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Free SCC Small Business Center Classes for October

The mission of the Small Business Center at Sandhills Community College is to increase the success rate and numbers of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners leading to job creation and retention.

Agritourism Series

Welcoming visitors to your farm may be your next agribusiness and bring in supplemental farm income. The Small Business Center at Sandhills Community College and the Moore County Cooperative Extension are offering a free eight-session Agritourism Short Course. Learn about types of agritourism ventures, legal and risk management requirements, and discover available agribusiness resources. More information and online registration are available at www.sandhills.edu/sbc. Register for each module separately.

The Agritourism Series will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct 1-Oct 24 from 6-7:30 p.m, with a new module each session.

Grant Writing

“Grant Writing 101” is designed to encourage and build the confidence of current and potential nonprofits leaders in the process of grant writing. Find out how to begin and investigate what is involved in the process. Bring your board members, or potential board members, directors and volunteers.

“Grant Writing 101” will be held on Monday, Oct 1 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

“Grant Writing 102” expands upon techniques learned in Grant Writing 101 and shares additional resources and powerful grant writing tools to get you ready for your grant submission. Learn where to look for the providers that are right for you.

“Grant Writing 102” will be held on Monday, Oct 8 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Small Business Development

Get a thorough overview of marketing principles and applications in “Intro to Marketing.” Develop a focused and effective marketing plan to help you comprehend strategic marketing, the marketing mix, and consumer behavior. Join Michael Barbera, Strategy Consultant and Consumer Psychologist, for this dynamic seminar.

“Intro to Marketing” will be held on Tuesday, Oct 2 from 6-9 p.m.

In “Selling Made Simple, Identify Your Customers,” learn to identify and sell by developing your whole customer and whole product. The whole customer consists of several consumer avatars and each should be approached differently. The whole product is how the consumer perceives the use and value of your products and services. Small business owners learn to use the perceptions of consumers to sell their products and services.

“Selling Made Simple, Identify Your Customers” will be held on Tuesday, Oct 9 from 6-9 p.m.

Gain a working knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your small business in “Keeping Records: Bookkeeping Basics.” Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. If you’re a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you.

“Keeping Records: Bookkeeping Basics” will be held on Tuesday, October 16, from 6-9 p.m.

Many businesses require permits and licenses from local, county, state and even federal agencies. State and Federal tax requirements are not the only reason to keep good, up-to-date records in your business. Learn how to in “Licenses, Recordkeeping & Tax Issues for Small Business.” The last thing you want to do is have the IRS or State Department of Revenue hassling you. Good recordkeeping habits allow you to focus on generating revenue for your small business rather than worrying about catching up on your bookkeeping.

“Licenses, Recordkeeping & Tax Issues for Small Business” will be held on Thursday, Oct 11 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Small Business Management Series

Attendance to all four (4) of these seminars will result in a Certificate of Completion. This series will be presented by Mike Collins, president of The Perfect Workday. Collins is the author of four books and hundreds of business articles in publications such as Newsweek, American Banker, and BUSINESS: North Carolina & Triangle Business Journal.

In “Time Management for Small Business Owners,” learn to focus on high-payoff activities, eliminate the time-wasting behavior, and bypass procrastination when managing your small business.

“Time Management for Small Business Owners” will be held on Wednesday, Oct 3 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Today’s small business owner works in the most challenging workplace ever. Business owners must be able to motivate themselves to set priorities, make decisions, and communicate clearly. Learn practical information that allows entrepreneurs to manage their business more efficiently and effectively in “21st Century Management for Small Business.”

“21st Century Management for Small Business” will be held on Wednesday, Oct 10 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Small business owners will learn how to handle conflict resolution and unacceptable behavior in their businesses during “How the Small Business Owner Deals with Unacceptable Workplace Behavior.” Discover tips on handling challenges with your customers, clients, or business associates.

“How the Small Business Owner Deals with Unacceptable Workplace Behavior” will be held on Wednesday, Oct 17 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Experiencing change takes time and energy and is extremely stressful. Learn to recognize and embrace change and make it work for your small business in “How the Small Business Owner Deals with Constant Change.”

“How the Small Business Owner Deals with Constant Change” will be held on Wednesday, Oct 24 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Social Media: Starting, Maintaining and Growing

In “Crowdfunding 101,” learn the foundation and advanced hacks to achieve a six-figure crowdfunding campaign. Discover a comprehensive and concise formula for planning and carrying out a successful campaign to jumpstart your small business. Focus includes each step, what not to miss, what to consider, how and where you can save money, and how to leverage your resources to accomplish maximum results.

“Crowdfunding 101” will be held on Thursday, Oct 4 from 6-8 p.m.

In “Facebook Marketing” discover marketing strategies that will quickly increase your organic reach. See more engagement on your Facebook page which leads to more sales and higher revenue. All sized business marketers should be able to apply these advanced strategies to their marketing efforts to reach millions of fans, customers, subscribers, and followers.

“Facebook Marketing” will be held on Thursday, Oct 18 from 6-8 p.m.

Registration

Small Business Center seminars meet in 102 Van Dusen Hall. To register online, visit our website at sandhills.edu/sbc. For more information or to place your name on a waiting list for seminars that are full, please contact Teresa Reynolds at (910) 695-3938 or email reynoldst@sandhills.edu.

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