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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 seminars and free access to vital resources and information. The Montgomery Community College 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 less than three 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 e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail at Montgomery Community College, 1011 Page Street, Troy, NC 27371. Please monitor the Montgomery Community College website for schedule updates by visiting http://www.montgomery.edu/small-business-center.html

 

Montgomery County GIS Overview

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners, real estate brokers and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to utilize the internet to evaluate a piece of property. Learn how to use the Montgomery County GIS (Geographic Information System) to obtain detailed information concerning specific pieces of property within our county. Each participant will have a computer with internet access so they can learn how to utilize this free web site to determine the boundaries, the legal owners, the tax value and other valuable facts about a specific piece of property. Kevin Lamonds was one of the original developers of the Montgomery County GIS System and he can provide you with a great deal of knowledge and valuable insight concerning this system. New features are added to this system every year, so please do not miss this opportunity to upgrade your skills concerning this valuable resource for entrepreneurs.

Instructor:     Kevin Lamonds

Date:               June 2

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

Fee:                 Free, Room 217, Building 200

 

Marketing Your Art

If you are a working artist, like it or not, you are a business owner and you have a brand. Think for a minute ... Are you happy with your brand? Is your brand generating the income you want and need? Do you want to improve your brand? 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. 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. 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:              June 3

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

Fee:                Free, Room 105 – Blair Auditorium

 

How to Start a Tourism Business and SUCCEED!

Tourism is a $19 billion industry in North Carolina. That makes tourism a big business in our state, but not all the players in this game are big businesses. Thousands of small businesses in both urban and rural areas are capturing their piece of this pie. Tourists today are seeking authentic experiences. They are looking for local eateries and coffee shops, bed and breakfast inns, rustic cabins, camping areas, art and craft shops, art galleries, country stores and adventure trip outfitters and guides. You may already know what kind of tourism business you want to start or you may still be considering what would work best for you and your location. Learn how to evaluate your potential opportunities in the tourism industry. Effective tourism business models are rooted in research. Who are the visitors to your area, what do they like to do, and how can you establish a niche market that keeps them coming back year after year? Learn how to pull it all together to develop your marketing goals and strategies, based on your unique business skills that can help you succeed. Marla Coulthard has been a very successful entrepreneur for over 30 years and she has a lot of experience with tourism business ventures.  She can share a great deal of practical knowledge and important insight to help you develop your tourism business idea into a successful business venture.

Instructor:    Marla Coulthard

Date:              June 5

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

Fee:                Free, Room 105 – Blair Auditorium

 

Investment Planning Strategies

This seminar is recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to invest some of their profits in a retirement plan. Learn the basic principles of saving and investing. Learn specific strategies to help you reach your long-term financial goals. Learn the terminology of investing and the differences in the major types of investments. Learn the basic features of stocks, bonds and mutual funds and the importance of asset allocation. Explore specific strategies to minimize risk, maximize retirement savings and minimize tax liabilities.  Evaluate your basic retirement planning needs through open discussion with an experienced financial advisor.

Instructor:     Michael Hayes

Date:               TBA

Time:              Tuesday, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Fee:                 Free, Room TBA, Building 100

  

To register for any of these seminars, please contact:

Richard Hinson
910-576-6222 Extension 216
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Montgomery Community College

1011 Page Street , Troy , NC  27371

 

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