Business Resource Center

Grow Your Business With Reference USA

Dan Erker of Reference USA will show how to use this powerful tool in practical business settings. Along the way we'll look at how to access the database, how to create searches, how to manage the results as well as exploring all of the features that make Reference USA a unique tool for business research.

Join us on Thursday, January 14 from 11:00-12:00 PM for this interactive program. No registration required.



Franchising 101 With SCORE

Franchising is an alternative for would-be entrepreneurs who have little previous business experience but who want to dive into the world of business ownership.  However, is it the right choice for you?  Join us on Monday, October 6 from 7:00-8:30 PM as the business experts from SCORE talk about the details of financing including choosing the right one, location and financing.  No registration required.  

Loan Workshop for Small Business

Are you in need of a small business loan or line of credit? Then our workshop is for you! Learn directly from financial institutions and small business consultants about:

  • What is necessary to obtain financing
  • The key elements of a loan package
  • Options available for financing

Let us answer your questions and provide you with essential information to achieve your goal of starting a business or growing your existing business.

Join us on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM as Schoolcraft College Business Development Center and local lenders answer your questions and provide you with essential information. Please note: Registration is required through Schoolcraft College.

Business Research: Feasibility and Growth for Growing Businesses

Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Are you a business owner who wants to benchmark your profit margin and other measures against similar size businesses in your industry? Do you want to know about market trends and opportunities to grow your sales?

Join us  here at CPL on Monday, June 9, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 PM, as Karen Bitterle of the Schoolcraft College Business Development Center highlights the best business research resources for small businesses. Please note: Registration is required through Schoolcraft College.

Is Email Marketing Right For Your Business?

Building relationships is key to every business and determining the right marketing connection is essential. Email marketing is one of the many ways to enhance communication with your customer to build loyalty.  Join us on May 5 from 7:00-8:00 PM as Tamara Jaros of Independently Yours, LLC presents how to understand the advantages and challenges of email marketing as well as sharing best practices and other helpful tips. 
No registration required.

Understanding Financial Statements

If you are a small business owner or manager, financial statements can be a constant source of stress if you are not financially literate. Join us on Monday April 7 from 7:00-8:00 PM as we invite SCORE to explain what financial statements are, understand what they say and mean, and how to use them to start, manage, and grow your business. No registration required.

March Counseling Sessions with SCORE

Thinking about starting a small business but you're not 
sure where to begin? Schedule a one hour consultation on 
Thursday, March 13 from 6:00-9:00 PM with a mentor from 
SCORE (previously Service Corps of Retired Executives) and 
receive free and confidential advice from a seasoned 

To register for a session or for additional information, please 
contact SCORE representative Ed Krupa (

How to Really Start Your Own Business

In this program presented by SCORE, you’ll find topics ranging from testing your business idea to creating a plan, structuring your company, and building a successful team. Use the tips and tactics from to increase your knowledge of cash control, financial  management, funding a business, building business credit, and many other vital topics for new entrepreneurs. 

Join us on Monday, March 3 from 7-8:30 PM.  No registration required.

Financing Options For Your Small Business

Together with SCORE, representatives from the Michigan Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) and TCF Bank will offer insights into the requirements for various types of loans and alternate financing methods at this workshop. Join us Thursday, October 24 from 6:30-7:30 PM. No registration required.

Media Advertising for Small Business

Not sure how advertise your business? With the many opportunities in today’s world it is a challenge to decide what is best for your business.

Sign up for our Lunch and Learn session "Media Advertising for Small Business" on Wednesday, June 12 from noon - 1 PM with Media Consultant, Kelley Albrant, from the Observer and Eccentric Media group. She will provide a number of ideas that will help you promote and grow your company in today’s market.


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