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MI-SBDC Detroit Business Center
Detroit

Phone: (313) 672-1101
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About Us

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Detroit is operated by Eastern Michigan University and services businesses throughout Metro Detroit with consultants working out of this office providing services at our satellite offices in western Wayne County, Oakland County and Macomb County.  The office is located in downtown Detroit at 163 Madison St.    All counseling services at SBDC offices are by appointment.

Counseling Services

The SBDC offers no cost, one-on-one counsel to help pre-venture, early stage and growing businesses create business plans, marketing plans, gather secondary research information or develop loan packages to gain access to financing.  We have a two step registration process to that allows us to provide you in depth service from your first appointment.

Counseling registration process - Two Steps

  1. Please register at the Online Request for Counseling (link.)
    • This provides us the demographic data we need and explains our confidentiality and conflict of interest policies.
  2. When we receive your request, we will send you an email to requests the following:

This information allows us to assign you to the appropriate counselor for your needs and to be prepared for an effective first meeting.  Once complete a counselor will contact you to make an appointment.

Training Events

For training events at this and nearby centers, scroll down to EVENTS section for details.



Online Request for Counseling

Events

We offer workshops at no cost or a nominal fee in Detroit, Metro Detroit and Online designed to help both start-ups and existing businesses.  

  • Detroit Workshops: See list below.
  • Metro Detroit Workshops: For a listing of all SBDC workshops in Metro Detroit over the next sixty days, please click here.
  • Online Workshops: We also offer a variety of no cost and low cost online workshops.  To view those, please click here..

Starting a Business

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Starting a Business: A workshop to help you an aspiring entrepreneur assess your ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to help you evaluate market and sales potential for your products and services. The basics of business ownership and start-up issues are introduced, along with a presentation of the resources available to help you launch your new venture. To attend, please pre-register.
Speaker: SBDC Staff
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Starting a Business: A workshop to help you an aspiring entrepreneur assess your ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to help you evaluate market and sales potential for your products and services. The basics of business ownership and start-up issues are introduced, along with a presentation of the resources available to help you launch your new venture. To attend, please pre-register.
Speaker: SBDC Staff
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Starting a Business: A workshop to help you an aspiring entrepreneur assess your ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to help you evaluate market and sales potential for your products and services. The basics of business ownership and start-up issues are introduced, along with a presentation of the resources available to help you launch your new venture. To attend, please pre-register.
Speaker: SBDC Staff

Business Plan

Monday, March 09, 2015 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Writing a Business Plan", second in the series. For those at startup or early stage in their business, a pre-requisite to this class is "Starting a Business," which provides the tools, information, and instructions on preparing to write a plan, which may take several weeks prior to starting on a business plan. After attending “Starting a Business” it generally takes 4-6 weeks to complete the preparation needed to be ready for the “Writing a Business Plan” workshop. These and other “Venture Start” workshops are offered at multiple locations and dates around the region and the state. "Writing a Business Plan" is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for self-employment success, this course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included. Live examples of effective business plans are used as course material. "Writing a Business Plan" is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for self-employment success, this course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included. Live examples of effective business plans are used as course material.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Location: Online

Financial and Accounting

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Financial Management" introduces basic accounting concepts and how to apply financial information that helps small business owners manage a business more effectively. Key documents including Cash flow Statement, Profit & Loss, and Balance Sheet are explained, using specific small business examples. The course is designed to help entrepreneurs understand accounting principles and financial statements, and work more effectively with the accounting team.
Speaker: MI-SBTDC Staff
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Before you apply for a business loan, first attend a free financing roundtable. We will debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. The "team" is a banker, an SBA representative, an SBA business counselor, and business owners like you. You will get first hand information on what credit criteria your banker has. The team will answer all of your financing questions and give you advice on what steps to take to achieve your goal of starting or expanding a business. We will explain how the SBA loan guarantee can work for you. The roundtables are best suited for those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business.
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163 Madison Street, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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