Starting up a business can be a daunting task. Learning the dos and don’ts, and acquiring tips on how to launch and run your business more efficiently can be the difference between success and failure. Michigan has many resources that provide business education courses and workshops, especially for the small business owner. The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is an excellent place to start. They offer various no-cost to low-cost business education workshops and counseling to assist small businesses.
Take advantage of these five workshops offered that are ideal for your startup.
This workshop teaches key characteristics of successful business ownership, and what it takes to start and run a thriving business.
Every successful business should start with a business plan. This course assists business owners with the basics of business plan development. You will leave this course with a draft of your business concept, and the steps for creating and completing your business plan.
Get firsthand information from the Small Business Administration and Michigan financial institutions on what criteria is required for you to be able to secure financial assistance for your startup.
Getting Your Business Online (GYBO)
In a technological world, it is important you have a digital presence. SBDC, an official Google GYBO Partner, hosts this webinar to provide free tools to help with getting your business listed and verified on Google Search and Maps. They also explain how to reach your target market electronically, and how to use Google My Business to manage your online presence.
Not only is important to learn the tools to maximize your digital presence, but first you need your own website. Another organization that offers a great course for your startup, is Grand Circus. One of the nine Google for Entrepreneur Tech Hubs, Grand Circus provides technology, mentoring, and connections to Detroit’s startup ecosystem. Their free boot camps teaches coding to those with little to no experience, offering the basics to assist with building your website or mobile app for your business.
This article was written by T. Marie Adams for Small Business Pulse