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August

Tuesday, August 30, 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
Tuesday, August 30, 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 abilities 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: SBDCMichigan Consultant
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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

September

Thursday, September 01, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Your leaders are essential for your success. Do you know how to best benefit from their particular skills? We all have some unique ability where we perform out best. The Kolbe test allows you to see how people will normally “act”. Many other tests describe people’s personality or style. Kolbe evaluates a person's action tendencies. 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, September 01, 2016 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
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Business Plan
This course covers business planning in detail for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment or new business launch. 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: Kellie Hanford, SBDC, Certified Business Consultant
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
Find out which networks are right for you and how to use them. You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your business or nonprofit, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, what kind of content to create, tips on using photos and videos, and examples of how other organizations are marketing with them. You’ll also get tips on how to use analytics tools to tell if your social media activity is working.
Location: Online
Wednesday, September 07, 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, September 08, 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, September 08, 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, September 08, 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.
Thursday, September 08, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
If you are serious about seeking financing for your business, you owe it to yourself to attend a Financing Roundtable presented by TEAM SBA. TEAM SBA consists of a preferred SBA lender, a business consultant, SBA economic development staff, and business owners like you. We'll debunk the myths and demystify the process of bank financing - in plain English. You will learn how your loan application will be analyzed, what underwriting criteria is used, and how banking regulations affect the decision. We will answer your questions based upon your business model. Over the last seven years, TEAM SBA has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs gain a better understanding of the financing process. In order to help you, we require you to have good credit, a solid business idea and some money to invest in your business. Please note: The SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms and this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtables. Locally sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Small Business Development Center.
Speaker: Representatives from SBA (Small Business Administration), Local Lenders, SBDC Great Lakes Bay Region Business Consultants
Thursday, September 08, 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, September 08, 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
Thursday, September 08, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Legal
For prospective business owners, this course is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring a new business to help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges. Those already in business will learn about business liability issues, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment, property issues, leasing and insurance. Also covered is intellectual property including copyrights, patents, trademarks and privacy policies.
Speaker: James R. Duby Jr., Attorney at Law
Thursday, September 08, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This seminar presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It addresses 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 customers---recruiting and keeping them.
Speaker: SBDCMichigan
Fee: $ 10.00
Monday, September 12, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 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, September 12, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Are you taking advantage of today’s most dynamic communication tool to promote your business? As online streaming and sharing becomes so easy and commonplace, more organizations are choosing to tell their stories through video. Videos can supplement and reinforce the message of your other marketing content, and videos can be the differentiator when potential customers are looking to buy your products or services. In this session, Paul J. Schmidt of UnoDeuce Multimedia will discuss the importance of marketing through video, how to develop a video strategy, and ways to share your organization’s story in order to educate, engage and entertain your audience.
Speaker: Paul J. Schmidt, UnoDeuce Multimedia
Tuesday, September 13, 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 light breakfast begins at 8:00 AM. The program will begin at 8:30 AM.
Speaker: Fifth Third Bank David Sayers, Senior Business Consultant, Michigan Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, September 13, 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, September 13, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 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
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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
Tuesday, September 13, 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
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Buying and Selling a Business
What is a land contract and what can be sold on a land contract? Why use a land contract versus traditional commercial financing? Join Scott Breen of Willingham & Cote', P.C. and learn how you, as a small business owner, can benefit from alternative financing and how land contracts and other seller financed loans can be used to purchase an existing business or building when traditional bank financing may not be feasible.
Speaker: Scott Breen, Willingham & Cote', P.C.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
This seminar is designed for experienced business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements in business decisions. The course will identify opportunities and challenges with your balance sheet and income statement, discuss ways to increase your company's cash flow, apply breakeven analysis to improve decision making, help you understand and plan the working capital to support your growth, and strengthen the partnership with your lender. Free continental breakfast. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. Veterans and Fifth Third Bank clients are free, call 517-483-1921 for your registration. Pre-registration is required.
Speaker: Mike Gay, SBDC Business Growth Specialist and a Fifth Third Bank Representative
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, September 14, 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, September 14, 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 Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library Representative
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
"Starting a Business and Writing a Business Plan" 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. The workshop will discuss each section of the business plan and how to start developing a start up cash flow.
Speaker: John Schmitt
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Have you been considering business ownership as a career change, a supplemental income source or an additional layer of retirement security? Have you stopped short of looking into franchising because you think it's all fast food, or it's all too expensive? If so, this free informative seminar may be for you. Mark Cory, franchise owner and placement specialist with FranNet, will bust some common franchise myths, and enlighten you on the wide-range of categories and investment levels available today. He’ll also discuss the various entry strategies available in the world of franchising, ranging from single unit owner/operator to semi-absentee investor to regional developer. You'll learn whether franchising could be a path for achieving your goals, and if so, how to go about finding the RIGHT fit for you! Following is a brief outline of the topics covered in the FranNet seminar: • General discussion of the reasons that compel individuals to start their own business in the first place. • A comparison of the pros and cons of starting a business from scratch, buying an existing business or starting a franchise. • How franchising can provide a desirable alternative to traditional employment by reducing the risk of ownership to an acceptable level through proven business systems, comprehensive training and ongoing support. • Basic information on franchising, including the range of industry categories, entry and long-term strategies, investment levels (starting as low as $50K) and fees. • The legal regulations governing franchising that protect the buyer. • A strategic approach to defining your personal business model, quantifying your returns and safely researching and selecting the business opportunity that's right for you. • Growth trends and choices in franchising that offer stability and success in weak and strong economies. • A brief overview of FranNet's no-fee, no-obligation consulting service is also provided.
Speaker: Mark Cory of FranNet
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
Designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment, or business launch, this course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included. Live examples of effective business plans are used as course material.
Thursday, September 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, September 15, 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, September 15, 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.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
This money savings series is a real value and includes the following 5 classes: Starting a Business Writing a Business Plan Marketing Your Business Financial Management Business Legal Issues
Speaker: SBDC staff and industry experts.
Fee: $ 200.00
Thursday, September 15, 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
Tuesday, September 20, 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, September 20, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
You know your business should have a website - but you have no idea where to start! You don’t need to be an IT geek or even know HTML coding, and you don’t even need to have a lot of money. Jessica from the Capital Area District Library will introduce you to Weebly, a tool that will enable you to build your website with an easy drag and drop interface. You’ll learn the basics of creating your website, obtaining your own web address, and what information a typical business website should have to get you started for your online success! Please note that this is a lecture only seminar and doesn't allow for hands-on practice.
Speaker: Jessica Goodrich, Business & Careers Outreach Librarian, CADL
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
Attend the course 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
Tuesday, September 20, 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, September 20, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
Learn the basics and etiquette of social networking for your small business. Content will include how to leverage social networks to help grow your business while reducing your marketing costs. Benefits, disadvantages and tricks of the major social networks (FaceBook, Twitter, and Linked-In) will be discussed.
Speaker: Staff
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Writing a Business Plan", second in the series, is for those at the startup or early stage in their business. A pre-requisite to "Writing a Business Plan" is "Starting a Business" which provides the tools, information, and instructions on preparing to write a plan. "Writing a Business Plan" is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for self-employment success and covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Wednesday, September 21, 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, September 21, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
The purpose of "Know Your Numbers: Using Your Financial Statements to Better Manage Your Business" is to assist business owners to understand and use their financial information to change and grow their company. The ideal participant in "Know Your Numbers" will have 2-3 years of financial history and either be pursuing financing or having challenges with cash flow. Who should attend: CEOs and owners of businesses with three or more 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 how to: • Use your Balance Sheet and Income Statement in managing your business • Use breakeven analysis to improve decision-making • Find the source of cash flow problems • Increase your company’s cash flow • Get the banker on your side
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Discover resources available that can help you make informed decisions about your business’ future. The Portage District Library will share how to use their business collection to locate market research information. Learn how to determine your target market, estimate the size and locate your competition along with other information that will impact your business. Business research classes are presented by Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, Business Librarian at the Portage District Library.
Speaker: Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, Business Librarian at the Portage District Library
Thursday, September 22, 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, September 22, 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, September 22, 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.
Thursday, September 22, 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, September 22, 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 abilities 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: SBDCMichigan
Friday, September 23, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 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
Tuesday, September 27, 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, September 27, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
For any small business to stand out from the competition, it’s essential to develop a strong, identifiable brand. This workshop will teach you what branding is and why it is so important for the success of your business. We'll give you the necessary tools for defining your company's brand personality, image, key message, taglines and more. You’ll come away with a strong framework for constructing your company’s own comprehensive brand.
Speaker: Laurie Lonsdorf, SBDC, Senior Business Consultant
Tuesday, September 27, 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
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 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. It is also a good opportunity for those who may already be in business and would like to review the business planning process. Attendees will leave with a draft of your business concept and the steps for creating a business plan.
Speaker: Lance Wolfe SBDC Business Consultant and Tammy Henry Luce County EDC Executive Director