Oakland County Offers Workshops for Small Businesses

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(Press Release, June 24, 2014)

Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center

2100 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford, Michigan 48328


Rudy Serra campaign adAll workshops are held in the Conference Center unless otherwise noted.

CEED Small Business Loan Orientation

July 9, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: Farmington Hills City Hall Community Room, 31555 West 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336

Many small businesses face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. If your business is located in Oakland County and you have a need for alternative financing consider learning more about the CEED Small Business Loan Program (formerly CEED MicroLoan Program). Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply for and obtain a Small Business Loan. (CEED is Center for Empowerment and Economic Development). Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.


Break the Rules, Close More Sales

July 10, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A business development workshop for business owners, company Presidents/CEO’s & professional service firms and sales people; in two short hours, you’ll learn how to establish trust with your prospects, prospect more efficiently, shorten the sales cycle, eliminate stalls and objection, take control of the sales process, and differentiate your company.

Fee: $40 per person, pre-registration is required.


Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion

July 16, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

seed024_jeannie_davis_from_loriThinking 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.


Get a Grip on Your Business | EOS Workshop

July 17, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

If you are the owner, leader or manager of an entrepreneurial organization who wants to see your business consistently run better and grow faster, Mike Kotsis, a Professional EOS Implementer, can help you and your team simplify, clarify and achieve your vision. You will walk away with a focused action plan using the HowesLocationEOS workbook containing 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.

Fee: $40 per person, pre-registration is required.


Legal Business Basics

July 29, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Legal & Financial Basics outlines the key legal considerations for entrepreneurs operating Michigan businesses. Learn how to select the best legal entity given your management structure, potential liability and tax consequences, safeguard your proprietary interests while serving customers, and working with suppliers and contractors, and establish short and long term dda_ad_02succession plans.

Fee: $20 per person, pre-registration is preferred, but payable at the door.


Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays

Every Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson wants entrepreneurs to prosper. His Walk-In-Start Up Thursdays- Small Business Counseling initiative is for individuals who want to launch a business but don’t know where to begin. They will receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary. Fee: There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes.

Check out other Business Resources at http://www.advantageoakland.com/startabusiness/sbc/Pages/default.aspx


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