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On Demand

On Demand, available until December 14
Topic: Business Plan
This workshop will assist you the business owner / or potential business owner to complete a business plan, and explain how your banker will make the decision to loan money to your business. Avoid the most common mistakes, Know the questions the banker will ask you, You have to convince your banker that your business should be funded.
Speaker: Patricia Salo M.B.A, Certified SBDC Business Consultant

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

December

Monday, December 12, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
So often, the terms, Sales, Marketing and Business Development are used interchangeably and considered as one and the same, when in fact they are completely different. However, when used collectively and purposefully in the right manner, each works together to more effectively achieve a business’ goals and objectives. Understanding the differences and knowing the roles of each can help you put effective strategies and tactics in place to assure that your business is well covered in all areas.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Understand the transition planning process. What do you need to have in place to ensure a smooth transition that will maximize the value of your company? Will you sell or transfer? How much is your business worth? Who will be your successor? This presentation and panel discussion provides an overview of how your business can ensure its value through the development of a transition plan within a 3 – 5 year planning window. Transition, or how to successfully exit your business, is a topic every business owner needs to address. Plan your exit strategy long before it is needed!
Speaker: Eric Seifert, SBDC Business Growth Specialist Special Guest Panelists To Be Announced Special Guest Panelists to be Announced
Wednesday, December 14, 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
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
Many free technology tools and services exist in today's world of technology. While it may be tempting to use them for your small business, sometimes you really do get what you pay for. Attend this webinar to learn the ins and outs of using quality technology in your small business, and how business-grade systems can even be more affordable in the long run. We'll cover topics such as the differences between consumer-grade and business-grade tools, service level agreements, and much more. Can your small business afford to NOT be using quality technology?
Speaker: Andrew Smith, Director, Technical Services, IT Resource, INC.
Location: Online
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 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 Pat Salo
Location: Online
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
The workshops will cover Tax changes, preparing for the tax season and money saving tips.
Thursday, December 15, 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, December 15, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:30 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 workshop will provide a variety of techniques and strategies for small business communications.
Speaker: Phoenix Network — Advertising, marketing, and public relations specialists.
Friday, December 16, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
"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
Monday, December 19, 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-SBTDC Staff
Location: Online
Saturday, December 31, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Location: Webinar, Online

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 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
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 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 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
Monday, January 09, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Small business owners often send the wrong marketing messages to the wrong people at the wrong time with the wrong calls to action. Then they’re surprised when they don't get a return on their investments from their digital marketing efforts. What are they missing? The marketing funnel — the stages a customer travels through to eventually make a buying decision. In this seminar, Jesse Flores of SuperWebPros discusses how a systematic "funnel first" approach to marketing can streamline your marketing spending and grow your pipeline more efficiently. Free pizza lunch provided!
Speaker: Jessie Flores, SuperWebPros