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Yancey County Learning Center, Mayland Community College

Thursday, May 04, 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
Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Are you great at finding customers but not closing customers? Are you great at re-selling to existing customers but have a hard time creating a pipeline of new customers? Join us for a 90-minute seminar with Mountain BizWorks on how to develop a stronger sales funnel that includes customer acquisition and retention
Speaker: Hunter
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn what changes are occurring, how change impacts the customer base in our communities, and how it affects your business. The class will cover insightful sources of demographic data so you can learn how to interpret it for your specific business.
Speaker: Branch
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
What kinds of new businesses have the greatest potential in this area? We will look at data on existing businesses with a further objective of identifying opportunities for new businesses and growth opportunities for existing businesses.
Speaker: Branch
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705
Monday, July 10, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Whether you are a startup or established business, there are five tips that are critical to your success. Learn how to put these strategies to work in your small business. Leave the class knowing five tactics to build a strong foundation from which to grow.
Speaker: Collins
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Being able to distinguish yourself from your competition is an essential skill for every creative entrepreneur. Learn how to identify what makes your arts/crafts unique and build your business brand around it. Come to the beautiful Yancey Learning Center in Burnsville and "set yourself apart!" Sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council and the Mayland Small Business Center!
Speaker: Snider
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Gain an insightful overview of all the stages of business growth. Each attendee will do an evaluation of their current business to determine where it stands and growth potential. If you are just starting a new business, the principles in this class will help build a solid foundation
Speaker: Collins
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705

Toe River Arts Council Spruce Pine Gallery

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
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
In this workshop, you will learn the importance of Social Media for business marketing. We will cover Facebook™, Instagram™, Twitter™, and Pinterest™, and their use to market your business. We will also cover scheduling a Facebook post, reading and interpreting Facebook analytics, how to boost a post, and how much time to spend on Social Media. Sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council and Mayland SBC!
Speaker: LeBelle
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Our mountain region is a vacation destination. TripAdvisor provides reviews and rankings of travel related topics such as restaurants, lodging, entertainment, arts related, and local attractions. This seminar will help you look at the advantages of being on TripAdvisor and how it can grow your studio business when managed correctly. Sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council and the Mayland Small Business Center!
Speaker: LaBelle
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
It is crucial that artists create great art and stay financially solvent. Join us to learn eight valuable secrets to build profits in your creative business. Sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council and the Mayland Small Business Center
Speaker: Collins
Approximately 11 miles away from zip code 28705

Mayland Community College Small Business Center

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
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Grab lunch, network, and learn tips that will boost sales! Sponsored by Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce and Mayland SBC, get an information packed hour of business building strategies targeted to the local economy. Location to be determined.
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
Are you great at finding customers but not closing customers? Are you great at re-selling to existing customers but have a hard time creating a pipeline of new customers? Join us for a 90-minute seminar with Mountain BizWorks on how to develop a stronger sales funnel that includes customer acquisition and retention
Speaker: Hunter
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Monday, June 05, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
In this class, you'll discover everything from setting up QuickBooks to handling money in, money out, banking, payroll, and much more. If you would like to use QuickBooks for your business, this seminar series is a great starting point. Computers with QuickBooks will provided.
Speaker: Sisk-Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
In this class, you'll discover everything from setting up QuickBooks to handling money in, money out, banking, payroll, and much more. If you would like to use QuickBooks for your business, this seminar series is a great starting point. Computers with QuickBooks will provided.
Speaker: Sisk-Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Monday, June 12, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
In this class, you'll discover everything from setting up QuickBooks to handling money in, money out, banking, payroll, and much more. If you would like to use QuickBooks for your business, this seminar series is a great starting point. Computers with QuickBooks will provided.
Speaker: Sisk-Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Everyone Welcome! Enjoy free lunch while learning business building tactics. Sponsored by the Western Women's Business Center, Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce, and Mayland SBC! Location to be determined
Speaker: Snider
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
In this class, you'll discover everything from setting up QuickBooks to handling money in, money out, banking, payroll, and much more. If you would like to use QuickBooks for your business, this seminar series is a great starting point. Computers with QuickBooks will provided.
Speaker: Sisk-Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
A Facebook business page is a great tool to connect and interact with new and potential customers. Learn how it works and what is needed to build the perfect Facebook Business page. Return for part two to build or optimize your Facebook Business page.
Speaker: Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, June 15, 2017 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how Instagram and Snapchat can benefit your small business. Find out the customer profiles of typical Instagram/Snapchat users and how they may relate to your business. Get the basics in this one hour class.
Speaker: Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Attend part one of this series to gather all that’s needed to construct the perfect Facebook business page and then let our professionals help you to build it! Already have a Facebook business page? Let us help you optimize it! Bring your own computer or log into one of ours. Prepare to interact with your customers!
Speaker: Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The business world is driven by relationships. Networking your new or growing business in a planned and strategic fashion can have a positive impact on success. Find out how to do it right.
Speaker: Snider
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Get inspired and informed during your lunch hour as we hear how a local business found success in Mitchell County. Gain insight from an entrepreneur's point of view. Sponsored by Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce and Mayland SBC! Location to be determined.
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, July 13, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
In this era of online sales, taking digital photos to market your product/service is crucial to sales. This class will equip students with tips and strategies for taking professional looking digital photos for websites, social media, and business publications.
Speaker: Morris
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Excel is a software program that allows users to organize, calculate, and format data using formulas. With an Excel spreadsheet a small business owner can simplify and manage their business finances. This seminar will give attendees an introductory knowledge of how use Excel in a small business setting.
Speaker: Anderson
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
EBay and Etsy are popular websites for selling a variety of items. This seminar will cover how to set up an account and build an online store at each site. Students will also learn best practices and tips to sell!
Speaker: Anderson
Approximately 13 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Video marketing is a great way for customers to connect to your business. Shooting a professional looking video to post on the web is a challenge. The seminar will give tips and strategies for producing videos that will help you connect your business with your customers.
Speaker: Morris
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
Thursday, July 06, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
There are many personal and business expenses which are tax-deductible that most people do not know about. What are these expenses and how can you use them to reduce your Federal and State income tax bill? We will discuss these expenses, how to track them, and where to record them for tax purposes.
Speaker: Branch
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
Thursday, June 01, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Financing
In this class, Mayland Small Business Center Director, Allen Cook, will discuss sources of small business financing and strategies to obtain funds for your business or startup. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources. Discover the keys to financing success
Speaker: Cook
Approximately 21 miles away from zip code 28705
Thursday, June 08, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Customer Relations
Discover a variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Find the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business. Learn how to perform a competitive analysis and determine your target market.
Speaker: Cook
Approximately 21 miles away from zip code 28705
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. 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. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Speaker: Cook
Approximately 21 miles away from zip code 28705