August Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

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WATERFORD, Mich., July 14, 2009 – Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in August, 2009 offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.

Pre-Business Research – 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?  The class is held on Tuesday, August 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For location specifics and pre-registration, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. Presented by The Entrepreneur’s Source, Oakland County’s Business Center, Market Research Department, and Research Librarian. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Before you apply for a business loan, attend a Team SBA Financing Roundtable. The roundtables are 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 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 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. The class is held on Thursday, August 6, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For location specifics and pre-registration, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. This workshop is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

Start a Business 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 class runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For location and pre-registration, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The fee is $30.  No refunds.

Comcast Entrepreneur Series: Social Networking – Customer Relations
Monday, August 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For location specifics and pre-registration,visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The seminar is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Learn how to open your business model to social networking. Join Comcast for a fun, informative seminar on marketing your small business through popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Qik, Shoutlet, WordPress and more. Speaker: Comcast. So-sponsors: Oakland County Business Center, Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Southfield.

Write a Business Plan is a workshop for small business owners who are developing a plan to serve as their road map to success. The class is held on Thursday, August 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For location specifics and pre-registration, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

The day-to-day responsibilities of running your own business leave little time to focus on long-term vision, goals, and strategies. Find time in your schedule to spend it with
Listening to Your Business, a half-day workshop from FastTrac. No one knows your business better than you. Listening to Your Business gives you the tools you need to take a closer look at where your business is today, what you want it to look like in three years, and the steps to get there. The class is held on Friday, August 28, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For location specifics and pre-registration, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The fee is $95.

Future Workshops   
 
(AM) Morning Class 9 a.m. to 12/12:30 p.m.
(PM) Evening Class 6 p.m. to 9/9:30 p.m.

September 2009
10:    Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)
15:    FastTrac New Venture (thru November 17)
16:    How to Increase Your Sales & Grow Your Business
17:    How to Start a Business Workshop (AM)
18:    FastTrac Venture Forward Fall Session Begins (thru November 20)
23:    QuickBooks Essentials
24:    How to Write a Business Plan Workshop (AM)

October 2009
01:    Team SBA Financing Roundtable
08:    Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)
15:    How to Start a Business Workshop (PM)
20:    Legal & Financial Basics
22:    How to Write a Business Plan Workshop (PM)
28:    Listening to Your Business
29:    Marketing Your Business
 
The Web site address for Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Workshops is www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar.

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