March business workshops offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center

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 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 www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783.

Get a Grip on Your Business
March 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
If you are a growth-oriented entrepreneur with revenues between $2 million – $50 million having 10-250 employees who wants to see your business consistently run better and grow faster, this class is for you. You will build a focused action plan using the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) workbook, which contains the tools that will help you to gain more traction in your business. Don’t let the company run you – Get a Grip on Your Business. Presented by: Mike Kotsis, GPS for Small Business
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
March 10, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Are you 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.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required. 

CEED® Small Business Loan Orientation    
March 11, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Many small business owners face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. If your business is in Oakland County and you need alternative financing, consider the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a CEED small business loan.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Starting a Business
March 12, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced along with necessary steps to getting started.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Break the Rules, Close More Sales
March 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is a business development workshop for business owners, company presidents/CEO’s and professional service firms and sales people. Consider attending if you or your team are:

  • Worried the slow economy is hurting business
  • Concerned that your marketing and prospecting activities are not putting you before enough
    qualified prospects
  • Experiencing longer and longer sales cycle

In two hours, you’ll learn how to establish trust with your prospects, shorten the sales cycle, and eliminate stalls and objections. Presented by Sandler Training President, Erik Meier
Fee: $40 per person.
 

Capital Raise
March 17, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
If you are a start-up or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert Mike Brennan. He will detail the various capital sources in Michigan, and talk about how to position your company to qualify for private funding, including private equity, the angel network and venture capital, and/or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match.
Fee: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required. 
WBE Certification Orientation
March 25, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Learn the benefits and process of becoming a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). Benefits include certification to private sector WBE’s and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. For additional information on WBE or CEED visit www.miceed.org.
Fee: $25 per person.

Introduction to QuickBooks
March 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This introduction class will provide an overview of QuickBooks®. It is designed for a person who is new to QuickBooks® or worked within the software in a limited capacity. ATD Solutions will cover the basic areas within QuickBooks® such as invoicing customers, receiving payments and making deposits, entering and paying vendor bills, generating financial statements, and more.
Fee: $60 per person.

SCORE Loan Workshop
March 26, 9 a.m. to noon.
Getting a business loan can be a challenging process. Learn about the “5 Cs of Credit,” including how to develop a winning loan proposal and what you need to position your business to be “bankable” before you meet with a lender.
Fee: $20 per person.

Legal Basics for Small Business
March 31, 9 a.m. to noon
Legal Basics for Small Business provides new and existing Michigan entrepreneurs an understanding of the key legal and financial considerations when starting and operating a business in the state. The program addresses how to select the best legal entity for your business, how to protect your business interests when dealing with customers, suppliers or independent contractors and important information and guidelines for establishing short- and long-term succession plans for your business.
Fee: $25 per person. 

Future Workshops

April 2015
08: CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
08: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion 09: Starting a Business
30: Create Your Marketing Plan

May 2015
05: Business Research
07: Get a Grip on Your Business
12: QuickBooks for Business Owners
13: CEED Small Business Loan Orientation 14: Starting a Business
14: Break the Rules, Close More Sales
21: Team SBA Financing Roundtable