October Small Businesses Center Free Seminars

SBC OpenThe 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.

“Find Your Customers” will assist you in developing a focused and effective marketing plan. Market research is not just for startups; it’s an important ongoing process for every small business. Discover a variety of 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.

“Find Your Customers” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 6-9 p.m.

“Keeping Records: Bookkeeping Basics” will gain you a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. If you’re a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you.

“Keeping Records: Bookkeeping Basics” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 6-9 p.m.

Learn to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success in, “Create a Winning Business Plan.” 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 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 Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6-9 p.m.

Learn to focus on high-payoff activities, eliminate the time-wasting behavior, and bypass procrastination when managing your small business in the seminar, “Time Management for Small Business Owners.”

“Time Management for Small Business Owners” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

“Starting a Small Business on a Limited Budget” will teach you how to start a business on a limited budget that will lead to bigger dollars and maybe a new future. There are lots of small businesses you can create without having a lot of startup dollars. Business ideas are all around you: in your home and yard, including your hobbies, or past or current work experiences. As little as $100 may get you started.

“Starting a Small Business on a Limited Budget” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 6-9 p.m.

“21st Century Management for Small Businesses” will be helpful for business owners with no formal training, those with their first experience in managing employees, or those who just need some brushing up on the dos and don’ts. Learn to identify specific issues that create problem employees and how to deal with the stress.

“21st Century Management for Small Businesses” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Let an expert show you how to develop a marketing budget with very little funding in the seminar, “Dynamite Marketing on a Firecracker Budget.” Learn to create a low-cost marketing plan for your business. Mike Collins will also share inexpensive, easy-to-use ideas to grow your business, grab new customers, reinforce relationships with current customers, and pique the interest of customers you don’t even know about yet.

“Dynamite Marketing on a Firecracker Budget” will be held Oct. 11 from 6-9 p.m.

Small business owners will learn how to deal with unacceptable behavior in the workplace in the seminar, “How the Small Business Owner Deals with Unacceptable Workplace Behavior.” Discover tips on handling angry and/or unmotivated employees who do not fulfill the goals of your company.

“How the Small Business Owner Deals with Unacceptable Workplace Behavior” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The seminar, “The Best Small Business to Start Right Now,” will focus on how to create a business idea that fits you, hot businesses that will grow in coming years, and types of businesses with growth potential.

“The Best Small Business to Start Right Now” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6-9 p.m.

Learn to recognize and embrace change and make it work for your company in the seminar, “How the Small Business Owner Deals with Constant Change.”

“How the Small Business Owner Deals with Constant Change” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

“Raise your Credit Score to over 740” will teach you how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. You will learn legal tricks on how to raise your score by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry your balances. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points. Also included is information on the latest changes that will be used in calculating your credit score starting August 2017.

“Raise your Credit Score to over 740” will be held Monday, Oct. 30 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 or to place your name on a waiting list for seminars that are full, please contact Teresa Reynolds at (910) 695-3938 or email reynoldst@sandhills.edu.

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