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Small Business Center Seminars

The Small Business Center is a resource provided by the State of North Carolina and by Montgomery Community College to help small businesses succeed. We provide free confidential business counseling, free business skills seminars and free access to vital resources and information. The MCC Small Business Center will be offering the following free seminars this semester. Please note that certificates will be provided to all seminar attendees. Please note that drop-ins are always welcome at these seminars, but advance registration is strongly recommended so handouts and seating arrangements can be prepared. Also, please note that seminars with no advance registrations may be canceled. To register for any of these seminars or to make an appointment for counseling, please contact Richard Hinson by phone at 910-576-6222 Extension 216 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  -  To register online for any of these seminars, please visit our SBCN website at www.ncsbc.net//center.aspx?center=75340

   

How to Deal with Conflicts in the Business World

Business owners and entrepreneurs must learn how to deal with conflicts in the business world in order to be successful. Conflicts in the business world are inevitable. However, conflicts do not have to force everyone to take sides and create major disruptions in your business. Instead, conflict can be viewed as an opportunity for change and growth. This seminar examines how to identify the basic causes of conflict and how to focus on preventing conflicts from disrupting the business environment. Also, we will examine what to do when conflicts do occur and how to treat the actual causes rather than the symptoms. In addition, you will learn the basic rules to help you deal with conflict when it occurs, how to move toward successful resolution and how to use the experience of conflict to actually enhance your business environment and to improve personal relationships with your employees and your customers. Breon Allen is a very successful entrepreneur and an outstanding speaker who can provide tremendous insight concerning how to deal with conflicts in the business world.

Instructor:  Breon Allen

 Date:          March 3

 Time:          Tuesday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 136

   

 Top 20 Businesses to Start in 2015 and Why

Do you want to start a business? What kind of business should you start? An entrepreneur can catch analysis paralysis conducting extensive research to determine the answer to this question. This workshop will start with a list of over 500 types of businesses and narrow it down to the top 20 that seem to have the most promise for success in our region during 2015. Learn how to determine which type of business you should start during 2015 based on your experience, resources and investment capital.

 Instructor:  Steve Carver

 Date:           March 3

 Time:           Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 200, Room 237

   

 Accounting Fundamentals for Business Owners

This seminar will provide business owners with a basic understanding of business accounting procedures and reports. Learn how to manage money coming into your business and track expenses paid out by your business. Learn what documents you need to keep and for how long. Learn what information you need to keep for tax preparation. Learn how the bank uses your financial reports to determine future funding. Learn how knowing what you spend can help you budget and spend more profitably. Learn what Cash Flow means and how it helps you make better business decisions.

 Instructor:  Marie Blankenship

 Date:           March 4

 Time:           Wednesday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 136

    

Goal, Time, Stress Management and You!

In the frantic world of today, business owners and entrepreneurs need to develop effective goal, time and stress management procedures to satisfy their demanding schedules.  Effective goal setting and efficient use of time can result in greater productivity, improved results and reduced stress.  Learn the keys to effective goal setting and how to apply them to your situation.  Learn how to best manage your time to achieve your goals and how to manage and minimize stress that comes with time restrictions and multiple tasks.

Instructor:  Breon Allen

 Date:           March 5

 Time:           Thursday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 136

   

 How to Write a Business Plan

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn the basic procedures for developing a business plan on paper. Many small businesses fail each year because the owner of the business had his business plan in his head and did not ever take the time to analyze his plan on paper. Learn how to evaluate your special talents and skills and coordinate them with your basic habits and lifestyle preferences to determine if your business idea will work for you. Learn how to create a marketing plan and a cash flow analysis for your business to evaluate the potential success for your business idea. Learn how to prevent financial disaster in your business venture by starting your small business without quitting your present job to allow you to pay your bills while your business grows.

Instructor:  Mike Bowyer

 Date:           March 5

Time:           Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 154

   

 The Art of Marketing a Small Business

Evaluate the various marketing methods and strategies available to small business owners. Enhance your forecasting, marketing and advertising skills by utilizing guerilla marketing strategies to market your small business. Learn how to make your advertising pay for itself. Learn how to use the internet to market your small business. Learn how to use signs, printed ads and billboards to effectively market your small business.

Instructor:  Steve Carver

 Date:           March 10

 Time:           Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 136

   

Marketing Your Business

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who would like to discover fresh marketing ideas for their business venture. Learn the basic fundamentals of marketing a business. Evaluate marketing techniques and inexpensive advertising ideas that can help a business grow and prosper. Learn how to evaluate your competition and how to increase your share of the available market. Explore business marketing systems using the Internet to illustrate specific examples. Learn how to develop a marketing plan to increase your sales and grow your company.

 Instructor:  Mike Bowyer

Date:           March 12

Time:           Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 154

   

 How to Make Money with a Welding Business

Learn how to develop a detailed business plan for a welding and metal fabrication business. Learn how to resolve important issues such as purchasing and leasing equipment, tools, welders and shop fixtures. Learn the importance of defining the services to be offered, licensing permits, local competition, funding issues and selecting a name for your business. Learn how to establish fair prices while providing excellent customer service in order to keep your customers coming back. Discuss best practices for this type of business.

 Instructor:  Steve Carver

 Date:           March 17

 Time:           Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 136

   

 Legal Considerations for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

This seminar is strongly recommended for all business owners and entrepreneurs. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of the basic types of business structures, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies and various types of corporations. Learn how much legal protection you need to conduct business in your field of operation. Learn how to design a basic contract between your business and your customers to ensure that you will receive prompt payment for your products or services. Evaluate the basic legal needs of your small business through open discussion with an experienced attorney.

Instructor:  Harry Fisher

 Date:           March 18

Time:           Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 136

   

 Accounting, Financial Planning and Taxes

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how small business accounting procedures can help them monitor the financial status of their business.  Learn how to analyze start-up costs, break-even points, cash flow, supply costs, equipment costs, operating costs and profit/loss opportunities.  Learn small business tax rates, tax schedules and tax strategies.  Learn the basic advantages and disadvantages of the various types of small business structures.  Learn how to utilize your business plan to operate within your budget and increase your profits. Mike Bowyer is an experienced accountant who is very knowledgeable on this subject. He will provide valuable insight concerning the confusing world of small business accounting, financial planning and taxes.

 Instructor:  Mike Bowyer

 Date:           March 19

 Time:           Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 154

   

 Starting a Non-Profit Organization

Launching a non-profit organization is much like starting a for profit business, with a few different steps. You register first with the Secretary of State, then, if you want your organization to be tax-exempt, you apply to the Internal Revenue Service for 501(c)(3) status, which is required if you intend for your organization to apply for grants. This seminar will take you step by step through this process at both the state and federal level. You will learn how to apply this systematic approach and how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls. As an added bonus, you will receive a customized checklist to ensure that your applications are complete with all the necessary supporting documentation, so that you get approved the first time around.

Instructor:  Marla Coulthard

Date:           March 24

 Time:           Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 136

   

 Legal Strategies for Business Owners Concerning Major Life and Death Issues

This seminar is strongly recommended for all business owners and entrepreneurs. Learn how the following basic legal documents can protect you from financial disaster:  Power of Attorney; Healthcare Power of Attorney; Living Will; Key Person Insurance; Testamentary Will; Trust for Minor Children; Revocable Trust; and Business Agreements pertaining to Death or Withdrawal. Evaluate your legal needs to prepare for your future and protect yourself from financial hardship through open discussion with an experienced attorney.

Instructor:  Harry Fisher

 Date:           March 25

 Time:           Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 136

    

Grant Writing for Non-Profits and Government Agencies

This seminar is strongly recommended for non-profit business owners and non-profit entrepreneurs who want to learn how to obtain grants to support their programs. Millions of government, foundation and corporate dollars are available to help non-profit, local governments and agencies accomplish their missions and carry out special projects and programs for their communities. Learn how to tap into these dollars by developing your own system for grant writing in 3 comprehensive steps. Step 1: How to conduct grant research and identify grantors with funding priorities that match your project needs; Step 2: How to develop persuasive narratives that make a compelling case for your project and prepare proposals that get funded; Step 3: How to develop valuable relationships with corporate, foundation and government funders. An added bonus – the seminar workbook contains an extensive resource list of major funders.

Instructor:  Marla Coulthard

 Date:           March 26

 Time:           Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 154

    

Secrets of Great Customer Service

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to improve their customer relationships, build customer loyalty and increase sales. Today, businesses cannot survive for long without great customer service. Learn what you need to do to keep your current customers happy, attract new ones and keep both groups coming back. Examine some of the typical reasons that customers leave and what you can do to prevent it from happening. Evaluate customer service from different perspectives and share stories concerning examples of how customer service can impact a small business – the good, the bad and the ugly. Emily Ballance is an outstanding professional speaker who will provide you with a wide range of information that can help you improve the customer service portion of your business.

 Instructor:  Emily Ballance

 Date:           March 31

 Time:           Tuesday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 136

   

Market Your Business by Networking in Your Community

If you are spending lots of time on internet marketing and social networking, you may be missing the customers, benefits, connections and potential sales within your local community. Successful small business owners must devote time to both of these areas to be profitable. Learn how you can reach potential customers in your local community and gain their trust using face to face networking.

 Instructor:  Emily Ballance

 Date:           March 31

 Time:           Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room 136

   

 Selling to the Federal Government - NCMBC Overview

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) connects small and mid-size businesses with military and other federal business opportunities.  The NCMBC will provide an overview of its services and explain how to evaluate military and other federal business opportunities.  NCMBC services include: a business assistance team that finds opportunities, notifies businesses and helps them develop winning proposals; running the State’s official, FREE web portal, www.MatchForce.org, which automatically matches NC businesses to federal opportunities; and conducting strategic initiatives to position North Carolina businesses to win government business contracts.

Instructor:  Linn Owen - NCMBC

 Date:           April 1

 Time:           Wednesday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

 Dynamite Marketing on a Firecracker Budget

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who need to improve their focus on the major objectives of their business.  Learn how to market your business economically with a low-cost marketing plan.  Learn how to find new customers and reinforce relationships with existing customers by utilizing inexpensive marketing techniques.  Learn what marketing strategies will generate the most profits for your business.  Mike Collins is an entrepreneur who has personally started eight small businesses.  Mike Collins is an outstanding speaker whose extensive research and preparation assure that his presentations are full of useful information.  His genuine desire to help people and his sense of humor combine to make his presentations an overwhelming success every time.  Please do not miss this seminar if you want to learn how to get more results from your marketing endeavors without spending more money.

Instructor:  Mike Collins

 Date:           April 2

 Time:           Thursday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

How to Market Your Business in Candor

This seminar is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs in Candor who want to learn how to evaluate their existing marketing efforts and discover new affordable marketing techniques to build a stronger sales base in a “soft” market. Discover the rewarding process of reinventing your business and developing a fresh comprehensive business plan to establish new business relationships and increase your share of the available market for your products or services.

Instructor:  Charles (Bud) Young

 Date:           April 7

 Time:           Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Candor Town Hall Conference Room

   

How to Market Your Business in Troy

This seminar is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs in Troy who want to learn how to evaluate their existing marketing efforts and discover new affordable marketing techniques to build a stronger sales base in a “soft” market. Discover the rewarding process of reinventing your business and developing a fresh comprehensive business plan to establish new business relationships and increase your share of the available market for your products or services.

Instructor:  Charles (Bud) Young

 Date:           April 8

 Time:           Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

How to Market Your Business in Mt Gilead

This seminar is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs in Mt Gilead who want to learn how to evaluate their existing marketing efforts and discover new affordable marketing techniques to build a stronger sales base in a “soft” market. Discover the rewarding process of reinventing your business and developing a fresh comprehensive business plan to establish new business relationships and increase your share of the available market for your products or services.

 Instructor:  Charles (Bud) Young

Date:           April 9

Time:           Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Mt Gilead United Methodist Church

   

 Options for Financing Your New Business

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to finance a new business or expand a current business. Are you looking for money to start or expand a business? You have a lot of options, from the Small Business Administration (SBA) – an American Institution – to a new phenomenon called Crowd Sourcing.  We will explore how agencies, such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the NC Rural Center, help businesses in rural areas. We will talk about micro-lending institutions and revolving loan programs. Lastly, we will discuss how you can develop a strong business plan – complete with specific financial documents – that will get the attention of your lender. You will have a workbook to take home that will guide you as you get your new or expanding business off the ground.

 Instructor:  Marla Coulthard

 Date:           April 14

 Time:           Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fee:              Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

 How to Market Your Invention

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to market an invention.  Learn all the steps required in this complicated process.  Examine the options available to an inventor, such as obtaining a patent versus obtaining patent pending status, designing and building a prototype yourself versus selecting a manufacturing company to build it for you, and marketing your invention directly to the public or utilizing a marketing firm. All of the important steps in this process will be discussed to provide you with valuable insight into the process of marketing an invention.  Bud Young served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Capel Rugs for many years and earned the reputation of being a “Get ‘R Done” type of guy.  If you have an idea concerning a new invention, please do not miss this seminar.

 Instructor:  Charles (Bud) Young

 Date:           April 15

 Time:           Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

 How to Make Money with a Worm Farm Business

This seminar is strongly recommended for entrepreneurs who want to learn how to make money with a worm farm business.  Learn how this part-time business venture can generate income for you in several different ways.  Learn the basics of raising and harvesting worms and worm products.  Learn the importance of internet marketing to this business endeavor.  Learn how to design your website to provide potential customers with the opportunity to evaluate and order your products.  Learn the procedures for shipping worms and worm products to ensure the safe and prompt delivery of your orders.  Steve Little operates a very successful worm farm business in Lexington.  Steve will display examples of worms and worm products and explain the best practices to use to generate income from a worm farm business.

Instructor:  Steve Little

 Date:           April 16

 Time:           Thursday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 Fee:             Free, Star Town Hall Conference Room

   

 Marketing Your Art or Craft

If you are a working artist or craftsman, like it or not, you are a business owner and you have a brand. Are you happy with your brand? Is your brand generating the income you want and need? Learn how the marketing research process can help you make informed decisions as you develop a workable set of goals, objectives, strategies and tactics to create a truly memorable brand that authentically represents you and your art or craft. Learn the tools of the trade to successfully promote your art locally, regionally and beyond. Advanced marketing strategies will be explained, including networking, publicizing, exhibiting, social media marketing, developing websites and blogs and making the most of online sales websites like Etsy. Learn how to put it all together to create a faithful following for you and your art or craft. Learn how to use these concepts to generate growth in both your sales and your income. Marla Coulthard has been a very successful entrepreneur for over 30 years and she has a lot of experience with artistic business ventures. She can share a great deal of practical knowledge and important insight to help you market your art.

 Instructor:     Marla Coulthard

 Date:              April 21

 Time:             Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

 Fifteen Common Mistakes That Will Undermine Your Business

This seminar is strongly recommended for all business owners and entrepreneurs. We have all heard the old saying that we should learn from other’s mistakes so we do not make the same ones. Opening and operating a business normally involves a great deal of time and a substantial financial investment. During this seminar, you will examine the fifteen most common mistakes made by entrepreneurs and business owners that will ultimately undermine their business. If you are a current business owner or if you plan to start a business soon, this seminar will prove to be very valuable in helping you develop a legal and profitable business with an excellent chance for future growth. Make a solid investment in the survival of your business by learning how to avoid these fifteen common mistakes. Bob Moore is a successful entrepreneur who is very knowledgeable on this subject. Bob truly wants to help people succeed in their business venture and in life. He will address your business concerns and provide you with a plan to help your business venture succeed.

 Instructor:  Bob Moore

 Date:           April 23

 Time:           Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

 Strategies for Effective Supervision

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to improve the effectiveness of their supervisors.  Many supervisors are promoted into a management position from the production floor without any supervisory training.  Just the fact that you are a great production worker does not automatically mean that you will be an effective supervisor.  This seminar will provide supervisors with the basic techniques for effective supervision.  You will learn the basic principles of managing employees in a way that will allow you to earn their respect and cooperation.  You will learn how to communicate effectively with employees and with management, how to develop your listening skills in order to find the true cause of a problem and how to resolve conflicts between employees under your supervision.

 Instructor:  Breon Allen

Date:           April 28

Time:           Tuesday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

  ABCs of Starting a Business

This seminar is strongly recommended for all business owners and entrepreneurs. Learn the basic steps necessary to start your own small business. Learn the best way to start a small business with minimum risk and limited investment. Analyze potential opportunities to utilize your skills and resources to start a small business. Mike Collins is a very successful entrepreneur who has personally started eight small businesses. Mike is an outstanding speaker whose extensive research and preparation assure that his presentations are full of useful information. His genuine desire to help people and his sense of humor combine to make his presentations an overwhelming success every time. Please do not miss this opportunity to learn how you could actually be able to start your own business with existing resources.

 Instructor:  Mike Collins

 Date:           April 28

 Time:           Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

Effective Communication Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Business owners and entrepreneurs must possess effective communication skills in order for their business venture to succeed.  In fact, communication is one of the most powerful business tools you can possess.  In this seminar, you will discover how to communicate more effectively with your employees and your customers and how to express your ideas clearly.  You will gain tips for better written and oral communication, one-on-one communication, group communication and upward, downward and lateral communication.  This seminar is a must for understanding the dynamics and power of communication and how to put effective communication skills to work for you.

 Instructor:  Breon Allen

 Date:           April 29

 Time:           Wednesday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

 How to Make Money with a Café, Coffee House or Bakery

When you start any kind of eatery business, you must have a detailed business plan. Many factors have to be considered. Learn how to resolve important issues such as leases, equipment, licensing permits, health department inspections, menu selections, parking, traffic issues, local competition, hospitality procedures, funding issues and selecting a name for your business. Learn how to establish fair portion sizes and fair prices while providing excellent customer service in order to keep your customers coming back.

 Instructor:  Steve Carver

Date:           April 29

Time:           Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

Why Successful Businesses ARE Successful

Too often we hear that “luck” is the main reason a business fails or succeeds.  This could not be further from the truth as successful businesses share common traits and luck is not one of them.  After researching hundreds of small businesses in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for the past 10 years, Bob Moore created this seminar which reveals common traits that successful small businesses possess.  Small businesses that possess these traits have shown growth and produced handsome profits for their owners.  This seminar is designed for individuals thinking of opening a new business as well as existing entrepreneurs who seek the inside secrets of how to make their business more profitable.  Opening and operating a small business involves a huge investment of time, talent and resources.  Insure the success of your business and your personal success by attending this informative and enlightening seminar.

Instructor:  Bob Moore

 Date:           April 30

 Time:           Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Fee:             Free, Building 100, Room TBA

   

Marketing Strategies for Selling on eBay

This seminar is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to make eBay a primary business tool. During this fast-paced session, learn the best practices to use when setting up an account, listing items for sale, taking payments and shipping. Topics will include: eBay appraisals and research; registering on eBay and starting a seller’s account; choosing formats and categories; writing descriptions that sell; submitting photos; analyzing feedback; using PayPal; shipping tips; and pricing philosophies that will make you an eBay Top Rated Seller! Nick Hawks is an education specialist trained by eBay with a diverse background in business administration and over 18 years of experience selling on eBay.

Instructor:      Nick Hawks

Date:               May 5

Time:              Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 105 – Blair Auditorium

  

Building Your Business on eBay – Beyond the Basics

This seminar is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs who are already selling on eBay who want to establish a continuous retail presence on eBay. Topics in this fast paced session include: starting and growing an eBay business; finding merchandise to sell; creating professional listings that can really generate sales; marketing your business on eBay; managing active listings effectively; resolving issues and feedback; and protecting your eBay business. Learn valuable tricks of the trade that you have to know to become an eBay Power Seller. Nick Hawks is an education specialist trained by eBay with a diverse background in business administration and over 18 years of experience selling on eBay.

Instructor:      Nick Hawks

Date:               May 7

Time:              Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 105 – Blair Auditorium

  

How to Start an eBay Store

This seminar is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs who are ready to become eBay Store Owners. During this fast-paced session, learn how to start, brand and optimize your eBay Store Website. Learn how to market your eBay Store more effectively with email newsletters, traffic reports and the markdown manager sales tool. Learn how to use the “Quick Store Tune-Up” feature and “Manage My Store” page to customize your eBay Store. Learn valuable tips for search engine optimization that will surely bring more internet shoppers to your eBay Store. Nick Hawks is an education specialist trained by eBay with a diverse background in business administration and over 18 years of experience selling on eBay.

Instructor:      Nick Hawks

Date:               May 12

Time:              Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 105 – Blair Auditorium

  

How to Sell on eBay with Your Mobile Device

This seminar is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs who are already selling on eBay who want to learn how to sell on eBay with their mobile devices.  The eBay apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and BlackBerry let you create a listing with a simple form.  During this seminar, you will learn how to:  Research sales trends and completed listings for similar items to set a competitive price for your item; Take pictures with your device and add them to your listing; Scan your item’s barcode to add product details that are in eBay’s catalog automatically; Finish a listing you started before, either on your mobile device or on your home computer - the eBay app is synchronized to the eBay website, making it easy to move between them when creating a listing; predefine and save your listing preferences like handling time and return policy; Use the Sell One Like This feature to auto-fill some of your item details; Accept PayPal as a payment method; Keep track of your active listings; Relist items; and Provide tracking information to buyers and respond to questions right away.  Nick Hawks is an education specialist trained by eBay with a diverse background in business administration and over 18 years of experience selling on eBay.

Instructor:      Nick Hawks

Date:               May 14

Time:              Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 105 – Blair Auditorium

  

How to Set Up a Business Website

This seminar is designed to show business owners and entrepreneurs how to develop a business website. Numerous options concerning website design will be explained in great detail. Learn the basic concepts of effectively marketing your products or services on your website. Learn how to set up a shopping cart to allow internet customers to purchase your products or services online. Discover how several different payment processors work and learn the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Evaluate the major factors of a business website that you will want to include in your website to maximize your impact on the internet. Learn the basic principles of Search Engine Optimization and how they can help you attract more potential customers to your website. Please do not miss this opportunity to learn how to make your website an effective marketing tool for your business.

Instructor:      Teresa Broadway

Date:               May 19

Time:              Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 143

  

Hands–On Facebook Marketing Strategies

This seminar is designed to show business owners and entrepreneurs how to successfully market their products using Advanced Facebook Marketing Strategies through hands-on demonstrations. During this class, Internet Marketing Expert Teresa Broadway will set up a Facebook page for your business and demonstrate all the basic procedures for establishing the identity of your business, listing your products or services and providing potential customers with an opportunity to place orders and make payments with your business. Teresa will explain the various options available for using Facebook to effectively market your products or services on the Internet. Learn how Facebook Marketing can help your business to generate sales by reaching a multitude of Facebook users all over the country.

Instructor:      Teresa Broadway

Date:               May 21

Time:              Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 143

  

How to Start an Ecommerce Store to Market Your Products Online

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to market their products online by starting their own Ecommerce Store.  Learn how to expand your market by opening online stores or selling your products through Amazon and other online channels.  Learn about the various platforms that are available for starting an Ecommerce Store and determine which one is right for your business.   Evaluate strategies for developing your Ecommerce Budget, examine the legal aspects of operating an Ecommerce Store and discover ways to streamline and automate your online order processing procedures.  During this seminar, Internet Marketing Expert Teresa Broadway will explain the advantages of using Amazon and other several other online marketing channels to explode the marketing opportunities of your business.  She will also share a wide range of highly successful Ecommerce Marketing Strategies that you can adapt to your online business venture.  She will share several real world case studies so you can decide which strategies you need to employ to maximize your chances for success in Ecommerce.  If you are thinking about selling your products online, either now or in the future, please do not miss this seminar.

Instructor:      Teresa Broadway

Date:               May 26

Time:              Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fee:                Free, Building 200, Room TBA

  

Social Media Marketing Strategies – Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and More!

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn the latest marketing strategies to attract more customers and increase your sales with less work and expense through the power of Social Media on the Internet. Learn how to connect with customers and prospects, how to generate more leads and how to be perceived as the expert in your field. Learn how to increase your revenues, reduce your marketing expenses and get the word out about your business with social media marketing. Learn how to create a following with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites that will have people talking about your business. Internet Marketing Expert Teresa Broadway is an excellent speaker who will show you how you can utilize social media to expand your business by reaching more prospective internet customers.

Instructor:      Teresa Broadway

Date:               May 28

Time:              Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room TBA

  

To register online for any of these seminars, please visit our Small Business Center Network website:

https://www.ncsbc.net//center.aspx?center=75340

  

To register for any of these seminars by phone or email, please contact:

Richard Hinson, Small Business Center Director

Montgomery Community College, 1011 Page Street, Troy, NC  27371

910-576-6222 Ext 216

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Continuing Education Team | (910) 576-6222

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Clare Cagle

Instructor, Adult Literacy

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Robin Coates

Dean of Continuing Education

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Lewis Edwards

Continuing Education Coordinator

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Abraham Encinas Torres

J. Abraham Encinas-Torres

ESL Lead Instructor-Recruiter

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Andrew Gardner

Andrew Garner

Coordinator,
Business & Industry Services

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Kathy Garner-Smith

Kathy Garner-Smith

Coordinator,
Career & College Readiness

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Richard Hinson

Richard Hinson

Coordinator, Small Business Center

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Maria Inman

Maria Inman

Assessment/Retention Specialist

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Angela Kennedy

Angela Kennedy

Assistant to the Dean of Continuing Education

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Connie Parsons

Connie Parsons

Administrative Assistant

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Kaye Taylor

Receptionist/Data Entry

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