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October

Thursday, October 13, 2016 8:15 AM to 12:00 PM, 12 sessions ending Thursday, December 08
Topic: Managing a Business
This is the registration site for the PeerSpectives Roundtable in Livonia. Registration is by invitation ONLY. The program will have twelve monthly meetings in the Schoolcraft VisTaTech Center in Livonia on the 2nd Thursday of each month. For more information contact Richard King at the MI-SBDC Southeast Region Office at 734-487-0490 or email at rking@emich.edu. Meetings will be held at: Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center Haggarty between 6 Mile and 7 Mile Livonia, Michigan
Speaker: Phillip Rice - Facilitator, Richard King, Co-Facilitator
Fee: $ 1200.00

January

Monday, January 02, 2017 8:15 AM to 12:00 PM, 12 sessions ending Sunday, December 31
Topic: Managing a Business
This is the registration site for the PeerSpectives Roundtable in Oakland County. The program will have ten monthly meetings in Troy at City Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The two off months will be determined by the group at a regular meeting. Registration is by invitation ONLY. For more information contact the MI-SBDC Southeast Region Office at 734-487-0355. Meetings will be held at: City Hall 500 W. Big Beaver Rd Troy, MI 48084
Speaker: Melissa Fennell - Facilitator, Richard King, Co-Facilitator
Fee: $ 1200.00
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Starting a Business
Are you an experienced professional with marketable skill sets looking for a new career avenue? Think about taking your expertise and becoming an independent consultant, freelancer, contractor or service provider. Explore the basics of business ownership including steps to form your business, startup costs, pricing and the rewards and pitfalls of working from home.
Speaker: Laurie Lonsdorf, Senior Business Consultant
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Starting a Business" is the first course in the series, designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Do you know what it takes to turn your skill into a successful business? Attend this seminar if you are an entrepreneur, new business owner or innovator. The seminar is FREE and the information is PRICELESS! The Starting a Business Seminar is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. This introductory seminar helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company; as well as, evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to get started.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Business Consultant and Hoyt Library Reference Librarian
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
"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-SBDC Staff
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: Michigan SBDC Staff
Thursday, January 19, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
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.
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Monday, January 23, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
"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-SBDC Staff
Location: Online
Monday, January 23, 2017 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
"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-SBDC Staff
Location: Online
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
You know your business should have a website - but you have no idea where to start! You don’t need to be an IT geek or even know HTML coding, and you don’t even need to have a lot of money. Jessica from the Capital Area District Library will introduce you to Weebly, a tool that will enable you to build your website with an easy drag and drop interface. You’ll learn the basics of creating your website, obtaining your own web address, and what information a typical business website should have to get you started for your online success! Please note that this is a lecture only seminar and doesn't allow for hands-on practice.
Speaker: Jessica Goodrich, Business & Careers Outreach Librarian, CADL
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Marketing Your Business", third course in the series, presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus is on the business’s customers – creating and keeping them.
Speaker: MI-SBTDC Staff
Location: Online
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
LCC purchases over $20 million dollars of products and services each year. Plan to attend this 1-hour presentation to meet the buyers and learn how to become a vendor to LCC, how to complete the Vendor Application, how to register for Bid4Michigan, and how the bid process works and how awards are made. Free pizza & pop provided!
Speaker: Seleana Samuel, LCC Director of Purchasing
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
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
Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Starting a Business
This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: Kellie Hanford, SBDC, Certified Business Consultant
Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Starting a Business
The Starting a Business workshop is intended for individuals in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital, or simply considering self-employment. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. This comprehensive 2.5 hour workshop also incorporates the SBDC’s fundamental Writing a Business Plan workshop and fully covers topics such as determining concept feasibility, startup costs, financing options, the basics of business planning, along with other necessary resources to launch. The workshop features instruction by a SBDC Small Business Consultant, held in partnership with North Central Michigan College, and is a pre-requisite to meeting with a SBDC consultant one-on-one.
Speaker: Kathleen Bagley, SBDC Small Business Consultant
Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
ONLINE 1-hour WEBINAR version of "Starting a Business," which is the first in the series of Venture Start workshops. "Starting a Business" is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. This introductory seminar covers the process of starting and operating a business, evaluating market potential for products/services, costs and financing options, plus business planning for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started. This webinar is a 1-hour live audio and slide presentation of a 2.5 hour class so it moves quite quickly through the material. For those who prefer the original 2.5 hour classroom seminar, it is still available at various times and locations around the state. FEE: There is no fee for the “Starting a Business” webinar but advance and separate registration for each individual is required. WEBINAR TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS: Participants will need a fast Internet connection, a good working computer with microphone and speakers, and an up to date browser. Specific technology requirements are noted below under Technology Requirements. REGISTRATION: Confirmation of your registration from MI-SBDC will include information on how the Webinar works, what to expect, and how to get set up and logged in. HANDOUTS: Any associated handout materials will be emailed to attendees after the training as they are referenced for homework but not needed during the session.
Speaker: Marsha Lyttle, MI-SBDC Regional Director and Certified Business Consultant
Location: Online
Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
This workshop is a must attend for the person considering a food service business. Discover what it takes to start and run a restaurant from setting the culture to setting up a cash flow. Topics to be covered include a review of licensing requirements, buying equipment, creating a menu and what to consider when looking for a space and the costs of building out the space. This class is also great for those planning to open a coffee shop, catering or other type of food service business.
Speaker: John Schmitt
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, January 26, 2017 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The course presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to help small businesses grow. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques.
Fee: $ 45.00
Friday, January 27, 2017 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Buying and Selling a Business
The Michigan Small Business Development Center has assembled an experienced team of experts to discuss the many aspects of purchasing or selling a business. Buyers and sellers will separate into individual sessions targeting both tracks [sellers and buyers], followed by a session with buyers and sellers participating with a panel of experienced professionals. Focused sessions will cover specific challenges and opportunities. Who should attend? Business owners and others who desire to learn about acquiring or selling a business as well as accountants, attorneys, business brokers, financial planners, CEOs, CFOs, will gain much from this conference. Special guest speakers are to be announced. Lunch will be served. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, January 27, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Legal
"Business Legal Issues is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide prospective business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Location: Online
Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Saturday, January 28, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Buying and Selling a Business
The Michigan Small Business Development Center has assembled an experienced team of experts to discuss the many aspects of purchasing or selling a business. Who Should Attend this Conference? Those who are looking to purchase or sell a business, as well as accountants, attorneys, business brokers, financial planners, CEOs and CFOs. The conference will focus on questions such as: Buyers 1. How do I find a business to purchase? 2. How do I determine the purchase price to be paid? 3. How much is my business worth? 4. How do I finance the purchase? 5. How do I investigate the business once I find a target? Sellers 1. How much is my business worth? 2. How do I find a buyer for my business? 3. Should I finance the sale of my business? 4. What do I need to do to get my business in shape to sell? Buyers and sellers will separate into individual sessions targeting both tracks [sellers and buyers], followed by a session with buyers and sellers participating with a panel of experienced professionals. Focused sessions will cover specific challenges and opportunities.
Speaker: Brain Picarazzi, SBA Eric Seifert and Dante Villarreal, MI-SBDC Kevin Ricco, Muskegon Innovation Hub Randy Rua, Rua Associates Steve Whitteberry, Invictus Mergers & Acquisitions Adam Zuwerink, West Michigan Law, P.C. Patrick Mutchler, Brickley Delong Matt Uhl, Huntington Bank Tom Zant, Challenge Machinery Company
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Starting a Business
The Starting a Business workshop is intended for individuals in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital, or simply considering self-employment. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. This comprehensive 2.5 hour workshop also incorporates the SBDC’s fundamental Writing a Business Plan workshop and fully covers topics such as determining concept feasibility, startup costs, financing options, the basics of business planning, along with other necessary resources to launch. The workshop features instruction by a SBDC Small Business Consultant, held in partnership with Baker College of Cadillac, and is a pre-requisite to meeting with a SBDC consultant one-on-one.
Speaker: Joni Krolczyk, MI-SBDC Certified Small Business Consultant
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
This seminar is directed to the aspiring business owner/entrepreneur who is considering starting a business and entering self-employment. Key components of this seminar include self-assessment (both personal and professional), identifying critical skills in leading and managing a business, developing a process for evaluation of the business concept and market potential, and determining start up costs and working capital needs.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Consultant
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Legal
For prospective business owners, this course is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring a new business to help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges. Those already in business will learn about business liability issues, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment, property issues, leasing and insurance. Also covered is intellectual property including copyrights, patents, trademarks and privacy policies.
Speaker: James R. Duby Jr., Attorney at Law

February

Thursday, February 02, 2017 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
The USACE 88th Regional Support Command at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, is a two-star command that provides services and base operations support to more than 55,000 Army Reserve Soldiers, Families and Civilians dispersed across 19 states in the northern U.S. from the Ohio River to the Pacific including the State of Michigan. The RSC is seeking vendors in the following industries: - Janitorial Services - Landscaping Services - Solid Waste Collection The Industry Day is being held in Colorado and streamed live to participating PTACs in the 19 state region. The Northwest Michigan PTAC and Northwest MI-SBDC are hosting the event locally at the Michigan Works at 1209 S. Garfield Ave (Large Conference Room) in Traverse City Michigan. Participants will have the ability to interact with presenters both virtually and locally. Agenda: - Performance Work Statement Overview (Janitorial, Landscaping, Solid Waste Collection), - Overview of Acquisition Strategy - Q&A Session - Overview of SBDC and PTAC Services This event is free but registration in required. Seating is limited so register early! Register online at http://www.networksnorthwest.org/business/ptac/training-calendar.html or by contacting Cathy Fairbanks, PTAC Program Manager, at 231.929.5036 or cathy.fairbanks@networksnorthwest.org
Thursday, February 02, 2017 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
The quickest way to get somewhere is a straight path. The process of goal setting helps identify the road map for creating a personalized business plan that will deliver extraordinary results. Through the use of tools and strategies, discover hidden goals, tap wasted time and keep you on the path to reaching your big goals. MAPS Business Training is a team of talented, innovative and inspired thought-leaders. As a cutting-edge training and coaching company, we empower our clients through proprietary models, products and services that provided clarity of purpose, priority, productivity and profitability.
Speaker: Lisa Fisher is a trainer and coach for MAPS Business Training. As a founding investor she helped build the Lansing Michigan  Keller Williams Realty Franchise through the implementation of systems and models to help others build careers worth having, business worth owning, and lives worth living. With 30 years of leadership and development experience Lisa continues to serve individuals, business, and corporations of all sizes to find their focus, manage their time, and achieve more by doing less.
Location: Online
Thursday, February 02, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Do you know what it takes to turn your skill into a successful business? Attend this seminar if you are an entrepreneur, new business owner or innovator. The seminar is FREE and the information is PRICELESS! The Starting a Business Seminar is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. This introductory seminar helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company; as well as, evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to get started.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Business Consultant and Grace A Dow Memorial Library Reference Librarian
Thursday, February 02, 2017 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
Are you overwhelmed by the ever-changing and constantly growing world of social media? Are you unsure how it can benefit your business? Join Leandra Williams, owner of Stingray Advisory Group, as she provides an overview of marketing, how social media fits in, why and how you should use it to promote your small business. A high-level overview of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube will be provided.
Speaker: Leandra Williams, owner of Stingray Advisory Group, which works with early-stage entrepreneurs and small-to-medium sized businesses throughout the state. Their focus is on developing growth strategies and assisting clients with several areas, including: social media management, website design and traditional marketing outreach.
Location: Online
Thursday, February 02, 2017 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Legal
The course provides an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide prospective business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges.
Speaker: Staff
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, February 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
Designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment, or business launch, 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.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
"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, is 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.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to build a brand that will convey the core message of your business and attract the correct target market. We will focus on how to use psychological principles in your branding to find the most effective way to speak to your target market. This webinar is designed for people who want to know that they are putting the right message in front of the right audience to maximize conversions and sales.
Speaker: Melissa Forziat is a small business marketing consultant and event planner. She founded Melissa Forziat Events and Marketing in 2012 and currently works with small business owners and nonprofits to develop impactful events and strategic marketing plans. Before starting her own business, Melissa held event planning roles at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 2011 Rugby World Cup, and US Olympic Committee. Most recently, Melissa published her first book and companion workbook, Small Business Marketing on a Budget (http://melissaforziatevents.com/free-ebook-small-business-marketing-budget/).
Location: Online
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: Kellie Hanford, SBDC, Certified Business Consultant
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Starting a Business
The Starting a Business workshop is intended for individuals in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital, or simply considering self-employment. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. This comprehensive 2.5 hour workshop also incorporates the SBDC’s fundamental Writing a Business Plan workshop and fully covers topics such as determining concept feasibility, startup costs, financing options, the basics of business planning, along with other necessary resources to launch. The workshop features instruction by a SBDC Small Business Consultant, held in partnership with Northwestern Michigan College, is a pre-requisite to meeting with a SBDC consultant one-on-one. This workshop counts towards the Small Business Entrepreneur Certificate Program offered by NMC’s Extended Educational Services Division.
Speaker: Annie Olds, SBDC Small Business Consultant
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
Did you know your business has its own credit reports and scores? Do you know how to leverage yours for better terms with vendors, increased financing options, business opportunities and more? Are you familiar with the small business FICO score used to screen many SBA loan applications? If you didn’t answer “yes” to all these questions, join credit expert Gerri Detweiler, head of market education for Nav, as she explains how to build and use business credit to your advantage. You’ll learn: • Which credit bureaus compile business credit reports and how they are used, • Business credit scores and the factors that help build strong scores • Key ways business credit is different from personal • Quick steps you can take now to build business credit (even if you have no business credit or poor personal credit);
Speaker: Gerri Detweiler, Head of Market Education, Nav
Location: Online
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Do you know what it takes to turn your skill into a successful business? Attend this seminar if you are an entrepreneur, new business owner or innovator. The seminar is FREE and the information is PRICELESS! The Starting a Business Seminar is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. This introductory seminar helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company; as well as, evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to get started.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Business Consultant and Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library Representative
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Thursday, February 09, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Starting a Business
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: Michigan SBDC Staff
Thursday, February 09, 2017 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
If you are serious about seeking financing for your business, you owe it to yourself to attend a Financing Roundtable presented by TEAM SBA. TEAM SBA consists of a preferred SBA lender, a business consultant, SBA economic development staff, and business owners like you. We'll debunk the myths and demystify the process of bank financing - in plain English. You will learn how your loan application will be analyzed, what underwriting criteria is used, and how banking regulations affect the decision. We will answer your questions based upon your business model. Over the last seven years, TEAM SBA has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs gain a better understanding of the financing process. In order to help you, we require you to have good credit, a solid business idea and some money to invest in your business. Please note: The SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms and this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtables. Locally sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Small Business Development Center.
Speaker: Representatives from SBA (Small Business Administration), Local Lenders, SBDC Great Lakes Bay Region Business Consultants
Thursday, February 09, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Cyber Security
Yes, even small businesses are at risk of cyber attacks. In fact small business is more vulnerable in many ways. This workshop is designed for small business owners (no technology background assumed) who have completed the Cyber Security Assessment provided by the MI-SBDC to determine if their company is at risk. The assessment ([available here]) is designed as an interactive learning tool that increases your understanding and preparation for managing your business security risk. It may take 20 to 45 minutes to complete and includes multiple perspectives that can help you understand - and ultimately reduce - your vulnerability as a small business. After completing the assessment, please join us for our discussion and presentation on February 9th. This timely discussion includes the most common areas for concern and action for small business owners: - Cyber Security Best Practices - Protecting Your Company Information - What to do if your company has been breached - Password Practices - Physical Security - Buying and Selling Online - Physical Security - Mobile Security The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts of cyber security.
Speaker: John Hey | Trivalent Group
Thursday, February 09, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn the basics of how to set-up and post to a Facebook account for your business. This beginning seminar will cover the basics of creating a social media plan, ideas of what to post and general business social media etiquette. Other topics include: • The difference between a profile, a group and a page (and which one you should choose) • Facebook terms and lingo you need to know • Tips & pointers. Please note that this is a lecture only seminar and doesn't allow for hands-on practice. Free pizza lunch provided by the Capital Area District Library.
Speaker: Jessica Goodrich, CADL, Business Outreach Librarian
Thursday, February 09, 2017 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
If you are serious about seeking financing for your business, you owe it to yourself to attend a Financing Roundtable presented by TEAM SBA. TEAM SBA consists of a preferred SBA lender, a business consultant, SBA economic development staff, and business owners like you. We'll debunk the myths and demystify the process of bank financing - in plain English. You will learn how your loan application will be analyzed, what underwriting criteria is used, and how banking regulations affect the decision. We will answer your questions based upon your business model. Over the last seven years, TEAM SBA has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs gain a better understanding of the financing process. In order to help you, we require you to have good credit, a solid business idea and some money to invest in your business. Please note: The SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms and this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtables.
Speaker: Representatives from SBA (Small Business Administration), Local Lenders, & Michigan SBDC Business Advisors
Thursday, February 09, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Legal
Ready to launch your business as a sole proprietor or LLC? Been putting off the paperwork? Then you need this hands-on walk through. A Business Attorney will be present to assist with the necessary documents needed to form and register a business including; Articles of Incorporation and Employer Identification Number (EIN). An IRS Enrolled Agent will discuss the tax implications of your new business, options, and good business practices. Please come prepared with one or more names for your business. Please click here, or visit http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/bcs_corp/sr_corp.asp to search for existing business names, registered with the State of Michigan. Wireless internet access will be available.
Speaker: Business Attorney IRS Enrolled Agent
Thursday, February 09, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
This course is designed for entrepreneurs and business owners who are brand new to social media. Through step by step instruction and examples, attendees will learn how to create and use social media for their business. The training will begin with a classroom style lecture followed by an interactive question and answer session. Please note: Attendees will then be invited to create their social media accounts with the help of the instructor. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop or tablet in order to participate in creating their own social media accounts.
Speaker: Leandra Williams, Stingray Advisory Group
Thursday, February 09, 2017 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
As an introductory seminar, the course covers the basics of financial management, including how to start an accounting system and how to apply the information from key financial statements to help you manage your business. Accounting language including debits and credits, preparation of the balance sheet and profit & loss statement are explained. Cash flow analysis and breakeven are also covered with specific small business examples.
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, February 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This seminar has a focus on both finding and keeping customers. The importance of identifying target customers, how to reach target customers, and how to keep customers coming back are all pieces of an actionable marketing plan. This seminar delivers a practical tool to help business owners be successful in creating awareness of their business and building a solid customer base.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Consultant
Fee: $ 10.00
Friday, February 10, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
Are you a new or existing small business owner who will be seeking bank financing in the near future? Get the inside scoop from the SBA and local financial institutions on what criteria they are looking for from you! Have your questions answered directly by a team of experts. This course is designed for new and existing small business owners and lending professionals who are interested in learning about lending in today's market. Topics include: How loan applications are analyzed, what bankers require for approval, and how banking regulations affect decisions. Room 3150
Speaker: SBA
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Every business needs and wants more traffic and leads. They especially want traffic and leads that are going to pay. SEO (Search Engine Optimization), if done correctly, can create a virtual juggernaut that will continually generate loads of leads and traffic. In this presentation, Jae Burnham, Owner of Jaebird SEO, will teach you the 5 most powerful SEO hacks that will drive in tons of new customers falling over themselves to buy from your business and not your competition. Free pizza lunch provided.
Speaker: Jae Burnham, Jaebird SEO
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 5 sessions ending Tuesday, March 14
Topic: Starting a Business
Do you dream about turning your passion for food and cooking into a business? Learn step-by-step the necessary things you will need to turn your dream into a reality. From costing and sourcing to cutting through the seemingly endless red-tape, this course is a MUST for anyone who is serious about taking the next step towards becoming an entrepreneur. The course meets for 5 weeks. (No class on October 2, 2013)
Fee: $ 249.00
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Starting a Business
Drop in to get assistance with market research, business databases and more from Jessica Goodrich, the Capital Area District Library Business Outreach Librarian. Are you wondering how to get started with market research? Have you heard of business databases but have no idea how to use them? Learn about top market research tools, understanding your competition, your market size, and the best place to locate your business. Come and brainstorm with Jessica, or just learn about what business groups are in the area.
Speaker: Jessica Goodrich, Business Outreach Librarian, CADL
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
Did you know research shows that 97% of consumers search the web to find local goods and services, but only 37% of businesses have claimed a local business listing on a search engine? This workshop hosted by the Michigan SBDC will help you get started with free tools from Google, and topics include: • Getting your business listed and verified on Google Search and Maps • Using "Google My Business" to manage your online presence • Reaching your target markets electronically • Securing a domain name and building a free website for your business This workshop is intended for businesses who want to learn the initial steps of getting their business presence online, and is a great precursor to our "Grow Your Business Online" workshop.
Speaker: Ian Rogers, MI-SBDC
Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Starting a Business
The Starting a Business workshop is intended for individuals in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital, or simply considering self-employment. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. This comprehensive 2.5 hour workshop also incorporates the SBDC’s fundamental Writing a Business Plan workshop and fully covers topics such as determining concept feasibility, startup costs, financing options, the basics of business planning, along with other necessary resources to launch. The workshop features instruction by a SBDC Small Business Consultant, held in partnership with Baker College of Cadillac, and is a pre-requisite to meeting with a SBDC consultant one-on-one.
Speaker: Joni Krolczyk, MI-SBDC Certified Small Business Consultant
Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: Michigan SBDC Staff
Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Starting a Business" is the first course in the series, designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Thursday, February 16, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: Michigan Small Business Development Center and Fifth Third Bank
Thursday, February 16, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
This course is designed for entrepreneurs and business owners who have a basic understanding of social media and wish to build their social media presence. Social media concepts, marketing basics, and incorporating social media into your marketing strategy will be explored.
Speaker: Leandra Williams, Stingray Advisory Group
Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
This seminar will teach the steps to take a homemade recipe to the shelves of a grocery store. Do you have a recipe for something so delicious, people are always saying you should sell it? Learn what it takes to start a food manufacturing business during a free class at the Artisan Kitchen at the Frankenmuth Farmers Market on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5 – 9 p.m. Attendees will also get a tour of the brand new commercial kitchen facility available at the Market.
Speaker: SBDC Consultant; Farmers Market Representative
Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Do you know what it takes to turn your skill into a successful business? Attend this seminar if you are an entrepreneur, new business owner or innovator. The seminar is FREE and the information is PRICELESS! The Starting a Business Seminar is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. This introductory seminar helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company; as well as, evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to get started.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Business Consultant and Hoyt Library Reference Librarian