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On Demand

On Demand, available until August 06
Topic: Financial and Accounting
What is crowdfunding and why use it to raise money for your business? Learn the basics of crowdfunding, and how to create a unique and successful crowdfunding campaign. Before you start asses your probability of success, learn the pros and cons of crowdfunding: the challenges include pre-campaign marketing, creating videos, home pages, rewards and more. "Know before you go"!
Speaker: Patricia Salo M.B.A, Certified SBDC Business Consultant
On Demand, available until August 20
Topic: Financial and Accounting
Understand commercial lending, How do cash flow, financial, projections, your business plan, Break-even analysis, and your banking relationships affect the lending process?. Look beyond your credit score, and review the 5 C's--the criterion the banker will use to determine your loan readiness: Capacity, Capital, Collateral, Conditions, Character. Know the rules of the game before your apply for a loan.
Speaker: Patricia Salo, M.B.A., accountant, financial analyst, certified SBDC business consultant
On Demand, available until August 27
Topic: Legal
Ignorance of the law is not a defense when a violation occurs. Understand the legal obligations for which you will be responsible for as the business owner: how to control legal costs, and how and when to seek professional legal counsel. Answer: prepare by understanding basic legal issues: legal entity creation, elements of a contract, a debt collection plan, basic employment issues, real property and zoning, intellectual property, insurance needs, tax filing and payment. The goal is to become a good manager who can identify the warring signs of non-compliance, and is willing to seek legal assistance when needed.
Speaker: Patricia Salo M.B.A, Certified SBDC Business Consultant

August

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 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
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 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! This 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, August 03, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 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, August 04, 2016 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, August 04, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Have you “Hit the Ceiling”? Every system that grows encounters times where what used to work, no longer does. You were progressing along towards your goals with a long history of success when your progress slows to a halt for some reason you cannot see. Forward motion seems to become impossible. Learn the leadership skills required to survive these barriers and move through them as quickly as possible. EOS is a complete system of simple tools to help you run your business better. It will drive three things we call Vision, Traction and Healthy. Vision is getting every one in your company the same crystal clear vision of where you are going and how you are going to get there. Traction is radically improving the Discipline and Accountability in your company. Healthy is advancing your company as a healthy cohesive functional team.
Location: Online
Thursday, August 04, 2016 5:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This workshop is designed for those looking to provide and sell intangible services. DESCRIPTION: This workshop will explore some of the key topics that make service businesses unique including; local demographics, job costing, contractors and employees, and personal selling. It is designed to give you the tools you need to explore and analyze the feasibility of your service through a project-based approach to the business planning process. Each participant will leave with a working project plan for timing, and next steps. While there are often some elements of products when selling services, this workshop is designed to focus on the service side. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how to simply start your service business. OUTLINE: Research, Capabilities, Financials, Marketing, Funding, Sales
Speaker: SBDC Consultant
Monday, August 08, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
The class is for new Intuit QuickBooks users that will or have just set up QuickBooks to do their record keeping. It is preferred that you have at least loaded your program and started the process so you have some familiarity with the screen. We will go through the basics of setup and then into the preferences to fine tune the company file.
Location: Online
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 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", is the third course in the series and 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. If you are in the very early stages of starting a new business, it is recommended you attend "Starting a Business" prior to "Marketing Your Business".
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Legal
Ready to launch your business as a sole proprietor or LLC? Have you been putting off doing the paperwork? Then join us for a free hands-on seminar and take the necessary steps needed to form and register a business, including; the Articles of Incorporation, and Employer Identification Number (EIN).
Speaker: SBDC Staff and Industry Expert
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Plan
Writing A Business Plan is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for self-employment success and addresses 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 will be included as will examples of business plans.
Speaker: SBDCMichigan Consultant
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 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. 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
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:00 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-SBDC Staff
Thursday, August 11, 2016 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, August 11, 2016 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, August 11, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Starting a Business
New 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, August 11, 2016 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Cyber Security
Be a survivor, not a statistic! If your organization had a major interruption and your technology assets were unavailable, what would it take for you to recover? At what cost? As a leader, acknowledging these challenges means thinking about how to service customers, assessing the safety of your physical locations, to say nothing of protecting and restoring your intangible — yet extremely valuable — digital assets. Learn about mitigating continuity risk and creating plans to get back on track as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster.
Speaker: John Hey, COO of Trivalent Group
Location: Online
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 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
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:00 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
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
It is always important for small business to communicate effectively with customers, suppliers, employees, and the community. And even more so now given the Flint water crisis and ongoing media reporting. This 90 minute workshop will provide a variety of techniques and strategies for small business communications.
Speaker: Phoenix Network — Advertising, marketing, and public relations specialists.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
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: Debi Piette, SBDC Small Business Consultant
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
As an introductory session delivered in a workshop format, the 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.
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
"Starting a Business" is the first course in a series of classes 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 Regional Director
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 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
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 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, August 17, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
This course is designed for entrepreneurs and business owners who are proficient with social media. Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of integrating social media into their marketing strategy. An overview of social media platforms in addition to Facebook and Twitter and useful online tools will be presented as well.
Speaker: Leandra Williams, Stingray Advisory Group
Thursday, August 18, 2016 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, August 18, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Find out what it takes to sell your goods and services to the federal government and the State of Michigan. What does it take to become a successful government contractor? What services and resources are available to a small business pursuing the government market? If your company has been considering the field of government contracting, this seminar will give you the insight you need. Who Should Attend? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company. Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building Room 150
Speaker: SBDC Counselor
Thursday, August 18, 2016 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, August 18, 2016 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 of the steps needed to form and register a business, get your Employer Identification Number (EIN), etc.
Speaker: Business Attorney
Thursday, August 18, 2016 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, August 18, 2016 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.
Speaker: SBDC staff and industry experts.
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 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: SBDC Staff
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The why, the what, and the how for your small business or nonprofit They’re Out There – How Do You Reach Them? You know your prospects, clients and members are active on social media. Are you asking: can social media really be harnessed for your business or nonprofit? Perhaps you’re not convinced that it works – or you are, but you’re feeling overwhelmed and are not sure how to get started marketing your business with social media. This seminar will show you the value of using social media to reach your customers, members and prospects – plus how it can drive repeat business from your current customers, and how it can lead to new customers, members and volunteers! We’ll take a look at the 5 most popular social media networks – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram – and discuss: What each network is about What to post How often to post The business benefit of using each social network We’ll also look at what comes next: what kinds of engaging, share-worthy content to post to social media, how to get started, and how to use a content calendar to plan your social media posts.
Location: Online
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 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-SBDC Staff
Location: Online
Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:00 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, August 25, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:30 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? As an official Google GYBO Partner, this webinar 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 webinar 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" webinar series.
Location: Online
Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 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. 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