Events, Seminars, Webinars and other happenings around town...
Latest update 2/4/17
The SBA (Small Business Administration) has a constant flow of programs, courses and events. There are too many for us to keep up with here, if you are interested, you can go to their website and browse or sign up to be included on their email list (see the links on our resources page, they all offer helpful information.
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Brought to you by the SBA & Operation Hope
Business Smart Workshop - Module READY
Date: February 13, 2017
Location: Northwest Activities Center,18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Business Smart Workshop: READY
This is the first of three modules in the Business Smart workshop series presented by SBA and Operation Hope
- Understanding of the key steps to getting your business of the ground
- Learn what banks look for when lending money
- Learn about the various financing options
- Learn about the local resources available to assist you in starting and growing
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-smart-series-ready-module-tickets-30929577198
Business Smart Workshop - Modules SET & GO
Date: February 20, 2017
Location: Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Business Smart Workshop: SET
This is the second of three modules in the Business Smart workshop series presented by SBA and Operation Hope. This module will help you prepare to become credit ready.
- Possible sources of business funding
- What lenders look for in a loan applicant (the “Five C’s of Credit”)
- What a credit score is and why it matters
- What’s included in a loan application, including the importance of a Business Plan and cash flow projections and assumptions
-Avoiding predatory lending practices
Business Smart Workshop: GO
This is the last of three modules in the Business Smart workshop series presented by SBA and Operation Hope. The GO module is a resource guide and directs you to local resources available to assist you in starting or growing your small business.
- Determine your offering and market demand
- Understand your competition
- Determine your marketing strategy
- Determine your startup costs
- Meet your legal requirements
- Prepare yourself financially
- Develop your business plan
- Get help
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-smart-workshop-modules-set-go-tickets-30929889131
Detroit NWAC Small Business Expo!
February 23, 2017 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Small Business Expo will place new small business owners, entrepreneurs and seasoned small business owners in the right place to build new business relationships. It’s the perfect opportunity to help small businesses market their services and products to the community, make connections and develop their networks with like-minded professionals! The Small Business Expo will feature 50 Vendor Booths and panel discussions on ‘Top Trending’ small business topics such as Small Business Lending, Small Business Resources and much more!
Join in on pre-expo panel discussions from 9:30AM - 11AM
To reserve a booth: Vendor Setup 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Northwest Activities Center
Small Business Expo
18100 Meyers Rd. Detroit, MI 48235
Contact: Crystal Nickson (313) 506-9192
Free Business Webinar Series: “Creating Your Digital Marketing Presence”, Series Includes Website info, Email Marketing and Social Media.
Bi weekly sessions starting Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from Noon – 1pm
This webinar gives you an overview of digital best practices for your website including getting found online, using the right tools for your business, and many more suggestions and proven strategies.
Events at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
300 River Place Dr.
Detroit, MI 48207
For parking information click here. The USPTO is a federal facility and visitors are required to show a valid form of government issued ID (driver's license or passport), and may be subject to security screening.
Introduction to Intellectual Property and Midwest USPTO
February 2, 2017 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://febintro2ip.eventbrite.com
Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? The Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan hosts an introduction to intellectual property concepts followed by a tour of Midwest Regional Office resources every first Thursday of each month. This session is for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, students looking for beginner information on intellectual property concepts.
February 14, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://febtrademarktues.eventbrite.com
The Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. During this virtual meeting with TAC, participants will learn about the trademark registration process and be able to ask questions of experts through our video teleconferencing capability. The Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, provides general information about trademarks.
This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of trademarks. Get the most out of Trademark Tuesday by checking out Basic Facts About Trademarks: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later prior to the event.
February 15, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://febpatwednesday.eventbrite.com
The Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive question and answer session with our community outreach staff on patent process and resource navigation every third Wednesday of each month. This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of patents. Get the most out of Patent Wednesday by checking out the Patent Process Overview prior to the event.
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The LTU Collaboratory Small Business Workshops led by Lee Gorman, Mentor-In-Residence to help you and your business grow!
Jan 28: The Lean Start-up Approach
Feb 11: Basics of Customer Discovery
Feb 25: Finance for Start-ups
Saturday Workshop Schedule:
8:30 Continental Breakfast & Networking
9- Noon Workshop
Noon - 1:30 One-on-One Consultations & Lunch