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Event Notices From September 14

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Michigan Emerging Event Returning For 2011: Michigan Emerging will connect, inform and educate hundreds on Monday, Nov. 14 at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Michigan Emerging is a comprehensive, non-political, cross-industry event spotlighting the initiatives of universities, corporations and individuals. It will aid in the development of a more diverse, robust and competitive Michigan. Michigan Emerging is proud to announce that they have been chosen as one of 10 exclusive events endorsed and promoted by the National Organization Global Entrepreneurship Week. It will connect people through local, national and global activities designed to help them become self-starters and innovators. Events like Michigan Emerging provide participants with the knowledge, skills and networks needed to grow, collaborate, motivate and dominate–contributing significantly to the future of Michigan. Michigan Emerging will bring together the resources needed to highlight and facilitate the change necessary to create great wealth and industry in Michigan. It is a platform for celebrating the achievements being made statewide. An affordable and manageable event, it will provide entrepreneurs, inventors and small business owners the tool kit needed to succeed in today’s turbulent, competitive business climate. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will run through 5:30 p.m. There will be keynote speakers, panel discussions, informational and educational sessions tailored to inspire the attendees on various topics relevant to their individual needs. The day will finish with an awards ceremony recognizing and celebrating individuals and companies that are leading the charge and succeeding. Tickets are $45 in advance and at the door and include a $15 food voucher for lunch. To register visit www.MichiganEmerging.com. Exhibitors and sponsors are also being sought. For more information, visit the Web site or call (248) 275-1337.

C/D/H Offers Tech Briefing Series: Learn the latest on InfoPath 2010 and SharePoint 2010 at events sponsored by Grand Rapids-based C/D/H Sept. 21 at 15 Ionia SW, Suite 270, in Grand Rapids and Sept. 22 at 1000 Town Center, 19th Floor, in Southfield. Both events run from 1 to 4 p.m. and cost $25. Presenter Tim Allison is a collaboration specialist and MCSE certified consultant with comprehensive knowledge in Microsoft SharePoint and InfoPath. Come learn how InfoPath 2010 can enhance your SharePoint implementation. Register for Grand Rapids at this link, and for Southfield at this link. For more information, visit http://www.cdh.com/seminars/ or email sarahw@cdh.com today.

Farmington Schools Set Tech Parent Event: How is Farmington Public Schools meeting the needs of 21st Century learners in a mobile world? What is being used in classrooms to integrate technology in a cost effective and authentic way? Do technologies exist that can create dynamic learning environments and inspire intrinsic motivation in unique learners? The answer to all questions is yes. Hear guest speaker Bryan Dean, a Farmington schools high school teacher, and the school district’s executive director of instruction Jon Manier explore the options and possibilities of digital age learning and the extent to which Farmington Public Schools uses them. This forum begins at 7 p.m. and is hosted by Warner Upper Elementary School, 30303 W. 14 Mile Road Farmington Hills.

October Business Workshops Offered by Oakland County

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in October offered by the Oakland County Business Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 5: Team SBA Financing Roundtable – Before you apply for a business loan, we recommend that you first attend this SBA Financing Roundtable. This is a free loan orientation conducted by a business banker, a business consultant from the SBA’s network of Small Business & Technology Development Centers, and an SBA representative. You’ll learn how the lending process works and what is expected of you and you’ll understand how the SBA can assist with our SBA Guaranteed Loan Program. This session is best suited to those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in their business. Because the SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms, including purchasing and rehabbing houses for sale, this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtables. The event 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.

Thursday, Occt. 6: Pre-Business Research/FastTrac NewVenture Orientation – 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. The event runs from 6 to 9:30 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 11: FastTrac New Venture is an intensive, 10-week program that helps you evaluate business opportunities and develop an action plan for owning your own business. Written by entrepreneurs for aspiring entrepreneurs, FastTrac NewVenture offers essential business information to help you develop your entrepreneurial skills and build your business on a strong foundation. FastTrac NewVenture provides the opportunity to objectively evaluate your concept and plans for moving forward, begin building an infrastructure for your business operations and processes, understand how to access the human, financial and business resources, and build an actionable business plan. Full cost for the FastTrac NewVenture 10 week series is $700, however, scholarships are available to reduce the cost to $140. The program runs from 6 to 9 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 11: Social Media Marketing Part 1 – Millions of people use social media for fun, but they are also powerful business tools that encourage communication and collaboration. Before you start using social-media tools, learn how they work and what they offer. They can enable internal collaboration, allow information-sharing with external partners, exchange information with your customers, and harness the collective ingenuity of the public to build brand advocates. Learn what it means to be engaged in social networking, which social networks are the most effective for conducting business, how to select the right tools for the job, how to protect yourself and your business and what you need before you get started. Part I of a three part series. The event runs from 6 to 9 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. The fee is $40. No refunds.

Thursday, Oct. 13: 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. The event runs from 6 to 9 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. The fee is $30.

Tuesday, Oct. 18: 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 event 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, Oct. 19: 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. The event runs from 9 to 11 a.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.

Thursday, Oct. 20: 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. The workshop runs from 6 to 9 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. The fee is $40.

Wednesday, Oct. 27: 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/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 program 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.

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