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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 https://www.ncsbc.net//center.aspx?center=75340  -  Please monitor our MCC website for schedule and room assignment updates at http://www.montgomery.edu/small-business-center.html

 

How to Start Your Own Business

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn the basic procedures required to start their own business. Learn the best way to start a business with minimum risk and limited investment. Analyze potential opportunities to utilize your skills and resources to start a business. Learn the importance of developing a written business plan before starting your business venture. Evaluate the benefits of starting your business without quitting your present job, so you can pay your bills as your business grows. Wendy Berry is a small business owner who started her own business with existing resources. Wendy provides each attendee with an excellent set of free handouts explaining the entire process of starting your own business.

Instructor:      Wendy Berry

Date:               November 19

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

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:               November 20

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

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:               November 25

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

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:               December 2

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

Fee:                Free, Building 200, Room 216

 

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 your 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 business. Wendy Berry is a small business owner who started her own business with existing resources. Wendy provides each attendee with an excellent set of free handouts explaining the entire process of marketing your business.

Instructor:      Wendy Berry

Date:               December 3

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

Introduction to Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

This seminar is designed to show business owners and entrepreneurs how to change their strategies to become more effective in all of their business endeavors.  Do you have trouble with unpredictable changes, poor communication, low trust levels, and stagnant performance levels in your life?  Learn how to solve these problems using The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.  These habits can help you:  balance all aspects of your life; define yourself from within to become more influential; replace burnout with high levels of satisfaction; increase trust levels; meet needs more effectively through better understanding; increase your productivity and quality of work; and understand and meet the needs of others better.  This seminar is an NC Board of Funeral Service approved five-hour continuing education program for Funeral Service Professionals.

Instructor:      Lin Mitchell

Date:               December 4

Time:              Thursday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM with a one hour lunch break

Fee:                Free, Building 200, Room 224

 

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:               December 9

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:               December 11

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

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, 2015

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room TBA

 

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, 2015

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room TBA

 

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, 2015

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room TBA

 

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, 2015

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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