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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, February 11, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Market research isn’t just for startups; it’s an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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 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 business strategy and given an in-depth look at Etsy’s tools to help you succeed online.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This session is for individuals having knowledge/experience of selling on eBay who want to establish a continual retail presence on eBay. Topics in this fast-paced session will include: Starting and growing an eBay business, Finding merchandise to sell, Creating professional listings, Marketing your business on eBay, Managing active listings, Resolving issues & feedback, and protecting your eBay business. Plus learn those “tricks of the trade” that you have to know to become an eBay PowerSeller!
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Thursday, March 03, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Understand the difference between the value and profitability of every customer. Learn which is more important and profitable to your business’s future – current or new customers. Where are the best places to direct your marketing efforts; the answer isn’t as obvious as you may think.
Speaker: Don Hofmann
Tuesday, March 08, 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: Russ Seagle
Thursday, March 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
1. What is a Home Based business? 2. Advantages and Disadvantages of a Home Based Business 3. Business Structures 4. Legal Issues of a Home Based Business A. Licenses B. Other Legal Issues 5. Home Atmosphere A. Family Members B. Atmosphere change C. Home Office Space and How to Set It Up 6. Having Employees 7. Record Keeping 8. Tax Issues 9. Equipment Needs 10. Money (Business vs. Personal) 11. Promoting Your Home Bases Business 12. Selling Your Products or Service
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Thursday, April 07, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The old adage of “Plan your work and work your plan,” is just as good today as it was back then. Learn how to make your business plan fit your company’s needs.
Speaker: Bruce Hunt
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286 ICC Loop Road
P.O. Box 804
Spindale N.C. 28160-0804
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