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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, September 12, 2017 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: Jeff Weathers
Thursday, September 14, 2017 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

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Update your knowledge of best online privacy practices and what you need to do for effective reputation management on an ongoing basis. Understand how to have effective content on the web with the right degree of transparency. Become aware of current tools to help you achieve a secure web presence for yourself and your business.
Speaker: Martin Brossman

Business Basics

Tuesday, September 19, 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

Business Accounting and Budget

Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 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: Jeff Weathers
Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. If you’re a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you.
Speaker: Dan Thomas

Tax Planning

Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Dan Thomas
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