Business Workshops offered by Oakland County Business Center

 Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit or call 248-858-0783. 

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
March 6, 9 a.m. to noon
Thinking of starting a business and want to research your business idea? Do you want to identify market trends and opportunities to grow your sales? Are you looking for new customers or to diversify your market base? Business Research shows you ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more. Presented by Oakland County Market Research and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian.
Cost: No charge.
Advanced Legal Series: Hiring Personnel
March 12, 9 a.m. to noon
Hiring Personnel: The Pros and Cons of Employees and Independent Contractors
Business owners will learn how to establish solid employment practices, from hiring to termination, when to classify a new hire as an employee or independent contractor and what needs to be in the employment or contract agreement.
Cost: $40 per person.
CEED Microloan Orientation
March 13, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Many small businesses face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. The recognition of the serious need for working capital for existing businesses, start-up or expansion, equipment purchases and job creation is not the priority it once was. If you have a need for alternative financing consider the Microloan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan.
Cost: No Charge.
Writing a Business Plan
March 14, 9 a.m. to noon
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.
Cost: $40 per person.
QuickBooks Essentials, Part 1
March 28, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This introduction to small business financial management provides an overview of accurate record keeping and report interpretation and utilization. Part 1 will cover basic accounting terminology, new company file setup, customizing forms and letters and working with bank accounts.
Cost: $40 per person.
QuickBooks Essentials, Part 2
March 28, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn about the variety of tools provided in the QuickBooks system. Part 2 will cover invoicing customers, receiving payments and making deposits, entering and paying vendor bills, and more.
Cost: Attend both sessions for $75 per person.