November 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 take place 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.
5:30 – 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. Presented by The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center, Oakland County Market Research Department and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian.

Location: Novi Main Library, 45255 W. Ten Mile Road, Novi 
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.


CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation 
November 12, 
9 – 11 a.m.

Many small businesses face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. The recognition of the serious need for working capital for existing businesses, startup 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. 

Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.


9 – noon
 
Who Should Attend: Business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements. The ideal participant will have 2-3 years of financial history and be pursuing financing or having challenges with cash flow.

Topics include how to: 

  • Use your Balance Sheet and Income Statement in managing your business
  • Use break even analysis to improve your decision-making
  • Find the source of your cash flow problems
  • Increase your company’s cash flow
  • Get the banker on your side

Location: Automation Alley 2675 Bellingham, Troy
Fee: $25 per person, pre-registration is requested.

9 a.m. – noon 

When marketing a small business, budget and human resources are often limited but ideas and goals are still as big as they come. That’s why the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center is offering Create Your Marketing Plan (Finally, a Marketing Plan You Can Use), a three-hour class tailor-made for the unique needs of small businesses.

Fee: $40 per person, pre-registration is required.