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Southfield-based Clayton & McKervey adds 10 jobs

Clayton & McKervey's recent growth has a bit of a foreign flavor to it.

The Southfield-based accounting and business advisory firm has grown its revenue by about 5 percent over the last year and is on target to do it again in 2014. That has allowed it to hire 10 people over the last year, including accountants, tax experts, and support staff. The firm currently employs 60 people.

Fueling that growth is rising demand for bigger companies to buy smaller ones.

"A lot more companies are looking at mergers and acquisitions these days," says Kevin McKervey, president of Clayton & McKervey. "A lot of clients are buying companies."

In many case those companies are foreign-owned corporations looking to establish a foothold in the North American market. Often the easier way to do that is to buy a locally-owned company in its space and turn it into the U.S. subsidiary for the multi-national corporation.

"There is a big interest in foreign companies establishing a presence in the U.S.," McKervey says.

Source: Kevin McKervey, president of Clayton & McKervey
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Indratech turns green fiber padding into thriving biz

If you're sitting on a cushioned surface, chances are you're sitting on foam. Indratech wants to change that, and the Troy-based business is off to a good start.

The 10-year-old firm makes the Indura Performance Fiber. The patented fiber padding is marketed as "green, non-toxic, recycled and perfect for use in any bedding and furniture application."

"Anything you can sit or sleep on," says Surendra Khambete, president of Indratech.

The company currently employs about 100 people, including 10 at its headquarters. It has hired two people in Troy (a R&D engineer and an accountant) over the last year to help it keep up with its growth. Revenue has spiked by 15 percent over the last year. The company sees its product as the replacement for foam.

"The good thing about foam is it's really tough," Khambete says. "If you sit on it, it will come right back up when you get up. The bad thing about foam is it's really toxic to produce."

Indratech boasts that Indura Performance Fiber has all of the attributes of foam but without any of the environmental costs.

"We are trying to get our foothold in the crib market, the mattress market, the automotive market," Khambete says.

It is also working with appliance makers to provide Indura Performance Fiber as an insulating material.

"We can make it quieter and warmer," Khambete says.

Source: Surendra Khambete, president of Indratech
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Gongos, Inc named to AMA Gold Top 50 report

Gongos, Inc. has been named a Gold Top 50 U.S. market research organization, as published in the 41st annual business report of Marketing News—an American Marketing Association publication. Based on 2013 gross revenues, Gongos, Inc. ranks as the 43rd organization in the U.S., climbing from 44th last year. This is the seventh consecutive year the company has surfaced on the list since the company was founded in 1991.
Gongos has sustained a consistent level of organic growth, with a 12.9% overall increase in revenues since 2012, working with top-tier companies including Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Chase and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Additionally, while not calculated in the revenues included in this ranking, Gongos’ non-U.S. revenues increased by 6.9%.
The company remains committed to addressing its clients’ ongoing business challenges by continuing to offer new complementary approaches to consumer-centric intelligence such as with O2 Integrated, its data science as a service business unit launched in early 2013.
“We are developing our business units to provide new value paths for our clients,” says Camille Nicita, president & CEO. “Yet together our services heighten consumer wisdom to ultimately enrich organizations’ possibilities, outcomes and bottom-line approaches.”
The “Top 50 U.S. Market Research Ranking and Review” is a report published by the American Marketing Association (AMA), North America’s largest professional marketing association, and Inside Research®, a one-source authoritative report founded in 1990 by Jack Honomichl, the leading market research industry authority. Following Honomichl’s death in December 2013, research industry veteran Laurence E. Gold has been named his successor, for whom this report has been renamed after.
Gongos’ approach to decision intelligence supports Global 1000 companies. Fusing technology with custom research and insights curation, Gongos offers clients multiple levels of engagement to address their ongoing business challenges. Serving the consumer products, retail, financial services, transportation and technology spaces, Gongos combines innovative and foundational approaches to primary research and market intelligence.
The company’s primary research division, Gongos Research, partners with corporate research and insights teams on initiatives spanning the entire product and marketing life cycle. O2 Integrated, its data sciences business unit, harmonizes enterprise and research knowledge through consultative relationships. The company thrives on developing techniques to shape purposeful stories that can be readily socialized within client organizations.
Gongos works with companies such as Hallmark Cards, Mars-Wrigley, Visa, GM and OnStar. In 2007, the company was first named to the Inc. 5000 list of “The Fastest Growing Companies in America.” For further insight into the Gongos culture, visit gongos.com or facebook.com.

Code ReConnect graduates first class of new IT pros

The first crop of graduates have been harvested from Automation Alley's newest IT development program, Code ReConnect.

Code ReConnect is a training program that helps people transition into careers in the IT and software sectors. The program, held at Oakland Community College's M-TEC building in Auburn Hills, includes courses on computer programming and web and app development. Graduates receive Microsoft Certified Professional certification after 120 hours of classroom instruction and 64 hours of hands-on lab time.

The first class graduated eight people. So far two of them have landed positions and the other six are interviewing for jobs. Automation Alley is working with Kelly Services to provide participants with access to employment opportunities with local tech companies through a six-month paid mentorship program. Among the participating companies are Digerati, CDH and Altair Engineering.

"It allows them to try out an employee before committing to permanent employment," says Alysia Green, director of talent development at Automation Alley.

The costs for the program are paid for by Automation Alley from funds received from a $5 million workforce development grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Automation Alley is looking at launching its second class for the Code ReConnect program in October. For information on it, contact Automation Alley Talent Development Specialist Karol Friedman at friedmank@automationalley.com.

Source: Alysia Green, director of talent development at Automation Alley
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Baker College of Auburn Hills launches CDA prep program for preschool educators

Baker College of Auburn Hills is launching a new certificate program in the fall quarter that helps preschool educators prepare for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential assessment process administered by the Council for Professional Recognition. The CDA Credential is becoming more often required for employment in the preschool education field.

The new Baker College program, named CDA academic foundations, is designed for educators affiliated with Head Start and Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), teacher aides and some home learning providers. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 29.

Graduates of the Baker College program will have completed the Council's criteria related to educational training and a professional portfolio. The remaining criteria are satisfied by the student through professional experience in the field and passage of the CDA Credential exam given by the Council.

“Baker College’s new certificate program will guide students as they navigate the system to obtain the Council’s CDA credential,” said Natalie Campbell, Baker College of Auburn Hills program director of early childhood education (ECE). “We understand the importance of early learning and recognize the commitment individuals make to the teaching profession. This program is designed to make the most of a teaching professional’s time.”

The program consists of seven classes that can be completed in three quarters. The evening classes allow professionals who work full time during the day to pursue this program.

The ECE advisory boards at several Baker College campuses across the state identified the strong need for the new program. The advisory boards, consisting of faculty members and practicing ECE professionals, help identify industry employment trends that Baker College considers when planning curriculum. Factors that led to their recommendation to create the CDA academic foundations program were:

*Ongoing training, including the CDA Credential and associate and bachelor’s degrees, is criteria for gaining a higher rating in the Michigan Department of Education’s quality rating and improvement system.

*There is an increasing number of GSRP classrooms, which require a teacher aide to have a CDA Credential.

*There are fiscal incentives for preschool and child learning educators and some home learning providers to obtain CDA credentials.

*There is a shortage of consultants that provide the education and advice necessary to help preschool professionals obtain the CDA Credential.

Campbell and ECE program directors from other Baker College campuses developed the curriculum for the CDA academic foundations program, which will be offered this fall at Baker College campuses in Muskegon, Auburn Hills, Jackson and Flint.

For more information, contact Nicole Chirco in the admissions office at 248.340.0600 or Nicole.Chirco@baker.edu. Students may also schedule an appointment via the Baker College website: www.baker.edu. Students in the CDA academic foundations program are eligible to apply for part-time financial aid from Baker College and the Michigan T.E.A.C.H. program.

More information about the CDA Credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition is at www.CDACouncil.org.
Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds. GSRP is a state government-funded preschool program for 4-year-olds.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a nonprofit higher education institution, serving more than 35,000 students on 12 campuses and in three satellite locations. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, health sciences, education and human services, and various technical fields, as well as a doctorate of business administration. As a career college, the Baker College system is pleased to report that 97 percent of its available graduates are employed. For more information about Baker College, please check out our website at www.baker.edu.

Walsh College offers certified treasury professional exam prep in unique classroom program

Enrollment is open for a 12-week Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) exam course, which begins Monday, Sept. 22, on the Troy campus of Walsh College. The course will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays.

The course is the only one of its kind in Michigan that uses the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) Treasury Learning System,™ which is designed to broaden corporate treasury management knowledge and skills and to quickly improve workplace effectiveness.

A CTP designation can boost marketability because it reflects competency in the finance professions – whether you’re working as an accounting manager or as a financial analyst, according to the Association for Finance Professionals.

Students will be taught by Stephen Sholty, CTP, assistant professor, Finance, at Walsh. Those students who do not pass the exam may take the class again at no charge.

The course, says Sholty, provides a structured classroom environment where students have the benefit of professional peer interaction. “It’s a 360-degree educational experience – you’re not just working online; students have the benefit of a professional instructor and a certified learning system for an outcome that you just can’t get on your own,” he says.

There are no admissions requirements or application fees for the course. However, to qualify for the exam and the certification, go to www.ctpcert.org/CTPreg/.

Tuition of $1,595 (or $1,450 before September 10 with the discount code Early Bird) includes AFP books and online tools. It must be paid in full before classes begin.

For information about the CTP course, contact Jan Hubbard, 248-823-1392. To register for the course, go to: http://www.thewalshinstitute.com/ctpexamprep.

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not-for-profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.  One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services  division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Kids workshop uses Legos to get things moving


When you walk in the door of Robot Garage in Birmingham, you are immediately transported to another world: Ancient Rome.

But this city, complete with electric catapults, is only a few weeks old.

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SnowEx to host national 'Salt Summit'

SnowEx, a leading manufacturer of snow and ice management equipment, will host the Snow and Ice Management Association’s (SIMA’s) Salt Summit at its Madison Heights, Michigan, facility on August 26, 2014. More than 100 industry professionals from the U.S. and Canada are expected to attend this event to examine issues and discuss innovative ideas to address their challenges.
This year’s Salt Summit will focus on the salt supply issue that greatly affected snow and ice management professionals nationwide during the winter of 2013-2014, as well as overarching salt efficiency and sustainability concerns. The event will feature presentations from leading industry experts, SnowEx innovations in “salt smart” technology, and round table discussions to explore cutting-edge solutions for increasing salt efficiency in winter maintenance.
“SIMA’s Salt Summit is a perfect fit for us,” said Barry Truan, Vice President of Marketing for SnowEx. “We’re a leading manufacturer of winter maintenance equipment, and we’re located in the center of snow and ice country. Registration for the event was filled within two weeks, which shows the seriousness with which the industry regards the issue of salt efficiency and its commitment to addressing the most pressing concerns.”
The Salt Summit sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Some of the scheduled presentations include the evolution of the SnowEx brand, SIMA salt survey results, liquid ice management strategies and salt application rate standards, in addition to problem-solving breakout sessions in the afternoon.  For more information, visit www.sima.org.
SnowEx is a brand of TrynEx International, LLC, a division of Douglas Dynamics, LLC. Other TrynEx brands include TurfEx turf care equipment and SweepEx rotary and push brooms. For more information, contact TrynEx International, 531 Ajax Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071, call 800-725-8377 or 248-586-3500, fax 248-586-3501, e-mail info@trynexfactory.com or visit www.snowexproducts.com.

Josh Linkner to address regional leaders at popular breakfast event

Best-selling author, CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, and regional champion, Josh Linkner will kick off the Leadership Oakland Breakfast of Champions Series on August 26, 2014 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy.  He has just released his new book “The Road to Reinvention.” 
 “After the success of his first book and after reading his new book, we knew we needed to bring Josh in for a discussion that will allow our members and the public to discover ways to drive change in their personal  lives, businesses and the region ”stated Chris Scharrer, Executive Director of Leadership Oakland.  “Over the next 12 months we will be celebrating 25 years of successful leadership development and outstanding programing.  Josh will kick off both our Breakfast Series and our 25th Anniversary Celebration.”
In the book Linkner asserts, “Change is unavoidable. You need to decide: will you drive change or be driven by it?  By choosing to deliberately reimagine your own status quo, you can secure a strong future for both your company and your career.”  Disrupt. Retool. Create.  Overhaul.  Join us to Reinvent! 
For more information about Josh and his new book visit http://joshlinkner.com/the-road-to-reinvention/

To register for the series or for an individual breakfast go to www.leadershipoakland.com.
The event is sponsored HAP, DTE Energy Foundation, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, McDonald Hopkins, Corp! Magazine and Center for Computer Resources.

One Stop Shop Business Center partners with PTAC to help businesses pursuing government contracts

Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center will soon be offering free counseling services that can help businesses interested in obtaining government contracts at the local, state and federal levels.

Beginning Wednesday, Schoolcraft College’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will open a satellite office in the One Stop Shop Business Center to counsel businesses interested in learning how to obtain government contracts for goods and services. The center is located on the first floor of the Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford.

“Our One Stop Shop Business Center is a valuable asset for startup and second-stage businesses looking to improve their bottom line,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Adding PTAC’s expertise to the many services we already offer makes it that much more convenient for businesses who want to learn the ins and outs of obtaining government contracts.”

A PTAC counselor will be in the center every Wednesday, meeting with scheduled clients in the morning and with walk-in clients from 1-3 p.m., said center Supervisor Greg Doyle. Morning appointments can be scheduled by calling PTAC at (734) 462-4438.

“We are always looking for new ways to help Oakland County businesses,” Doyle said. “We are very excited to offer PTAC services here through our One Stop Shop Business Center.”

PTAC was created by Congress in 1985 to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace. Locally, the goal is to get more government contracts awarded to Southeast Michigan businesses. Services include:
  • Orientation to government contracting
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Training seminars and conferences (which may require a nominal fee to attend)
  • State of Michigan bid notices
Since 2000, the Schoolcraft College PTAC office in Livonia has served more than 6,000 businesses and had more than 25,000 counseling sessions. In the past five years, clients have received nearly $600 million in prime government contracts.
PTAC also has a satellite office at Automation Alley in Troy.

Fooke USA sets up shop in Pontiac

Fooke USA is opening an office in Pontiac as the base for its parent company's North American operations.

Fooke is a family-owned business that develops milling machines for a number of industries including aerospace, automotive, railway, and mold and die. Fooke USA is the German-based firm’s North American arm.

"Pontiac has the potential and the space so we can expand our facility," says Matthias Hofmann, CEO of Fooke USA.

Hofmann expects Fooke USA to employ as many as 25 people, primarily specialized technicians, in Pontiac within the next three to four years. The company currently employs Hofmann and he expects to hire a handful of people by the end of the year.

Fooke USA made the leap into Pontiac thanks to the help of Automation Alley. The business accelerator's International Business Center hosts foreign companies looking at establishing an office in Metro Detroit. It provides a temporary home base and professional services that help these companies make a soft landing into the Metro Detroit area.

A dozen foreign companies have made this transition at Automation Alley since it opened the program in 2011. Those companies now have operations in the region that have created 433 new jobs.

Source: Matthias Hofmann, CEO of Fooke USA
Writer: Jon Zemke

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HBR Labs launches VeriShow online collaboration tool

HBR Labs is promoting its new VeriShow technology this summer, positioning its online collaboration software to become a fixture with high-end retailers.

The Farmington Hills-based tech company's platform is designed to connect companies and customers online quickly and painlessly. VeriShow provides spontaneous video conferencing, chat, and assistance by simply clicking on the “Live Help” button between customers and customer service representatives.

"It's designed to allow any company that needs to engage customers to do so instantly," says Yuval Moed, CEO of HBR Labs.

The 7-year-old company is focusing on selling to high-end retailers in the car dealership, real-estate, fashion and banking industries. HBR Labs created the multimedia software platform 18 months ago but is ramping up its marketing of the product now that it has worked the bugs out of it.

"We perfected the technology so it's now a pleasure for everyone to use," Moed says.

HBR Labs employs a staff of eight people after hiring one new person (a quality control professional) over the last year. It currently has open positions for two sales professionals to help market and sell VeriShow.

Source: Yuval Moed, CEO of HBR Labs
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Immigration law firm Fragomen adds to Troy office staff

The Metro Detroit office for Fragomen is growing nicely along with the national economy and local automotive industry rebound.

The immigration law firm (formally known as Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy) is based in New York City but has a growing satellite office in Troy. It now stands at 15 people after making two hires over the last year. It is now looking for a senior paralegal.

"We are probably going to add more (staff)," says Alexandra LaCombe, managing partner of the Troy office for Fragomen. LaCombe was recently named the managing partner of the Troy office. She started as a senior attorney at the office 14 years ago.

Fragomen handles immigration law for a broad range of clients in the Metro Detroit office. Those include a number of automotive firms (two of the Big 3 are represented by the Troy office), local institutions of higher education, and financial firms.

"A lot of our clients are bringing a lot of work in-house while before they would use contractors," LaCombe says. "As they grow, we grow."

LaCombe plans to cement Fragomen’s position as a leader in immigration law during her tenure as managing partner of the Troy office.

"We want to make sure that if anybody needs any immigration expertise, they come to us first," LaCombe says.

Source: Alexandra LaCombe, managing partner of Fragomen's Troy office
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Saphran Solutions introduces capacity and asset planning system

Saphran Solutions, a Michigan-based developer of management software programs, is introducing a new capacity and asset planning system to help companies more accurately forecast product demand and reduce costs.
Saphran’s proprietary software program, CapacityBase, simulates and evaluates multiple product-demand scenarios to map out a company’s short and long-term capital investment plans to maximize returns. The new software allows manufacturers to more effectively manage assets, avoid future risk and reduce costs.
“Our CapacityBase solution gives original-equipment manufacturers, especially automotive suppliers, invaluable forecast information for capital asset planning and management,” said Ken Bassey, Saphran’s founder and CEO.  “Our software allows suppliers to better manage their assets, eliminate unnecessary costs and identify potential trouble spots.
“The efficient use of capital assets is critical to business success. When Saphran’s management programs are integrated with a company’s legacy ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems such as SAP or Plex, they provide senior executives with the most accurate and detailed forecast-demand information available today.”
Other Saphran management software programs and modules include:
  • PartBase – Active Demand Forecasting:  A forecasting tool that seamlessly integrates external market data from multiple sources.
  • QuoteBase - Estimating and Quotation Management:  Improves the ability to collaboratively develop quotes with “what if” scenarios and sourcing options.
  • ConnectBase – Real Time Integration:  Enterprise data integration with synchronization and automated matching capabilities.
  • CostBase – Margin Management:  Integrates cost, price and margin information for improved analysis.
  • IntelligenceBase – Data Warehouse/Cube Analytics: Provides external and internal Key Predictive Performance Indicators (KPPIs) for on-demand analysis and reporting.
  • Interactive Management Dashboard – Real time “drill-down” analytics for identifying key factors impacting business performance.
 “Capital and capacity are two areas that traditionally have been poorly managed,” noted Don Stilwell, Saphran’s vice president of Sales and Business Development. “Companies that can find ways to more effectively manage these important assets will gain a major competitive advantage.
“Our products help companies use capital assets much more effectively by integrating critical external and internal management information in a single system to improve decision-making processes to an extent never before possible.”
About Saphran Solutions
Founded in 2004, Saphran Solutions is located in Southfield, Michigan.  An independent software developer, the company helps automotive suppliers and other manufacturers achieve dramatic efficiencies and increased profitability by narrowing the gap between business planning and performance.
The company’s software modules are designed for original equipment suppliers with sales of between $50 million and $20 billion.  Saphran’s software programs can be implemented quickly; pay for themselves within three to six months; provide significant competitive advantages, and help protect and increase profit margins.  More information about Saphran is available at www.saphran.com.

July 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 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 location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783.
CEED Small Business Loan Orientation: July 9, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Farmington Hills City Hall Community Room, 31555 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Many small businesses face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. If your business is located in Oakland County and you have a need for alternative financing consider learning more about the CEED Small Business Loan Program (formerly CEED MicroLoan Program). Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply for and obtain a Small Business Loan. (CEED is Center for Empowerment and Economic Development). Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
Break the Rules, Close More Sales: July 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A business development workshop for business owners, company Presidents/CEO's & professional service firms and sales people; in two short hours, you'll learn how to establish trust with your prospects, prospect more efficiently, shorten the sales cycle, eliminate stalls and objection, take control of the sales process, and differentiate your company. Fee: $40 per person, pre-registration is required.
Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion: July 16, 9 a.m. to noon. 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. The workshop is presented by The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center, Oakland County market researchers and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian. Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Get a Grip on Your Business | EOS Workshop: July 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. If you are the owner, leader or manager of an entrepreneurial organization who wants to see your business consistently run better and grow faster, Mike Kotsis, a professional EOS implementer, can help you and your team simplify, clarify and achieve your vision. You will walk away with a focused action plan using the EOS workbook containing 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. Fee: $40 per person, pre-registration is required.
Legal Basics for Small Business: July 29, 9 a.m. to noon. Legal Basics provides new and existing Michigan entrepreneurs with an understanding of the key legal considerations when starting and operating a business in Michigan. The program also addresses how to select the best type of legal structure for your business, how to protect your business interests when dealing with customers, suppliers or independent contractors. It also provides important information and guidelines for establishing short and long term succession plans. Fee: $20 per person, pre-registration is preferred, but payable at the door.
Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays: Every Thursday 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson wants entrepreneurs to prosper. His Walk In Start Up Thursdays Small Business counseling initiative is for individuals who want to launch a business but don’t know where to begin. They will receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary.
Fee: There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes.
Upcoming Workshops
7: Team SBA Financing Roundtable
13: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion (PM)
13: CEED Small Business Loan Program Orientation
19: Create Your Marketing Plan
9: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion (AM)
10: CEED Small Business Loan Program Orientation
17: Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification Orientation
23: Introduction to QuickBooks
30: SCORE Small Business Loan Workshop 
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