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Free SCC Small Business Center Seminars in February

Hand hanging up an open sign in a shop window.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

Entrepreneurs and small business owners will learn how innovative companies create actionable, relevant and sustainable business strategies including models that are taught in business school along with how to apply the models and strategies of their favorite brands in “Start Your Business.” When this training session is complete, students will have the resources to craft a business strategy that attracts investors, lenders, and customers, and supports a profitable small business model.

“Start Your Business” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 5 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? Students will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one in “Finance Your Business.” 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 Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6-9 p.m.

“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. Presented by the NC Department of Revenue.

“Business Tax Essentials” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6-9 p.m.

Students will gain a working knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your small business in “Keeping Records: Bookkeeping Basics.” They’ll also discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions.

“Keeping Records: Bookkeeping Basics” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 6-9 p.m.

Grant Writing and Nonprofits

Being able to write a grant is essential to many nonprofits and entrepreneurs. Join expert Sandra Dales in “Grant Writing 101” as she shares powerful grant writing knowledge and “tried and true” tactics to submit a successful grant. “Grant Writing 101” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 6-9 p.m.

Writing a grant proposal can be a tedious adventure. In a continuation of Grant Writing 101, learn the best ways to maneuver the process in “Grant Writing 102.” This seminar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 6-9 p.m.

Bylaws are a nonprofit’s operating manual. These bylaws are the main governing document for a nonprofit organization. Participants will learn the basic guidelines for drafting their nonprofit’s bylaws in “Drafting Bylaws for your Nonprofit.” This class will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 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. Participants will 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 Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 2-4 p.m.

What does it mean 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? “Small Business Programs, Set Asides & Limitation on Subcontracting” 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 & Limitation on Subcontracting” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 2-4 p.m.

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes

“Sales & Use Tax Workshop” will discuss the basics of sales and use tax accounts including registering for sales and tax accounts, learning the most common types of sales and use taxes collected, and preparing and filing a sales and use tax return. Small businesses learn to better understand their sales and use tax obligations. Presented by the NC Department of Revenue.

“Sales & Use Tax Workshop” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 2-4 p.m.

Students will gain a better understanding of state withholding tax requirements when hiring a new employee in “Withholding Taxes 101.” Participants will learn about the basics of state withholding taxes, how to register for an account and how to fill out a return in addition to discussing when withholding is required for certain 1099 recipients. Presented by the NC Department of Revenue.

“Withholding Taxes 101” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 2-4 p.m.

Everything Else

Participants will 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 in “Bloom Your Business with Social Media Content that Wows.” 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, Feb. 6 from 2-3:30 p.m.

For years, the declaration of being an “outside of the box thinker” has been an applauded attribute. Often touted as cutting-edge thinking, it removes a fundamental consideration for your small business. Whether participants are launching a new business, maintaining an existing one or considering steps to grow their business to the next level, they will learn the informative way to rethink their business – inside the box in “What is in Your Box?”

“What is in Your Box?” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 2-4 p.m.

Purchase decisions and the influencing factors that move your target client through the steps of exposure, to consideration, to purchase can be valuable for the small business owner to understand. Mapping the context of the customer journey provides structured insight into how to refine and enhance the process for greater value to the consumer and enhanced gains to the bottom line. Participants will learn how to chart the customer decision journey in “Charting the Customer Decision Journey.”

“Charting the Customer Decision Journey” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 2-4 p.m.

“Framing Your Marketing & Advertising Journey” takes a hard look at small business marketing and advertising and gets at the heart of the matter to show you how to develop an action plan that is purposeful and intentional with defined benchmarks and a means to achieve your objective.

“Framing Your Marketing & Advertising Journey” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 2-4 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 email Teresa Reynolds at reynoldst@sandhills.edu.

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