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.
Welcoming visitors to your farm may be your next agribusiness and bring in supplemental farm income. The Small Business Center and Moore County Cooperative Extension are offering a free Agritourism Short Course. Learn about types of agritourism ventures, legal and risk management requirements, and discover available agribusiness resources. Register for each module separately.
“Identifying Agritourism Business Resources” will help participants learn how to identify a variety of resources including local businesses, available services at public institutions and service providers, community organizations and service groups. Learn to network and collaborate with other agritourism operators and associations, as well as how to find a variety of funding resources, including grants, loans, and equity investments. This seminar will be held on Monday, March 4 from 6-7:30 p.m.
In “Marketing the Agritourism Business” participants will learn about a number of low-cost marketing vehicles for their agritourism business, including a variety of e-marketing opportunities. Participants will learn the value of customer feedback. This seminar will be held on Monday, March 11 from 6-7:30 p.m.
“Agritourism Compliance, Regulation, & Risk Management” will help participants learn about a number of low-cost marketing vehicles for their agritourism business, including a variety of e-marketing opportunities. Participants will learn the value of customer feedback. This seminar will be held on Monday, March 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.
In “Launching the Agritourism Business” participants will have the tools necessary to develop a business plan for their agritourism business. They will learn why a business plan is important and take the first step towards creating one. This seminar will be held on Monday, March 25 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Small Business Management Series
The Small Business Management 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.
Learn to focus on high-payoff activities, eliminate time-wasting behavior, and bypass procrastination when managing your small business in “Time Management for Small Business Owners.” This seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 6 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. In “21st Century Management for Small Businesses” learn practical information that allows entrepreneurs to manage their business more efficiently and effectively. This seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 13 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Small business owners will learn how to handle conflict resolution and unacceptable behavior in their businesses. Discover tips on handling challenges with your customers, clients, or business associates in “How the Small Business Owner Deals with Unacceptable Workplace Behavior.” This seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 27 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.” This seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.