WPCC SBC Offers Free Classes in April for Business Owners

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Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) Small Business Center (SBC) will offer several classes in April 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 S Sterling Street in Morganton, NC. Register for classes by visiting www.wpcc.edu/SBC and click on “SBC Seminars and Workshops” listed on the bottom of the page.

The classes offered in April are as follows:

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING (Using Social Media in Your Business)
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For those business owners who might not yet be using social media, this is the class for you! In this seminar, you will learn about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, photos and videos as well as newer platforms you should use to market your business. You will see why this is a marketing strategy you do not want to overlook.

Speaker: Matt Rudisill

 

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How to Start a Business in Burke County
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn the basics of starting a small business. Are you thinking about getting into business for yourself? This course covers the issues that an individual should consider before thinking about opening the doors. In other words, this course is the starting point on your journey into business ownership. Learn how to identify critical issues and make the right decisions as you prepare to start your business. Topics include business structures (sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations), licensing and zoning, trademarks, copyrights, patents, insurance, financing alternatives, record keeping, and taxes.

 

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Pricing Your Products or Services
Thursday, April 07, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Attendees identify internal and external factors to consider in setting prices for products and services and learn to estimate potential market share. Business examples demonstrate how to evaluate pricing methods, develop sales forecasts, and measure market potential for products and services. The seminar introduces breakeven analysis as a tool to assist the entrepreneur in measuring financial feasibility. Activities identify the kinds of data needed to project the revenue, start-up, and operating costs of a business. Attendees will: • Identify strategies used to price products and services • Evaluate different pricing methods for sample businesses • Identify connections between pricing and sales forecasting • Identify financial concepts (overhead costs, cost of goods sold, profit contributed per sale, and breakeven point) • Identify factors involved in developing good financial assumptions

Speaker: Arlene Childers

 

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Making an Impact with Social Media
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

In this seminar, participants will learn how to use their online knowledge to grow their business and take it to the next level. We will discuss tips and tactics to use social media wisely and productively. The outcome of this class should be a social media marketing plan of action for each participant.

Speaker: Matt Rudisill

 

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How to Find Money for Your Business
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Register now and discover the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of funding sources as well as how to determine how much money you really need to start and grow your business. If you need capital to start or grow your business make sure to attend this information packed session where you will walk away armed with critical information you need before you sign on the dotted line. Get answers to: Are there grants available to start my business? What is factoring and is it a good financing tool? How do I apply for a loan? Are banks’ lending 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?

 

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Cash Flow and Breakeven Understanding Financials
Thursday, April 14, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

This class introduces breakeven analysis as a tool to assist the entrepreneur in measuring financial feasibility. Exercises will identify the kinds of data needed to project the revenue, start-up, and operating costs of your business. This class will help you develop an understanding of cash flow and break even analysis and its relationship to business planning.

Speaker: Arlene Childers

 

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Successful Grant Research – How to Find RFPs That Meet Your Needs
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

This workshop will provide the details needed to begin and conduct successful grant research, and the skills to save you time in your searches so you can actually begin writing. We will cover: what you need before you begin any research research management to make efficient use of your time how to locate grants on the local, state and government levels how to navigate websites to locate funding opportunities grant databases and other resources that fit your specific needs pitfalls to avoid that will save you time and cut down on frustration as you work to locate funders whose priorities match your needs.

Speaker: Amanda Pearce

 

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MARKETING YOUR BUSINESS WITH FACEBOOK – FACEBOOK FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

In this seminar, participants will learn the basics of setting up a Facebook business page as well as information about promotions, advertisements, and making a huge impact for your business online.

Speaker: Matt Rudisill

 

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Small Business Loans & Finding Money for Your Business
Thursday, April 21, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Register now and discover the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of funding sources. Review loan application and required documents. If you need capital to start or grow your business make sure to attend this information packed session where you will walk away armed with critical information you need before you sign on the dotted line. Get answers to: Are there grants available to start my business? What is factoring and is it a good financing tool? How do I apply for a loan? Are banks’ lending 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?

 

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USING PAID ADS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

In this seminar, participants will learn about different options to advertise your business using online resources. These options are often easier and much less expensive than traditional advertising. We will discuss social media advertising through major platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc as well as Google AdWords and other options.

Speaker: Matt Rudisill

 

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Basics of Bookkeeping: Accounting for the Non – Accountant
Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Many business owners do not understand their financial statements and their importance in making smart business decisions. This easy to understand seminar will walk you through the elements of basic business finance and help you make sense of it all. Topics will include types of financial statements, how to prepare, gathering the information, statements for taxes, and how to interpret business health based on financial statements. Whether you are a business owner or just getting started, this workshop will give you useful knowledge to help you make sense of it all.

Speaker: Harry Ponder

 

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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 www.wpcc.edu/SBC.