Event Notices From Aug. 27

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Brooks Kushman Shareholder, John LeRoy to Discuss Open Source License Compliance at Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo: To address the growing use of open source software in automobiles and embedded vehicle modules, Brooks Kushman shareholder John LeRoy will discuss OSS license compliance in the automotive industry during the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Sept. 17-19 in Novi. The presentation is aimed at all automotive companies, especially suppliers. LeRoy’s presentation will provide: insight and examples on the different types of OSS licensing requirements; advice on ways to properly understand and stay updated on customer OSS policies; examples of what companies in other industries are doing to maintain compliance; as well as background on the unique aspects of copyright litigation arising from the use of OSS. Brooks Kushman can analyze its clients’ embedded modules for open source code and counsel its clients on how to effectively comply with the licensing terms that apply to that code. This aspect of Brooks Kushman’s practice is staffed with intellectual property attorneys having degrees in computer science and electrical engineering, and experience with the terms of the pertinent open source license agreements and the automotive supply chain. The Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, held Sept. 17 to 19 at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi, Mich., is the premier showcase for electric and hybrid vehicle technology and innovation. The conference will highlight advances across the powertrain and a wide range of platforms from passenger and commercial to off-highway industrial vehicles. For more information about the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, please visit http://www.evtechexpo.com.

Oakland County Business Center September Workshops

WATERFORD TWP. (WWJ) – Oakland County’s business center is offering the following workshops to help entrepreneurs during the month of September:

Walk In – Start-Up Thursdays – Free Business Counseling
Thursday, Sept. 5, repeats Sept. 12, 19 and 26: Oakland County will offer free walk-in business consulting Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Entrepreneurs who want to start a business but do not know where to begin can receive free, confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business counselor with no appointment necessary. Counselors will provide direct answers to start-up questions, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools. Sessions will be limited to 15 minutes and available on a first come, first served basis.

CEED Microloan Orientation
Wednesday, Sept. 11: Oakland County will offer orientation for those applying for microloans from the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development Sept. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The event is free. 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 learning more about the MicroLoan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. (C.E.E.D. is Center for Empowerment and Economic Development.) Click Here for workshop details and registration information. https://www.misbtdc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=94330062

Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification Orientation
Wednesday, Sept. 18: Oakland County will offer an orientation program to get a company certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise Sept. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The event costs $25 per person. Learn about the benefits and process of becoming a Women’s Business Enterprise. Benefits include certification to private sector WBE’s and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. For additional information on WBE or CEED visit http://www.miceed.org. Click Here for workshop details and registration information. http://www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness/SBC/Pages/Womens-Business-Certification-WBE-Orientation.aspx

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
Thursday, Sept. 19: Oakland County will offer an event allowing those with business ideas to research their business concepts Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The event is free. For a startup or existing small business looking to research their business idea or find research for their business plan. This workshop will show you ways to find your ideal customers, find your competitors, diversify your market base, perform competitive analysis and more! Click Here for workshop details and registration information. https://www.misbtdc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=94330061

QuickBooks Essentials Part 1 and Part 2
Wednesday, Sept. 25: Oakland County will offer a training seminar in Quick Books Sept. 25, with Part 1 running from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Part 2 running from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Attend Part 1 for $40 or both parts for $75. The venue is 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41 West in Waterford Township. This introduction to small business financial management provides an overview of accurate record keeping, report interpretation and utilization, and management of the variety of tools provided in this system. Click Here for workshop details and registration information. http://www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness/SBC/Pages/QuickBooks-Essentials.aspx

Health Care Reform and Small Business
Wednesday, Sept. 25: Oakland County will offer a program on health care reform and small business from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 25 at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The event is free. Learn about health care reform legislation and how it will affect all business owners. The workshop will cover tax penalties, small business credits, small business wellness program grants (small and large wellness program grants), full-time employee status compliance and more. Any business owner (large or small) or human resources director should attend. Click Here for workshop details and registration information. https://www.misbtdc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=94330093

Writing a Business Plan
Thursday, Sept. 26: Oakland County will offer a seminar on writing a business plan from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The cost is $40 per person. Designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment, the course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing and finance, legal and regulatory issues, operations, and information based planning and management are key components of the workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included along with a demonstration of the MI-SBTDC online business plan tool. Click Here for workshop details and registration information. https://www.misbtdc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=94330066

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