Workshops geared to help business owners and entrepreneurs

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center. The seminars will take place at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit or call 248-858-0783.
Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 1. It is for those who want to start or grow a business and those who want to identify market trends and opportunities to grow sales. The workshop is presented by Oakland County Market Research and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian. This workshop is free but registration is required.
Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 8. It is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment, the course covers business planning in detail. The first steps for creating a business plan draft are included along with a demonstration of the MI-SBTDC online business plan tool. The fee is $40 per person.
CEED Microloan Orientation is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8. Many small business owners face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. The Microloan program requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan will be discussed. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
Venture Forward is 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 10 to June 19. It is an intensive, 11-week program designed for owners, CEO’s and top management team members of businesses with at least two years of operating experience, revenue of at least $100,000, and a minimum of two full-time employees. The fee is $140 per participant.
Advanced Legal Series: Protecting Your Intellectual Property is 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 14. The workshop will discuss the differences between the various state and federal registration protections (patents, copyrights, trademarks), and the specific requirements for the “contractual protections” available to Michigan businesses, and more. The fee is $40 per person.
Women's Business Enterprise Certification Orientation is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22. Information about becoming a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). Benefits include certification to private sector WBE’s and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. For more information, visit The fee is $25 per person.
Small Business Money Smart Forum is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. Learn about funding sources and valuable resources available to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with bankers to discuss specific business financing needs and learn about banker member products and services. The focus is specific to start-ups and second stage businesses. The special guest will be Martin Lavelle, Senior Associate Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch. Sponsored by the Oakland County Community Reinvestment Act Association, the workshop is free, but registration is required.
Team SBA Financing Roundtable is 9 a.m. to noon, May 30. This is a free loan orientation conducted by a business banker, a business consultant from the SBAs network of Small Business Development Centers, and an SBA representative. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.


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