December Business Workshops Offered by Oakland County

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.

Fundamentals of Starting a Business
December 2 ‚Äď 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This 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. The fee is $30.

Sales I: Effective Networking

December 8 ‚Äď 9:00 a.m. to Noon
You‚Äôre up and running, right? And still busting your butt, but not getting the results you want? You‚Äôre asking yourself, ‚ÄúIs this it? What am I missing?‚ÄĚ Learn the secrets and skills that will give you a tremendous competitive edge and dramatically improve your income! Learn how to give an effective 60 second elevator pitch, valuable networking tips and how and get Invited In! This workshop is presented by Denise Roberts, Sales Partners-Troy. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.

Pre-Business Research
December 9 ‚Äď 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Are you a business owner who wants to understand which research sources to use for your business plan and where to find the information you need? Pre-Business Research is presented by The Oakland County Business Center, The Entrepreneur’s Source, Oakland County Market Research Department, and a Business Reference Librarian. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan
December 16 ‚Äď 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This is for small business owners who are developing a plan to serve as their road map to success. Workshop participants will learn what elements are commonly found in effective plans and will work on developing each of these for their own business. Assistance in the process as well as information on resources will be provided. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.

Future Workshops

January 2011
  6:    Small Business Loan Workshop
11:    Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
12:    CEED Microloan Orientation (Southfield Library)
13:    Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)
20:    Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)
25:     Legal and Financial Basics for Small Business
26:     Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business

February 2011
  8:     Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)
  9:    CEED Microloan Orientation (Southfield Library)
16:    SBA Forum on Small Business Lending
16:    Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
23:    WBE Certification Orientation
23:    Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)