September Business Workshops Offered by Oakland County

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WATERFORD, Mich. – August 5, 2011 –Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in September 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? Presented by The Oakland County Business Center, The Entrepreneur’s Source, Oakland County Market Research division, and a business reference librarian. 

Thursday, September 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,

2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.

For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.

This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

 

Social Media Marketing Part 2 – Establish your Footprint and Get Your Customers Talking! Learn the core strategies and tactics businesses are using to get customers talking through social media. You’ll also learn how to respond ethically and effectively to brand supporters and detractors. Topics covered will include: creating your social media strategy, how to integrate word-of-mouth marketing and social media into your overall marketing campaign, and more.Pre-requisite for this class is Social Media Marketing Part 1.  This is Part 2 of a three part series. 

Tuesday, September 13, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,

2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.

For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. 

The fee is $40*

 

Working for Yourself…Becoming a Contractor, Service Provider, etc. – Are you an experienced professional with valuable-defined skill sets, looking for a new career avenue? Think about taking your expertise and becoming an independent consultant, a contractor, or a service provider. Explore the steps to form your business (LLC or other), market yourself and your services, create an action-oriented business plan, and define your client engagement. Take away from your experience a 1-2 page action-business plan to help you start, build, and sustain a successful service-oriented business. 

Wednesday, September 14, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center

2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.

For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.

 Fee: $40*

 

Fundamentals of Starting a Business – A seminar for anyone thinking about going into business. This course helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products. The basics of business ownership are introduced, along with resources available to help launch new ventures in Michigan.

Thursday, September 15, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,

2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.

For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.

Fee: $30

 

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, September 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,

2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.

For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.

This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.


Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan – A workshop for small business owners who are developing a plan to serve as their road map to success. Workshop participants learn what elements are commonly found in effective plans and work on developing each of these for their own business. Assistance in the process as well as information on resources is provided.

Thursday, September 22, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,

2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.

For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.

Fee: $40*

 

Advanced Social Media: Create and Launch your Social Media Campaign. In part 3 of this training series, you will learn advanced strategies and tactics for building a long-lasting online community and explore ways to take social media beyond marketing. Discover how to grow your base of followers and engage participants across all social media channels, ensure a reasonable rate of return on your social media investment, and more.Pre-requisite for this workshop is Social Media Marketing Part 1 and 2. This is part three of three sessions.

Tuesday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,

2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.

For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.

Fee: $40*

 

5 Keys to Achieving Fiscal Fitness– Fiscal management tools for the non-financial manager.This workshop provides the business owner an in-depth look at the essentials of using financial information to make effective decisions about improving their business performance. Topics include Ways to improve your company’s cash flow, How to use the balance sheet and income statement to diagnose business problems and opportunities, how breakeven analysis helps you make better pricing and business decisions and How to insure you have enough working capital to support growth.

Wednesday, September 28, from 8:00 a.m. to noon

Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,

2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.

For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.

The fee is $25*.

 

QuickBooks® 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.

Thursday, September 29

Session One from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Session Two from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford.

For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.

Session One: $40/person*, Session Two: $40/person*, Both Sessions: $75/person.*

Includes: 30 day QuickBooks® software demo

Laptop highly recommended.

*Workshop fees are non-refundable

 

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. 

 

October 2011

Pre-Business Research Workshop (PM)

Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business

CEED Microloan Orientation

Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (PM)

10th Anniversary Bid and Brunch Matchmaking Event

Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business 

November 2011

Pre-Business Research Workshop (AM)

Social Media Marketing Part 2 (AM)

CEED Microloan Orientation

Fundamentals of Starting a Business (AM)

WBE Certification Orientation

Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan (AM)

Social Media Marketing Part 3 (AM)

 

The web address for Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Workshops is www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar.

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