Small Business Center

Be Your Own Boss

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smallbusinesscenterlogoThe Tri-County Community College (TCCC) Small Business Center (SBC), one of 58 SBCs throughout North Carolina, supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of training, counseling, and resource information. Confidential counseling services and access to resource libraries are free of charge. The TCCC SBC is located at the Cherokee County Center for Applied Technology in Marble and provides free business seminars and workshops in Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties. The SBC offers a wide variety of FREE seminars and workshops to help small businesses be successful. The offerings range from one-hour introductory seminars to several-day workshops. Topics constantly change in response to business needs.

 


FREE SBC seminars held at the Center for Applied Technology

 

Women’s Business Networking Luncheon! Are you a female small business owner or have an idea for a new business? If so, then this luncheon is the perfect opportunity to step away from the office and network with fellow women entrepreneurs! Leave inspired and renewed with the comfort of knowing what resources are available to you and your business. Lunch will be provided. Event is cosponsored by The Western Women’s Business Center at The Carolina Small Business Development Fund.

March 8 W
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. FREE

STRATEGIC PLANNING SEMINAR SERIES Strategic Planning I: Laying Out a Course Different from classic business planning, strategic planning involves vision, mission and outside-of-the-box thinking. Strategic planning describes where you want your company to go, not necessarily how you’re going to get there. However, like all other “travel plans,” without knowing where you want to go, creating details on how to arrive are meaningless. Participants will draft an initial strategic plan, including mission, vision and value statements, which they will begin to implement over the course of the three-part seminar series.

March 9 TH
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. FREE

Strategic Planning II: Staying on Track Having built a strategic plan in Part I, Part II will help participants identify obstacles in executing their respective plans. It is common to lose sight of the destination when day-to-day business issues arise, so staying on track becomes a critical element in the process. This seminar will provide information, tools, and techniques necessary to keep the strategic plan on track, and offer an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and sharing, which will enhance participants’ networking skills and increase professional confidence.

April 6 TH
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. FREE

Strategic Planning III: The Home Stretch Sir Winston Churchill once said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Part III, the last in the series, will help participants identify what remains to fully execute their respective strategic plans. Participants will have an opportunity to conduct a thorough review of their original plans, combined with an opportunity to revise areas that aren’t working and draft new elements that time has shown is required. Participants will be offered an opportunity to present their strategic plans to the class.

May 11 TH
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. FREE

Marketing Summit: Marketing is such a vital role in the success of your business and with ever-changing technology, it is crucial you stay current and explore ways to expand your market reach. During this day event, you will gain the tools and understanding you need to take your business to the next level. Whether you are in the planning stages of starting your business, a brand new business owner, or you have been in business for years, there is something for literally everyone at this Summit. Find Your Niche, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

March 22 W
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. FREE

Time Management and Organization Skills: Whether you assign a dollar value to it or not, time is valuable. Think about it: How much of your typical workweek do you spend stressed about not having enough time to complete a task or reach a goal? If you can’t fully understand why it is important for you to better manage your time, then how you try to won’t help. This seminar will cover the “why” specific to your company, then delve into the “how” by highlighting several key organizational skills that will help you become more efficient and effective professionally and personally.

March 23 TH
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. FREE

Beginning A Nonprofit Business: Starting a nonprofit organization can be an inspiring way to give back to your community and help those in need. However, it is important to understand all of the steps involved in this process before moving forward. Growing and sustaining a nonprofit may take years of effort and a great deal of determination. Discover the steps needed to start a non-profit business!

Date TBD

Business Basics: Are you one of those who dream of owning your own business? You’ll be your own boss and in charge of your own destiny! While owning your own business is a dream for many it is a huge undertaking and you will need to equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible. This workshop will help you answer all those questions you have and get you pointed in the right direction. You will also find out what resources are available to you and learn some tried and true ways to determine if this is right for you. What are you waiting for, there is no better time than the present to get started on your journey!

April 4 T
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE

Planning for Your Business, Step by Step: Everyone knows a business plan is an important part of planning your business venture, but how do you get started? The process can feel very overwhelming. This session will walk you through a simple, step-by-step process to outline what questions you really need to answer in order to get your plan of action together. A business plan doesn’t have to be a 50-page document, but instead should be a well-thought out road map to help you identify the correct steps for YOUR business.

April 11 T
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE

Who is Your Customer? No business, particularly a small one, can be all things to all people. The more you can define what you do and what customers will be most interested in it, the more successful you will be in marketing your business. This class will help you think about what makes your business different and how you can begin marketing your business with more impact because you are targeting specific groups of people who WANT what you have to offer! Figuring out who your customer is and/or should be can be a game changer for your small business.

April 18 T
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE

Employee Handbook – Why Your Company Needs One: Creating an employee handbook can be timeconsuming, even frustrating. This seminar will cover eight key reasons why your company needs one, while guiding participants through the creation of their very own employee handbook using an effective and well-respected HR Software that includes North Carolina-specific rules and regulations.

April 20 TH
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. FREE

Bookkeeping 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.

April 25 T
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE

Spreadsheets: Spreadsheets can be very beneficial in your business to help organize your finances and maintain good bookkeeping practices. Learn how to enter and manipulate data, create formulas, insert functions, and more.

April 27 T
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE

Know the Numbers for Your Business: Create a financial strategy by developing a budget, identifying financial goals, and getting control of debt. Participants will learn the steps to develop cash flow projections that are vital for start-up businesses and required to obtain any type of financing. In addition, learn how to estimate fixed and variable expenses and conduct a break-even analysis. This seminar will help you learn to stay on budget and be more prepared to manage the highs and lows of cash flow in a business.

May 2 T
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE

Quick Books: Payroll: Through using the payroll feature in Quick Books, you can master efficient techniques for setting up employees, creating paychecks, paying taxes, and generating forms and reports quickly and easily. Bring your portable device for in-class assistance.

May 4 TH
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE

Strategic Leadership: Do you have the right networks to help you see opportunities before competitors do? Are you comfortable challenging your own and others’ assumptions? Can you get a diverse group to buy in to a common vision? Learn how you can develop the abilities to anticipate, challenge, interpret, decide, align, and learn, all of which are key skills successful strategic leaders possess.

May 18 TH
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. FREE

*Pre-registration is required for Small Business Classes. Please call the CAT Building (828-835-9564) to add your name to the list of attendants.

All Seminars are FREE!
Business Plan -

A business plan is more than a means to an end. A business plan may help obtain capital for your business as you  pursue equity participation or apply for a loan. If this is the case, then a business plan will be both essential and critical for your endeavor. However, if this is the only reason you are preparing a business plan, then you are making a grave mistake.

Most business start-ups fail within three years. They fail for two reasons. The first is that the business has insufficient capital to operate until cash flow can pay expenses and generate an operating profit. The second is due to poor management. A business plan is the first line of defense to make sure that your business does not succumb due to these two reasons. A good business plan is a road map, showing where your business is going, how it proposes to get there, and the resources needed for the journey. As such it can also alert you if the business begins to run off-course, allowing you ample time to take appropriate action. Finally, you also need to understand how your business will be evaluated and judged as a business especially when you need services or access to capital. Click here for Business Plan.

Confidential Business Counseling -

The SBC provides local, confidential, and experienced counselors as advisors for new and existing businesses. Available on an as needed basis, this local confidential service acts as a sounding board for new ideas and concerns one may have about a business. Our professional staff will help clients find solutions to challenging business questions. No question is too simple or too complicated. There is no charge for this service. Click here to fill out a request for counseling form.

Resources -

A variety of reference and resource materials developed by the SBC is available at no charge. Clients may refer to books, pamphlets, videos, and magazines to help research topics ranging from demographics to export regulations. Clients may also use TCCC’s on-site computers to develop business plans. Click here for Business Plan.

Business Alliance -

In addition to providing training, counseling, and other resources, the SBC will put clients in touch with vital local business and community leaders. Contact information can be provided for local and state government agencies that will enable clients to grow their businesses. Local community organizations can offer professional networking opportunities and important business to business information. As a member of the North Carolina Business Alliance, the TCCC SBC will connect clients with other member agencies across the state.

Contact Us:  The TCCC Small Business Center is located in Marble, NC at the Cherokee County Center for Applied Technology.  Kathryn Jenkins, Small Business Center Director may be contacted at the Center for Applied Technology during regular business hours:  Monday - Thursday  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cherokee County Center for Applied Technology
2415 Airport Road
Marble, NC 28905
PH: 828-835-9564, ext. 203
FAX: 828-835-7835

Mailing Address:

Small Business Center
Tri-County Community College Small Business Center
21 Campus Circle
Murphy, NC 28906

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