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Fundamentals of Michigan Entrepreneurship
The Community House has assembled a group of subject matter experts on issues important to all of us throughout our lives. These seminars are free to the public and light refreshments will be served.
Join presenters Michael Witzke and John Carter, Witzke Berry Carter & Wander, PLLC and franchise placement specialist Mark Cory, FranNet of Michigan, as they address the following topics:
Servicing the Customer and Protecting Your Competitive Advantage
This segment will prepare entrepreneurs to deliver their products and services to various customers, help them identify and secure their intellectual property and teach them how to minimize the many risks associated with hiring employees and independent contractors.
Business Ownership Options
This segment looks at the different types of “Business Ownership”--Traditional Employment or Other Investment Options. It also analyzes the Pros and Cons of getting into business; starting from scratch, buying an existing business or starting a franchise business. The segment also explores various franchise considerations, financing considerations and how to conduct “due diligence” to select the RIGHT business.
Business Succession Planning: “Planning for the Short and Long Term”
This segment will address the entrepreneurs need to plan for the potential death, disability, divorce or creditor problems of the owners of the business. Short and long term planning strategies will be considered by looking at “Buy Sell Agreements,” “Operating Agreements” and proper estate planning procedures.
More About The Community House
The Community House has been a hub for Birmingham residents since 1923. Founded as a location for dances, meetings, concerts and plays, the Community House is a place for all that and more. A nonprofit organization, the Community House strives to provide residents programs, services and educational opportunities to enrich their lives.
The Community House offers classes in fitness and yoga, food and wine, gardening, art and theater. Youth classes and programs are also available. Residents can also use the Community House to book travel arrangements and packages.
The Early Childhood Center at the Community House offers child care and preschool services for children 6 months to 5 years old. The center emphasizes learning through play with the High Scope curriculum. Meals are provided, as are access to Community House programs.
Community members can also take advantage of the Community House Dance Academy, with classes in ballet, pointe, modern, creative dance, jazz, contemporary, tap and ballet workout. Founded in 1964, the Dance Academy is led by a renowned faculty of instructors and choreographers.
The Community House is also a popular location for banquets, corporate events and weddings. Rooms can accommodate 10 to 350 people, include all audio and visual set-up, and feature large windows and a fireplace. The Community House also offers catering options, from continental breakfasts to multicourse meals for special events. Groups can also book the Van Dusen Terrace.