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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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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Starting a business without a plan is like rowing across the Atlantic with out a chart: You could wind up anywhere - even on the bottom of the ocean. You need a plan to help you organize your thoughts, communicate your concept, and attract the funding you need to start and grow. This seminar will teach you what to put in your plan and what to leave out. You'll learn the common mistakes to avoid, the best tools to help you create your plan, and strategies for bringing it all together. You'll also walk away with a fill-in-the-blank business plan template to help you get started!
Speaker: Russ Seagle
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, 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. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This is a "soup-to-nuts" course that covers all the important issues you DON'T want to overlook when starting your business. This course covers legal forms of business, naming your business, licenses and permits for new businesses, choosing a location, franchises, purchasing an existing business, types of risk businesses face and insurance issues, various tax issues, challenges of managing a business, family owned business issues, common mistakes new business owners make, and more.
Speaker: Russ Seagle
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 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: What are the different entities/structures of a small business? Sole Proprietor Partnership Corporation (C and S) Limited Liability Company (LLC/LLP) What are the advantages/disadvantages of each type of structure? How do I determine which structure will be best for my business? How do I set up the structure I want my business to have? What liabilities do I have with each structure? What are the legal issues associated with each structure? Where do I begin?
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Small businesses must price products and services so the price is both attractive to customers and profitable for the business. To do this, you need a process for taking the guesswork out of pricing. This seminar will teach you strategies for pricing, how to choose the right pricing model for your business, and how to use your pricing as a marketing tool and as a forecasting tool. A calculator is required for this seminar.
Speaker: Russ Seagle
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn about the options of selecting a franchise for your small business. We will discuss the pro’s and con’s of franchising as well as the research required to make the best business decision.
Speaker: SCORE
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286 ICC Loop Road
P.O. Box 804
Spindale N.C. 28160-0804
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