April 2014 business workshops offered by Oakland County

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County 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/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
April 1, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 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 Business Center, Oakland County Market Research Department and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian.
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

CEED Microloan Orientation
April 9, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 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, 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.
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Create Your Marketing Plan
April 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
When you’re marketing a small business, your budget and human resources are often limited, but your ideas and goals are still as big as they come. That’s why the Oakland County Business Center is offering Create Your Marketing Plan (Finally, a Marketing Plan You Can Use), a 3-hour class tailor-made for small businesses and your unique needs. 

Legal Business Basics
April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Legal & Financial Basics outlines the key legal considerations for entrepreneurs operating Michigan businesses. Learn how to select the best legal entity given your management structure, potential liability and tax consequences, safeguard your proprietary interests while serving customers, and working with suppliers and contractors, and establish short and long term succession plans.