCOPE of Pain training lead by Boston University School of Medicine’s (BUSM) Dr. Daniel Alford.
 
"Addressing the prescription drug abuse crisis requires partnerships at every level to strengthen education, prevention, and treatment. Improving training for providers can help prevent the overprescribing of opioids that can lead to addiction and heroin use," Patterson said. “I applaud the work of healthcare professionals and look forward to every hospital and medical center continuing their ongoing efforts to halt drug addiction through safe and effective opioid prescribing practices.”
 
The Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership, facilitated by the Oakland County Health Division, hosted the training at Oakland Schools in Waterford on Saturday, Oct. 3.

One Stop Shop June Business Workshops

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. 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. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783.

Capital Raise
June 9, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
If you are a startup or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert, Mike Brennan. He will detail the various capital sources in Michigan, and talk about how to properly position your company to be qualified for private funding, including private equity, the angel network and venture capital, and/or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation 
June 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Many small business owners face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. If your business is in Oakland County and you need alternative financing, consider the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a CEED small business loan. Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
June 10, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Are you thinking of starting a business and want to research your business idea? Do you want to identify market trends and opportunities to grow your sales? Are you looking for new customers or to diversify your market base? Business Research shows you ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more. Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Starting a Business
June 11, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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. Startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Introduction to QuickBooks®
June 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This introduction class will provide an overview of QuickBooks. It is designed for a person who is new to QuickBooks or has worked within the software in a limited capacity. ATD Solutions will cover the basic areas such as invoicing customers, receiving payments and making deposits, entering and paying vendor bills, generating financial statements, and more.
Fee: $60 per person

Government Contracting 101
June 18, 9 a.m. to noon
Find out what it takes to sell your goods and services to the federal government and the state of Michigan. What makes a successful government contractor? What services and resources are available to a small business pursuing the government market? If your company is considering government contracting, this seminar will give you the insight you need. Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company should attend. Presented by Alexander Masters, PTAC of Schoolcraft College
Fee: $45 per person

Legal Basics for Small Business
June 23, 9 a.m. to noon
Legal Basics for Small Business gives new and existing Michigan entrepreneurs an understanding of the key legal and financial considerations when starting and operating a business in Michigan. The program addresses how to select the best legal entity for your business, how to protect your business interests when dealing with customers, suppliers or independent contractors, and important information and guidelines for establishing short- and long-term succession plans for your business.
Fee: $25 per person

Future Workshops
July 2015
08: CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
09: Starting a Business
14: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
August 2015
12: CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
12: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
13: Starting a Business
14: Team SBA Financing Roundtable
12: Create Your Marketing Plan

March business workshops offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. 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. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783.

Get a Grip on Your Business
March 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
If you are a growth-oriented entrepreneur with revenues between $2 million - $50 million having 10-250 employees who wants to see your business consistently run better and grow faster, this class is for you. You will build a focused action plan using the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) workbook, which contains the tools that will help you to gain more traction in your business. Don’t let the company run you - Get a Grip on Your Business. Presented by: Mike Kotsis, GPS for Small Business
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
March 10, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Are you thinking of starting a business and want to research your business idea? Do you want to identify market trends and opportunities to grow your sales? Are you looking for new customers or to diversify your market base? Business Research shows you ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required. 

CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation    
March 11, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Many small business owners face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. If your business is in Oakland County and you need alternative financing, consider the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a CEED small business loan.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Starting a Business
March 12, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Break the Rules, Close More Sales
March 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is a business development workshop for business owners, company presidents/CEO's and professional service firms and sales people. Consider attending if you or your team are:
  • Worried the slow economy is hurting business
  • Concerned that your marketing and prospecting activities are not putting you before enough
    qualified prospects
  • Experiencing longer and longer sales cycle
In two hours, you'll learn how to establish trust with your prospects, shorten the sales cycle, and eliminate stalls and objections. Presented by Sandler Training President, Erik Meier
Fee: $40 per person.
 
Capital Raise
March 17, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
If you are a start-up or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert Mike Brennan. He will detail the various capital sources in Michigan, and talk about how to position your company to qualify for private funding, including private equity, the angel network and venture capital, and/or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required. 

WBE Certification Orientation
March 25, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Learn the benefits and process of 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 additional information on WBE or CEED visit www.miceed.org.
Fee: $25 per person.

Introduction to QuickBooks
March 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This introduction class will provide an overview of QuickBooks®. It is designed for a person who is new to QuickBooks® or worked within the software in a limited capacity. ATD Solutions will cover the basic areas within QuickBooks® such as invoicing customers, receiving payments and making deposits, entering and paying vendor bills, generating financial statements, and more.
Fee: $60 per person.

SCORE Loan Workshop
March 26, 9 a.m. to noon.
Getting a business loan can be a challenging process. Learn about the "5 Cs of Credit," including how to develop a winning loan proposal and what you need to position your business to be "bankable" before you meet with a lender.
Fee: $20 per person.

Legal Basics for Small Business
March 31, 9 a.m. to noon
Legal Basics for Small Business provides new and existing Michigan entrepreneurs an understanding of the key legal and financial considerations when starting and operating a business in the state. The program addresses how to select the best legal entity for your business, how to protect your business interests when dealing with customers, suppliers or independent contractors and important information and guidelines for establishing short- and long-term succession plans for your business.
Fee: $25 per person. 
Future Workshops

April 2015
08: CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
08: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion 09: Starting a Business
30: Create Your Marketing Plan

May 2015
05: Business Research
07: Get a Grip on Your Business
12: QuickBooks for Business Owners
13: CEED Small Business Loan Orientation 14: Starting a Business
14: Break the Rules, Close More Sales
21: Team SBA Financing Roundtable 
 

Broadsword Solutions hits 30 percent growth, hires more staff

Broadsword Solutions scored some big wins in 2014, setting the stage for the Waterford-based firm to consolidate a lot of those gains this year.

The technology consulting company grew its revenue by 30 percent in 2014. That enabled it to hire two more people, including a senior consultant and a director of strategic solutions. It is still looking to hire another senior consultant. The 10-year-old firm currently employs 10 people.

"Last year was our biggest year ever," says Jeff Dalton, president of Broadsword Solutions. "We have grown into new states. We're currently in 12 states now."

Broadsword Solutions got its start providing tech consulting to local automotive and manufacturing industries. It has transitioned to doing more work with the federal government. It spent much of last year doing work with the likes of NASA and the U.S. General Accounting Office.

"Now we are focusing on the clients we have, and make what we do with them even better," Dalton says.

Source: Jeff Dalton, president of Broadsword Solutions
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

February business workshops offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. 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. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783.

CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation
Feb. 11, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Many small business owners face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. If your business is in Oakland County and you need alternative financing, consider the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) Small Business Loan Program (formerly CEED MicroLoan program). Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a CEED small business loan.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Starting a Business
Feb. 12, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
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.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Feb.18, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thinking of starting a business and want to research your business idea? Do you want to identify market trends and opportunities to grow your sales? Are you looking for new customers or to diversify your market base? Business Research shows you ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required. 

Government Contracting 101
Feb. 19, 9 a.m. – noon
Find out what it takes to sell your goods and services to the federal government and the state of Michigan. What makes a successful government contractor? What services and resources are available to a small business pursuing the government market? If your company is considering government contracting, this seminar will give you the insight you need. Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company should attend. Presented by Alexander Masters, PTAC of Schoolcraft College
Fee: $45 per person

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Feb. 26, 9 a.m. – noon
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.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required

Upcoming Workshop Calendar

March 2015
05: Get a Grip on Your Business
10: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion 11: CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
12: Starting a Business
12: Break the Rules, Close More Sales
17: Capital Raise
25: WBE Certification Orientation
26: Introduction to QuickBooks
31: Legal Business Basics

April 2015
08: CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
08: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion 09: Starting a Business
30: Create Your Marketing Plan 
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