Small Business Center Seminar Schedule

January 2019

Date Meeting Time Class Location Instructor
01/17/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Basics of Bookkeeping LeGrand Center Room 6109 Dwayne Parker Enroll
Description
Gain 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.
01/22/2019 Tue 6:30pm-8:30pm Business Essentials LeGrand Center Room 6109 Karen Bargsley Enroll
Description
This seminar, for the entrepreneur or small business owner, will provide an understanding of the laws and obligations necessary for a business to be compliant. This will include tax compliance ranging from registering your business, to withholding from employees, and sales and use tax requirements. The registration of business entities and requirements for doing so are also presented.
01/24/2019 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Website Development for Small Businesses LeGrand Center Room 6109 Dr. Chance Witherspoon Enroll
Description
Today businesses need a website to allow customers to learn about their products and/or services. Developing a user-friendly and inviting website is important if you really want to attract interest. This seminar will present ways to develop a website without spending a fortune. This seminar is important for entrepreneurs as well as new and experienced business owners.
01/31/2019 Th 6:00pm-8:30pm How to Start a Business – Identifying the ABCs LeGrand Center Room 6109 Wayne Grubaugh Enroll
Description
This seminar will identify and discuss, in detail, the factors and topics that are crucial to starting a business. This class is for the entrepreneur, small business owner, or prospective owner.

February 2019

Date Meeting Time Class Location Instructor
02/07/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Operating a Home Based Business LeGrand Center Room 6109 Dwayne Parker Enroll
Description
A great portion of businesses today operate as a home based business. What makes them different from any other businesses? There are many advantages as well as some disadvantages to having your business based in your home. This seminar will help you understand those advantages and disadvantages as well as how the home atmosphere will affect the success of your business. You will also learn the legal issues associated with starting and running your business as a home based business. This class is for the small business owner or prospective owner.
02/14/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Marketing Your Business LeGrand Center Room 6109 Matt Rudisill Enroll
Description
This seminar is about all aspects of marketing your business. Traditional methods and current digital marketing tips and trends will be discussed. Building your brand, an important part of marketing, will contribute greatly to the success of your business. You will learn about steps to accomplish this.
02/21/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Financing Your Small Business LeGrand Center Room 6109 Dr. Becky Sain Enroll
Description
Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions include: Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me?How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Learn about different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
02/28/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm QuickBooks – Introduction to QuickBooks Desktop (Part 1) LeGrand Center Room 6109 Jeffrey Weathers Enroll
Description
QuickBooks is the accounting software of choice for many small business owners. It allows the owner/manager to account quickly and accurately for their business dollars. You will receive a complete introduction to the QuickBooks desktop product including: setting up a company file and chart of accounts; navigating the home page; setting up your products and services; using QuickBooks lists and forms to record sales and manage expenses. After this seminar, you will have a good understanding of the QuickBooks process and capabilities.

March 2019

Date Meeting Time Class Location Instructor
03/07/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm QuickBooks – Introduction to QuickBooks Desktop (Part 2) LeGrand Center Room 6109 Jeffery Weathers Enroll
Description
This seminar will expand on what you learned in Part 1. You will be encouraged to participate in discussions of more complex transactions that you may encounter in running your business including: receiving payments and paying bills; managing accounts receivable and accounts payable; reconciling bank and credit card accounts; how to generate and understand financial reports (profit & lost statements and balance sheets) that are vital to monitor and analyze your business as well as file your taxes and yearend.
03/14/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Grant Seeking/Grant Writing LeGrand Center Room 6109 Calvin Patterson Enroll
Description
After completion of this seminar, you will be able to have a clear understanding of effective action items before starting a grant proposal. You will also become familiar with grant proposal components, learn how to utilize specific research strategies to find best funder matches, and understand post grant proposal follow up action items. You will discuss critical nature of mission, vision, prioritizing needs, effectively researching funding opportunities, and building relationships. You will participate in the development of a mock grant proposal.
03/21/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Nonprofit Strategic Planning and Management LeGrand Center Room 6109 Katie Munger Enroll
Description
This seminar will provide an overview of how to develop and start a sustainable nonprofit organization. Information presented will include: how to develop a mission and vision; how to become legally established as a 501(c)3 organization, grant writing and funding resources, and long-term planning for sustainability.
03/28/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Identity Theft LeGrand Center Room 6109 Evette Davis Enroll
Description
Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Identity theft places a burden on its victims and presents a challenge to businesses, organizations and government agencies. The IRS combats tax-related identity theft with an aggressive strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. This crime is one of their highest priorities. You will learn that if you become a victim, the IRS is committed to helping you resolve your case as quickly as possible.

April 2019

Date Meeting Time Class Location Instructor
04/04/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Payroll 101 LeGrand Center Room 6109 Jeffery Weathers Enroll
Description
This seminar is designed to be a beginner’s guide to payroll taxes and forms. Attendees will learn about the payroll process from beginning to end – from hiring your employee, filling out forms, withholding and paying taxes and submitting forms to the State and Federal government. Whether you handle your payroll yourself, employ an in-house accountant, or outsource the whole deal, you’ll be in better control if you familiarize yourself with the basics.
04/11/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm How to Make an Impact with Social Media LeGrand Center Room 6109 Martin Brossman Enroll
Description
Being part of the online business community is critical today. A small business owner can use their online knowledge to grow their business and take it to the next level. This seminar will provide tips and tactics to use social media wisely and productively. Learn the basics of using a Facebook business page, as well as information on the importance of advertising on Facebook.
04/18/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Preparing for Growth – “Finding Your Customers” LeGrand Center Room 6109 Matt Rudisill Enroll
Description
This seminar will address methods and practices to identify and reach your potential customers. You will discuss methods for dealing with the unexpected events that occur in business ownership and how to maintain the course to keep moving forward.
04/25/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm How to Write a Business Plan LeGrand Center Room 6109 Bob Watson Enroll
Description
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the 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 of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.

May 2019

Date Meeting Time Class Location Instructor
05/02/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Insurance: Business Risk Management LeGrand Center Room 6109 Robin Brackett Enroll
Description
his seminar will cover all aspects of insurance as it relates to small business. It will include a general discussion of liability and property insurance, bonding and workmen’s compensation insurance, life and health insurance, and retirement planning. This class is for the small business owner or prospective owner.
05/09/2019 Th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights—The Basics LeGrand Center Room 6109 Dr. Donald Payne Enroll
Description
Legal issues surrounding a small business invention, patent, trademark or copyright are often confusing but important to the success of your business. Learn the ins and outs of these issues at this seminar.

 

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