Small Business Development Series Free Seminars Sept./Oct. 2017

Rear view of a male teacher giving a lecture.Attendance to all seven (7) of these seminars over the next academic year will result in a Certificate of Completion and will ensure eligibility for the annual Marilyn Neely Award presented at the Entrepreneurial Summit in April 2018.
Classes begin September 5
Start Your Business
Understand the basics of starting a business. Turn your idea into an opportunity. Learn key strategies for a start-up, financing, marketing, legal issues, and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Facilitator: SCORE Representative
Tuesday, September 5
Finance Your Business
Financing challenges many small business owners. Who will give you money for your business idea and what do they need from you? How will your business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or investor? Explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of funding sources.
Facilitator: SCORE Representative
Tuesday, September 12
Free
Understanding Business Taxes
Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop a tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. Facilitator: SCORE Representative
Tuesday, September 19
Free
Powerful Marketing
Marketing for small businesses in the 21st century is dynamic and challenging. Explore the components of an effective marketing strategy in this comprehensive seminar. Facilitator: Michael Barbera
  • Discover how to effectively and efficiently use marketing tools and resources to increase your ROI.
  • Gain insights to understand and reach your customer; analyze your industry and business environment.
  • Learn to differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques.
Tuesday, September 26
Free
Find Your Customers
Market research isn’t just for startups; it’s an important process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service. Facilitator: Michael Barbera
Tuesday, October 3
102 Van Dusen Hall
6-9 PM
Free
Keeping Records: Bookkeeping Basics
Learn to read and analyze your Cash Flow statement and how to develop better projecting and forecasting skills. Bring a copy of your company’s 2017 Profit & Loss statement. If you aren’t in business yet, come anyway! Facilitator: Crystal Wambeke

Tuesday, October 10
102 Van Dusen Hall
6-9 PM
Free
Creating a Winning Business Plan
Learn to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay a foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover the dos and don’ts and steps for making the process easy. Facilitator: Mike Collins
Tuesday October 17
102 Van Dusen Hall
6-9 PM
Free
For information about free seminars, counseling, and other resources, contact:
Teresa Reynolds, Director
Dedman Center for Business Leadership &
SCC Small Business Center
101 Van Dusen Hall
910-695-3938
Visit the SBC website Here.

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