Friday, 31 August 2012

Workshops aid business startups

SCORE workshops help small businesses get started
In a four-part workshop series for small businesses and entrepreneurs, Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 presents “The Business Plan” series for September.
All workshops start at 8:45 a.m. and end at noon at the Southfield Parks & Recreation facility, 26000 Evergreen Road, second floor, Southfield.
Business Plan 101: Creating Your Business Plan(s)” will be Sept. 5. This provides the necessary first steps in the organization and research needed for the entrepreneur’s unique business opportunity.
Business Plan 102: Marketing, Promotion and Sales” will be Sept. 13. The program uses the “four C’s” approach for creating a successful marketing plan.
“Business Plan 103: Business Plan Financials and Budgeting” is Sept. 19. Attendees will be introduced to Break-Even analysis and instructed in how to use SCORE’s financials template, using a case study approach to describe startup costs and the three main financial statements. Electronic versions of the template are included.
“Business Plan 104: Writing a Successful Plan” completes the series on Sept. 26. This workshop includes instructions and helpful hints on how to write a successful business plan for commercial loan or micro-loan applications, or private capital solicitation.
Visit www.detroit.score.org or call 313-226-7947 to register. The series costs $125. Veterans can get a coupon that pays for the program. Workshops also may be taken individually. Visit www.detroit.score.org for pricing and registration.

Oakland County Business Center offers workshops for entrepreneurs
Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. The programs take place at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. For pre-registration and more information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.
Michigan Get Your Business Online is offered 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. Michigan businesses can get free tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers and grow their businesses, with Google’s “Get Your Business Online Workshop.” Google is partnering with Intuit to provide easy-to-build websites, a customized domain name and web-hosting for one year. Participating Michigan businesses will also receive a listing on Google Maps. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
Michigan Grow Your Business Online is offered 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. Michigan-established businesses can learn more about Google’s top tools for small businesses, including Google Places, Google AdWords, Google Analytics, and Google Apps. Learn the basics of how other people find your business online, with methods like search engine optimization (SEO), web analytics and more. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
Small Business Loan Workshop is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Sept. 6. Getting a small business loan can be a challenging process. Learn the "5 C's of Credit," how to develop a winning loan proposal and what you need to know to position your business to be "bankable" before you meet with a lender. Presented by The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. The cost is $20.
Oakland County Venture Forward is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 7 - Nov. 16. An 11-week program designed for owners, CEOs and top management team members of businesses with at least two years of operating experience, 6 to 99 full time employees (W2s) and between $750K to $50 million in annual revenue. Venture Forward is normally $800 per participant, but due to sponsor support is is reduced to $299.

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