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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

Thursday, September 15, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Thursday, September 29, 2016 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, October 04, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Did you know that LinkedIn has surpassed Facebook as the preferred place for providing small business content? With over 380 million users you can’t afford to ignore this powerful eCommerce tool. In this seminar, you will learn how to create a compelling “Online Presence” that will attract customers to you. You will lean the five most important things to do on LinkedIn so that you can be found. We will discuss how to position yourself as an expert and how to increase your visibility on LinkedIn. • Create a LinkedIn profile that stands out and positions you as an expert. • How to get 500 connections and expand your network. • How to stay in-front of your audience and position yourself as an expert with status updates and LinkedIn publishing. • Harnessing LinkedIn groups to grow your visibility and establish your expertise. • Build your personal plan to quickly get result with LinkedIn in only 15 minutes, 2 days a week. • LinkedIn can be a tremendously powerful tool to grow your small business and finally get noticed.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A great seminar for the “beginner” or the entrepreneur wanting to make eBay a primary business tool. During this fast-paced session, learn best practices to use when setting up an account, listing items for sale, taking payments, and shipping. Topics will include eBay appraisals and research, registering on eBay and starting a seller’s account, choosing formats & categories, writing descriptions that sell, submitting photos, feedback, starting up and using a PayPal account, shipping tips and pricing philosophies that will make you an eBay Top Rated Seller!!
Speaker: Nick Hawks

Business Basics

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pricing your goods or services properly is one of the most important things you can do for your business. Your price must be both attractive to customers and profitable for you. Your price also communicates your value to the market. This seminar will show you a method for pricing that considers your cost structure and profit targets, as well as competitive pressures and market preferences. You'll walk away with a formula for pricing that you can use to become more profitable the very next day.
Speaker: Russ Seagle


Thursday, October 13, 2016 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

Business Accounting and Budget

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 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
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286 ICC Loop Road
P.O. Box 804
Spindale N.C. 28160-0804
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