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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 MCC Small Business Center website for schedule updates by visiting 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.

Instructor:      Mike Bowyer

Date:               August 19

Time:              Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 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:               August 21

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

Financing Your Business Startup

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how a strong business plan can help you obtain financing for your business startup. Learn about various funding sources for business ventures. Learn the steps required to obtain assistance and information from the SBCN, the SBTDC and the SBA. Learn how to evaluate your options for financing your business startup and how to improve your chances of obtaining the funding necessary to allow you to start and operate your own business. Mike Bowyer is an experienced accountant who is very knowledgeable on this subject. He will provide valuable insight into the confusing process of financing a business startup.

Instructor:      Mike Bowyer

Date:               August 28

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 140

 

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:               September 2

Time:              Tuesday, 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:               September 4

Time:              Thursday, 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:               September 9

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

  

How to Start a Tourism Business and SUCCEED!

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to start or expand their own tourism business. Tourism is a $19 billion industry in North Carolina - $24 million in Montgomery County alone. 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:              September 10

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 140

 

Record Keeping and Taxes for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

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. 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 small business record keeping and taxes.

Instructor:      Wendy Berry

Date:               September 11

Time:              Thursday, 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:               September 16

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

 How to Make Money with a Mowing, Cleaning or Pressure Washing Business

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who are interested in learning how to make money with a mowing, cleaning or pressure washing business. These types of businesses are popular startups for entrepreneurs who want to supplement their income with minimum investment and low risk. Learn how to make money quickly with each of these business ventures by minimizing your startup and operating costs and maximizing your marketing opportunities to promote your business effectively throughout your community. Steve Carver operates very successful businesses in each of these areas and he will share best practices and important insight into how you can make money with this type of business venture. Steve has over 45 years of experience as a multiple business owner so he can share a great deal of practical knowledge with you about your current or future business venture.

Instructor:      Steve Carver

Date:               September 17

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 140

 

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. 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 developing a business plan for your business venture.

Instructor:      Wendy Berry

Date:               September 18

Time:              Thursday, 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:               September 23

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

Are You Ready to Become a Business Owner?

This seminar is strongly recommended for entrepreneurs who thinking about starting a small business. If you are considering starting, buying or revitalizing a small business, you will need certain basic business skills in order to develop a solid business plan to thoroughly evaluate your business idea. You will also need to be prepared to deal with the challenges and opportunities that every business owner will face in order to be successful. Discover some of the basic pitfalls to avoid as you prepare to begin your business venture. Steve Carver has over 45 years of experience as a multiple business owner so he can share a great deal of practical knowledge and important insight into helping you decide if you are ready to start a small business.

Instructor:      Steve Carver

Date:               September 24

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 140

 

Financing Your Business Venture

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how a strong business plan can help you obtain financing for your business venture. Learn about various funding sources for business startups. Learn the steps required to obtain assistance and information from the SBCN, the SBTDC and the SBA. Learn how to evaluate your options for financing your business venture and how to improve your chances of obtaining the funding necessary to allow you to start and operate your own 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 financing your business venture.

Instructor:      Wendy Berry

Date:               September 25

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

How to Raise Your Credit Score to 740 Points

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to improve their credit score so they can borrow money when the need arises. A good credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. Should you have one credit card or four? Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance? Should you carry a credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan for your business or to obtain a personal loan. Your credit score is also important in determining the interest rate of your loans, your insurance premiums and deposits required for phone and utility services. As of October 1, 2005, every adult in North Carolina has been able to receive a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus. Do you understand these reports and how to read them? In this seminar we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. You will learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score simply by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry balances. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. 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 credit score concerns and provide you with a plan to improve your credit score in a short period of time.

Instructor:      Bob Moore

Date:               September 30

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

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:               October 1

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 140

 

Dealing with Difficult People, Employees, Customers and Suppliers

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to improve their communication strategies. They ask for special treatment, take up your time and test your patience. Learn how to communicate effectively with employees, customers and suppliers to decrease misunderstandings, resolve conflicts and keep your business on track for success. Learn how to identify different personality types and how to communicate effectively with each type. Develop communication strategies that can help you increase sales and minimize production delays. Emily Ballance is an outstanding professional speaker who will provide you with a wide range of information that can help you improve your communication strategies.

Instructor:      Emily Ballance

Date:               October 7

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 148

 

Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to reduce their stress levels and rejuvenate their enthusiasm concerning their business. Are you dragging yourself to work and coming home exhausted every day? Discover some of the reasons why as you learn how to put enthusiasm back into your business and into your employees. Recognize early signs of stress and burnout and how to address them quickly. Leave with new strategies for caring for yourself, a healthier lifestyle and 25 tips to help you reduce your stress levels. Emily Ballance is an outstanding professional speaker who will provide you with a wide range of information that can help you manage stress and improve your outlook regarding your life and your business.

Instructor:      Emily Ballance

Date:               October 7

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

  

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:               October 9

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 143

 

Increase Your Profits by Enhancing Your Negotiating and Forecasting Skills

This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how enhanced negotiating tactics and professional forecasting strategies can generate more inventory turns and highly successful seasonal product promotions to increase the profits of any business venture. Discover how to develop your business skills in these very important areas to help you develop better relationships with your customers that will allow your business to be more successful. Steve Carver has over 45 years of experience as a multiple business owner so he can share a great deal of practical knowledge, best practices and important insight into how you can make money in your business venture.

Instructor:      Steve Carver

Date:               October 14

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

How to Choose the Right Small Business for You

This seminar is strongly recommended for entrepreneurs who are thinking about starting a small business. If you are considering starting, buying or revitalizing a small business, you will need to select a business type that is compatible with your business skills, your dreams and your resources. Over 500 different types of businesses will be discussed in order to help you identify multiple profit centers to include in your business to maximize your chances for success. Several major concerns for business startups will be discussed, including naming your business, bookkeeping, customer service and legal considerations. Steve Carver has over 45 years of experience as a multiple business owner so he can share a great deal of practical knowledge and important insight into helping you decide which small business would work best for you.

Instructor:      Steve Carver

Date:               October 15

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 140

 

 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:               October 16

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

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

 

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:               October 16

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

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:              October 21

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

Fee:                Free, Building 100, Room 136

 

 To register for any of these seminars, please contact:

Richard Hinson
910-576-6222 Extension 216
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Montgomery Community College
1011 Page Street , Troy , NC  27371

 

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