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Cleveland Community College Small Business Center
The LeGrand Center

Phone: 704-669-4146
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Start-up Assistance

Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
This seminar will identify and discuss, in detail, the factors and topics that are crucial to starting a business. This class is for the entrepreneur, small business owner, or prospective owner.
Speaker: Wayne Grubaugh, Chief Innovation Officer

Business Basics

Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
This seminar will deal with the subject of legal entities and which one is appropriate for an individual’s particular business. The program will discuss sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, LLCs, and LLPs. Advantages and disadvantages of each form will be discussed, along with the basic tax treatment of each type. This class is for the small business owner or prospective owner.
Speaker: Don Bridges, a North Carolina Superior Court Judge.


Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
After completion of this seminar, you will be able to have a clear understanding of effective action items before starting a grant proposal. You will also become familiar with grant proposal components, learn how to utilize specific research strategies to find best funder matches, and understand post grant proposal follow up action items. You will discuss critical nature of mission, vision, prioritizing needs, effectively researching funding opportunities, and building relationships. You will participate in the development of a mock grant proposal.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson, CEO of Earnest Harvest, LLC
Thursday, November 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions include: Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Learn about different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
Speaker: Dr. Becky Sain, of NC REAL and Cleveland Community College

Managing a Business

Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
Maintaining and understanding financial information is critical to operating a profitable business. This seminar will help the small business owner identify methods for maintaining financial records and using key reports (P&L/ Cash Flow Statements and Balance Sheet) to operate the business. This seminar will explain how to use these financial statements to identify potential problems before they become a serious threat to the business’ survival. This seminar is designed for the small business owner.
Speaker: Michelle Garey, Senior Vice President – Trust Investments Officer, Bank of the Ozarks
Thursday, November 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
This seminar will cover all aspects of insurance as it relates to small business. It will include a general discussion of liability and property insurance, bonding and workmen’s compensation insurance, life and health insurance, and retirement planning. This class is for the small business owner or prospective owner.
Speaker: Reid Lindsay, State Farm Insurance Agent
Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
Communicating in business today is not as easy as it once was. When do you use email instead of a phone call or a letter? What difference does the professional appearance of a business document make? Do grammar and spelling really matter? This class is for the small business owner or prospective owner
Speaker: Steve Padgett, Director of the Small Business Center
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