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Free SCC Small Business Center September Classes

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.

Small Business Development

Understand the basics of starting a small business in “Start Your Business.” Turn your idea into an opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing, as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. 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 4 from 6-9 p.m.

Financing continues to challenge many small business owners. Who will give you money for your business idea and what information do they need? How will your business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get these questions answered in “Finance Your Business. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs.

“Finance Your Business” will be held on Tuesday, Sept 11 from 6-9 p.m.

Gain an understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop a tax strategy for your business in “Understanding Business Taxes.” Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. New and experienced business owners will benefit from this information.

“Understanding Business Taxes” will be held on Tuesday, Sept 18 from 6-9 p.m.

A business plan is an important tool for a small business owner. In “Create a Winning Business Plan” learn to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. 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.

“Create a Winning Business Plan” will be held on Tuesday, Sept 25 from 6-9 p.m.

Government Contracting

“Marketing Your Business to the Government, Military & Prime Contractors” focuses on real-world tips, tricks, tools and lessons learned on how to effectively market a small business to federal customers. Discover techniques to market to federal prime contractors in anticipation of teaming on current and future opportunities.

“Marketing Your Business to the Government, Military & Prime Contractors” will be held on Monday, Sept 17 from 6-8 p.m.

In “Small Business Programs, Set Asides & Limitations on Subcontracting” learn what it means to be a small business in the federal market. What is the process to leverage small business status as a prime or subcontractor in government contracting? This seminar focuses on pre- and post-award programs like HUBZone, 8(a), Service Disabled Veteran Small Business and Woman Owned Small Business, marketing, challenges, and competition.

“Small Business Programs, Set Asides & Limitations on Subcontracting” will be held on Monday, Sept 24 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 course gives you the exact steps to build a budget from scratch. You’ll learn: how to plan, read, compare, balance and review your budget. Bring a notebook or laptop to get hands-on experience and start building your budget in class.

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

In “Raise your Credit Score to over 740” learn how to read a credit report and which factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. Learn legal tricks on how to raise your score by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry your balances. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points.

“Raise your Credit Score to over 740” will be held on Wednesday, Sept 12 from 6-8:30 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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