Have you ever felt a little reluctant when it comes to networking? Join the Arbor Center for Independent Living as they welcome Greg Peters, founder of The Reluctant Networker, as part of their Career Services Workshop Series on November 16 from 10am to 12pm. Greg coaches individuals, trains staff, and presents to associations and other groups on how to get past their reluctance and start building better connections and stronger networks. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and the author of the radio program "Calm, Cool, and Connected at the Networking Event." Come out and learn how to get connected through networking! For more information, or for accommodation requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Cheranissa Roach, Business Consultant with the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, as she discuss how to launch a business with a disability. She has worked with over 350 people to help them start small businesses! This free workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 20 from 1 to 3pm at the Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College. The workshop will cover what it takes to launch a small business, what types of supports are there to help people with a disability in business, developing the mindset to win at business given your disability, and a few other tips to help you understand what is necessary to be successful in launching a business. Register here.
Join Kory Scheiber from the Small Business Development Center and Harriet Hughes from the University of Michigan Credit Union for Money Talks – Do You Speak Its Language? The Legends and Myths of Small Business Funding on Thursday, January 28 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the WCC Business Education Building, Room BE270. This presentation gives current or prospective entrepreneurs insight into different types of funding used by small businesses including loans, lines of credit, and crowdfunding. Also discussed will be the criteria used by loan officers to evaluate a loan request. A team of experts will demystify the lending process, discuss the importance of personal credit history, debunk the myths about grants, and share real life examples of successful funding applications across the different platforms. Register now!
This Friday, May 15, join the Ann Arbor Area Business Leadership Network (A3BLN), hosted this month by the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and Washtenaw Community College Human Resources, for the unique opportunity to learn from employers & employees about ways to improve work opportunities for people with disabilities.
A panel of employers and employees from NuStep, Select Ride, and the University of Michigan will discuss the benefits of a diversified workforce. Sessions will be lead by human resources, legal and advocacy experts sharing their views regarding hiring persons with disabilities and ADA accommodations in the workplace.
Date: Friday, May 15th
Time: 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Location: WCC Morris Lawrence auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Drive
This event is open to all business leaders, employers & current or potential employees with disabilities. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required- the first 100 registrants will receive a complimentary lunch!
Join Washtenaw Community College for the grand opening of the Entrepreneurship Center on Tuesday, March 10 from 5:30-7:00pm. The reception starts at 5:30pm and President Rose Bellanca will speak at 6:00pm, followed by tours of the Center. Food will be provided by WCC entrepreneurs! If you're thinking of starting a small business or looking for other resources for entrepreneurs, be sure to check out AADL's Small Business and Entrepreneur Resources page.
We often get questions at the library about finding legal forms for a variety of purposes. If you find yourself needing forms, the library offers access to the Legal Forms Library - a database of common legal forms. You can search for specific forms or browse by popular categories. Popular categories include:
Power of Attorney
Wills and Estates
Forms are available for download and printing in Microsoft Word, Rich text, and PDF formats (depending on the individual form). The database is updated regularly and also includes a legal dictionary and a Q & A section. A great resource with a wealth of information!
The Greater Washtenaw Region Michigan Small Business Development Center will be holding a workshop for new entrepreneurs on Tuesday, January 27 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm at the Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center in the Plant Operations building, room PO 120. The workshop, titled Top 10 Tips for New Entrepreneurs, will provide information on the basics of entrepreneurship including the mindset of an entrepreneur, pitching, mentorship, budgeting, planning and executing, business resources, and more. You can register by calling the Entrepreneurship Center at 734-249-5880 or the Small Business Development Center at 734-477-8765.
Can't attend the workshop but want to learn more about starting a small business? Check out AADL's resources!
by Beth Manuel
Ypsilanti's Spark East, Growing Hope, "Think Local First" and Whole Foods are teaming up to host a series of Building Blocks workshops to help local food entrepreneurs grow their small businesses. Each workshop will have a panel of local experts on the topic. The 3rd session of the series continues Monday, January 12, at 7:00 PM, where they'll be hearing from local agencies about the resources they have to offer start up businesses.
For planning purposes, and to find out more about the series, the hosts are asking that you register ahead by clicking here.
The B. Side is recruiting low-income youth age 14-21 who are out of school for the opportunity to participate in The B. Side programs. Qualified youth will have access to paid/unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing, occupational skills training, assistance in securing better paying jobs, career development, and education all while getting paid.
B. Side Basics is a program that provides practice and study in the basic principles of entrepreneurship and business plan development. Participants are introduced to the concepts of entrepreneurship, receive training on writing and conceptualizing a business plan, learn product/concept development, and develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Youth who complete this program receive certification in introduction to business and entrepreneurial concepts.
Digital Inclusion (DI) is a social enterprise that trains community youth in basic computer knowledge, information technology, and digital literacy. The program also promotes technical and business skills development by training youth to refurbish computers and by giving them real-world entrepreneurial exposure through the Digital Inclusion virtual and physical storefront. Youth can receive course completion certification as well as CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals Certification.
If you know any youth that you believe would benefit from this program please have them contact The B. Side at (734) 487-6570 or at email@example.com to obtain further information on the program and the steps needed to enroll.