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January Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in January offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.

Thursday, Jan. 6: Small Business Loan Workshop — 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 SCORE, U.S. Small Business Administration and the Oakland County Business Center. This session runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The fee is $20 per person (Please make checks payable to SCORE). Includes: Handouts and SBA Source Book. No refunds.

Tuesday, Jan. 11: 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 Department, and a Business Reference Librarian. This session runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, Jan. 12: CEED Microloan Orientation — Many small businesses 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 Center for Empowerment & Economic Development. This session runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783.
This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Thursday, Jan. 13: Fundamentals of Starting 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 session runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The fee is $30. No refunds.

Thursday, Jan. 20: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is a workshop for small business owners who are developing a plan to serve as their road map to success. Workshop participants will learn what elements are commonly found in effective plans and will work on developing each of these for their own business. Assistance in the process as well as information on resources will be provided. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783.
The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

Tuesday, Jan. 25: Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business — This workshop covers many of the key legal and financial issues faced by both new and existing small businesses in Michigan. The program initially focuses on the many management and liability concerns faced by entrepreneurs, as well as today’s tax consequences. The program also provides solutions and techniques for business concession and individual investment and retirement planning. Presented by Carter & Affiliates, P.C. The workshiop runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, Jan. 26: Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business — Marketing is an essential of business success. All products/services must be sold to well-targeted audiences with a wide-ranging marketing mix. Our staff and SCORE counselors can guide you through successful techniques and marketing principles helping you to promote your products and services to the most promising customers-your target audience. Presented by The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center. This workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The fee is $40. No refunds.

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