Calendar of Events

WBC Orientation Workshop St Joseph Library

When: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017; 1:00pm-2:30pm
Where: 500 Market St, St Joseph, MI 49085
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn:
  • How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Services in Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available 
This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals.  Dubelsa Mata, Business Development Associate with Cornerstone Alliance Women's Business Center will facilitate the workshop.

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WBC Orientation Workshop- Benton Harbor Public Library

When: Thursday, July 6th, 2017; 9:00am - 10:30am
Where: 213 Wall Street, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn
How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available
This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals.  Margaret Adams, Manager for Cornerstone Alliance Women’s Business Center will facilitate the workshop.
 

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WBC Orientation Workshop Cass District Library

When: Monday July 10th, 2017; 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: 17049 US Highway 12
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn:
How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available 
This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals.  Margaret Adams, Manager for Cornerstone Alliance Women’s Business Center will facilitate the workshop.
 

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WBC Orientation Workshop - Eau Claire District Library

When: Tuesday, July 11th, 2017; 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Where: 6528 E Main Street, Eau Claire, MI 49111-5129
Cost: FREE

Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services and the Women’s Business Center will provide an orientation of its services along with an overview of completing a business plan. 
 
During the orientation, participants will learn:
  • How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services in Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available 
This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals.  Dubelsa Mata, Business Development Associate with Cornerstone Alliance Women's Business Center will facilitate the workshop.
 

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WBC Orientation Workshop Lawrence Public Library

When: Thursday, July 13th, 2017; 12:00pm-1:30pm
Where: 212 N Paw Paw St, Lawrence, MI 49064
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn:
  • How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Services in Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available
This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals.  Margaret Adams, Manager for Cornerstone Alliance Women’s Business Center will facilitate the workshop.
 

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WBC Orientation Workshop Covert Branch Library

When: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017; 4:00pm-05:30pm
Where: 33860 M-140 Highway
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn:
How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available
 This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals.  Dubelsa Mata, Business Development Associate with Cornerstone Alliance Women's Business Center will facilitate the workshop.
 

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WBC Orientation Workshop Berrien Springs Community Library

When: Friday, July 21st, 2017; 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Where: 215 W Union St, Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn:
  • How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Services in Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available
 This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals.  Dubelsa Mata, Business Development Associate with the Women's Business Center will facilitate the workshop.

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WBC Orientation Workshop Hartford Public Library

When: Monday, July 24th, 2017; 4:00pm-5:30pm
Where: 15 Franklin Street, Hartford, Michigan, 49057
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn:
  • How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Services in Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available 
This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals.  Margaret Adams, Manager of the Women's Business Center will facilitate the workshop.

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WBC Orientation Workshop South Haven Library

When: Thursday, July 27th, 2017; 10:00am - 11:30am
Where: 314 Broadway, South Haven, MI 49090
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn:
  • How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Services in Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available 
This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals.Dubelsa Mata, Business Development Associate for Cornerstone Alliance Women's Business Center will facilitate the workshop.

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PTAC Orientation

When: Tuesday, August 1, 2017; 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: WMU Napier Campus, 2785 E Napier Ave
Cost: FREE


Is your company considering government contracting? Learn how to sell your products and services to the federal, state, and local government. This free seminar will give you the direction you need.
The facilitator will be Kim Bourner.  Kim serves as a technical assistance specialist with the Southwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center since July 2008. She earned a BBA from Davenport University and a Masters Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University. Kim is a member of the statewide PTACs of Michigan and the National Association of PTACs. She enjoys working with PTAC clients to enhance their knowledge of contracting with local, state, and federal government agencies. 

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Ransomware

When: Tuesday, August 8, 2017; 11:30am - 1:30pm
Where: WMU Napier Campus, 2785 E Napier Ave
Cost: $10.00

One of the most common and dangerous computer threats for businesses today is ransomware. Once a computer or network is infected, files are encrypted and a ransom is demanded for access. Protection from this threat requires more than software and firewalls. The most common method of infection is trick emails. It is essential that businesses educate their employees since one person’s mistake can affect the whole company.
This 90-minute workshop will arm you and your employees with the information needed to understand what ransomware is, how it gets on computers, and how to detect trick emails. 

Trent Watford, founder and owner of Tech Help since 2002, offers computer training and support to business and residential clients. A resident of Southwest Michigan since 1989, Trent has serviced computers and been a software instructor since 1997. Tech Help’s goal is to help businesses and individuals enhance and maximize their use of technology.

Prerequisite: Basic computer skills

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Starting A Brewery

When: Thursday, August 10th, 2017; 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Hilton Garden Inn 1300 Cinema Way
Cost: $30.00

The participants will learn the steps required to successfully open a micro-brewery: Research; Development of a business plan; Formation of the Company; Securing the Microbrewery location; Licensing (MLCC, TTB and County Health Department); Build-out of Microbrewery; Recruiting a Brewer, and Growing in Phases.

There will be a panel of speakers that will share experiences and facilitate the event.  They speakers are;
  • Leslie Pickell – Pioneer for “The Livery” in Benton Harbor, MI
  • Chris Mason – Watermark Brewery in Stevensville, MI  
  • Brian McMahon, Esq – Kreis Enderle in St. Joseph, MI
  • Kurt Cox – Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC), Grand Rapids, MI
  • Carrie Kosak -  Source Bank – South Bend, IN
  • Scott Geik – St. Joseph, MI
Hopp into this event and get what you need to start your very own brewery.




 

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PTAC Marketing & Research Mining Opportunities

When: Wednesday August 16th, 2017; 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: WMU Napier Campus, 2785 E Napier Ave
Cost: FREE

Learn how to market your business to government agencies. Research the agencies that buy what you sell. Research your competitors' sales and customers. This free seminar will give you some in depth research
The Facilitator will be Kim Bourner, Technical Assistance Specialist from Southwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) since July 2008. She earned a BBA from Davenport University and a Masters Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University. Kim is a member of the statewide PTACs of Michigan and the National Association of PTACs. She enjoys working with PTAC clients to enhance their knowledge of contracting with local, state, and federal government agencies. 

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Blueprint to Success Fundamentals Of Marketing

When: Saturday, August 26th, September 9th, September 16th and September 23rd, 2017; 8:30am - 1:30pm
Where: Lake Michigan College - 2755 E Napier Ave
Cost: $250.00

To gain the most benefit from this workshop, it is encouraged to sign up for the entire series.  The cost per workshop is $65.00.  Blueprint for Success: Fundamentals of Marketing, which is held on August 26, 2017, is a prerequisite for all remaining workshops.    

Combining the knowledge of marketing fundamentals with hands-on workshops to develop marketing collateral including a logo, website and promotional pieces, the Blueprint For Success workshop series will provide participants with tangible deliverables they can utilize right away to better leverage their businesses' competitive advantages. 
August 26:  Blueprint for Success:  The Fundamentals of Marketing
Participants will create their working marketing plan and a creative brief to use when developing marketing assets for their businesses. This class is a prerequisite for the follow-up workshops.
 You will leave the workshop with:
  •  A working marketing plan
  • A creative brief to use when developing marketing assets for your business. 
September 9: Blueprint for Success:  Logo Design Workshop
With the guidance and assistance of professional designers, participants will create a company logo for use on their website, signage, communications and more. 
You will leave the workshop with:
  •  A company logo for use on your website, signage, communications, etc.
  • Resource reference guide and tip sheet 
Prerequisites:
  • Blueprint for Success: The Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Completed creative brief
 September 16: Blueprint for Success: Website Design Workshop
Using a customizable web platform of their choosing, participants will begin to create their own homepage and landing page with assistance from web designers and gain the skills needed to finish the site independently.
You will leave the workshop with:
  • Skills needed to develop and publish a business homepage and landing page
  • Website tip sheet and resource guide
  • Prerequisites:
  • Blueprint for Success:  The fundamentals of Marketing
  • Completed creative brief
  • Company logo 
Pre-registration with website platform (Program facilitators will use wix.com for demonstration purposes.  If you have an existing website or membership with a host provider, you may build a new site or edit your current site through this process)
 
Please bring any photography associated with your business you'd like to include
 
September 23: Blueprint for Success: Promotional Marketing Workshop
Participants will discover techniques to drive new and repeat business. With support from graphic designers, they will also create branded marketing assets for use in raising awareness of their products and growing their businesses. 
You will leave the workshop with branded template for:
  •  A promotional flyer
  • Two online banner ads
  • Social media assets 
Prerequisites:
  • Blueprint for success: The Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Completed creative brief
  • Company logo

 

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WBC Orientation Workshop - Benton Harbor Public Library

When: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017; 2:00pm-3:30pm
Where: 213 Wall Street, Benton Harbor, MI
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn:
How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available 

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Succession Planning - Preserving Your Business

When: Thursday, September 14th, 2017; 11:30am - 1:00pm
Where: Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce, 811 Ship Street, Suite 303
Cost: $15.00

Preserving Your Business - This information session is designed to help educate business owners about tools and strategies to help maintain and preserve your business.  Items to be discussed include:  Key person disability insurance, key person life insurance, deferred compensation, buy-sell agreements, disability insurance, Life Insurance Retirement Plans (LIRPs) and estate considerations
Becky Young and Brian McMahon will facilitate this session.  Becky Young, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, has worked in the financial advising industry for over 10 years.  Her burning desire is to teach others how to get out (and stay out) of debt and to help them reach their financial goals.  Her community involvement includes Miracle League (A baseball program for special needs children), Women’s Business Center board member, Toastmaster Secretary as well as a member of Business Networking International. She resides in the community with her husband and children. 
Brian McMahon, Esq, has been representing private and publicly owned businesses, business owners and business owners' families for more than 22 years. Brian’s practice is concentrated in the areas of Business/Corporate Law, Estate Planning, and Commercial Real Estate.

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WBC Orientation Workshop Eau Claire Public Library

When: Tuesday, September 19th, 2017; 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Where: 6528 E Main St, Eau Claire, Mi 49111
Cost: FREE

Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services and the Women’s Business Center will provide an orientation of its services along with an overview of completing a business plan. 
 
During the orientation, participants will learn:
  • How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services in Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available 
This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals. Margaret Adams, Women's Business Center Manager with Cornerstone Alliance Women's Business Center will facilitate the workshop.

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WBC Orientation Workshop Cass Disrict Library

When: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017; 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Where: 17049 US Highway 12
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn:
How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available 
This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals.  Margaret Adams, Manager for Cornerstone Alliance Women’s Business Center will facilitate the workshop.
 

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WBC Orientation Workshop - Sodus Township Public Library

When: Thursday, September 21st, 2017; 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Where: 3776 Naomi Rd, Sodus, MI 49126
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn:
How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available 
This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals.  Dubelsa Mata, Business Development Associate with Cornerstone Alliance Women's Business Center will facilitate the workshop.

 

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WBC Orientation Workshop St Joseph City Library

When: Thursday, September 28th, 2017; 4:00pm-5:30pm
Where: 500 Market St, St Joseph, MI 49085
Cost: FREE

During the orientation, participants will learn:
  • How to Access Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services
  • The Importance of a Business Plan
  • What Should be Included in a Business Plan
  • Services in Assisting You with the Development of Your Business Plan
  • Financial Resources Available
 This workshop is designed for those individuals who are interested in learning about the tools and resource opportunities to achieve their business goals. Margaret Adams, Manager of the Women's Business Center will facilitate the workshop.

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Aspiring Entreprenuers (SCORE)

When: Thursday, October 26th, 2017; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce, 15311 Three Oaks Rd, Three Oaks, MI 49128
Cost: $15.00

Do you have what it takes to start, manage and succeed in your own business?
Presented by SCORE and the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance, this workshop is for entrepreneurial individuals thinking about starting their own business.
Topics to be covered include:
  • Attributes of successful entrepreneurs
  • Common myths about owning a business – a reality check
  • The many roles you’ll have as a business owner
  • How to turn an idea into a successful business
  • How to avoid costly mistakes that lead to failure
  • Locally available resources to Start, Grow & Succeed in your own business
The facilitator is Peter Loveland, Certified SCORE Mentor, with over 40 years of experience in industrial sales & marketing; as well as various general management positions.  Managing both small, privately owned organizations and $40 to $50 million divisions of multinational corporations; his expertise is in strategic planning, budgeting, business development and team building.

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