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Free SCC Small Business Center Seminars in September

Businesswoman is doing paperwork in her stock factory.The Sandhills Community College Small Business Center aims to increase the number and success rate of viable small businesses by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners leading to job creation and retention. The seminars are free.

Small Business Development Series

Understand the basics of starting a small business in “Start Your Business.” Students will turn their idea into an opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing, as well as information about legal issues, licensing, operations and more. Students will realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of their business idea. This seminar is presented by the Sandhills SCORE Chapter which offers mentoring and counseling for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.

“Start Your Business” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 6-9 p.m.

Financing continues to challenge many small business owners. In “Finance Your Business” students will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one. Facilitator Roxanne Reed is a certified instructor, business advisor and community advocate for small businesses throughout North Carolina.

“Finance Your Business” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6-9 p.m.

A business plan is an important tool for a small business owner. Students will learn to turn their ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success in “Create a Winning Business Plan.” This seminar presents the important components of a business and helps lay a foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts, and steps for making the process easy. Presenter, Michael Barbera is an award-winning consumer psychologist and business strategist.

“Create a Winning Business Plan” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 6-9 p.m.

This “Business Tax Essentials” will cover basic requirements to help North Carolina small business owners understand the laws and obligations necessary to be tax compliant. Students will learn about filing and administrative requirements, the basics of NC sales & use tax law, withholding tax law, step-by-step directions for completing sales tax and withholding returns, and directions for filing and paying online. This seminar is presented by the NC Department of Revenue.

“Business Tax Essentials” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6-9 p.m.

Bloom Your Business with Liz – Systemize Your Social Media Marketing

Back by popular demand! Liz Muroski Fleming is a digital marketing strategist. She created so much buzz as the keynote speaker at our 2019 Entrepreneurial Summit that our attendees asked for more. She returns this fall to present her two-part interactive series on how to create social media content that illuminates participants’ profiles and magnetizes their audience. Attendance to both seminars results in a Bloom Your Business Certificate of Completion.

Students will learn how to create social media content for their small business that gets clicked in “Bloom Your Business with Social Media Content that WOWS.” Learn how to craft original content that instantly attracts more clients and customers using a simple five-step process comprised of entirely organic (free) techniques. This class is beginner/intermediate. It’s recommended that students have a basic working knowledge of the web and the current social media landscape.

“Bloom Your Business with Social Media Content that WOWS” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Students will learn about key content planning tools and time management tactics that will improve their social sharing strategy so they can spend more time working on their business instead of in their business. This class is beginner/intermediate. It’s recommended that students have a basic working knowledge of the web and the current social media landscape.

“Bloom Your Business with Time-Saving Social Media Techniques” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Business Accounting

In “QuickBooks Online I,” QuickBooks expert and certified bookkeeper, Crystal Wambeke, introduces small business owners to the cloud-based software QuickBooks Online and suggests ways this popular software can help small business owners save time, simplify bookkeeping and avoid costly errors.

“QuickBooks Online I” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

In “QuickBooks Online II” small business owners learn even more about using the cloud-based software QuickBooks Online. Discover more advanced topics on how to manage accounts receivable and accounts payable, reconcile bank accounts, manage inventory, and create financial reports.

“QuickBooks Online II” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Government Contracting

Topics included “Doing Business with the Federal Government: Contracting 101” include: how the federal government buys products, construction, and engineering and non-personal services, marketing a business to the federal government, socio-economic small business programs, registering as a federal contractor, locating, identifying and responding to federal business opportunities, and resources available to assist federal contractors in North Carolina.

“Doing Business with the Federal Government: Contracting 101” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6-8 p.m.

“Finding & Understanding Federal Solicitations” focuses on identifying federal websites used by government agencies to advertise current opportunities for goods and services and long-range procurement forecasts. Examples include FedBizOpps, FedBid, GSA, DoD Email, Army, Navy, Air Force, and other agency-specific websites. Learn to connect with prime contractors and web-based resources to identify current federal contractors and potential teaming partners.

“Finding & Understanding Federal Solicitations” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m.

Reality Check Series

“Budget Your Business Like the Pros” is for small business owners who want to build a budget but aren’t sure where to start. This five-part class gives students the exact steps to build a budget from scratch. Students will learn how to plan, read, compare, balance and review their budget. Students should bring a notebook or laptop to get hands-on experience and start building a budget in class.

“Budget Your Business Like the Pros” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Consumers will pay $6 for a beer from a grocery and are willing to purchase the same beer at a fancy resort for $12. The placement of a product or service, the consumer’s individual perception, and the customer’s environment have an impact on how items are priced. In “Pricing Your Product,” students will learn how consumers perceive prices and how to apply psychology to their pricing strategy that is appropriate for their products, customers, and long-term business strategy.

“Pricing Your Product” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19 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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