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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.

May Counseling Sessions with SCORE

Thinking about starting a small business but you're not 
sure where to begin? Schedule a one hour consultation on 
SCORE (previously Service Corps of Retired Executives) and 
receive free and confidential advice from a seasoned 
professional.

To register for a session or for additional information, please 
contact SCORE representative Ed Krupa (epkrupa@yahoo.com).

February 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, February 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 professional.

To register for a session or for additional information, please contact SCORE representative Ed Krupa (epkrupa@yahoo.com).

Credit Ratings with SCORE

If you are business owner, a credit score can affect the success of your business. Join us on Thursday, November 7 from 6:30-7:30 PM as we invite SCORE to explain how your personal credit score is calculated and how to improve it. Establishing credit for a business and how to get a business loan will also be covered. 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.

October 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, October 10 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 professional.

To register for a session or for additional information, please contact SCORE representative Ed Krupa (epkrupa@yahoo.com).

September 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, September 12 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 professional.

To register for a session or for additional information, please contact SCORE representative Ed Krupa (epkrupa@yahoo.com).

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 Thursday, September 26 from 6:30 - 7:30 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.

August 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, August 8 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 professional.

To register for a session or for additional information, please contact SCORE representative Ed Krupa (epkrupa@yahoo.com).

Social Networking for Business

Internet LabJoin us on Tuesday, May 21 from 12:00-1:00 PM for an overview of social networking for business. Explore the capabilities of Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter as marketing tools for your company.
No registration necessary.

June 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, June 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 professional.

To register for a session or for additional information, please contact SCORE representative Ed Krupa (epkrupa@yahoo.com).

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.

May Counseling Sessions With SCORE

Thinking about starting a small business but you're not 
sure where to begin? Schedule a one hour consultation 
from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and 
receive free and confidential advice from a seasoned 
professional.  To register for a session or for additional 
information, please contact SCORE representative 
Ed Krupa (epkrupa@yahoo.com).  

April Counseling Sessions With SCORE --CANCELED

This session is canceled but SCORE will return next month.

Thinking about starting a small business but you're not sure where to begin? Schedule a one hour consultation on Thursday, April 11 from 6:00-9:00 PM with a mentor from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and receive free and confidential advice from a seasoned professional. To register for a session or for additional information, please contact SCORE representative Ed Krupa (epkrupa@yahoo.com).  

Good to Great Book Discussion Series

There are many companies that are successful but what makes
a company stand out from the crowd?  Can greatness be achieved
by following a set of rules or is it only by accident?  

Join us as we read and discuss the key points in the classic business book, "Good to Great" by James Collins.  Led by retired executive and Canton Kiwanis Club President, Mark Ott, this discussion is for business owners, leaders and anyone interested in leadership.  

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 14 from 6:00-9:00 PM with a mentor from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and receive free and confidential advice from a seasoned professional. To register for a session or for additional information, please contact SCORE representative Ed Krupa.

Business Plan Workshop with SCORE

According to SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) "The real value of creating a business plan is not in having the finished product in hand; rather, the value lies in the process of researching and thinking about your business in a systematic way."

Join us on Thursday, February 28th from 6:00-8:00 PM and find how this tool will help you research and refine your business goals. This workshop is suitable for those considering owning a business, new entrepreneurs as well as established business owners.