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Starting a Business

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
"Starting a Business" 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: MI-SBDC Staff
Wednesday, July 29, 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
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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
Friday, August 07, 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
Monday, August 10, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 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, August 11, 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
Tuesday, August 11, 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, August 12, 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, August 12, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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
Thursday, August 13, 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, August 13, 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. The workshop features instruction by a Certified Small Business Consultant. 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
Thursday, August 13, 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, August 13, 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
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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. There is no cost to attend; however, pre-registration is required.
Speaker: Walter Muellenhagen MI-SBDC Small Business Consultant
Thursday, August 20, 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, August 20, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 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 and Fifth Third Bank
Thursday, August 20, 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: Tamara Davis
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
"Starting a Business" 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: MI-SBDC Staff

Business Plan

Tuesday, August 11, 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, August 11, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment, or business launch, this course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included. Live examples of effective business plans are used as course material.
Speaker: Attah Obande, SBDC
Thursday, August 13, 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
Wednesday, August 26, 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. "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

Financial and Accounting

Tuesday, August 18, 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, August 20, 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. "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
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Crowdfunding is one of the newest, most innovative forms of funding for businesses. There are numerous crowdfunding platforms that businesses can use to raise funds, and new sites are being established all of the time. We’ll make sure you leave the webinar knowing how to conduct a crowdfunding campaign and how to choose an appropriate type of platform. Participants will get an overview of key crowdfunding considerations –features, benefits and guidelines.
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
Fee: $ 29.00
Wednesday, August 26, 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

Internet & Social Media

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Do you know that 43% of small businesses dedicate six or more hours per week to social media? While it’s important to engage for social visibility and key connections online, we all want to do more in less time. This session will help you save time and get back to what you love to do – running your business or organization. Join us and learn the latest time savers and best practices from Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, Tamara Jaros. Participants will learn: • Tips for saving up to ten hours a week managing your social media • Simple ways to find usable, relevant content for your posts • How to integrate your social media into sales promotions and events • Best practices, business builders and more... This program is being presented in collaboration with Constant Contact. Registrants will receive a link to register for the webinar.
Location: Online
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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

Legal

Tuesday, July 28, 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

Monday, August 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Michigan Women’s Business Council invites women business owners to learn what it means to be certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise. If you have a product or service that you would like to market to American corporations, here is your chance to explore certification. In the seminar, attendees will learn: What is involved in the certification process How to complete the application package How to become part of a national database of certified women business enterprises If you will benefit from being certified Other resources available for small business The Michigan Women’s Business Council is the Michigan certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a national, certifying body recognized by major American corporations. The Michigan Women’s Business Council is a program of the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED), an SBA Women’s Business Center. For more information or to register and pay for the session, please call CEED at (734) 677-1400.
Speaker: CEED - Certification Program Manager
Fee: $ 25.00

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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: TBD
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Marketing Your Business presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It addresses basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated with examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus in on the customers---creating and keeping them.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, August 25, 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

Start Smart Online

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Wednesday, September 09
Start Smart Online is a six-week training program focused on starting new businesses quickly. This fast-paced webinar series guides you through the key steps to launch: • Entrepreneur’s Assessment • Business Planning • Marketing • Financials • Getting Financed • Building Your Team The program uses the Business Model Canvas approach to business planning and is led by experienced small business experts, with a multitude of resources. The $99 fee includes weekly, hour-long live webinars. You will have access to an SBDC consultant (at no cost in your area) to help you customize and implement your plan. All sessions are held on Wednesdays, 11 am – 12 pm. Goal is to launch your business in six weeks. For questions, please email sbdc@gvsu.edu.
Location: Online
Fee: $ 99.00