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September

Thursday, September 21, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to edit photos for branding and marketing your business. Basic Skills include layers, masking, curves, dodging and burning, clipping, and color balance will be covered. You will leave class with the knowledge of the main tools necessary to help your business and with resources that can be used to practice and further your learning of the program.
Speaker: Dennis Qualls
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Four Saints Brewing Company out of Asheboro will be presenting this informative workshop hosted by MCC's Small Business Center on the important factors to know when considering a brewery, tap house or other similar business. You'll hear from a successful local brewer on topics including current trends in the brewing industry, understanding the rules & regulations on brewing and selling beer, best practices for establishing a sustainable brewing business plan and more! Join us for an evening at STARworks where you can learn the business of beer!
Speaker: Joel McClosky
Location: STARworks, Star

October

Monday, October 02, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 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. Learn 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: Steve Carver
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Brainstorming can be a powerful way to network and gather ideas as a small business owner. What better way than to brainstorm with others like you? Join us for our Business Brainstorm at The Front Porch Pickin' Vintage Emporium. We will have a presentation from Riley Beaman on a different topic each month and a rich and engaging open discussion he will facilitate. Come share your ideas and hear the ideas of others; idea sharing is a key component to growth and progress!
Speaker: Riley Beaman
Monday, October 09, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
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 procedures for writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Monday, October 16, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry, and differentiate between branding and advertising techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan to help you increase sales and grow your business.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to edit photos for branding and marketing your business. Basic Skills include layers, masking, curves, dodging and burning, clipping, and color balance will be covered. You will leave class with the knowledge of the main tools necessary to help your business and with resources that can be used to practice and further your learning of the program.
Speaker: Dennis Qualls
Friday, October 20, 2017 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Are you ready to send invoices, pay bills and record deposits on a computer? This class is the 2nd in a two-part series that dives into the processes and tasks required to keep your books organized with QuickBooks. Basic computer knowledge is needed. If you already have a basic knowledge of QuickBooks, you may join us for this portion of the series.
Speaker: Marie Blankenship
Monday, October 23, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Market research isn't just for startups', it's an important ongoing process for every small business. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you the critical information you need about your industry and customers. Get the data to test the business feasibility, find the competition, and potential customers interested in your product or service.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Monday, October 30, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Startup entrepreneurs are tasked with learning the ultra important merchandising skills to ensure inventory sell turns and profitability. A short list of subjects to master include designing floor plan grids and customer flow, fixture and rack type choices, displaying, seasonal presentations and rotation, showcasing, show windows, media tools, lighting and sales team staff training. Every start up and new business owner will benefit with a better understanding of the various fundamental strategies to achieve enhanced merchandising and marketing presentations.
Speaker: Steve Carver

November

Thursday, November 02, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Tax Planning
A representative from the Internal Revenue Service will be on site presenting very important information on employment taxes and expenses during this workshop. IRS Publications 535, 587 & 15 will be covered. Get up to speed with current federal tax implications for businesses directly from the IRS to ensure you are getting set up or currently filing correctly!
Speaker: IRS
Monday, November 06, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
Finances continue to be a challenge for many small business owners. Who will fund my idea and what do they need from me? How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan, interest an investor or make a profit? Get to the heart of the business in this seminar that answers those vital questions. Understand overhead costs, startup costs, revenue generation and cash flow so you can be financially prepared for your business venture.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Monday, November 13, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make smart business decisions. If you're a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you!
Speaker: Steve Carver
Friday, November 17, 2017 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This workshop combines basic and advanced QuickBooks for an action packed , one day option. You'll learn the different versions of QuickBooks and how to operate and customize the program for your specific industry. Basic computer knowledge is needed. * LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED! *
Speaker: Marie Blankenship
Monday, November 20, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
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.
Speaker: Steve Carver

December

Thursday, December 07, 2017 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Just as in the past, today's leaders must motivate themselves and others, set priorities, make decisions, and communicate clearly and face challenges. However, today's leaders must also understand personality styles, use technology to communicate, operate without clear boundaries due to constant change, deal with a higher stress level than ever before. This seminar will offer a wide range of practical information for entrepreneurs as well as managers or supervisors of today's workforce including managing relationships and constant change, how to be a better teacher, understanding the difference between management and leadership and how to balance the two styles in your current role.
Speaker: Mike Collins