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Free Small Business Center Online Webinars Begin Soon

Woman wearing a face mask working on a laptop in cafe.Free webinars in developing small businesses and QuickBooks training start in September. 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. All fall semester classes will be delivered online as webinars.

Small Business Development Series

“Start Your Business” is for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Participants will learn how innovative companies create actionable, relevant and sustainable business strategies, discover models taught in business schools along with practical applications and strategies. Participants will also learn the resources needed 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, Sept. 2 from 6-8 p.m.

“Finance Your Business” is for small business start-ups and owners challenged by financing. Participants will learn how to attract investors or get a loan and what information is needed, as well as determine how their business will pay back a loan. Participants will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one.

“Finance Your Business” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 6-8 p.m.

Participants will learn the basic requirements to help NC small business owners understand the laws and obligations necessary to be tax compliant in “Business Tax Essentials.” Students will learn about filing and administrative requirements, as well as the basics of NC sales and use tax law, and withholding tax law. Participants will review step-by-step directions for completing sales tax and withholding returns, and directions for filing and paying online.

“Business Tax Essentials” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 6-8 p.m.

“Keeping Records – Bookkeeping Basics” will allow participants to gain a working knowledge of how to properly record small business financial transactions. Students will discover the three most important financial reports and learn how to use these reports to make the best-informed business decisions.

“Keeping Records – Bookkeeping Basics” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 6-8 p.m.

Participants will learn to turn their small business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success with “Create a Winning Business Plan.” Participants will explore the important components of a business plan, and learn how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. They’ll also 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 Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6-8 p.m.

QuickBooks Online

In “QuickBooks Online 1,” attendees will be introduced to the cloud-based software QuickBooks Online. Discover ways this popular online software can help small business owners save time, simplify bookkeeping, and avoid costly errors. Participants will learn account setup and how to track business income and expenses.

“QuickBooks Online I” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m.

Participants will learn more about using the cloud-based software QuickBooks Online in “QuickBooks Online II.” Attendees will discover advanced topics on managing accounts receivable and accounts payable, as well as learn to reconcile small business bank accounts, manage inventory, and create financial reports.

“QuickBooks Online II” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 6-8 p.m.

Registration

To register online, visit our website at sandhills.edu/sbc. For more information, or to place your name on a waiting list for webinars that are full, or to sign up for E-mail alerts, please email Teresa Reynolds at
reynoldst@sandhills.edu. Check this website regularly bit.ly/2H5VfAv. Additional offerings may be added as the semester continues based on need and circumstances.

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