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Free Small Business Center Seminars Begin in September

Close up of a person in a store, looking at merchandise.Set your small business up for success with help from the Small Business Center’s seminars on bookkeeping, marketing and more this 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.

For classes that require face-to-face interaction, CDC recommendations and precautions for a safe environment will be stringently followed. Social distancing is required on campus, and masks are required indoors.

Small Business Development Series

“Start Your Business” is for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Students will learn how innovative companies create actionable, relevant and sustainable business strategies. Discover models taught in business schools along with practical applications and strategies. Learn about 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 Tuesday, Sept. 7 from 6-8 p.m.

In “Keeping Records – Bookkeeping Basics,” participants will gain a working knowledge of how to properly record small business financial transactions. They’ll 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 Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m.

In “Business Tax Essentials,” participants will learn the basic requirements to help NC small business owners understand the laws and obligations necessary to be tax compliant. Students will learn about filing and administrative requirements. Additionally, basics of NC sales and use tax law and withholding tax law will be taught. 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 Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 6-8 p.m.

In “Intro to Marketing,” participants will get a crash course in modern small business marketing, influence and persuasion tactics. They’ll learn how to make their marketing campaigns relevant, remarkable and memorable. Additionally, they will develop a focused and effective plan to help comprehend strategic marketing, the marketing mix and consumer behavior.

“Intro to Marketing” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 6-8 p.m.

QuickBooks Online

In the two-part series attendees will be introduced to the cloud-based software QuickBooks Online. In “QuickBooks Online I” students will 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 Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m.

In “QuickBooks Online II,” participants will learn more about using the cloud-based software QuickBooks Online. They’ll discover advanced topics on managing accounts receivable and accounts payable, and learn to reconcile small business bank accounts, manage inventory, and create financial reports.

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

Business Development Webinar Series

This small business development series is presented by Mike Collins, The Perfect Workday founder and President. All five are webinars and will be delivered via Zoom.

In “ABCs of Starting a Small Business on a Limited Budget” students will learn the how-tos for starting a small business and winning strategies used by low-cost start-ups.

“ABCs of Starting a Small Business on a Limited Budget” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 9 from 6-7 p.m.

In “Finding Your Customer and Creating a Marketing Plan” attendees will learn how to clearly describe their customer and create a plan to reach them. Participants will learn how many customers are in their market area, and discover five steps of a winning plan.

“Finding Your Customer and Creating a Marketing Plan” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 6-7 p.m.

In “Dynamite Marketing for Small Businesses” attendees will learn 35 ways to grab new customers in a tight economy. They’ll also discover how to choose effective social media, learn to network quickly and easily in a keep-your-distance marketplace.

“Dynamite Marketing for Small Businesses” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6-7 p.m.

In “Financing Your Small Business” learn how to find the funds to create your business. This webinar will be held on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 6-7 p.m.

Marketing Locally and Beyond

“Make it to Market – Sell Local” is for local artists and makers who want to sell what they create in Moore County. Learn to use planning tools including a year-long calendar and start up business task list. Participants will discover local businesses and organizations that can help you make your product. Attendees will find out how to sell their product in local shops and at a community wide event.

“Make it to Market” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 6-7 p.m.

“Make it to Market – Sell Online” is for local artists and makers who want to sell what they create online. Attendees will learn how to use ETSY to sell their product, and how to use Pattern to write a blog on their own website. Discover ways to use social media to connect and market their product.

“Make it to Market – Sell Online” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 6-7 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.

Fall Semester

An eight-week session of fall semester curriculum classes begins on October 14. Offered online and in hybrid class formats, classes take only eight weeks to complete and award full credits. If you are new to Sandhills or are not currently enrolled in classes and find you don’t qualify for financial aid, we will award you $311 in guaranteed aid. For all information, go to www.sandhills.edu/eight.

CCP Classes for High School Students

High school juniors and seniors can take SCC classes at no cost by enrolling in the Career and College Program (CCP). The program has 47 Career Technical pathways, 54 college transfer courses, ten Continuing Education pathways in Hoke County, and 11 Continuing Education pathways in Moore County. High school students can contact their counselor to learn more or follow the “Programs” link from the college’s home page, then click “High School Programs.”

High school students who successfully complete four CCP classes qualify for the Sandhills Promise. This program offers two full years of classes immediately following high school graduation at no cost.

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