August 2014 business workshops offered by Oakland County

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  or call 248-858-0783.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
August 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Before you apply for a business loan, we recommend that you first attend the SBA Forum on Small Business Lending. This is a free loan orientation conducted by a business banker, a business consultant from the SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, and an SBA representative. During the roundtable, we’ll debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. You’ll learn how the lending process works and what is expected of you and you’ll understand how the SBA can assist with our SBA Guaranteed Loan Program. This session is best suited to those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in their business. Because the SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms, including purchasing and rehabbing houses for sale, this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtables.
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation
August 13, 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.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
August 13, 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.

Create Your Marketing Plan
August 19, 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 One Stop Shop 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.
Fee: $40 per person, pre-registration is required.

Government Contracting 101
August 28, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Find out what it takes to sell your goods and services to the federal government and the State of Michigan.  What does it take to become a successful government contractor?  What services and resources are available to a small business pursuing the government market?  If your company has been considering the field of government contracting, this seminar will give you the insight you need. Who should attend? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company. 
Presented by Alexander Masters, PTAC of Schoolcraft College
Fee: $45 per person, payable at the door.

Upcoming Workshops

Sep 9:   Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion (AM)
Sep 10: CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
Sep 17: Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification Orientation
Sep 23: Introduction to QuickBooks
Sep 30: SCORE Small Business Loan Workshop
Oct 8:  Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion (PM)
Oct 8: CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
Oct 16: QuickBooks for Business Owners
Oct 23: Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Oct 28: Legal Basics for Small Business