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September

Thursday, September 29, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements to Maximize Cash Flow and Increase Access to Capital Who Should Attend: Business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements. The ideal participant in Know Your Numbers will have 2-3 years of financial history and be pursuing financing or having challenges with cash flow. Topics include how to: • Use your Balance Sheet and Income Statement in managing your business • Use break even analysis to improve your decision-making • Find the source of your cash flow problems • Increase your company’s cash flow • Get the banker on your side Registration at 3 pm. Seminar begins promptly at 3:30 pm.
Speaker: SBDC Staff
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, September 29, 2016 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
Thursday, September 29, 2016 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

October

Tuesday, October 04, 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, October 04, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
You have a passion -- a hidden talent. Do you know what it takes to turn that skill into a successful business? This workshop is designed for you to learn best practices for increasing your chances of entrepreneurial success. You will be introduced to the key characteristics of successful business ownership and what it takes to start and run a thriving business. Plus, you will be provided with available resources to help launch new ventures in Michigan. So, get focused, get motivated, and get ready to go!
Speaker: Kellie Hanford, Certified Small Business Consultant
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Legal
This course 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: Curt Rypma, Schenk, Boncher & Rypma, P.C.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 10:30 AM to 12:00 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, October 05, 2016 12:00 PM to 2:30 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 North Central Michigan College, and is a pre-requisite to meeting with a SBDC consultant one-on-one. This is a 'brown bag' workshop as it runs through the lunch hour. Please feel welcome to bring your own meal.
Speaker: Kathleen Bagley, SBDC Small Business Consultant
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 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 Starting a Business seminar is FREE and the information is PRICELESS! The 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 Consultant and Grace A Dow Memorial Library Reference Librarian
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 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.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their industry, customers, and competition? In this series from the GRPL Business Librarian, you'll learn exactly that: the tools, tactics, and strategies to make market research faster, easier, and more beneficial to any entrepreneur at any level!
Speaker: Steven Assarian, Grand Rapids Public Library
Thursday, October 06, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Starting a new business on Etsy can feel overwhelming. Learn what to do before you open your shop, the steps to opening, Etsy rules and regulations (should you be selling on Etsy?), how to get found in their search engine, shop and shipping policies and how to take effective product photos.
Speaker: Jessica Goodrich, CADL, Business Outreach Librarian
Thursday, October 06, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Executing as a great team requires coordination. It is not enough to set goal and to define a vision, you also have to execute and communicate the vision regularly. Many leadership structures do not live up to their potential because the plans and vision sit on a shelf and do not live in the people in an organization. The meeting pulse is the heartbeat of the EOS. Learn how to increase discipline and accountability by following the rhythm of meetings in EOS. 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 everyone 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, October 06, 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", the 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, October 06, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
This Sales & Use Tax Recovery Seminar presented by National Auditing Services is designed for businesses -- primarily manufacturers -- to learn how they may be able to recapture dollars lost by overpaying sales & use taxes. There are more than 250,000 manufacturing companies in the United States, encompassing nearly 10% of the U.S. work force and more than 10,000 taxing jurisdictions including state and local governments. Most companies lack the resources to optimize their tax bills and as a consequence - the industry overpays its Sales and Use taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars per year. As an example, these are just some questions that can lead to overpayment: • We have office equipment that is used in both general administration and industrial processing. How should this be taxed? • What is the difference between sales and use tax? • Are packaging supplies used to ship our product taxable or exempt? • When purchasing an item, is sales tax paid to the State your located in or the State the vendor is located in? • What is the difference between real property and tangible personal property? How does this affect taxability? National Auditing Services specializes in an auditing procedure known as Reverse Sales and Use Tax Recovery. For more than 20 years, National Auditing Services has helped hundreds of companies across the United States recover overpaid taxes related to their manufacturing operations, providing the service on a contingency basis with no up-front cost to the business.
Speaker: National Auditing Services
Thursday, October 06, 2016 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, October 06, 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
Friday, October 07, 2016 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.
Speaker: SBA
Monday, October 10, 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
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements to Maximize Cash Flow and Increase Access to Capital Who Should Attend: Business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements. The ideal participant in Fiscal Fitness will have 2-3 years of financial history and be pursuing financing or having challenges with cash flow. Topics include how to: • Use your Balance Sheet and Income Statement in managing your business • Use break even analysis to improve your decision-making • Find the source of your cash flow problems • Increase your company’s cash flow • Get the banker on your side
Speaker: SBDC and industry experts.
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Google Workshop
What do visitors do on your website? This workshop shows you how to understand and measure customer behavior on your site. We show you how to set up measurement goals and use the data to make better business decisions and grow your business online.
Location: Online
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:00 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. 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM – Registration, breakfast, and networking 8:30 AM to 8:45 AM – Opening Remarks 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM – Breakout Session #1 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Breakout Session #2 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Panel Discussion
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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.
Speaker: Jessica Goodrich, CADL, Business Outreach Librarian
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
"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, October 12, 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. 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). 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.
Speaker: Business Attorney
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Legal
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "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
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their industry, customers, and competition? In this series from the GRPL Business Librarian, you'll learn exactly that: the tools, tactics, and strategies to make market research faster, easier, and more beneficial to any entrepreneur at any level!
Speaker: Steven Assarian, Grand Rapids Public Library
Thursday, October 13, 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, October 13, 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
Thursday, October 13, 2016 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, October 13, 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: MI-SBDC Consultant
Fee: $ 10.00
Friday, October 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This course 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. Additional information:The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan s economic well-being by providing counseling, training, secondary market research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. With offices statewide, the SBDC positively impacts the economy by strengthening existing companies, creating new jobs, retaining existing jobs, and assisting companies in defining their path to success. Tamara Davis is the director of the SBDC Southwest Michigan region.
Speaker: Tamara Davis
Fee: $ 35.00
Friday, October 14, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Human Resources
There is a perfect storm brewing for small businesses that will affect how you hire, manage and pay your labor force: 1) A serious shortage of skilled workers available to hire; 2) Potential state and federal increases to the minimum wage; and 3) The Department of Labor’s overtime and exemption pay rule that takes effect December 1st. These changes could significantly impact your finances, production, customer service, and employee engagement. In this session you’ll learn how these changes can impact your business and what you can do weather this storm. You will share ideas with other business owners through facilitated discussion groups and take away tips and tools to help your business be prepared.
Speaker: Kathy Miller PHR, CPLP - Business Growth Specialist, MI-SBDC
Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
When marketing your small business, demonstrating industry expertise can be critical in standing out from the competition. Content marketing is a strategic approach to attracting and retaining customers by educating and sharing your valuable information through blogs, podcasts, video, social media and more. In this session, Ryan Carpenter, Realtor at Keller Williams Realty, Inc. and owner of Reel Digital Media, demonstrates examples of successful content marketing, how to choose ideal messaging platforms and content ideas that best fit your industry, the importance of building a network and staying top-of-mind through consistent marketing. You will leave with the tools to create and implement your own content marketing action plan. Lunch provided or bring your own.
Speaker: Ryan Carpenter, Reel Digital Media
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Human Resources
There is a perfect storm brewing for small businesses that will affect how you hire, manage and pay your labor force: 1) A serious shortage of skilled workers available to hire; 2) Potential state and federal increases to the minimum wage; 3) The Department of Labor’s overtime and exemption pay rule that takes effect December 1st. These changes could significantly impact your finances, production, customer service, and employee engagement. In this session you’ll learn how these changes can impact your business and what you can do weather this storm. You will share ideas with other business owners through facilitated discussion groups and take away tips and tools to help your business be prepared
Speaker: Kathy Waltz Miller PHR, CPLP - Business Growth Specialist, MI-SBDC Kathy Waltz Miller is an organizational development professional who is passionate about helping Michigan businesses grow through strategic planning, process improvement, talent management, and training. Kathy has over 20 years' experience in the higher education, agricultural, and non-profit sectors. Her past entrepreneurial pursuits include farm ownership, day care, word processing, and consulting. She holds a Master's degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University and is a Professional in Human Resources, and a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance.
Tuesday, October 18, 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, October 18, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Cyber Security
Small businesses are at risk of cyber attacks -- though many are not aware of the very real risks, and small business is more vulnerable than big business in many ways. This workshop is designed for small business owners (no technology background assumed) learn what those risks are and how to deal with them. The workshop includes a panel discussion with regional experts in cyber security, including staff from Baker College's Cyber Defense program. The workshop also includes a pre-workshop cyber Security assessment provided by the MI-SBDC to help you determine what your business's risks might be. The assessment is an interactive learning tool designed to increase your understanding and preparation for managing those risks. The assessment takes 20-30 minutes but is a powerful and important tool that will help you understand - and ultimately reduce - your vulnerability as a small business. Well worth the time to complete it! Registered attendees will be sent a reminder and link to the assessment prior to the workshop. The assessment is open and available to any business that wants to profile their cyber security vulnerability. Assessment -- "Cyber Security Q&A Course" is at: www.smallbizbigthreat.com
Speaker: Trivalent Group plus a panel of Cyber Security Professionals
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Google Workshop
Join us as we present information compiled by Google on winning the shift to mobile. There’s a new battleground for businesses working to build their brands online: the moment. Today, you have to earn the customer’s consideration and action, moment after moment. Why? Because people are more loyal to their need in the moment than to any particular brand. It turns out, many consumers aren’t brand committed. 90% of smartphone users are not absolutely certain of the specific brand they want to buy when they begin looking for information online. On the upshot—or the downside, depending on how you look at it— all businesses get a shot at their competitor’s customers. Did you know that 1 in 3 smartphone users purchased from a company or brand other than the one they intended to because of information provided in the moment they needed it? By being there, your brand has the chance to address consumer needs in the moment, help move someone along their decision journey.
Location: Online
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 5 sessions ending Tuesday, November 15
Topic: Not Set
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: $ 225.00
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
This course covers the basics of business plan development and is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment. You will leave with a draft of your business concept and the steps for creating a business plan.
Speaker: Kellie Hanford, Certified Small Business Consultant
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Friday, October 21
Topic: Not Set
UEI 2016 is a THREE DAY symposium that includes two business model competitions; keynote speakers at multiple events; community networking; panel discussions; and breakout educational sessions. UEI is about community engagement, innovations, and determination -- the keys to a city's revitalization. Join entrepreneurs and community leaders who are creating a new Flint urban reality! FOR INFORMATION & REGISTRATION visit www.urbanei.org
Speaker: Multiple
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements to Maximize Cash Flow and Increase Access to Capital Who Should Attend: Business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements. The ideal participant in Know Your Numbers will have 2-3 years of financial history and be pursuing financing or having challenges with cash flow. Topics include how to: • Use your Balance Sheet and Income Statement in managing your business • Use break even analysis to improve your decision-making • Find the source of your cash flow problems • Increase your company’s cash flow • Get the banker on your side
Speaker: Marie Elliott, MI-SBDC
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
As Internet connections have become more and more available the cloud has become a significant resource for delivering high quality up to date tools to aid in almost every aspect of business. We will be presenting a series of tools that address key items including: Antivirus and security, backup and recovery; collaboration; and productivity. These tools are not only quickly and efficiently available, they are always up to date and are built on robust security foundations that can help keep both you and your data safe! The Webinar will be presented as a series of short sections: · What is the cloud? · Why use the cloud? · Protecting your system from the cloud · Backing up your data to the cloud · Collaboration in the cloud · Productivity in the cloud · Putting it all out there: Hosting in the cloud Due to time constraints this will be a high level business focused webinar and although some technologies may be noted as examples, no one technology will be a focus for any business area.
Location: Online
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
You have a passion ... a hidden talent. Do you know what it takes to turn that skill into a successful business? Attend this seminar if you are an entrepreneur, new business owner, innovator or a 'closet' business person. Prepare to be informed, motivated, and focused on your business plan for action. The seminar is FREE and information - 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. For more information about the Michigan SBDC, business resources and other seminars, go to www.SBDCMichigan.org or call (989) 686-9597. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. This same seminar is offered multiple times and at different locations across the Great Lakes Bay Region to accommodate most everyone's schedule. You’re invited to find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MISBTDC.GreatLakesBay.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Business Consultant and Hoyt Library Reference Librarian
Wednesday, October 19, 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.
Speaker: SBDC staff and industry experts.
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
This course 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.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their industry, customers, and competition? In this series from the GRPL Business Librarian, you'll learn exactly that: the tools, tactics, and strategies to make market research faster, easier, and more beneficial to any entrepreneur at any level!
Speaker: Steven Assarian, Grand Rapid Public Library
Thursday, October 20, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
Who Should Attend: Business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements. The ideal participant in Know Your Numbers will have 2-3 years of financial history and be pursuing financing or having challenges with cash flow. Topics include how to: • Use your Balance Sheet and Income Statement in managing your business • Use break even analysis to improve your decision-making • Find the source of your cash flow problems • Increase your company’s cash flow • Get the banker on your side Registration begins at 8:00 AM. Refreshments will be provided.
Speaker: Jose Navarrete, SBDC Growth Specialist
Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements to Maximize Cash Flow and Increase Access to Capital Who Should Attend: Business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements. Topics include how to: Identify opportunities and challenges with your balance sheet and income statement Discuss the proven ways to increase your company’s cash flow Apply breakeven analysis to improve decision making Understand and plan the working capital to support your growth Strengthen the partnership with your lender
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Thursday, October 20, 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, October 20, 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, October 20, 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, October 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Have you ever stood on the sidelines at an event because you didn’t know anyone in the room? Networking is a key business skill, yet most of us never learn the secrets to doing it effectively and with ease. The good news is that everyone can learn to network—even introverts! In this program we’ll discuss ways to overcome your nerves, make stronger introductions, and feel comfortable “working the room.” You will leave with techniques to connect easily and confidently to build strong business relationships. Bring your business cards, a welcoming smile and a willingness to meet new people.
Speaker: Laurie Lonsdorf, SBDC Senior Business Consultant
Friday, October 21, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
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.
Monday, October 24, 2016 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
This seminar explains the benefits and process for engaging in the Federal Government 8(a) program that is administered by the US SBA. Targeted at socially and economically disadvantaged (typically minority owned) businesses, the 8(a) Business Development program helps those small businesses gain a foothold in government contracting. Upon enrollment in this program, firms receive help with finding contracts, proposal preparation, and contract administration. The applicant must be a small business, unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are U.S. citizens, been in business for at least two years, and demonstrate potential for success.
Monday, October 24, 2016 2:00 PM to 3:00 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
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Any successful Etsy-prenuer will tell you that setting up your shop is only the first step to a successful business. You have to pay attention to the details, and even more so to your customers, if you’re going to stand out from your competitors. Jessica Goodrich from the Capital Area District Library will present several tips to help insure your selling success: • Make your photos “Drool-Worthy” • Build your own brand & define your niche • Experiment with search engine optimization (SEO) • Get smart about social media Join us and get your creative business going!
Speaker: Jessica Goodrich, Business & Careers Outreach Librarian, Capital Area District Library
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Whether start up or existing business, finding the FLINT area resources available to help small businesses can be a huge challenge! SIPI (Social Impact Philanthropy and Investment) will provide a 90 minute overview of resources available in Flint along with what businesses need to prepare and plan for capital investment including 1) types of capital investment and pros and cons of each; group discussion on needs and challenges related to finding resources 3) information required to qualify for funding; and 4) an overview of local resources.
Speaker: SIPI and U of M Flint Staff
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Google Workshop
Join us as we introduce you to advertising on Google and show you how to promote your business online. Studies show that 97% of consumers research products online before purchasing, and 89% of consumers use Internet search engines to make purchasing decisions. So, it’s important that your business appears on the search results page when potential customers are looking for you.
Location: Online
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Human Resources
There is a perfect storm brewing for small businesses that will affect how you hire, manage and pay your labor force: 1) A serious shortage of skilled workers available to hire; 2) Potential state and federal increases to the minimum wage; and 3) The Department of Labor’s overtime and exemption pay rule that takes effect December 1st. These changes could significantly impact your finances, production, customer service, and employee engagement. In this session you’ll learn how these changes can impact your business and what you can do weather this storm. You will share ideas with other business owners through facilitated discussion groups and take away tips and tools to help your business be prepared.
Speaker: Kathy Waltz Miller PHR, CPLP, Business Growth Specialist, SBDC
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 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
Wednesday, October 26, 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.
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, October 27, 2016 8:00 AM to 1:00 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. This event is sponsored by Old Mission Bank and hosted by the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce. Special guest speakers are to be announced. Breakfast will be served and is included with the workshop fee.
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, October 27, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
The purpose of Fiscal Fitness is to assist business owners understand and use their financial information to change and grow their company. The ideal participant in Fiscal Fitness will have 2-3 years of financial history, pursuing financing, challenges with cash flow or selling their business. Who should attend? CEOs and CFOs of businesses with at least three years of financial history who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements to make better business decisions. Topics include: • Identifying problems using your Balance Sheet and Income Statement • Proven ways to increase your company’s cash flow • Using breakeven analysis to improve decision-making • Planning the working capital to support your growth • Keeping the banker on your side Thanks to the support of Fifth Third Bank the $25 registration fee is waived and this training event is now free. Registration is still required.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Consultant: James Rowley
Thursday, October 27, 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, October 27, 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.
Thursday, October 27, 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, October 27, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
Having your website discovered on the internet can be a challenge if it isn’t “search engine optimized” (SEO)! That means it has to have the right content and technical aspects to improve the odds of coming up on or near first page of search results. This workshop is designed to help small business owners get acquainted with language, tools and techniques for SEO as a basis for improving their website.
Speaker: The workshop is presented by Eclectic Sales & Creative Marketing, LLC -- Presenters Michael J. Thorp, Dave Crabill, and Jeff Dennings.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Starting A Business is an introductory overview directed to individuals considering self-employment or those who may be at the early stages in starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this initial session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their ability to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start up costs, financing options, business planning, and market research are introduced.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Consultant