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Ann Arbor Spark

Entrepreneurial Services

Starting Your Own Business Workshop

Looking to start a business? Join Ann Arbor SPARK and our community partners to learn about marketing, legal, accounting, risk considerations, product development, business plans, financing options, and personality traits that impact entrepreneurs. Attendees have an opportunity to get advice from a variety of business experts and organizations that are available to support new ventures.


SYOB is sponsored by Chemical Bank.





  • Continental Breakfast & Registration
  • Welcome, Overview & Participant introductions
  • How to go from Start-Up to Small Business Success Story
  • Break
  • Product Development and Intellectual Property
  • Financing Your Business
  • Lunch
  • Ask the Expert and Individual Coaching
  • Setting Up Your Business & Mitigating Risk – Legal, Accounting and Insurance Considerations
  • Your Marketing Plan on a Napkin
  • Business Plans
  • Getting Connected to Local Resources