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January

Friday, January 01, 2016 8:15 AM to 12:00 PM, 10 sessions ending Saturday, December 31
Topic: Managing a Business
This is the registration site for the PeerSpectives Roundtable in Oakland County. The program will have ten monthly meetings in Troy at City Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The two off months will be determined by the group at a regular meeting. Registration is by invitation ONLY. For more information contact the MI-SBDC Southeast Region Office at 734-487-0355. Meetings will be held at: City Hall 500 W. Big Beaver Rd Troy, MI 48084
Speaker: Melissa Fennell - Facilitator, Richard King, Co-Facilitator
Fee: $ 1200.00

May

Tuesday, May 03, 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. Startup costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started. The workshop features instruction by a Certified Small Business Consultant and is 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
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:30 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
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:30 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, May 03, 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, May 03, 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
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Starting a Business: A workshop to help you an aspiring entrepreneur assess your ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to help you evaluate market and sales potential for your products and services. The basics of business ownership and start-up issues are introduced, along with a presentation of the resources available to help you launch your new venture. To attend, please pre-register.
Speaker: SBDC Staff
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
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 course 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 • Ensuring your business information is complete and up-to-date on Google Search and Maps, so customers can reach you
Speaker: Ian Rogers
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:10 PM to 1:10 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
Speaker: Ian Rogers
Wednesday, May 04, 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
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 1:20 PM to 2:20 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
How can the cloud help your small business grow online? This workshop introduces Google Apps for Work, a cloud-based suite of tools used by millions of businesses large and small. We explain how Google Apps adds polish to your online presence with a professional email address, and makes your (work) life simpler with documents and calendars you can access anywhere, from any device.
Speaker: Ian Rogers
Wednesday, May 04, 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, May 04, 2016 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
Want to promote your business on Google? This workshop introduces the basics of advertising on Google, including an introduction to free tools that can help make the most of your advertising dollars.
Speaker: Ian Rogers
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 3:40 PM to 4:40 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
What do visitors do on your website? This workshop shows you how to understand and measure customer behavior on your site. We show you how to set up measurement goals and use the data to make better business decisions and grow your business online.
Speaker: Ian Rogers
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Legal
This course is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide prospective business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges.
Thursday, May 05, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:30 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.
Speaker: SBDC staff and industry experts.
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, May 05, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Does everyone in your company know what your vision for your company is? If they don’t, why not? If you are normal it is because the leaders of your company are not aligned and do not communicate your vision to your people. Learn this simple tool to get clarity on your Leadership Team and get everyone rowing in the same direction. 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 every one 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, May 05, 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, May 05, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:39 PM
Topic: Business Plan
Writing a Business Plan is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for self-employment success and addresses business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included along with examples of business plans.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Consultant
Fee: $ 10.00
Friday, May 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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
Monday, May 09, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Too many business owners are under-utilizing this powerful networking and lead generation tool. LinkedIn can help you build your network, gain exposure and increase your brand awareness, when used correctly, and consistently. In this session, Katie Saglimbene of Klimb Creative, LLC will cover the basics of why and how to use LinkedIn to showcase your expertise by perfecting your profile. You’ll learn how much, how often and the best times to post each week, as well strategies to overcome the “I don’t have anything to say” mentality. You’ll leave with a to-do list of next steps for consistent LinkedIn engagement.
Speaker: Katie Saglimbene, Klimb Creative, LLC
Monday, May 09, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Marketing Your Business", 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
Tuesday, May 10, 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. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with the necessary steps to getting started. The workshop features instruction by a Certified Small Business Consultant and is a pre-requisite to meeting with a consultant one-on-one.
Speaker: Kathleen Bagley, SBDC Small Business Consultant
Tuesday, May 10, 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
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The course presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to help small businesses grow. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques.
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, May 10, 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, May 11, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Human Resources
Line-items on a resume don't always translate to performance in the workplace. While experience can be a key indicator of potential, it is also important to consider a candidate's talent and ability to learn and grow as an employee. Attend this session to learn from Felicia about what considerations to make when hiring based on talent, and hiring for experience. Guest speaker Miche Rayment, principal of The Hire Effect(TM) (linked to http://www.TheHIreEffect.com), will present a repeatable model for small business owners to significantly increase the chances of a great hire.
Speaker: Felicia Harris, President/CEO of El Shaddai Consulting
Location: Online
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, May 11, 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, May 11, 2016 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their industry, customers, and competition? In this series from the GRPL Business Librarian, you'll learn exactly that: the tools, tactics, and strategies to make market research faster, easier, and more beneficial to any entrepreneur at any level!
Speaker: Steven Assarian, Grand Rapids Public Library
Thursday, May 12, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Legal
The course provides an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide prospective business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges.
Speaker: Staff
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, May 12, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:00 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
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
As an introductory seminar, the course covers the basics of financial management, including how to start an accounting system and how to apply the information from key financial statements to help you manage your business. Accounting language including debits and credits, preparation of the balance sheet and profit & loss statement are explained. Cash flow analysis and breakeven are also covered with specific small business examples.
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:45 AM to 12:15 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
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Google Workshop
We want to help every business in our community get found on the web – starting with yours! Did you know that 4 out of 5 consumers use search engines to find local information? This class will make sure they can find and connect with you by adding your business information to Google Search and Maps. Learn about Google business listings, how to manage your listing and how to get the information about your business online for your customers. For this seminar, you will want to have a business in operation and will need to bring your business’ hours and your business’ description. In the first part of the class, you will learn about Google listing and how to get your business on Google. The second part will be hands-on (computers provided) to get your business listed.
Speaker: Jessica Goodrich, CADL, Business Outreach Librarian
Tuesday, May 17, 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, May 17, 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, May 18, 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
Wednesday, May 18, 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
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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.
Speaker: Kellie Hanford, Certified Business Consultant
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their industry, customers, and competition? In this series from the GRPL Business Librarian, you'll learn exactly that: the tools, tactics, and strategies to make market research faster, easier, and more beneficial to any entrepreneur at any level!
Speaker: Steven Assarian, Grand Rapids Public Library
Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Starting a Business
Drop in to get assistance with market research, business databases and more from the CADL Business Outreach Librarian. Are you wondering how to get started with market research? Have you heard of business databases but have no idea how to use them? Learn about top market research tools, understanding your competition, your market size, and the best place to locate your business. Come and brainstorm with Jessica or just learn about what business groups are in the area.
Speaker: Jessica Goodrich, Business Outreach Librarian, CADL
Thursday, May 19, 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, May 19, 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, May 19, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Cyber Security
Yes, even small businesses are at risk of cyber-attacks. In fact, small business is more vulnerable in many ways. This workshop and panel discussion is designed for small business owners (no technology background assumed) who want to understand more about their internet security risks and how they can protect their business from the major problems that will result from a cyber-attack. Topics will include: • 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 The panel discussion will include representatives from IT Services, Banking, Accounting, Insurance and the Michigan State Police will discuss these issues from their varying perspectives. If you want to know more about cyber security risks we encourage you to take our free, online Cyber Security Assessment at the link below:
Thursday, May 19, 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, May 19, 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, May 19, 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.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
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
Tuesday, May 24, 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, May 24, 2016 2:00 PM to 3:00 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, May 24, 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, May 24, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 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: Tamara Davis
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
This seminar 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 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 Consultant
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
The Starting a Business Workshop is intended for individuals in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital, or simply considering self-employment. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started. The workshop features instruction by a Certified Small Business Consultant. This workshop is a pre-requisite to meeting with a consultant one-on-one. The $39 value of this class has been underwritten by the SBDC; however, pre-registration is required.
Speaker: Annie Olds, MI-SBDC Regional Director/Small Business Consultant
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
You have a passion ... a hidden talent. Do you know what it takes to turn that skill into a successful business? Attend this seminar if you are an entrepreneur, new business owner, innovator or a 'closet' business person. Prepare to be informed, motivated, and focused on your business plan for action. The seminar is FREE and information - PRICELESS! This seminar is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. This introductory seminar helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company; as well as, evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to get started. For more information about the Michigan SBDC, business resources and other seminars, go to www.SBDCMichigan.org or call (989) 686-9597. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. This same seminar is offered multiple times and at different locations across the Great Lakes Bay Region to accommodate most everyone's schedule. You’re invited to find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MISBTDC.GreatLakesBay.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Business Consultant and Hoyt Library Reference Librarian
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Legal
Ready to launch your business as a sole proprietor or LLC? Been putting off the paperwork? Then you need this hands-on walk through. A business attorney will be present to assist with the necessary documents needed to form and register a business including; Articles of Incorporation, and Employer Identification Number (EIN). Please come prepared with one or more names for your business. Please click here, or visit http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/bcs_corp/sr_corp.asp to search for existing business names, registered with the State of Michigan.
Speaker: Business Attorney
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Legal
This course is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. 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: David L. Smith, Attorney
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
No matter your level, entrepreneurship is about risk. The most effective entrepreneurs understand how to reduce and understand their risk through information, specifically market research. But how does an entrepreneur actually do research in terms of their industry, customers, and competition? In this series from the GRPL Business Librarian, you'll learn exactly that: the tools, tactics, and strategies to make market research faster, easier, and more beneficial to any entrepreneur at any level!
Speaker: Steven Assarian, Grand Rapid Public Library
Thursday, May 26, 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, May 26, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 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: SBDC Staff

June

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
As an introductory seminar, the course covers the basics of financial management, including how to start an accounting system and how to apply the information from key financial statements to help you manage your business. Accounting language including debits and credits, preparation of the balance sheet and profit and loss statement are explained. Cash flow analysis and breakeven are also covered with specific small business examples
Speaker: Martin Latchaw, CPA/PFS, CFP