Free Seminars for Small Businesses Offered in September

rob-sarmiento-90884.jpgThe Sandhills Community College Small Business Center offers free seminars, counseling, assistance, resources, and networking opportunities for small business owners, employees, and prospective business owners of Moore County. All Small Business Center classes are offered free of charge.

“Start Your Business” will teach students the basics of starting a business and how to turn an idea into an opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing, and marketing, as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea.

“Start Your Business” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 6-9 p.m.

“Finance Your Business” will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one.  Financing continues to challenge many small business owners. Questions range from: Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get these questions answered.

“Finance Your Business” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 6-9 p.m.

“Understanding Business Taxes” will help students gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and teach students how to develop a tax strategy. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. New and experienced business owners will benefit from this information.

“Understanding Business Taxes” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6-9 p.m.

“Powerful Marketing” will explore the components of an effective marketing strategy. Discover how to effectively and efficiently use marketing tools and resources to increase ROI. Gain insights to understand and reach customers; analyze the industry and business environment. Learn to differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques

“Powerful Marketing” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6-9 p.m.

“QuickBooks I” is back by popular demand. Our QuickBooks expert will take students on a tour of the Desktop software Quickbooks and suggest ways that this popular software can help small business owners save time, better manage their business, simplify bookkeeping, and help businesses avoid costly errors. Basic computer knowledge is required. The seminar meets in a computer lab.

“QuickBooks I” will be held Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 6-9 p.m.

“QuickBooks II ” expands on what was taught in Desktop QuickBooks I. Our expert will cover more advanced information on the sales process by showing participants how to manage their accounts receivable and accounts payable, reconcile bank accounts, and create financial reports. Basic computer knowledge is required. The seminar meets in a computer lab. Completion of QuickBooks I is required before enrolling.

“QuickBooks II” will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 6-9 p.m.

Join expert Sam Gore as he shares powerful grant writing knowledge and “tried and true” tactics to submit a successful grant in “Grant Writing 101: Nonprofits & Small Business.”

“Grant Writing 101: Nonprofits & Small Business” will be held Monday, Sept. 11 from 6-9 p.m.

The “Grant Writing 102: Nonprofits & Small Business” seminar expands upon techniques learned in Grant Writing 101 and shares additional resources and powerful grant writing knowledge to prepare students for their grant submission.

“Grant Writing 102: Nonprofits & Small Business” will be held Monday, Sept. 18 from 6-9 p.m.

Registration

Seats are still available for these Small Business Center classes. To register online, visit our website at sbc.sandhills.edu. For more information, please contact Teresa Reynolds at (910) 695-3938 or email reynoldst@sandhills.edu.

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