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Starting a Business

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
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 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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 10, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
"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: Rob Peterson
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, September 10, 2015 5:45 PM to 8:45 PM
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment or are at the beginning stages of buying or starting their own business. Delivered in a workshop format, the basics of business ownership will be introduced. Aspiring entrepreneurs will assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, and consider the risks and feasibility of owning their own business. Resources for writing a business plan, calculating start-up costs, operating expense and tools for revenue forecasting will be explored. TOPICS INCLUDE: • Business Ownership Basics: Assessing your readiness for entrepreneurship • Steps for Starting a Business: Utilizing the Start Up Checklist • Introduction to Writing a Business Plan: Tools and Templates • Start Up Calculator: Tool to determine start-up costs, operating expenses and revenue forecasting • Next Steps: Resources and Recommendations
Speaker: SBDC Certified Business Consultant
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Starting a Business: This is an online webinar based workshop to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in assessing their ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to assist in evaluating market and sales potential for 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.
Speaker: A Certified Small Business Development Consultant will facilitate the training.
Location: Online
Fee: $ 10.00
Friday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
"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.
Fee: $ 35.00
Friday, September 11, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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 Special Instructions. 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
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:45 PM to 8:45 PM
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This course is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of buying or starting their own business. Delivered in a workshop format, the basics of business ownership will be introduced. Aspiring entrepreneurs will assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, and consider the risks and feasibility of owning their own business. Resources for writing a business plan, calculating start-up costs, operating expense and tools for revenue forecasting will be explored. TOPICS INCLUDE: • Business Ownership Basics: Assessing your readiness for Entrepreneurship • Steps for Starting a Business: Utilizing the Start Up Checklist • Introduction to Writing a Business Plan: Tools and Templates • Start Up Calculator: Excel based tool for determining start-up costs, operating expenses and revenue forecasting • Next Steps: Local Resources and Recommendations
Speaker: SBDC Staff - Norma LaVallee
Fee: $ 30.00
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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, September 16, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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: SBDC West Michigan and Fifth Third Bank
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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 informative seminar may be for you. Brigitte Betser, franchise placement specialist with FranNet, will bust some common franchise myths, and enlighten you on the wide-range of categories and investment levels available today. She’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 this seminar: 1. General discussion of the reasons that compel individuals to start their own business in the first place. 2. A comparison of the pros and cons of starting a business from scratch, buying an existing business or starting a franchise. 3. 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. 4. Basic information on franchising, including the range of industry categories, entry and long-term strategies, investment levels (starting as low as $50K) and fees. 5. The legal regulations governing franchising that protect the buyer. 6. 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. 7. Growth trends and choices in franchising that offer stability and success in weak and strong economies. 8. A brief overview of steps consultants typically take in assisting individuals in the franchise search and why it’s helpful to use a consultant.
Speaker: Brigitte Betser, FranNet
Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Starting a Business" is the first course in the series, designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Thursday, September 17, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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
Thursday, September 17, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, 5 sessions ending Thursday, October 15
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 17, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
"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
Friday, September 18, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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: Marie Elliott, MI-SBDC
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
"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 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
This is 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 the 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: SBDCMichigan Consultant
Thursday, September 24, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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 24, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Starting a Business: This is an online webinar based workshop to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in assessing their ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to assist in evaluating market and sales potential for 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.
Speaker: A Certified Small Business Development Consultant will facilitate the training.
Location: Online
Fee: $ 10.00
Friday, September 25, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
"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 29, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or are at the beginning stages of starting their 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. The basics of business ownership are introduced, along with resources available to help launch new ventures in Michigan.
Speaker: Kellie Hanford, Certified Business Consultant
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started. This workshop is a pre-requisite to meeting with a consultant one-on-one. There is no cost to attend; however, pre-registration is required.
Speaker: Joni Krolczyk, MI-SBDC Certified Small Business Consultant
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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; Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library Representative

Business Plan

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
"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
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Part 1 of our business 1-2-3 seminars on 9/15/15. 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, Certified Business Consultant
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
"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.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Thursday, September 24, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment or business launch, 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-SBDC online business plan tool.
Speaker: SBDC staff and industry experts.
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
New Venture Start is a series of 5 workshops developed by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC), intended for existing small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are considering starting their own business. Our goal is to provide valuable information to help avoid common pitfalls and delays. We encourage you to invest the time upfront, to acquire the knowledge you need, to do it right the first time and avoid often, costly mistakes! "Writing a Business Plan" is intended for aspiring entrepreneurs who are at the start-up or early stage of developing their new business, or existing business owners who need to create a plan. This workshop is designed to provide the tools needed to increase your chances of success; through research, information and proper planning. Criteria for creating a business plan draft will be introduced; including identifying and documenting your purpose, the problem to be solved, your solution, target market, marketing and advertising, competition and competitive advantage, identifying your management team and other resources. Templates and live examples of effective business plans are used as course material. Recommended pre-requisite to this class is "How to Start Your Own Business". TOPICS INCLUDE: • Problem to Be Solved • Solution • Target Market • Marketing and Advertising • Competition • Competitive Advantage • Management Team • Other Resources
Speaker: SBDC Business Consultant
Fee: $ 30.00

Financial and Accounting

Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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.
Speaker: Corey Swiftney, Triune Financial
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Are you in need of a small business loan or line of credit? Then our workshop is for you! Learn directly from financial institutions and small business consultants about: • What is necessary to obtain financing • The key elements of a loan package • Options available for financing Let us answer your questions and provide you with essential information to achieve your goal of starting a business or growing your existing business. Lenders in attendance may include: Community Alliance Credit Union, Fifth Third Bank, PNC Bank, Michigan Certified Development Corporation, Citizens Bank, Comerica Bank, Great Lakes Business Credit, Hennessey Captial, Huntington Bank, Level One Bank, and Lotus Bank.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Five Keys is designed for business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements. The course will identify opportunities and challenges with your balance sheet and income statement, discuss proven 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.
Speaker: Carolyn Rourke, SBDC Growth Consultant
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Financial Management" introduces basic accounting concepts and how to apply financial information that helps small business owners manage a business more effectively. Key documents including Cash flow Statement, Profit & Loss, and Balance Sheet are explained, using specific small business examples. The course is designed to help entrepreneurs understand accounting principles and financial statements, and work more effectively with the accounting team.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Location: Online
Thursday, September 17, 2015 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
"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, September 23, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Learn the elements required to build a high quality local investment market through the MILE Act. WHEN IT IS RIGHT FOR YOU and how businesses and nonprofits can connect with investors.
Speaker: Keynote: Sandra Cochrane, MI-SBDC Panel Discussion: Pros and Cons of Crowdfunding (Newaygo Brewery and Rhino Media) Morning Breakout Sessions: Legal Considerations & Legislative Updates; or Hybrid Crowdfunding Models Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Managing the Online Funding & Community Building and Social Media, Online Community Building and Crowdfunding Strategies for Nonprofits; or Under the Hood: A Look at the Mechanics of Crowdfunding in Michigan, Crowdfunding Community Solar, and Platform Management
Fee: $ 50.00
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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 begins at 8:00 AM. Refreshments will be provided.
Speaker: Marie Elliott, Business Consultant with MI-SBDC Bill Boss, Business Banker with Fifth Third Bank
Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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, September 24, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The purpose of Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements 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: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements 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
Friday, September 25, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and SCORE are pleased to offer an upcoming TEAM SBA Roundtable on Small Business Lending at: NMC Parsons-Stulen Building, Room 101 2600 Aero Park Drive Traverse City, MI 49686 Friday, September 25, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The roundtable offers current or prospective small business owners insight into the SBA Guaranty Loan Program and the criteria used by loan officers to evaluate a loan request. A team of experts will demystify the lending process, debunk the myths about SBA programs, and share real life examples of successful loan applicants. The roundtable is facilitated by experienced lenders with expertise in small business and SBA financing. “What’s unique about the roundtable is the access to the SBA and small business lenders,” said Gerald Moore, Michigan SBA District Director, past. “Every roundtable is different and each is tailored to the needs of the participants. It’s a very interactive process and one of our top rated training events.” Thousands of clients have attended the roundtables since 1998. The roundtable is best suited to those seeking financing for their business, have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business. "Loan readiness can be such a struggle for small businesses so it helps when they can work directly with a team of experts. Also, the chance to co-host the event with our local SCORE Chapter is an even greater opportunity bringing two teams of counselors with notable experience behind us, it's exciting that our two organizations have come together to present a training that can make a difference to so many of our customers." - Annie Olds, MI-SBDC Regional Director - Northwest Region. The cost to attend this roundtable event is $25. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Please note: SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment companies and this topic will not be part of the discussion.
Speaker: Cathy Gase of SBA, Mike Witkop of Huntington Bank, and Laura Galbraith of Venture North
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, September 25, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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, September 30, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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.
Speaker: Walker, Fluke and Sheldon PLC

Cash Flow Management

Wednesday, September 09, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Presented by the Institute of Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND), the Holistic Management® (HM) Financial Planning workshop includes procedures for record keeping and planning that integrates all aspects of the farm operation, manages cash flow and controls expenses throughout the year. Holistic Management® Certified Educator, Larry Dyer will introduce workshop participants to Holistic Management® Financial Planning and they will take the preliminary steps in creating their financial plan. $20 per person or $30 for two from the same farm. Register online at www.artmeetsearth.org. http://artmeetsearth.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=57a7bb1a12446a865a6b99288&id=95c0535480&e=6df908069b ***This workshop is specifically designed for agricultural farm and growing operations.
Speaker: Larry Dyer, Holistic Management® Certified Educator
Fee: $ 20.00

Internet & Social Media

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
What should your website look like? Before you can answer this question you need to know what role the internet should play in building your business. This webinar will help you understand the role online presence has within your overall marketing strategy. Topics include: • Traditional versus electronic marketing tools • Determining marketing communication strategies • Reaching your target markets electronically • Website objectives • Website design • Website effectiveness
Location: Online
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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

Legal

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Part 3 of our business 1-2-3 seminars on 9/15/15. 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: James R. Duby Jr., Attorney at Law
Thursday, September 17, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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: Russell D. Brown, Esq. | Attorney & Counselor | R.D. Brown, PLC
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
"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

Managing a Business

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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 webinar 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. Succession, 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! Registrants will receive a link to register for the webinar.
Location: Online
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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.
Speaker: Larry Baumgart, Advanced Business Appraisers Jonathan Siebers, Rhoades Mckee Attorneys Peggy Murphey, Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors Randy Rua, Rua Associates Kevin Paul, Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Fee: $ 25.00

Managing Employees

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
As your business grows, you’ll want to build your team to keep your momentum going and create an organization that is designed well to accomplish more. This webinar focuses on hiring your first employee and everyone after that. Key topics include: • Determining functional needs – internal and external • Creating an effective corporate culture • The recruiting process • How to hire well • Contractor versus employee regulations • Payroll costs A good process will result in a good team! Registrants will receive a link to register for the webinar
Speaker: Marie Elliott
Location: Online
Fee: $ 29.00

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Part 2 of our business 1-2-3 seminars on 9/15/15. 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.
Speaker: Laurie Lonsdorf, Senior Business Consultant
Thursday, September 17, 2015 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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, Business & Careers Outreach Librarian, Capital Area District Library
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
New to Email Marketing? This seminar will present a live, guided demonstration on the tools and features inside Constant Contact’s email marketing system. You will learn the basics of setting up your account, creating an email campaign and editing a template, branding your emails with your logo, colors and photos, creating content that people will want to receive and read, tracking and interpreting your results and much more. This is a lecture only seminar and doesn’t allow for hands-on practice.
Speaker: Candy Jones-Geurin, WebWorld Advantage
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Marketing Your Business", third course in the series, presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus is on the business’s customers – creating and keeping them.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Location: Online
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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, Senior Business Consultant
Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The SBA administers this business assistance program 8(a) for socially and economically disadvantaged businesses who want to access the federal procurement market. The 8(a) Business Development program helps 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 Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program (HUBzone) stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing federal contracting assistance to small businesses. Requirements: Firm must be located in designated HUBZone to qualify and at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone. Presented in partnership with the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Marketing Your Business", third course in the series, presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus is on the business’s customers – creating and keeping them.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Thursday, October 01, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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.
Speaker: SBDC staff and industry experts.
Fee: $ 45.00