Free or low-cost business classes in April & May at the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center

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 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 or call (248) 858-0783.

April Workshops:

Market Research Basics
April 4 | 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

How to Cut Lead Time in Job Shops and Custom Manufacturing Environments
April 5 | 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

Time is money. Cutting lead time and servicing customers efficiently is crucial to customer service, profitability and staying ahead of the competition. Designed specifically for tool & die shops, machine shops, mold shops, wood products, custom design, prototype shops, print shops, fabrication, assembly shops and other types of order-driven business. This workshop helps you identify and eliminate costly delays in your process. If your shop is looking to save time and in doing so, become more profitable, this workshop is for you.
Cost: $40 per person / Registration Required

Starting a Business
April 6 | 9-11:30 a.m.
May 11 | 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

WalkIn-StartUp Small Business Counseling in Novi
April 6 Novi Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi
9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Whether you opened a business or you’re thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has no cost 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.

Lead from Where You Are: Lessons in Everyday Leadership
April 11 | 9-11:30 a.m.

The age old question whether leaders are born or made is a trick one. The answer is: they’re both correct. We are born with the skills and knowledge to be great leaders. The challenge is finding the path quickly. This presentation will help you master the skills great leader possesses, including:

  • Communication Styles
  • Attributes of a Leader
  • Three Types of Listening
  • Personality Traits
  • The importance of Recognitions
  • The Psychology of Leadership

When you leave this session you will communicate more effectively and become the leader you were meant to be.
Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
April 12 | 9-11 a.m.
May 10 | 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

Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation (WBE)
May 24 | 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

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