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May

Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Buying and Selling a Business
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 often presented with either the buying or selling process. The experienced team of experts who will be leading the focused break-out sessions will be professionals from Huntington Bank, Rehmann, Smith Haughey Rice & Reogge, Intentional Wealth Advisors, and Rua Associates. The event will run from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm; however, registration will begin at 8:00 am. Morning refreshments will be provided. 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. Veterans' registration is free with proof of military service. Please contact sbdc@networksnorthwest.org for assistance and registration.
Speaker: Presenter: Eric Seifert, SBDC Growth Specialist
Fee: $ 25.00
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 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Legal
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Business Legal Issues is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide prospective business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Location: Online
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
Thursday, May 26, 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

June

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Starting a Business: A workshop to help you an aspiring entrepreneur assess your ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to help you evaluate market and sales potential for your products and services. The basics of business ownership and start-up issues are introduced, along with a presentation of the resources available to help you launch your new venture. To attend, please pre-register.
Speaker: SBDC Staff
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
Thursday, June 02, 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 necessary steps to getting started. This workshop features instruction by a Certified Small Business Consultant and 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
Thursday, June 02, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Peter Drucker said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. He was pointing out how impactful the sometimes imperceptible “rules of engagement” in a company has wide ranging impact. If your company’s culture is strong you can accomplish more with less pain and agony and survive challenging environmental realities far more seamlessly than if your culture is “unhealthy”. The challenge becomes turning that notion into action. Learn the fundamentals of culture and practical tools to create the kind of environment in your company that you desire. 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
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
The City of Flint and Genesee County purchase all kinds of products and services. Is your Flint area business selling to them? This educational workshop is designed for Flint small businesses that want to learn how to do business with both the City of Flint and Genesee County. Participants will learn about the purchasing process and how to identify the Requests For Proposals that would apply to their products or services. There is no fee for the workshop but advance registration is required for each person attending. Flint helping Flint! Come check it out.
Speaker: City and County Purchasing Personnel
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 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, June 07, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This seminar presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. Addressed are 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 offered with a focus on the businesses customers---reaching and keeping them
Speaker: MI-SBDC Consultant
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements to Maximize Cash Flow and Increase Access to Capital Who Should Attend: Business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements. The ideal participant in Fiscal Fitness 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: MI-SBDC Staff
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Writing a Business Plan", second in the series, is for those at startup or early stage in their business. A pre-requisite to "Writing a Business Plan" is "Starting a Business" which provides the tools, information, and instructions on preparing to write a plan. "Writing a Business Plan" is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for self-employment success and covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 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
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
An introduction to crowdfunding. What is crowdfunding and why would you want to use it to raise money for your business? Join this webinar to learn the history of crowdfunding, the various uses of it, and the pros and cons associated with running a campaign. This is Part 1 of a 3 part series.
Speaker: Sandra Cochrane, SBDC Sandra Cochrane is a Technology Business Consultant for the MI-SBDC and recognized expert in crowdfunding. Sandra has led numerous crowdfunding workshops and panels across the country and has been a guest on Michigan Public Radio to discuss growing excitement over Michigan's new crowdfunding law. Sandra has been published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal as well as the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship for her expertise regarding this potentially game-changing way to raise capital. Within the MI-SBDC Sandra assists start-up and early-stage high-tech companies with business plan development, accessing capital, and general business consultation. She works with pre-seed funds, angel groups, and venture capital firms to connect companies to capital.
Location: Online
Thursday, June 09, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Starting a Business
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: Michigan SBDC Staff
Thursday, June 09, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Human Resources
HR School: Parts 1, 2 & 3 This page is for registration of Part 1 in the series: June 9: Part 1 HR Basics: What to Know and Do June 16: Part 2 Fixing & Avoiding People Issues June 23: Part 3 Leading for Loyalty & Longevity This set of workshops is designed and IMPORTANT for any employee or business owner that has any involvement with Human Resources. HR School is designed to cover common HR issues; identify tactics and resources for handling common issues; provide information on current trends, laws, policies and practices; and offer guidance on recruiting and retention with special focus on issues in the Flint area labor market. Part 1: Human Resources Basics -- What to Know and Do This session will give you an overview of the different HR laws, regulations, and policies that need to be addressed in start-up and small firms. Topics include: 1. How to write human resource policies and employee handbooks: what should I include and how do I get started? 2. Employee record-keeping requirements: what is essential and what will prevent problems? 3. Payroll issues: Tracking payroll deductions and making sure they are done legally. 4. The I-9 and I-9 recordkeeping questions. What is “E-Verify”? 5. Recruiting and staffing issues in the Flint area labor market, PLUS general information on best practices and strategies for start-ups and smaller firms. 6. Overtime pay procedures. Know the law, don’t get in trouble!
Speaker: Presented by Marc Rideout, MLIR, President of Corporate Human Resource Solutions, Inc., provider of human resource consulting services located in Flint, Michigan. Services include employee relations programs, compensation consulting, training design, and other outsourced HR services.
Thursday, June 09, 2016 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Cyber Security
Be a survivor, not a statistic! If your organization had a major interruption and your technology assets were unavailable, what would it take for you to recover? At what cost? As a leader, acknowledging these challenges means thinking about how to service customers, assessing the safety of your physical locations, to say nothing of protecting and restoring your intangible — yet extremely valuable — digital assets. Learn about mitigating continuity risk and creating plans to get back on track as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster.
Speaker: John Hey, COO of Trivalent Group
Location: Online
Thursday, June 09, 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
Thursday, June 09, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
Are you a new or existing small business owner who will be seeking bank financing in the near future? Get the inside scoop from the SBA and local financial institutions on what criteria they are looking for from you! Have your questions answered directly by a team of experts. This course is designed for new and existing small business owners and lending professionals who are interested in learning about lending in today's market. Topics include: How loan applications are analyzed, what bankers require for approval, and how banking regulations affect decisions. Room #3150
Speaker: Brian Picarazzi
Thursday, June 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
Thursday, June 09, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
As an introductory session delivered in a workshop format, the course helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products. The basics of business ownership are introduced, along with resources available to help launch new ventures in Michigan.
Speaker: SBDC staff and industry experts.
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, June 09, 2016 5:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This workshop is designed for those looking to provide and sell intangible services. DESCRIPTION: This workshop will explore some of the key topics that make service businesses unique including; local demographics, job costing, contractors and employees, and personal selling. It is designed to give you the tools you need to explore and analyze the feasibility of your service 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 products when selling services, this workshop is designed to focus on the service side. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how to simply start your service business. OUTLINE: Research, Capabilities, Financials, Marketing, Funding, Sales
Speaker: SBDC Consultant
Thursday, June 09, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 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
Thursday, June 09, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Buying and Selling a Business
What is a land contract and what can be sold on a land contract? Why use a land contract versus traditional commercial financing? Join us and learn how you, as a small business owner, can benefit from alternative financing and how land contracts and other seller financed loans can be used to purchase an existing business or building when traditional bank financing may not be feasible.
Speaker: Scott Breen, Willingham & Cote', P.C.
Thursday, June 09, 2016 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
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!
Friday, June 10, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Calling Encore Entrepreneurs! Today, the 50+ are working beyond traditional retirement age and choosing to stay active and engaged in the workforce. With years of valuable work experience, maturity, and plenty of energy at their disposal, older workers are increasingly finding financial and personal fulfillment in running their own small businesses. That’s why AARP and the Small Business Administration launched a strategic alliance to provide Americans over the age of 50 with real-world, actionable information they need to start and grow small businesses. * Do you have an idea that no one can talk you out of? * Do you have a passion you want to follow? * Have you always wanted to be your own boss? * Has your work experience given you the expertise to launch your own business? * Are you nearing retirement, but don’t know what you’ll do with all that free time? If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions you should attend one of the three Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month presentations scheduled this April. Space is limited, and registration is required - so please register today! 6-10-16 - Traverse City Northwestern Michigan College Scholars Hall, 109 1701 E. Front St. Traverse City, MI 49686 To register for the Traverse City Event event go to: https://aarp.cvent.com/sbalansing 8:30 a.m. to Noon Come and learn about the resources available to you. Get inspired by business owners who have started their businesses later in life. For more information about the SBA/AARP alliance, please visit http://www.sba.gov/content/50-entrepreneurs Questions? Call 1 877-926-8300 and please specify that you plan to attend the Traverse City location as this same event is being held in various locations around the state on slightly different dates.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Customer Relations
Keep the customers coming back with KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF CUSTOMER SERVICE! This workshop will cover how to make customers feel important; how to create a plan for great customer service and communicate it to employees; how to diffuse angry customers without dismissing them; age and culturally sensitive customer service; and tips for great phone customer service. No fee but advance registration required.
Speaker: Presented by Vanessa Nelson, MLIR, CLRL, President of Expert Human Resources, a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), woman-owned, small business.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Legal
Ready to launch your business as a sole proprietor or LLC? Have you been putting off doing the paperwork? Then join us for a free hands-on seminar and take the necessary steps needed to form and register a business, including; the Articles of Incorporation, and Employer Identification Number (EIN).
Speaker: SBDC Staff and Industry Expert
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:30 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, June 15, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 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
Location: Online
Wednesday, June 15, 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
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Legal
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Business Legal Issues" is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide prospective business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Thursday, June 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
This seminar explains the benefits and process for engaging in the Federal Government 8(a) program that is administered by the US SBA. Targeted at socially and economically disadvantaged (typically minority owned) businesses, the 8(a) Business Development program helps those small businesses gain a foothold in government contracting. Upon enrollment in this program, firms receive help with finding contracts, proposal preparation, and contract administration. The applicant must be a small business, unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are U.S. citizens, been in business for at least two years, and demonstrate potential for success.
Thursday, June 16, 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, June 16, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Human Resources
HR School: Parts 2 & 3 This page is for registration of Part 2 in the series: June 16: Part 2 Fixing & Avoiding People Issues June 23: Part 3 Leading for Loyalty & Longevity This set of workshops is designed and IMPORTANT for any employee or business owner that has any involvement with Human Resources. HR School is designed to cover common HR issues; identify tactics and resources for handling common issues; provide information on current trends, laws, policies and practices; and offer guidance on recruiting and retention with special focus on issues in the Flint area labor market. Part 2: Fixing and Avoiding People Issues This session will discuss the common problems which arise in most businesses and which can result in serious problems if not handled properly. Topics include: 1. Making the decision to hire: how do I avoid problems? 2. Pay and benefits decisions: common issues and how to handle them. 3. Sexual Harassment and discrimination problems that land on your desk. NOW what am I supposed to do? 4. Performance documentation: is there a better way? 5. Discipline procedures and other corrective actions: what to do when faced with difficult employees. 6. Ending the employment relationship: making sure you limit problems later on.
Speaker: Presented by Marc Rideout, MLIR, President of Corporate Human Resource Solutions, Inc., provider of human resource consulting services located in Flint, Michigan. Services include employee relations programs, compensation consulting, training design, and other outsourced HR services.
Thursday, June 16, 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, June 16, 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.
Speaker: Michigan Small Business Development Center and Fifth Third Bank
Thursday, June 16, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
Designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment, the course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing and finance, legal and regulatory issues, operations, and information based planning and management are key components of the workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included along with a demonstration of the MI-SBTDC online business plan tool.
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, June 16, 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. Room #1445
Speaker: John Schmitt
Fee: $ 35.00
Friday, June 17, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
50+ Encore Entrepreneurs Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will manage once you retire? A growing number of individuals over the age of 50+ are turning to small business ownership. We call them “encore entrepreneurs”. Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or intend to wait until retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities. AARP and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have joined forces to reach out to these encore entrepreneurs to make them aware of the many resources that are available to them to take them from an idea to actually starting a business. To register, please visit http://aarp.cvent.com/events/aarp-mi-encore-entrepreneur-grand-rapids-mi-6-17-16/event-summary-9f5a3180a26a45deab8c16cad2595835.aspx.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Business Plan
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, market research and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included.
Speaker: Kellie Hanford, SBDC, Certified Business Consultant
Tuesday, June 21, 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, June 21, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Starting a Business
Best selling author and entrepreneur Evan Baehr is coming to Flint!! He's author of GET BACKED: Craft Your Story, Build the Perfect Pitch Deck,and Launch the Venture of Your Dreams. He's also the co-founder of Able Lending, an online lending platform. This dynamic young entrepreneur will show you tips for building a funding presentation that will capture the imagination of lenders or investors. Following the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to meet and greet Baehr and have him sign your copy of GET BACKED. $10 fee includes a copy of GET BACKED is included with the FIRST 60 REGISTRATIONS -- a $30 value.
Speaker: Evan Baehr
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 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
Location: Online
Wednesday, June 22, 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, June 22, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
A discussion of debt and equity crowdfunding. Join this webinar to understand the complex issue of crowdfunding for equity, recently approved by the SEC. Explore the JOBS Act, the MILE Act, debt versus equity crowdfunding, and the pros and cons of selling a piece of your company to investors online. This is part 2 of a 3 part series.
Speaker: Sandra Cochrane, SBDC Sandra Cochrane is a Technology Business Consultant for the MI-SBDC and recognized expert in crowdfunding. Sandra has led numerous crowdfunding workshops and panels across the country and has been a guest on Michigan Public Radio to discuss growing excitement over Michigan's new crowdfunding law. Sandra has been published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal as well as the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship for her expertise regarding this potentially game-changing way to raise capital. Within the MI-SBDC Sandra assists start-up and early-stage high-tech companies with business plan development, accessing capital, and general business consultation. She works with pre-seed funds, angel groups, and venture capital firms to connect companies to capital.
Location: Online
Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Human Resources
HR School: Part 3 HR School is designed and IMPORTANT for any employee or business owner that has any involvement with Human Resources. HR School is designed to cover common HR issues; identify tactics and resources for handling common issues; provide information on current trends, laws, policies and practices; and offer guidance on recruiting and retention with special focus on issues in the Flint area labor market. Part 3: Leading for Loyalty and Longevity This session will give participants a chance to explore various ways to motivate and lead employees in tough times. The primary emphasis of this seminar will be methods and techniques of communications and involvement which can work in the majority of organizations with relatively little time or effort to implement and maintain. Various topics included: 1. Strategies for remaining positive despite the “bad news” environment we operate in. 2. Knowing how to help employees when they have personal problems. When should I get involved? 3. Leading by example. Aligning your words with your actions as a leader. 4. Should I attack problems I see, or should I avoid them: what’s the right thing to do? 5. Techniques for improving employee morale in difficult times. 6. How can I recognize potentially volatile or angry employees and what should I do about them?
Speaker: Presented by Marc Rideout, MLIR, President of Corporate Human Resource Solutions, Inc., provider of human resource consulting services located in Flint, Michigan. Services include employee relations programs, compensation consulting, training design, and other outsourced HR services.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Internet & Social Media
Did you know research shows that 97% of consumers search the web to find local goods and services, but only 37% of businesses have claimed a local business listing on a search engine? As an official Google GYBO Partner, this webinar hosted by the Michigan SBDC will help you get started with free tools from Google, and topics include: • Getting your business listed and verified on Google Search and Maps • Using "Google My Business" to manage your online presence • Reaching your target markets electronically • Securing a domain name and building a free website for your business This webinar is intended for businesses who want to learn the initial steps of getting their business presence online, and is a great precursor to our "Grow Your Business Online" webinar series.
Location: Online
Thursday, June 23, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Financial and Accounting
Before you apply for a business loan, first attend a free financing roundtable. We will debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. The "team" is a banker, an SBA representative, an SBA business counselor, and business owners like you. You will get first hand information on what credit criteria your banker has. The team will answer all of your financing questions and give you advice on what steps to take to achieve your goal of starting or expanding a business. We will explain how the SBA loan guarantee can work for you. The roundtables are best suited for those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:30 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
Thursday, June 23, 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