MI-SBDC offers a wide range of free or low-cost training opportunities scheduled periodically throughout the year. The full Schedule & Registration is available online at: Seminars and workshops available may include:

Venture Start

Venture Start is a series of five workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. The series consists of five initial workshops:

Starting a Business

This workshop is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.

Writing a Business Plan

Designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for self-employment success,  this workshop covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included. Live examples of effective business plans are used as course material.

Marketing Your Business

This workshop presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus is on the business’s customers – creating and keeping them.

Financial Management

This workshop introduces basic accounting concepts and how to apply financial information that helps small business owners manage a business more effectively. Key documents including Cash flow Statement, Profit & Loss, and Balance Sheet are explained, using specific small business examples. The course is designed to help entrepreneurs understand accounting principles and financial statements, and work more effectively with the accounting team.

Business Legal Issues

This workshop is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide prospective business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges. 

I-69 Trade Corridor Region Training Information, Schedule and Registration

The full Schedule & Registration is available online at:

1) Location - “In Area”
2) County - “Genesee, Lapeer, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola, or Huron”
3) Topic - “All” or by topic in drop down.
4) Time Range: “All” or by 30, 60, 90 days or 1 year

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Upon registering for a workshop, you will be sent an email confirmation that includes a map and parking information for the training location.