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Planning and Economic Development

Featured Events


 

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Writing A Business Plan - Webinar

Wednesday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Do you want to launch or grow your business in 2019? Join us as we guide you through researching and writing each piece of a successful business plan. This webinar is designed for entrepreneurs who are looking to write a business plan for the first time, or already have a plan they would like to improve. We’ll walk you through about 40 minutes of the most important tools and information to use when writing a successful business plan, pausing for audience questions and feedback along the way. We have reserved 20 minutes for a live question and answer session, in which one of our certified small business consultants will answer questions from the audience on a first come, first served basis.
Location: Webinar

 

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SBA & MI SBDC presents: Protect Your Non-Tech Business From Data Breach Disasters - Webinar

Thursday, May 30 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Do you have a technology plan to prepare for the worst? Join us as we discuss how to be prepared for a data breach and what to do after you experience one. We’ll walk you through a quick-paced webinar, ask a few poll questions of the audience, and give you time for question and answer with the Michigan SBDC’s Cyber Security Awareness Program Specialist, Scott Taber. You'll leave the webinar with: 1. Easy to understand examples of these tips and tricks 2. Explanations of why these topics matter for your small business 3. Key steps you can easily implement in your small business
Location: Webinar

 

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Financial Management - Webinar

Wednesday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Does your business have a strong foundation for its finances? During this webinar we’ll guide you through the basics of financial management. You’ll learn how to start an accounting system as we review real small business examples of Cash Flow Statements, Profit & Loss, and Balance Sheets. 20 minutes is reserved for a live question and answer session, in which one of our certified small business consultants will answer questions from the audience on a first come, first served basis. Please note: we do not provide tax advice or legal advice.
Location: Webinar

 

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Federal Market Research - 201

Thursday, June 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
If you re interested in selling your goods or services to the federal government, the first thing you should do is research the federal government marketplace to learn more about it. Market research is the continuous process of collecting the data, and analyzing the information so you have a better understanding of the marketplace. This training will help you identify who your customer and competitors are, as well as the current and future outlook for your Industry. This training will be conducted in a computer lab, and provide you with useful Market Research tools for: Researching the Consumer - Identify federal agencies who are buying what you re selling. Researching the Competition - Identify who wants to, or who is already selling your service or product to the federal government and for how much. Researching your Industry - Identify what the federal government has purchased in the past, plans on procuring in the future, and Industry trends. To run a successful business, you need to learn about your customers, competition, and industry. Market research will provide you with valuable insight to spot current and upcoming issues in your industry, reduce your business risks, and help you identify opportunities. Who Should Attend? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 123, Warren

 

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Breakfast & Business

Friday, June 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Speed networking - introduce yourself to nearly 20 other business representatives in less than 90 minutes.
Location: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 8515 15 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights

 

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Tech Takeover: The Next Generation of AI-Driven Semantic Text Analytics

Wednesday, June 12 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join Automation Alley's Tech Takeover as Soothsayer Analytics describes how AI-driven text analytics has evolved and discusses its possibilities for industry to garner a competitive advantage. This event is intended for practitioners and decision makers in verticals like manufacturing, supply chain and retail that want to leverage text data for insights. Anyone wanting to know more about advances in natural language processing.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy

 

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Small Business Big Threat: Cyber Security Awareness Workshop

Wednesday, June 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Small businesses are at risk for cyber-attacks. In fact, small businesses are more vulnerable in many ways. This presentation will cover why cybersecurity is important, multiple cybersecurity concepts including how to cybersecure your business, and examine different every day cyber scenarios. TOPICS INCLUDE: • Why Cybersecurity • Best Cybersecurity Practices • Real World Cybersecurity Scenarios • Cybersecurity Action Items
Location: Macomb-OU Incubator, Velocity Collaboration Center, 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights

 

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Team SBA Financing Roundtable

Thursday, June 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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.
Location: Chesterfield Township Municipal Hall, 47275 Sugarbush Road, Chesterfield Twp.

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Starting Up: An Introduction to Michigan's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Tuesday, June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Do you have a high-tech startup? How about an early-stage, growth-based business? Are you looking to bring your innovative idea to market? If so, the Macomb-OU Incubator invites you to attend Starting Up, a workshop exploring Michigan’s “entrepreneurial ecosystem,” designed to help you start and/or grow your tech-based business. John Eaton, Mac-OU Inc’s client strategist, will help you navigate the wide range of resources the State of Michigan offers – including business incubators, SmartZones, various support services, university technology acceleration and commercialization, and funding programs – to identify what’s right for you and your business. A brief Q&A session will follow.
Location: Macomb-OU Incubator at Velocity Center, 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights

 

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Marketing Your Business - Webinar

Wednesday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Does your marketing strategy target your greatest opportunities for increases sales and achieving a competitive advantage? There is much more to marketing than having a couple of social media accounts and an email newsletter. In this webinar, we’ll discuss market analysis and research, competitive analysis and position, as well as product price, placement, and promotion, and finish up with strategy implementation. We have reserved 20 minutes for a live question and answer session, in which one of our certified small business consultants will answer questions from the audience on a first come, first served basis. After the webinar, you will receive a copy of the webinar recording, as well as sample business plan templates, and other resources.
Location: Webinar

 

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How to Write a Customer-Focused Proposal

Thursday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This course is designed to provide an in-depth overview of the process for finding, assessing, and writing customer-focused proposals. You will learn strategies for differentiating your company and building a proposal that demonstrates the best value based on specific evaluation criteria the government expects you to meet. If you are new to the government marketplace, applying the tips and strategies discussed in this course will help you land your first government contract. If you have already won your first contract but are looking to improve your win rate and gain a more competitive edge, this course will also provide you with a behind the scenes look at the review process to help you better understand the mindset of government buyers. Here is a summary of what you ll learn: How to best find attractive opportunities for your company to pursue and win. Solicitation analysis techniques and navigating the Uniform Contract Format (UCF). How to build and use go/no-go evaluation considerations. How the government will evaluate your proposal. Tips for writing a customer-focused proposal while avoiding fluff and puff. Who is the target audience? New contractors seeking to better understand the process of writing proposals in response to federal solicitations. Active contractors who are looking for a way to better understand what the government is looking for, and how to give it to them in an effort to win more contracts. Novice proposal writers looking to sharpen the saw and hone their skills.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren

 

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Starting a Business

Thursday, June 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Attend this seminar if you want to turn your idea into a successful business. TOPICS INCLUDE: • Assessing your readiness for entrepreneurship • Evaluating market potential for your products or services • Sources of financing • Legal structure options • Taxes, licensing and insurance • Marketing and sales • Determining start-up costs and operating expenses • Introduction to writing a business plan
Location: Macomb-OU Incubator, Velocity Collaboration Center, 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights

 

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Small Business, Big Threat Protect Your Non-Tech Business From Data Breach Disasters - Webinar

Tuesday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Do you have a technology plan to prepare for the worst? Join us as we discuss how to be prepared for a data breach and what to do after you experience one. We’ll walk you through a quick-paced webinar, ask a few poll questions of the audience, and give you time for question and answer with the Michigan SBDC’s Cyber Security Awareness Program Specialist, Scott Taber. You'll leave the webinar with: 1. Easy to understand examples of these tips and tricks 2. Explanations of why these topics matter for your small business 3. Key steps you can easily implement in your small business
Location: Webinar

 

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SBA & MI SBDC presents: What The Heck Are Data Protection Policies? - Webinar

Thursday, June 27 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Do you have essential data protection policies in place for your small business? Join us as we discuss the importance of data protection policies and how they protect your business. We’ll walk you through a quick-paced webinar, ask a few poll questions of the audience, and give you time for question and answer with the Michigan SBDC’s Cyber Security Awareness Program Specialist, Scott Taber. You'll leave the webinar with: 1. Easy to understand examples of these tips and tricks 2. Explanations of why these topics matter for your small business 3. Key steps you can easily implement in your small business
Location: Webinar