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Forsyth Tech Small Business Center
525@Vine - Innovation Quarter
Winston Salem

Phone: 336-757-3810
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The objective of the Small Business Center Network is to help small businesses succeed by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing business owners.  For more information and access to numerous resources, visit http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-businesses/small-business-center/ . 

Staff:  Nell Perry, Della Lawson, and Allan Younger

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Events

Please note the following:



1. Seminars will be available for registration at least three weeks prior to the seminar dates.  For example, interested persons may register for January seminars in December.



2. Dates and times of seminars may be updated after the publication of the current newsletter.  Information on this website is correct.



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Monday, August 31, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
How much should I sell my product for? Should I charge per hour or by flat rate? Why does it seem like I’m losing money? If you’ve ever found yourself asking these questions about pricing, this seminar is for you. Pricing your product can be one of the most difficult parts of business. In this seminar we use hands on activities to help participants learn the basics on how to determine their production costs and cost of goods sold. They will learn how the price of their competition and demand for their product or service should influence their pricing. Lastly, we cover how to find the breakeven point per product and how to develop a pricing strategy. Expected Outcome: Learn to price your products.
Speaker: Renae Simon
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
The fact is people make buying decisions emotionally. Then they justify those decisions intellectually. Part of that emotional buying decision is how comfortable they feel about you, the sales person. What is your strategy for making others comfortable with you?
Speaker: Steve Rayburn, Sandler Training
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Images and videos are important aspects of many Small Businesses Social Media Strategy. Participants will learn about Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and other digital social media tools. We will explore the integration of these digital tools with other social media sites. The purpose of this seminar is to guide the participants into designing a social media strategy focused on business goals.
Speaker: Teddy Burriss
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Do you have questions about how to use your computer, phone, or tablet? How about servers and the cloud as well? Visit our technology clinic to have your questions answered. You may also gain some tips which will result in the growth of your small business. Please register to reserve your time with Triad Tech Guys. Registration required at sbc@forsythtech.edu for your 15-30 minute one-on-one appointment. Expected outcome: Answers to technology questions
Speaker: Tim Dixon
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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: Ruben Gonzales
Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Join our conversation about best practices to develop and maintain successful businesses. During this monthly series, past discussions include Partnerships, Professionalism, Productivity, Customer Loyalty, LinkedIn, Marketing Collateral, Business Pitches, Ways to Grow Our Businesses, Networking, Customer Engagement, and Business Research. Discussion topics will be based largely upon experiences and interests of the roundtable participants. The purpose of the Small Business Center is “Increasing Business Success” and we will explore ways to do this during each roundtable. Expected outcome: Discussions with other business owners about successes and challenges
Speaker: Allan Younger
Thursday, September 03, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Baffled with the thought of grants and not sure where to begin? This class helps you learn how to do the research, weigh the options, build relationships, incorporate what is needed in the proposals and submit for funding. You will gain knowledge that will help you become an effective grant seeker and you will be on your way to writing a winning proposal. Expected Outcome: Participants will gain basic knowledge on the grant seeking and/or grant writing process.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson, Ernest Harvest, LLC
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Winston Salem, NC 27101
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