What you should know before you start your small business

pexels-photo-908295Small business is booming in Michigan. According to a 2018 SBA state report, there are more than 870,000 of these establishments employing over 1.8 million individuals. However, getting a small business off the ground can be difficult, and every year there are closures alongside openings. That’s why investing in business education from the start is important. And Michigan’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is here to assist all entrepreneurs and innovators in this effort. For instance, on Thursday, August 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, they will host a free workshop for individuals who are at the beginning stages of opening a business. The class will be held at the office of Macomb County Planning and Economic Development (1 S. Main, 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens) and will provide attendees with important information on:

  • Assessing readiness for entrepreneurship
  • Steps for starting a business
  • Writing a business plan
  • Tools to determine startup costs and operating expenses
  • Local resources and recommendations

To register for the workshop, click here. If you’re unable to attend on August 16, there are several additional dates offered, including:

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The SBDC also offers online webinars on a variety of topics. The following are currently open for registration:

Writing a Business Plan
Wednesday, August 1; 11am-Noon
Register Here

Marketing Your Business
Wednesday, August 8; 11-Noon
Register Here

Small Business, Big Threat – An Introduction to Cyber Security
Tuesday, August 14; 11-Noon
Register Here

Business Legal Issues
Wednesday August 15; 11am-Noon
Register Here

Financial Management
Wednesday, August 22; 11am-Noon
Register Here

Starting a Business
Wednesday, August 29; 11am-Noon
Register Here

So as you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to start your business education. Just attend a few workshops and you’ll be well on your way to getting your organization off the ground.

For more information on Macomb County Planning and Economic Development click here. For details on the Michigan SBDC, click here or call Wendy Richardson at 313-672-1101.

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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