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

Phone: 828-395-1667
Email: Send

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

Online Request for Counseling



Business Accounting and Budget

Thursday, November 10, 2016 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
QuickBooks is the software of choice for the small business owner. It allows the owner/manager to account quickly and accurately for business dollars. Our QuickBooks expert will give you a complete introduction to the QuickBooks Desktop product including: setting up a company file and chart of accounts, navigating the home page, and using QuickBooks lists and forms to record sales and manage expenses. After you complete this class, you will have a basic understanding of the QuickBooks process and capabilities.
Speaker: Jeffrey Weathers
Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
This class will expand on what you learned in QuickBooks Training (Part 1). Our QuickBooks expert will expand more on the sales process by showing participants how to set up their products and services, manage their accounts receivable and accounts payable, receive payments on invoices and pay bills, reconcile bank & credit card accounts and create financial reports to monitor and analyze their business.
Speaker: Jeffrey Weathers
Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Preparing payroll in any small business can be a daunting task. Whether you have one employee or 20, the federal and state requirements are often the same! However, by using the payroll feature in the QuickBooks desktop product, you can master efficient techniques for setting up employees, creating paychecks, paying taxes, and generating forms and reports quickly and easily. We will start with an introduction to Payroll and Taxes and what it means to “do payroll.” We will also learn how to prepare for the payroll process by finding the information you need on the Internal Revenue Service, NCDOR and Employment Security websites, from the details of complying with withholding requirements for taxes to the process for applying for an employer identification number and other state identification numbers. Then we will review all aspects of how to set up, maintain and process payroll for your employees in QuickBooks.
Speaker: Jeffrey Weathers

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Do-it-yourself communications plan power of a unified voice, Do-it-yourself PR
Speaker: SCORE
Thursday, December 08, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Do0it0yourself coy and layout that sells advertising, brochure, point-of-purchase. Do-it-yourself photography non-technical basis.
Speaker: SCORE


On Demand, available until December 31
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online
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286 ICC Loop Road
P.O. Box 804
Spindale N.C. 28160-0804
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