Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center. The workshops are held in the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.
For more information and to register please visit our website
, or call 248-858-0783.
June 5 - August 14 (ten consecutive sessions) - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
FastTrac® NewVenture is an intensive, 10-week program that helps you evaluate business opportunities and develop an action plan for owning your own business. Written by entrepreneurs for aspiring entrepreneurs, FastTrac® NewVenture offers essential business information to help you develop your entrepreneurial skills and build your business on a strong foundation. FastTrac® NewVenture provides the opportunity to objectively evaluate your concept and plans for moving forward, begin building an infrastructure for your business operations and processes, understand how to access the human, financial and business resources, and build an actionable business plan. Fee: $140
Michigan Get Your Business Online, Build Your FREE Website:
June 5 -
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 and 11:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Google is partnering with Intuit to provide easy-to-build websites, a customized domain name and web-hosting for one year. This workshop is part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC’s) Pure Michigan Business Connect Tool Kit. Create and publish a website for your business using Intuit Sitebuilder. The workshop, using the computer lab, will walk you through: Setting up your free website account; Registering a domain name (your "address" on the web); Selecting a website template and learn how to customize it; Publishing your website. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
Michigan Grow Your Business Online, Discover how to get found and attract customers:
June 5 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 and 11:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Michigan businesses can learn more about Google's top tools for small businesses, including Google Search, Google+, Google Analytics, Google Alerts and Google Apps. This workshop is part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC’s) Pure Michigan Business Connect Tool Kit. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
- Learn the basics of how other people find your business online, with methods like search engine optimization (SEO), web analytics and more.
- Run your business more efficiently with online tools, including applications for improving collaboration and communication.
June 6 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Marketing is an essential of business success. All products/services must be sold to well-targeted audiences with a wide-ranging marketing mix. Our staff/SCORE counselors can guide you through successful techniques and marketing principles helping you to promote your products and services to the most promising customers-your target audience. Presented by The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). Fee: $40
Small Business Loan Workshop
June 7 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Getting a small business loan can be a challenging process. Learn the "5 C's of Credit," how to develop a winning loan proposal and what you need to know to position your business to be "bankable" before you meet with a lender. Presented by The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Oakland County Business Center. Fee: $20 & includes: Handouts and SBA Source Book.
Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
June 7 - 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ferndale Public Library
Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Are you a business owner who wants to benchmark your profit margin and other measures against similar size businesses in your industry? Do you want to know about market trends and opportunities to grow your sales? Are you looking for new customers or to diversify your market base? Business Research will show you ways to find your ideal customers, find your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more! Presented by Oakland County’s Business Center, Market Research Division and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
CEED Microloan Orientation
June 13 - 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Many small business owners face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. The recognition of the serious need for working capital for existing businesses, start-up or expansion, equipment purchases, and job creation is not the priority it once was. If you have a need for alternative financing consider the MicroLoan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. Program presented by the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.). This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
LinkedIn for Business (Beginner)
June 13 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Introduction to Social Media Marketing and using LinkedIn for Business. Millions of people are using LinkedIn and social media for fun and to find jobs, but it is also a powerful business tool that can connect you with your customers, potential customers and the world. You will learn how to create your own as well as a Company Profile on LinkedIn, how to set up your account and profile, how to optimize your profile, how to navigate LinkedIn, LinkedIn culture and more. Fee: $40
Fundamentals of Starting a Business
June 14 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is a seminar for anyone thinking about going into business. Participants examine their entrepreneurial skills, learn how to implement their ideas and receive a list of pitfalls to avoid when starting a business. Fee: $30
LinkedIn for Business (Intermediate)
June 20 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Create your LinkedIn Strategy. In this intermediate session of LinkedIn you will learn how to establish your social media objectives and goals for LinkedIn, create your LinkedIn social media marketing strategy and schedule, integrate LinkedIn into your marketing strategy. You will also learn the core strategies and tactics businesses are using to get customers talking through LinkedIn, how to use social media management tools for LinkedIn, how to schedule updates in advance, and more. **Prerequisite for this session is LinkedIn for Business (Beginner). Fee: $40
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan
June 21 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
A workshop for small business owners who are developing a plan to serve as their road map to success. Workshop participants learn what elements are commonly found in effective plans and work on developing each of these for their own business. Assistance in the process as well as information on resources is provided. Fee: $40
LinkedIn for Business (Advanced)
June 27 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Create your LinkedIn Strategy. In this intermediate session of LinkedIn you will learn how to establish your social media objectives and goals for LinkedIn, create your LinkedIn social media marketing strategy and schedule, integrate LinkedIn into your marketing strategy. You will also learn the core strategies and tactics businesses are using to get customers talking through LinkedIn, how to use social media management tools for LinkedIn, how to schedule updates in advance, and more. ** Prerequisites for this session are LinkedIn for Business (Beginner) and LinkedIn for Business (Intermediate). Fee: $40
June 28 - Session I: 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. & Session II - 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
This introduction to small business financial management provides an overview of accurate recordkeeping, report interpretation and utilization, and management of the variety of tools provided in this system.
• Basic accounting terminology
• New company file setup
• Customizing forms and letters
• Working with bank accounts
• Invoicing customers
• Receiving payments and making deposits
• Entering vendor bills/paying vendor bills
• Using credit card accounts
Presented by Kildal Services, LLC. Fee: $40 per session, or $75 for both
11: CEED Microloan Orientation
12: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
18: 5 Keys to Achieving Fiscal Fitness
19: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan
31: Legal & Financial Basics
1: Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
2: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
8: CEED Microloan Orientation
8: Twitter for Business (Beginner))
9: Team SBA
9: Fundamentals of Starting a Business
9: FastTrac Growth Venture
15: Twitter for Business (Intermediate)
16: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan
22: Twitter for Business (Advanced)