Business owners and entrepreneurs who may have had their operations or aspirations interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic have a chance to get back on track with the help of expert business counselors from Oakland County’s small business team.
The center is offering a series of workshops as part of its August schedule that focus on business strategies for responding to the pandemic, including:
- Starting a Business
- Pivoting Your Business to Thrive in a New Environment
- Market Research Basics During the Coronavirus Crisis – Consumers Have Changed, Will You?
- How to Write a Business Plan in the New Economy
“Our economic development small business team is ready to help you and your business through the pandemic or help you formalize your entrepreneurial vision,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “These workshops give useful direction and strategies to help business owners chart a course for success. I encourage business owners and entrepreneurs to take advantage of these classes.”
All workshops are free unless otherwise noted and require pre-registration. The August workshop schedule is:
A 360° Perspective on Your Business
Aug. 4 | 11 a.m. – noon | Register Here Cost: Free
Sometimes taking a step back is more important than taking a step forward. This virtual workshop will help you prioritize business activities when everything seems like an emergency. Get introduced to a suite of visual tools (course materials) to quickly evaluate your business and how to grow your business. This workshop is for existing businesses.
Starting a Business
Aug. 5 | 9 – 11 a.m. | Register Here Cost: Free
Thinking about starting a business during the era of COVID-19? We can help. This virtual workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. Topics like startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced along with the steps to get started. If you are ready to start your business, we are ready to help. This workshop is for startup businesses.
Startup Cash Flow Analysis – Don’t Get in Over Your Head
Aug. 11 | 11 a.m. – Noon | Register Here Cost: Free
Get ahead of the curve, prepare for the next steps and don’t get in over your head. This virtual workshop helps new entrepreneurs gain a better understanding of the cash demands required to successfully start a business. With 50 percent of small businesses failing within the first five years, proper startup cash flow analysis is paramount to a successful launch. Concepts found in the Startup Cash Analysis Workbook (course materials) and estimating cash needs will be covered. Don’t be a statistic. Register today. This workshop is for pre-start businesses.