WPCC Small Business Center Offers Free Classes in May for Business Owners


SmallBusinessCategoryWestern Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) Small Business Center (SBC) will offer several classes in May designed for entrepreneurs who own small business or are thinking about starting a business.

The classes are free of charge and taught by experienced professionals. All classes will be offered at the WPCC SBC located at the Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 South Sterling Street in Morganton, NC. Register for classes by visiting wpcc.edu/sbc and click the Small Business Center Class Schedule for a calendar of events and registration links.

The classes offered in May are as follows:

Small Business Loans & Financing Your Business
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Here’s a chance to review available loans application processes. Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Learn the advantages/ disadvantages of different funding sources and how to choose the right one. Discover the keys to financing success. Are there grants available to start my business? What is factoring? Is it a good financing tool? How do I apply for a loan? Do banks lend to small businesses? What is an angel investor? Are venture capitalists willing to invest in a non-technology related business? How much can I borrow from a micro lender? How do I ask family and friends to invest in my business?

Speaker: Eddie McGimsey

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Grant Writing 101
Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:00 to 9:00 PM

As funding becomes more difficult to secure, non-profit organizations face significant challenges to fulfill their missions. This 2 1/2 hour seminar reviews the questions non-profits need to answer prior to searching and applying for grant funds; outlines the 7 basic elements of most proposals, and shows how to match needs to funder priorities. We focus on the major questions that need to be answered prior to a grant application and incorporate these answers into research and ultimately a competitive proposal.

Speaker: Amanda Pearce

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Inexpensive and Creative Ways to Market Your Business
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Would you rather eat live insects than market your small business? You are not alone. Come learn new, inexpensive, fun and creative ways to market. And find out how to best use one of your most powerful and least expensive marketing tools. Bring business cards if you have some, but don’t worry if you don’t. You’ll leave with over 100 inexpensive and creative ideas and tips to help you grow your business, increase your visibility and connect with your community.

Speaker: Emily Balance

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Business Management with Excel Spreadsheets
Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Running your business is not always easy and keeping track of inventory, reviewing customer accounts and analyzing profits and losses can be time consuming. This seminar can help you streamline and refine your process. Simple spread sheets, navigating around spread sheets, using formulas and functions and formatting will be covered in this 3-hour seminar.

Speaker: Arlene Childers

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Build a Business on eBay: Beyond the Basics
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Start and/or grow a business on eBay. Use eBay Listing Tools to save time for the established eBay seller ready to take it to the next level. In this class, you will learn how to find products to sell, determine what’s hot on eBay Market, how to open an eBay Store, how to do market research/sales analysis and much more!

Speaker: Nick Hawks

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SmallBizU Courses

WPCC’s Small Business Center has a library of full-length courses provided by SmallBizU, the first online academy created especially for the education and training needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs. SmallBizU teaches entrepreneurs about the “3Ms” – Money, Marketing, and Management. It achieves this objective through the delivery of 20 core courses that teach the “language of business” and important trade-skills. Each course is online and full of animated slides accompanied by voice-over narration, PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, toolsets, and access to a comprehensive knowledgebase.   You can access your course anytime and anywhere.

If you have any questions, please contact Eddie McGimsey at emcgimsey@wpcc.edu or (828) 448-6719 or visit the Small Business Center online for information.