Ferndale Class Registration + Events

Registration for Build Basics FERNDALE is open!

Build Institute is partnering with the City of Ferndale to provide a series of classes and activities to support aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs, and small businesses. With the support from the City, classes are open to Ferndale residents, people who work in Ferndale, and/or anyone looking/intending to open a business in Ferndale.

Demand is very high for Build classes and we are doing everything we can to accommodate the large number of applicants. Acceptance is on a first-come first-served basis.

Read testimonials from others about why they loved taking a Build class!

About Build Basics:

Our core 8-week business and project planning class is designed for aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Classes are taught by local experts and cover all the basics of starting a business – from licensing to financial literacy, market research to cash flow and more. You’ll leave the class with a completed business plan, a cohort of fellow entrepreneurs in Ferndale, and the knowledge and confidence to take your idea to the next level. Learn more about our class curriculum & why Build Basics is right for you!

Who can apply?
Any current Ferndale area business owner looking for support, advice, camaraderie, and accountability from fellow Ferndale area business owners.

Basics Ferndale 4: (REGISTER HERE)
Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Dates:  April 18 – June 6
Location:  TBA Ferndale

About GROW Peer Roundtables:

Build Institute’s GROW Peer Roundtable FERNDALE, presented in partnership with the city of Ferndale, is a forum for second-stage business owners located in Ferndale to explore the key issue of growth. Membership in GROW connects members to an expanding and diverse group of business leaders and serial entrepreneurs.

How does it work?
Twice a month Roundtable members meet with an advisory group of 5 – 10 non-competing small business owners in a confidential setting. Meetings are facilitated by a third-party  advisor to ensure that all members have equal floor time and voice in getting help with key business decisions.

Each Roundtable member brings a unique perspective, ideas, advice and resources to the table with no hidden agendas.

In addition, periodically, subject matter experts are invited to to help members take a deep dive into specific areas of interest.

Who can apply?
Any current Ferndale area business owner looking for support, advice, camaraderie, and accountability from fellow Ferndale area business owners.

GROW Peer Roundtable FERNDALE will return in the fall!  Sign up to be on early registration mailing list here.

Upcoming Events in Ferndale:

Spring Fling into Networking Series

Part I: “Open City Ferndale: The Art of Networking.” The dialogue and panel discussion will focus on creating connections and making lasting first impressions. It will be held at Ferndale’s Rust Belt Market on Wednesday, March 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The first 60 attendees receive a complimentary drink.

Part II of Spring Fling into Networking Series
March 21, 6:30-8p.m.: “30-Second First Impression” Workshop, Ferndale Area District Library
Topic: Learn how to craft a grabbing 30-second first impression.  Update and improve your business pitch at this small, one hour long workshop.

Part III of Spring Fling into Networking Series
April 4, 5-7p.m.: “Networking with an Axe,” The Corner Grill, Bar + Game Room
Join us as we close our three part series on Spring Fling into Networking. Help break the ice with an axe and light refreshments brought to you by The Corner Grill, Bar + Game Room

Ferndale SOUP
Wednesday, June 27
Location TBD
Doors 5 p.m.  Winners 8 p.m.

All events are FREE!  No RSVP required!!

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