November 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 in Waterford. The building is west of Telegraph Road. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit or call 248-858-0783.
Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Thinking of starting a business and want to research your business idea? Are you a business owner who wants to benchmark your profit margin and other measures against similar size businesses? 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 Oakland County Market Research and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian.
Thursday, November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Novi Public Library,
45255 10 Mile Rd  Novi, MI
This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

QuickBooks¬ģ Essentials
This introduction to small business financial management provides an overview of accurate recordkeeping, report interpretation and utilization, and management of the variety of tools provided in this system. Presented by Kildal Services, LLC.
Session I: Basic accounting terminology, new company file setup, customizing forms and letters, working with bank accounts
Session II: Invoicing customers, receiving payments and making deposits, entering vendor bills/paying vendor bills, using credit card accounts 
Wednesday, November 7
Session One from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Session Two from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Session One: $40/person*, Session Two: $40/person*
Both Sessions: $75/person
Laptop highly recommended.

CEED Microloan Orientation
Many small business owners 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. Program presented by the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.)
Wednesday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan
For small business owners who are developing their plan to success.  Workshop participants discover the elements commonly found in effective plans and develop these for their own business. 
Thursday, November 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The fee is $40 per person. No refunds.
5: Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business (PM)
6: Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion, Farmington Hills Library (PM)
6: Small Business Loan Workshop (AM)
6: LinkedIn for Business (Beginner) (PM)
12: CEED Microloan Orientation (AM)
12: LinkedIn for Business (Intermediate) (PM)
13: Fundamentals of Starting a Business (PM)
19: LinkedIn for Business (Advanced) (PM)
20: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)