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Yancey County Learning Center, Mayland Community College

Thursday, May 11, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
Have you written your business plan and now wonder what you need in order to fill out the cash flow template to meet the lender’s requirements? The Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) can help you navigate the process. Tommy Dennison, Business Development Officer, will discuss what the CSBDF looks for in cash flow projections.
Speaker: Dennison
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705

Toe River Arts Council Spruce Pine Gallery

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
World renowned basket maker and marketing expert, Matt Tommey, started out building baskets for fun from Kudzu. Merging his love for art with his knowledge of marketing, Matt went full time into the business of making baskets. He made his passion his job and now owns a lucrative studio in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. Hear Matt’s story about how he launched his business and made it profitable. Learn tips from the pros!
Speaker: Tommey
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
As we approach the season of studio tours, it is important that customers have the ability to locate and navigate to your business using their smart phone or computer. Learn to list your business on the Google map and create a free Google page for your studio. Free Google Gear!
Speaker: Cook
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn to properly select and register for shows, set up your booth to attract customers, and take credit card payments. Applicants will receive via email a free excel spreadsheet that will estimate potential income from your booth sales.
Speaker: Styles
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Zen Wildkitty has created and sold art for most of his life. Learn from the “Guru,” tips on how to leverage the internet to increase sales. This seminar will also teach how to properly market and manage your small business.
Speaker: Wildkitty
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705

Mayland Community College Small Business Center

Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to create a business Facebook page! This seminar will cover the basics of creating and managing a Facebook page for your small business. Learn how to create posts and interact with your customers!
Speaker: Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, March 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Canva is a free online design service you're going to want to use for your small business. At this quick course, learn how to use Canva to create professional looking publications that will have you marketing like a pro.
Speaker: Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Gain knowledge of the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, and operations. Learn the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover resources available to help start and successfully operate your business.
Speaker: Cook
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
A business plan is vital to starting and operating a business. Learn how to turn ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches the important components of a business plan and helps lay the foundation for a functional plan. 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. You will also learn to introduce yourself and your business with confidence and clarity, utilizing your personal “Elevator Speech”.
Speaker: Dennison/Cook
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, April 13, 2017 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to pin your way to new sales! This one hour seminar will cover how to create a Pinterest business page and how to market your product on Pinterest.
Speaker: Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to build a business Instagram page, set up your account, and best practices for Instagram. Visually communicate your way to increased sales and business awareness!
Speaker: Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This class discusses how to build a customer base. Business location, layout, signage, pricing, service, traditional/social media, direct marketing, promotional material, and trade shows will be discussed to help entrepreneurs effectively communicate and market.
Speaker: Wildkitty/Cook
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
This class will discuss the four most important financial statements in business: the personal financial statement, the balance sheet, the income statement, and the cash flow statement. The class will also cover basic bookkeeping and record keeping skills. Attendees will gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for a business.
Speaker: Cook
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, April 27, 2017 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
LinkedIn company pages help build brand awareness by providing a channel to promote your products and services to customers and prospects. In this quick course, learn how to create a LinkedIn company page to promote your business.
Speaker: Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Tweet your way to more sales! In this quick course, learn how to create a business Twitter page and strategies to use twitter as an effective means to market your small business.
Speaker: Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Attendees will become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Class will be taught by a CPA. Don’t let your business fail due to lack of tax knowledge.
Speaker: Sisk-Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Development of a business pitch is a crucial factor to gain funding and build a customer base. In this seminar, each participant will be provided a maximum of ten minutes to present their story, passion, and business idea to their classmates and a panel of judges in a Shark Tank style finale! Graduation follows with a presentation of certificates.
Speaker: Cook
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705

Avery County Learning Center, Mayland Community College

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Are you in need of a loan to start or expand your business? The Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) can help you navigate the process. Tommy Dennison, Business Development Officer, will discuss what the CSBDF looks for in order to render an approval on a loan. Topics covered will be the 5 C’s of Credit, types of loans available, what you will need to apply, and a typical loan timeline
Speaker: Dennison
Approximately 16 miles away from zip code 28705

Old Banner Elk Elementary School

Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.
Speaker: Cook
Approximately 21 miles away from zip code 28705