Small Business Center Seminar Schedule


08/15/2019 – Operating a Home Based Business

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. Dwayne Parker, business coach, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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08/22/2019 – Insurance: Business Risk Management

This 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. Robin Brackett, State Farm Insurance Agent, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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08/29/2019 – QuickBooks – Introduction to QuickBooks Desktop (Part 1)

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. Jeffrey Weathers, a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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09/05/2019 – QuickBooks – Introduction to QuickBooks Desktop (Part 2)

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 & loss statements and balance sheets) that are vital to monitor and analyze your business as well as file your taxes and yearend. Jeffrey Weathers, a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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09/12/2019 – Financing Your Small Business

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. Dr. Becky Sain, of NC REAL and Cleveland Community College, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:00pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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09/19/2019 – Cash – The Lifeline of Your Business

Many business owners leave liquidity issues and cash flow management to chance and poor management. It is clear that business owners need to make cash management a strategic function that creates opportunities to flourish despite prevailing economic conditions. Learn to develop a plan that anticipates upcoming cash flow cycles, find hidden cash in your business, and increase the velocity of your cash flow. We will identify ways to plan your cash flow so you can communicate better with vendors and creditors when cash flow is tight allowing you to still operate your business. Dwayne Parker, business coach, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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09/26/2019 – Grant Seeking/Grant Writing

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. Calvin Patterson, CEO of Earnest Harvest, LLC, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-9:00pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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10/03/2019 – How to Make an Impact with Social Media

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. Bob Beard of Online Marketing Dashboard, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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10/10/2019 – Website Development for Small Businesses

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. Dr. Chance Witherspoon will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:00pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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10/17/2019 – How to Write a Business Plan

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. Bob Watson will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:00pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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10/24/2019 – How to Start a Business – Identifying the ABCs

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 or prospective small business owner. Wayne Grubaugh, Chief Innovation Officer, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-9:00pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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10/31/2019 – Basics of Bookkeeping

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. Dwayne Parker will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:00pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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11/07/2019 – Marketing Your Business

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. Matt Rudisill will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-9:00pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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11/14/2019 – Business Essentials

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. Karen Bargsley, Customer Education Officer with the NC Department of Revenue, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-9:00pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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11/21/2019 – Payroll 101

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. Jeffrey Weathers, a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-9:00pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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12/05/2019 – Record Keeping and Taxes

Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners. Bob Watson will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:00pm, LeGrand Center, Shelby, Room 6109.
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PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED IN ADVANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS AND EACH SEMINAR. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR A SEMINAR. CALL THE CONTINUING EDUCATION OFFICE FOR INFORMATION. (704-669-4015)

YOU MAY ALSO CALL STEVE PADGETT, SMALL BUSINESS CENTER DIRECTOR, AT 704-669-4146 IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A CLIENT OF THE SMALL BUSINESS CENTER NETWORK. THE SMALL BUSINESS CENTER NETWORK WEBSITE IS: www.ncsbc.net

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, PLEASE REFER TO THE COLLEGE WEBSITE: www.clevelancc.edu

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