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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
828-395-1667
fbishop@isothermal.edu

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Events


 

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This is a seminar for folks who are starting their own business or thinking about starting their own business. You will learn how to complete a Product and Service Worksheet, develop competitive intelligence, do a SWOT analysis, and develop a strategic plan. You will learn how to complete a Pre-business Checklist. Finally, you will learn the components of most business plans.
Speaker: Bruce Hunt
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.
Speaker: Russ Seagle
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 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
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
A great seminar for the “dabbler” 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
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 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
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 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
Tuesday, October 27, 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
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Location

286 ICC Loop Road
P.O. Box 804
Spindale N.C. 28160-0804
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