Entrepreneur Education & Training
starting your own business
For those considering following the Entrepreneur path - learn about personality traits that impact entrepreneurialism, create a marketing plan, learn about legal, accounting, franchises, business plans and financing options. Attendees receive one on one counseling and advice from business experts and organizations that are available to support new ventures. It is a full day event that takes place monthly at the SPARK East, 215 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
This is a networking event for entrepreneurs, investors and those who work with technology & innovation businesses, particularly in IT, cleantech and life sciences. It's heavy on networking, full of interesting opinions and stories, and has led to several successful business partnerships. OpenCoffee is held monthly on the second Tuesday at SPARK Central.
BioArbor hosts educational networking events for the life sciences industry in the greater Ann Arbor area. BioArbor’s focus covers technology commercialization, financing strategies, business development, regulatory affairs and marketing. Each monthly meeting features a networking session and an invited speaker, followed by a Q&A period. Invited speakers share experience on topics such as drug discovery & development, medical devices, diagnostics and tools. BioArbor events are open to the public and are especially suited for those interested in starting or growing life science businesses. Events are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month at SPARK Central.
business law & Order
The nine session Business Law & Order Legal Series will give entrepreneurs insight into some of the most important legal issues they must consider during business formation. Some of these issues include: proper business structure, intellectual property protection, founders and key employee compensation, considerations regarding employees versus independent contractors, doing business overseas and commercial agreements. The events are held the third Monday of each month at SPARK Central.
The Marketing Roundtable is a ten-session monthly series featuring regional marketing professionals who will discuss practical and cost-effective innovation marketing. Program topics range from brand strategy to social media, and from financial accountability to guerrilla marketing. The Marketing Roundtable is held the second Tuesday of the month at SPARK Central.
ANN ARBOR SPARK ENTREPRENEUR BOOT CAMP
Entrepreneur Boot Camp is a two-day intensive program that helps you identify critical issues for your business plan. You'll get instructive feedback and advice about your business model, management team, competitive positioning, market strategy and other key elements that determine if a start-up will succeed or fail. Campers tell us that they are able to drastically accelerate business launch decisions based on advice received during camp. SPARK's former Boot Campers have gone on to secure funding connect to advisors and other key talent, launch businesses and been successful in business competitions and start-up forums across the state. Learn more about Entrepreneur Boot Camp.
TED DACKO SALES WORKSHOPS
Ted Dacko, an exemplary serial startup CEO lead three programs for our entrepreneurs this spring. His self-designed programs help entrepreneurs target their specific sales obstacles and discover the solutions to grow their companies. Topics of his workshops include; Sales 101 for A Technical or Domain Expert Founder and The 50 Biggest Mistakes Domain Expert Founders Make.
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