Crain’s Detroit Business kicked off its Second Stage Workshop in 2010, an in-depth series of events on topics aimed at growing businesses. The event is back for a second year and is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11.
Topics expected to be included are growth strategies, money, doing business with government and technology. This series is a collaboration with key educational institutions and business development resources that provide peer-to-peer learning, best practices, practical tips and techniques that attendees can implement right away.
This year, Crain’s has partnered with the Detroit Regional Chamber for this daylong event, to be held at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy. Tickets are $75 each and $90 the day of.
This conference is designed to provide a forum for emerging and established entrepreneurs and small business owners to learn how to effectively navigate Michigan’s changing economic landscape.
So what should entrepreneurs in general be prepared for when starting their own businesses? A few tips:
Have your idea down on paper and be prepared to explain it to others. Business opportunities come up when you’re least expecting it — at breakfast, at a conference or even a bus stop. Get the word out about what you’re doing, and the more opportunities you’re likely to stumble upon. Also, make sure you have professional-looking business cards on you at all times — if you strike up a conversation with someone about what you do, tell them your business plan and give them a card. You never know when you might get a call back.
Make good use of the resources available to you. Events like Crain’s Second Stage Workshop are one example. Friends and family can also help you in the beginning stages of your business. Maybe an accountant friend of yours can do the books, or maybe your dad’s photographer friend can hook you up with headshots. It might feel awkward asking at first, but these favors can be returned and can go a long way for a young entrepreneur.
For more tips about building a new business, check out the online article here.
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