Small Business Center

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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

 

High Tunnel Produce Marketing Tips & Best On-Farm Safety Practices Workshop Series, Part 3: The December workshop will close the series with a 3 county farm services and local resources Expo. Partners for this event are the Smoky Mtn. High Tunnel Initiative, NC Co-op Ext, Tri-County Community College Small Business Center, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc., and ASAP. The project is by funded the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Services. The series is open to all farmers and there is no fee.

December 6 T
Center for Applied Technology –Marble 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. FREE

Women’s Entrepreneur Luncheon: Gather together with other women in business, network and enjoy lunch! Short program will follow.

TBA TH
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. FREE

High Tunnel Produce Marketing Tips & Best On-Farm Safety Practices Workshop Series, Part 1: Announcing a series of workshops geared towards high tunnel produce production. The series will address the topics of marketing, multi season crop production, financial planning, and practical applications for fresh produce safety.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

High Tunnel Produce Marketing Tips & Best On-Farm Safety Practices Workshop Series, Part 2: Packing and handling on farm visit. Fresh Produce Safety Packing and Handling. Cross contamination, risks and how to address each issue. Fall/Winter Crop Production Financial Planning.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Pinterest For Your Small Business: Looking for a free, powerful tool to quickly attract clients, market your small business and grow your brand? In this seminar, you will learn all you need to know about harnessing the power of Pinterest. By the end of this course, you will be ready to crate a compelling, dynamic Pinterest business presence that will drive sales, spark conversation and attract loyal customers.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Amazon – Successful Sales On Amazon: Amazon is the leading e-commerce website in the United States with more than $74.45 billion dollars in 2013 net sales. Amazon has more than 237 million active customer accounts worldwide. In this fast paced class, you will learn how to register online, choose the account that fits your goals and list an item on Amazon. Also, shipping to minimize your expense and make the most money with every sale. Amazon is the fastest way to sell online…join us for this informative seminar.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Business Structure for the Small Business Owner: The business structure you choose will have legal and tax implications. Get answers to some of your startup questions about business formation. From a tax perspective, learn the advantages and costs about different business entities, including sole proprietorship, partnership, C Corp, S Corp, and LLC. Decode these different types of business structures and find the one best suited for your business.

Instructor: Hawks
Date & Time: TBT
FREE

Small Business Seminars Entrepreneurship Academy: Students learn how to determine the feasibility of a business idea, market, operate and manage its finances. They also learn how to develop a full business plan that brings all the elements together, as well as how to make a presentation of their business idea. Trainings and activities are selected and modified based on the target audience and desired outcomes of the classes. Series typically between 24 and
30 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Preparing for A Lender- Talk to the Panel
: Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? Will this business be profitable and allow me to pay back a loan? Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Panel Guest: NC Rural Center, The Support Center & Local Loan Specialists.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Building Good Credit: Keeping and maintaining a good-to-excellent personal credit score is vital for every small business owner in these challenging economic times. Can you qualify for a commercial business loan? Did you know the lender decision is often based on the owner’s personal credit score? That is why a good credit score has become a cherished asset to maintain and protect. This course focuses on the many factors that make up credit scoring and how to overcome negative credit issues impacting your credit rating. Learn about the unseen costs that bad credit causes. Learn how to minimize the risk of identity theft, how to respond to negative credit reports, how to build better credit and how to engage creditors more successfully. If you have issues with your current or past credit relationships, or have no credit at all, learn how to start building good credit today.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Hiring From Your Local Workforce: Looking for good qualified candidates? Sometimes eager, skilled people are in our own community and they are looking for employment.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

The Three Tiers of Management: You, Your People, Your Organization: A management seminar highlighting the core elements of management and what it takes to shift performance from “adequate” to “exceptional”—for yourself, your teams and your organization.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Legal Matters in Your Small Business: A seminar highlighting the different legal structures businesses can form, what the differences are, and ultimately, which is best for your business.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Accounting and Bookkeeping for Small Business: Keeping good financial records is a critical step in managing a successful enterprise. This class addresses the financial records needed for good business management. Participants develop systems and practices for collecting necessary information for tax reporting and business decision-making. Students will demonstrate the connection between cash flow projections and the bookkeeping system created for a business, practice posting business transactions to monthly cash receipts and disbursements journals, and demonstrate how good bookkeeping practices give a clear snapshot of a business’ health.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Quick Books: Reconciling and 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.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Buying or Selling A Business? What You Should Know!: If you are considering either option, this is an opportunity to consider the prospects and help establish accurate pricing from either side.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Creating A Brand & Crafting A Message: Learn how the big guys create powerful images and messages so that they “beat out” their competition and reach their intended targets. You will learn what is meant by branding and begin to create a unique image for your company.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Marketing Your Small Business with Pinterest: Pinterest is a proven results-driven tool. Learn how to use Pinterest, one of the newer social media services, to drive traffic to your business website, establish credibility, convey expertise and a sense of who you are as a business person, and develop a relationship with clients and partners. Pinterest marketing is most obviously useful for anyone who uses pictures of their work as a sales tool. However, people in many other fields are learning how they can use Pinterest to send traffic to their business as well. Also, learn how small and big businesses alike are successfully using Pinterest

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Apps for Small Business: As apps become more prevalent and more powerful, business owners are relying on these savvy tools to help their businesses grow and run more smoothly. Find out more on mobile and web apps that can get you organized, manage your finances, stay connected and visible, and many others that will help contribute to your success.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.
Accounting and Bookkeeping for Small Business: Keeping good financial records is a critical step in managing a successful enterprise. This class addresses the financial records needed for good business management. Participants develop systems and practices for collecting necessary information for tax reporting and business decision-making. Students will demonstrate the connection between cash flow projections and the bookkeeping system created for a business, practice posting business transactions to monthly cash receipts and disbursements journals, and demonstrate how good bookkeeping practices give a clear snapshot of a business’ health.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Elements of Strategic Planning: A strategic planning seminar focusing on the building blocks of starting, maintaining and growing your business. (The Business Case; Value/Vision/Mission Statements; Goals and Objectives; Actions Items/Tasks; and The Plan, whether strategic or action)

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Beginners class, we will address the basic “need to know” things that will help you conduct your business wirelessly {be it personal or professional!} Learn how to make an informed decision when considering getting a basic phone, a smartphone or a tablet. Some of the subjects we will cover are; Basic phone, Smartphones, Tablets, Bluetooth, WIFI, 3G, 4G, Operating Systems, Apple, Android, Windows, Messaging, Notification Icons, Functional Icons, Applications, Widgets, Wireless Lingo Terms & Definitions and much more.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Intermediate class will cover functional icons, blue tooth protocol, and wi-fi ins and outs. A question and answer portion will address individual needs and concerns.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Quick Books: Reconciling and 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.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Tax Organization Workshop for Small Business: Take the mystery out of tax preparation. Explore practical strategies to organize your daily business practices to capture essential information you need for tax prep. Learn about potential tax deductions for your small business such as Healthcare Reimbursement Plans (HRPs) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). A Q&A session will be open to attendees if interested so please submit questions beforehand for in-depth responses during workshop.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Etsy – Turn Your Passion Into A Business on Etsy!!: Etsy is a rapidly growing online marketplace for selling handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies. With more than 30 million members, there is no better place to launch your own creative small business. Attend this class to learn how to sell your artwork, jewelry, crafts and vintage items in this easy, fast paced class!

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Getting More Business with Facebook Paid Ads for Business Owners: Now that Facebook is showing less and less of business pages it is time to learn the real power of Facebook ads as it has over 1.49 billion monthly users. With less than 3% of your customers seeing your post on Facebook today, it is more useful to view Facebook as a powerful paid advertising platform than a free social media site.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Google Pay Per Click and Google Adwords Express Basics for Business Owners: This course will show how to set up successful, efficient, targeted campaigns on Google Adwords. We will cover the basics of both Google Adwords Express and Google Pay per Click. You will leave class knowing how to set up your own Google pay per click advertising for your business.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

LinkedIn: In this seminar, you will learn how to create a compelling “Online Presence” that will attract customers to you. You will learn the five most important things to do on LinkedIn so that you can be found. We will discuss how to position yourself as an expert and how to increase your visibility on LinkedIn. Create a LinkedIn profile that stands out and positions you as an expert. Learn how to get 500 connections and expand your network. Learn how to stay in-front of your audience and position yourself as an expert with status updates and LinkedIn publishing. Harnessing LinkedIn groups to grow your visibility and establish your expertise.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Basics of Selling on E Bay: Topics will include eBay appraisals and research, registering on eBay and starting a seller’s account, choosing formats and categories, writing descriptions that sell, submitting photos, feedback, starting up and using a PayPal account.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Building your Business on E Bay – Beyond the Basics: This session is for business owners and potential business owners with prior knowledge of or experience selling on eBay and who want to establish a continual retail presence on eBay. Topics of this fast-paced session will include growing an eBay business beyond basics, finding merchandise to sell, creating professional listings, marketing your business on eBay, managing active listings, resolving issues and feedback, and protecting your eBay business.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

*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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