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On Demand

On Demand, available until July 09
Topic: Managing a Business
Cash flow is important to sustain your business, especially for early start-ups. To survive and grow you must always maintain positive cash flow! Know how much cash you need to start your business and how much of a cash reserve you need to maintain after you start, Separate your personal cash from your business' cash: determine how much cash you need to draw out of your business to pay yourself monthly. Understand how to manage Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, your business loans and capital investments to maximize your cash flow. Bootstrap to save your cash.
Speaker: Patricia SaloPatricia Salo M.B.A, Certified SBDC Business Consultant

June

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
**To register, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/yfqygd/4W Let the Michigan Defense Center help you gain the edge in winning federal contracts. Do you want to discover how to pursue federal contracts you are most likely to win without wasting time on others? Would you like a grant to help pay for a professional to write your bid? Learn about the Michigan Defense Center’s Bid Targeting System, a free tool for identifying and prioritizing federal contract opportunities, and the Proposal Writing Service program, which provides grants to help businesses develop winning bids: Bid Targeting System (BTS) is an online tool designed to support Michigan businesses in the pursuit of Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and other federal contracts. Prioritize bid opportunities and customize business strategies to increase revenue through contracting. Proposal Writing Service program builds on the framework of BTS by providing grant funding to assist Michigan companies in writing a bid response to a Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security contract opportunity, as well as General Services Administration Multiple Award Schedules. The Michigan Defense Center is an operation of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state of Michigan’s economic development agency
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:00 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. For a map of the campus, please follow this link - http://www.wccnet.edu/about-us/visiting/ For a map of the building, please follow this link - http://www.wccnet.edu/about-us/room-locator/room/GL1/ The event will be in room 202.
Speaker: Michigan PTAC
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 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
Location: Online
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 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
Wednesday, June 29, 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 Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library Representative
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
Conducting a crowdfunding campaign. So you want to raise money via crowdfunding, but how to start? Join this webinar to learn about the crowdfunding campaign process; how to create videos, home pages, and rewards; what to do and what not to do; and valuable resources. This is final part of a 3 part series.
Speaker: Sandra Cochrane, SBDC Sandra Cochrane is a Technology Business Consultant for the MI-SBDC and recognized expert in crowdfunding. Sandra has led numerous crowdfunding workshops and panels across the country and has been a guest on Michigan Public Radio to discuss growing excitement over Michigan's new crowdfunding law. Sandra has been published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal as well as the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship for her expertise regarding this potentially game-changing way to raise capital. Within the MI-SBDC Sandra assists start-up and early-stage high-tech companies with business plan development, accessing capital, and general business consultation. She works with pre-seed funds, angel groups, and venture capital firms to connect companies to capital.
Location: Online
Thursday, June 30, 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, June 30, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 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.

July

Wednesday, July 06, 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
Thursday, July 07, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Are you running your company and getting worn out by always having to dive in to fight fires and fix problems? Every founder that has the privilege of growing their business to more that 10-20 people face the reality that they need to develop a leadership team. They find that they can’t lead and manage all of those people by themselves. Unfortunately, the tactics to develop a leadership team are not obvious. Many founders fumble when they try to develop a layer of leadership in their company. Learn the fundamentals and pragmatic tools for developing a leadership time. You can get an autonomous team that allows you to focus on your unique skills. 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, July 07, 2016 5:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This workshop is designed for those looking to create and sell a tangible good. DESCRIPTION: This workshop will explore some of the key topics that make product businesses unique including; intellectual property, inventory, wholesale pricing, and ecommerce. It is designed to give you the tools you need to explore and analyze the feasibility of your product 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 services when selling products, this workshop is designed to focus on the product side. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how to simply start your product business. OUTLINE: Research, Capabilities, Financials, Marketing, Funding, Sales
Speaker: SBDC Consultant
Tuesday, July 12, 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 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, July 12, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Image, brand and reputation are some of the most important elements of business marketing and building a better business And too often, they are neglected or overlooked in the flurry of day to day operations. This 90 minute workshop presented by Rochelle Mann of Mann Made Productions is designed to: Introduce the concept of branding; Define key elements to visualizing the business brand; Explain the difference between marketing and branding; and Provide ideas for building a brand strategy and connecting to customers. After the workshop, attendees will be eligible for a one hour free on-site consultation.
Speaker: Rochelle Mann, Mann Made Productions
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:30 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.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Cyber Security
Yes, even small businesses are at risk of cyber-attacks. In fact, small businesses are more vulnerable in many ways. Our workshop is designed for small business owners who have completed the Cyber Security Assessment* provided by the MI-SBDC to determine their company’s risk. The workshop discussion will include the most common areas for concern and action for small business owners and be followed by a panel discussion with local experts in cyber security. • 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 Assessment is an interactive learning tool that increases your understanding and preparation for managing your business security risk. It should take just 20 to 45 minutes to complete and includes multiple perspectives that can help you understand and ultimately reduce your vulnerability as a small business. If you have not completed the free MI-SBDC Cyber Security Assessment go to https://smallbusinessbigthreat.com/. The panel includes: John Hey, Trivalent Group Christopher Mandelaris, Managing Director, Information Security and Risk, Talmer Bank and Trust Ronald Kraus, Cyber Incident Response Specialist, Michigan Department of State Police Jon Sriro, co-chair Privacy and Data Security Practice Group, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. Jeff Borton, Executive Director of Information Security, Schoolcraft College
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Human Resources
Who writes your Employee Handbook? Do you know the legal ins and outs of the standards you set for your employees? During this training session, you'll learn some general tips, tricks, and strategies for crafting an employee handbook which fits the needs and culture of your small business.
Location: Online
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, July 14, 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, July 14, 2016 10:30 AM to 2:00 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
Speaker: SBDC Staff
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, July 14, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:00 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
Friday, July 15, 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.
Speaker: SBA/SBDC staff and local banker.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 8:00 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. 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 and continental breakfast begins at 8:00 AM and the program will begin at 8:30 AM.
Speaker: David Sayers, Senior Business Consultant, Michigan Small Business Development Center Fifth Third Bank
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
Attend the webinar that demonstrates Google’s most valuable tools for understanding, tracking, and connecting with your customers online. • Find out how to take advantage of online tools to run and promote your business • Learn more about Google's top tools for small businesses, including Google+, Google AdWords, Google Analytics, and Google Apps • Discover how to get found and attract customers
Location: Online
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 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 90 minute 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.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:00 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, July 20, 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
Wednesday, July 20, 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
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 2:00 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 Grace A Dow Memorial Library Reference Librarian
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 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, July 21, 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, July 21, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Social Media and Website marketing can be confusing and is often an overused term in business. But when utilized correctly and efficiently, they can be a POWERFUL marketing tool. This seminar will provide you with an overview of the basics along with some tools and strategies for developing your social media marketing plan. The seminar will provide ongoing Q&A opportunities and will cover the following topics: The value of an effective website for your business The latest website development technologies and how businesses are benefitting from them How to truly gauge the traffic and success of your website Effective digital marketing, branding, and promotion Social media marketing and each one's possible value to your business Search Engine Optimization facts and fiction What is a blog and should I be doing it. (Hint: Yes!) Free and low cost web tools for business process automation and enhanced engagement with your clients
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Thursday, July 21, 2016 1:30 PM to 4:00 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.
Speaker: SBA & Local Lender(s)
Thursday, July 21, 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