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Isothermal Community College Small Business Center
Foundation Building
Spindale N.C.

Phone: 828-395-1667
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The objective of the Small Business Center is to increase the success rate and the number of small businesses in Rutherford and Polk counties.

The Small Business Center at Isothermal Community College is a community-based provider of education and training, counseling, information, and referral for persons who are currently in business or those seeking to start a new business in Rutherford and Polk counties. Available on an as-needed basis, our counselors are here to listen, brainstorm, counsel, and provide resources all free of charge. Our professional staff will help you find solutions to your challenging business questions.  No question is too simple of too complicated.

Faye Bishop, SBC Director

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Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar is geared toward helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs know what to expect. Here we focus on managing the mental game needed to go it alone. During the seminar the participants have the chance to build a mental road map to help them navigate their way through the twists and turns of starting a venture. Without these tools and techniques one stands a great chance of having their dreams dashed on the rocks. PREPARE YOURSELF - Starting almost anything worthy of your best will require a huge amount of effort and stamina. The good news is that you already have the strength to make it. It is time to dig deep to find out exactly what reservoir lies within. PREPARE YOUR FAMILY - This is not something you do on your own. Even if you work the business by yourself, the rest of your family gets to take the ride with you. Here you will learn tips on what you can do to help your family understand your journey. CREATE TIME - While many want to make huge changes in our lives, only few accomplish this. One common excuse is “I cannot find time.” This section includes useful tips that new entrepreneurs have used to create time to launch their venture. RISK - Starting a venture is risky. Here we cover the emotional side of risk and what you can do to keep fear from running rampant. What may surprise you is that entrepreneurs tend to be more overconfident than risk averse. We also cover how to keep your overconfidence from becoming a weakness.
Speaker: Jason Owens
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amazon is the leading e-commerce website in the United States with more than $74.45 billion dollars in 2013 net sales. Amazon has more than 237 million active customer accounts worldwide. In this fast paced class you’ll learn how to register online, choose the account that fits your goals, and list an item on Amazon to maximize your probability. You’ll learn how to ship your items and minimize your expenses. Learn how to make the most money with every sale. Amazon is the fastest ways to start selling online. Sell just a few items and pay no monthly fee with the Individual plan or choose the Professional subscription for unlimited selling.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar will help a business owner or a potential business owner understand the different entities or legal structures of a small business. It will also help them know which structure might be the best for their business and the disadvantages and advantages of each. Some of the topics to be discussed will be: 1. What are the different entities/structures of a small business? a. Sole Proprietor b. Partnership c. Corporation (C and S) d. Limited Liability Company (LLC/LLP) 2. What are the advantages/disadvantages of each type of structure? 3. How do I determine which structure will be best for my business? 4. How do I set up the structure I want my business to have? 5. What liabilities do I have with each structure? 6. What are the legal issues associated with each structure? 7. Where do I begin?
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Turn Your Passion Into A Business on Etsy!!!!! Etsy is a rapidly growing online marketplace for selling handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies. With more than 30 million members, there’s no better place to launch your own creative small business. In fact, sellers took home over 860 million in sales in 2012 alone. Attend this class to learn how to sell your art work, jewelry, crafts, and vintage items in this easy fast paced class!!!! See just how easy it is to Grow Your Brand with a wealth of new customers and promotional tools. Learn how to register and start selling on Etsy. Share the story of your craft in your profile, item photos, and shop banner. Escape the 9-5 grind and focus on your passion. You will be guided through planning the basics of your small business strategy and given an in-depth look at Etsy’s tools to help you succeed online.
Speaker: Nick Hawks

Business Basics

Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An explanation of Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets are the core of this three hour class. The need for recordkeeping and bookkeeping systems are emphasized. The importance of a Chart of Accounts is explained, as well as the placement on all financial statements. Cash Flow, Business projections, and budgeting are also included to round out the full needs of small business financial reports. Expectations of banks and lending institutions will be discussed.
Speaker: Dan Thomas

Cash Flow Management

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
At the end of the day, your business must recognize a profit! A business that is losing money will soon find itself out of business. Cash Flow problems lead the list of causes for Small Business failure. It can happen to good people as often as to bad people. Regardless of your passion and the excellence of your product, Cash Flow problems can bring an unplanned end to your enterprise. Tim Dannelly, author of Selling The American Dream – How To Enjoy Making A Living As A Sales Professional, believes you can maintain a positive Cash Flow regardless of aggressiveness of competitors or the state of the economy. He will show how to quickly spot positive and negative Cash Flow indicators. And he will share with you the simple ways to guide your business to a profitable and secure future. You’ll learn; ? How to identify positive and negative Cash Flow ? Causes of negative Cash Flow and how to avoid them ? A Sales Process that always leads to positive Cash Flow ? The importance of Self Discipline in day-to-day operations
Speaker: Tim Dannelly
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tim Dannelly, author of Selling The American Dream – How To Enjoy Make A Living As A Sales Professional, believes affluent clients have been waiting for a new day in the US economy. And he believes they want to buy your product or service as soon as possible! He will direct you to the clients that are ready to buy right now. And he will show you where the best leads are! You'll learn a sales process that relaxes your client while assuring the order will be yours for the asking. You’ll learn; ? Where the money is ? Why now is the time to ask for the money ? A solid Sales Process for your product or service ? How to make sure you never run out of qualified leads The best source of cash for your business is not a loan, or small amount of money from a funding company. The best source of cash flow is revenue from daily sales. If you depend upon faithful customers for your income, explore ways to quit wasting time and start having fun selling your products and services! Step away from the recession and weak economy. While others wait, step up and begin the sustained positive cash flow your business needs and you deserve!
Speaker: Tim Dannelly
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P.O. Box 804
Spindale N.C. 28160-0804
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