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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 14th 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.

Search Engine Optimization Seminar

Search engine optimization (SEO) is an internet marketing strategy that strategically considers how search engines work and how people search.  This makes it possible for a website to be on the first page in relevant categories when anyone searches for goods and/or services.   

Join us on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:30-8:30 PM as Roy of Team Hypernet takes the mystery out of SEO and shows the steps to get your webpage in the top search engine results.  If you are a business owner, be sure to come and pick up some great tips!

October Events at the Business Development Center - Schoolcraft College

The following October events are schedule at the Business Development Center at Schoolcraft College, a great resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs. For details regarding any of these programs, contact the BDC at 734-462-4438.
  • Small Business Loan Workshop — Tuesday, October 9, 2:00–4:00 PM, No Charge
  • Social Networking for Small Businesses, Tuesday, October 23, 6:00-9:00 PM, $45
  • Working for Yourself: The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Consultant, a Contractor, or other Service Provider, Wednesday, October 24, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM, $45

Tweeting for Business Success

Our Back to Business School series concludes with 
Tweeting for Business Success.   Learn how to use Twitter to connect with and engage potential customers from Mike McClure, president of Social Media Club Detroit and Executive Creative Director at The Yaffe Group on Thursday, September 27, 12:00-1:00 PM.

Franchising 101

So, you're considering purchasing a franchise but you have no idea how to begin. You may have questions regarding which franchise to purchase, where to locate it, and how to finance it.

Join franchise owner George Lytle for Franchising 101, part of our Back to Business School Series, on Tuesday, September 18 from 7:00-8:30 PM. George will cover the basics of franchising and give his tips as an 'insider'.

Beginning Business with SCORE

Did you know that author and organizational guru, Julie Morgenstern, met with the counselors at SCORE when she was developing her first business, Task Masters?

If you have a business idea and would like to see it get off the ground, come to Beginning Business with SCORE, part of our Back to Business School series, on Thursday, September 20 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

Back to Business School

CPL's Back to Business School is a great educational opportunity for local businesspeople and entrepreneurs. The following sessions are available: Registration is now open: space is limited.

SBA Forum on Small Business Lending

Before you apply for a business loan, first attend a free financing roundtable. Schoolcraft College MI-SBTDC Business Development Center will be hosting a forum on small business lending on Friday, January 20th from 9:00 AM-Noon at the Schoolcraft Livonia campus with teams of bankers, an SBA representative, an SBA business counselor, and business owners like you. The roundtables are best suited for those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business. This event is free, but you will need to register online. For more information, contact Schoolcraft College at 734-462-4438.

Franchising Tips With Biggby Coffee CEO

If you've wondered about franchising as a possible career for you, be sure to attend University of Michigan-Dearborn's January meeting of The Business of Franchising Initiative on January 12th from 6:00-8:00 PM at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dining Room D.  Bob Fish, founder and CEO of Biggby Coffee will be presenting his story of a small business that grew to a franchise with over 130 locations.  The meeting is free, but you will need to register

Managing Employees and Social Media: How To Keep Yourself Out of Trouble

Are you concerned about the potential ramifications of your employees and social media? Aaron Graves, a labor and employment attorney, will discuss the ins and outs of your rights and your employee's rights when it comes to social networking. This Strategies of Success (SOS) seminar takes place on Tuesday, May 17th from 7:30-9:30AM in the Summit on the Park Banquet Center. Space is limited so please reserve your spot by calling the Canton Chamber of Commerce at (734) 453-4040.

Greening Your Business

Are you looking for some environmentally friendly ideas for your business? Join Eco-Coach Lori Sullivan and Bill Clemens of DTE Energy for some great solutions. Vendors will also be present for even more green tips and products. This Strategies of Success (SOS) seminar takes place on Thursday, February 3rd from 7:30-9:30AM in the Summit on the Park Banquet Center. Space is limited so please reserve your spot by calling the Canton Chamber of Commerce at (734) 453-4040.

Social Networking For Business Books

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are more than just social networking sites. They're also a great way for businesses to market their products, connect with customers and create a dialog regarding their services. Get started by checking out the following books.

Get connected: the social networking toolkit for business by Starr Hall, Chadd Rosenberg

Facebook marketing: an hour a day by Chris Treadaway, Mari Smith

Social Networking 201: Beyond the Chat

Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter - why would you want to use these sites for your business? Join Brenda Meller, Marketing Manager for Walsh College and Amy Lee, Business Librarian at the Canton Public Library, for a look at social networking sites as important and free business tools. The Strategies of Success (SOS) series for 2010-2011 kicks off on Wednesday, October 13th from 7:30-9:30AM in the Summit on the Park Banquet Center. Space is limited so please reserve your spot by calling the Canton Chamber of Commerce at (734) 453-4040.

"Check Out Canton" For Business

This program has been discontinued


The Canton Public Library and Canton Economic Development have teamed up to help our community "check out" Canton businesses. It works like the very popular Museum Adventure Pass program. Local businesses supply special offers that you can check out from the library with your library card. Use the passes to save on goods and services throughout Canton.

If your business is interested in participating in this program, please contact Canton Economic Development at (734) 394-5182.

Canton - A Hidden Gem For Business

Canton, considered to be a Hidden Gem of Economic Development, will be featured on the Fox Business Channel on the economic news show Inside Business with Fred Thompson on Sunday, July 25th at 4:00PM. The segment will feature township Supervisor, Phil LaJoy, and Canton Economic Development Manager Debra Bilbrey-Honsowetz. It's a great time to be part of Canton!

Google Business Center

The library's Summer School for Small Business series is going strong! Our next class will be Google Business Center on Wednesday, July 28th from Noon-1:00PM. Find out how to advertise online, maximize your revenue, reach new customers, enhance your website and increase your productivity. No registration required.

Tweeting For Business Success

Our Summer School for Small Business series continues with Twitter For Business on Thursday, July 22nd from Noon-1:00PM. Learn how to use Twitter to connect with customers, build relationships and engage potential customers. No registration is required but you must have an existing email account.

Learn About CantonWiki

Learn about the CantonWiki with creator, George Hotelling on Wednesday, July 7th, from Noon-1:00PM. This program is the first session in our Summer School for Small Business program. George will instruct how to create and edit CantonWiki.org and how it can be a great marketing tool for your business. No registration required.

National Small Business Week Tip #6: Your Library Is Here To Help

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the success of the economy. This week, National Small Business Week is May 23-29.

National Small Business Week Tip #5: Tax Tips 101

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the success of the economy. This week, National Small Business Week is May 23-29.

Small business owners and individuals who are self-employed have lots of questions and concerns about taxes. The IRS Tax Calendar has a wealth of tax tips, contact information and handy schedules. The IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center has links for everything from publications and forms to helpful newsletters.