SBC Schedule - Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

Small Business Center Seminar Schedule


08/13/20 – 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, Online webinar.
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08/20/20 – How to Conduct a Successful Strategic Planning Process for a Non-Profit

This session will help you understand different approaches to planning and which best fits your organization. Explore the do’s and don’ts of a SWOT Analysis or Environmental Scan, determine the role of staff and board in the planning process. Learn to identify the role of vision, mission, values, goals, and objectives in successful planning. Recognize why planning fails and the essential steps to avoid the pitfalls. John Curtis will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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08/27/20 – 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, Online webinar.
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09/03/20 – 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, Online webinar.
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09/10/20 – E-commerce

One way to expand your market is to sell products online. We will explore the features of well-known e-commerce host Shopify as well as other options for creating an online store. PayPal and other payment gateways will also be discussed. At the end of this session, you will be able to: 1) Determine if you need to sell online? 2) Have an understanding of your online store options. 3) Set up your online store and 4) Develop an online store marketing plan. Matt Rudisill will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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09/17/20 – 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-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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09/29/20 – 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 Peterson, CEO of Earnest Harvest, LLC, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is TUESDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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10/01/20 – 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. Martin Brossman, PLACEHOLDER, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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10/08/20 – 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, Information Technology Instructor, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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10/15/20 – 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, CPA, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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10/22/20 – 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. Matt Rudisill, social media coach, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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10/29/20 – 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, business coach, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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11/05/20 – 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, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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11/12/20 – 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-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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11/19/20 – 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. Robin Brackett, State Farm Insurance agent, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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12/03/20 – 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 new and experienced business owners. Bob Watson, CPA, will be the facilitator.

The seminar is THURSDAY, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Online webinar.
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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)

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

** Because of COVID-19, sessions will be online with ZOOM **
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