LaunchDETROIT, a micro-loan finance program developed by Rotary District 6400 for Detroit area entrepreneurs, is offering “Business Basics” workshops at Baker College, located at 4500 Enterprise Drive in Allen Park. The first workshop “Small Business Bookkeeping” will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 19, 2014.

LaunchDETROIT is a multi-pronged program that offers qualifying entrepreneurs a combination of free business training in partnership with Baker College, micro loans of $1,000 to $2,500, assigned business mentors and networking opportunities.

“In January, we launched our first class of 13 entrepreneurs who completed five business training classes at Baker, were assigned mentors and awarded their loans,” said Rotarian Lawrence Wright, president of the LaunchDETROIT initiative. “In response to comments we’ve received from our entrepreneurs and mentors, we decided to offer monthly workshops to our entrepreneurs and open these up to others in the community as well.

The workshops are being led by Rotarians who have the expertise and business background in each subject matter. The May 19th workshop will be led by Rotarian Roberto Sanchez, former CFO of The Spiratex Company in Romulus and a past district governor of Rotary District 6400.

There is a nominal cost of 10 dollars to attend each 90 minute workshop.

The second workshop titled “Grassroots Marketing” is scheduled to be held on Monday, June 30, 2014.

“We are greatly indebted to Baker College in Allen Park for providing their facility and resources to accommodate our training classes, board meetings and these workshops,” added Wright.