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South Piedmont CC Small Business Center
OCH Building A
Monroe

Phone: 704-993-2424
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Your small business isn't small to you.                                        

Every day is a challenge for an existing business owner or those wishing to start their own business.   Learn how to write a business plan and secure startup capital through classes.  Gain knowledge of demographics and regulations in your industry.   


The Small Business Center at South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) offers help with finances, marketing or other day-to-day hurdles of running a company.                                                                                             

Starting a small business is a huge job.

Its hard to know where to start. Click here and learn how to write a business plan and secure startup capital. Gain knowledge of demographics and regulations in your industry.

Small Business Center at South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) offer seminars, resources and free counseling that will jump start your startup.

The objective of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners which will lead to job creation and retention. Our Small Business Center is here to assist you by offering one-on-one confidential business counseling plus workshops and seminars on a variety of business topics. We are a community-based provider of education and training, counseling, networking and referrals. All of our services are free! Let our Small Business Center help you develop a plan of action to turn your dreams into a reality!

South Piedmont Community College's Small Business Center, located in Building A at the Old Charlotte Highway Campus, Monroe, NC and the Lockhart Taylor Center, Wadesboro, NC provides many resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses, including: 

 
  • Free, confidential, one-to-one counseling;
  • Free seminars, workshops and programs on critical aspects of starting a new business and managing a small business;
  • Business plan and feasibility study development;
  • Marketing strategies and tactics;
  • Licensing, permit, and tax requirements;
  • Review and analysis of financial performance;
  • Financing options and opportunities for small businesses; and
  • Resources (books, videos, on-line publications and research tools) to help you successfully start and grow your business



For more information contact:

Lisa L. Rolan, Small Business Center Director
lrolan@spcc.edu
704-993-2424



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Events

On Demand, available until April 30
This course is an introduction to financing options for your business. Topics include; determining your financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding and other financial options available to small businesses. The key objectives: • One, determine the financing needs of your business. • Two, identify the various financing options for your business. • Three, explain all the available financing options. • Four, list the pros and cons of each of the financing options. The topics discussed in this course include: • Determining your financing needs • Equity vs. debt financing • Loans • Grants • Venture capital • Angel investors • Savings, retirement, and other investment accounts • Crowd funding • Peer-to-peer lending • Family and friends, and • SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program
Speaker: Lisa L Rolan and guest speaker SBA
Location: Online
On Demand, available until April 30
This course provides an introduction to finding and attracting investors. Topics include determining the need for outside financing, defining what an investor is and where to find them, explaining the investment process and understanding investor expectations. Four key objectives: • Explain why a small business may need outside financing • Identify three types of investors and their investment requirements • List three benefits of securing capital from an investor • List the typical steps in the process of finding investors We will cover five topics. These topics will illustrate how locating and attracting investors can improve your business’ success: • When is outside financing necessary? • What is an investor? • Where can you find investors? • What is the investment process? • What are investor expectations?
Speaker: Lisa L Rolan and guest speaker SBA
Location: Online
On Demand, available until April 30
Accounting is called the "language of business" because it deals with interpreting and communicating information about a company's operations and finances. Accounting is extremely important to any company because the financial information allows entrepreneurs to make informed business decisions. Economic events are measured and described by financial processes. We all work with and use accounting principals, whether we are managing a business, investing money, or just deciding how to spend our paycheck. The course has three key objectives: • Define and describe accounting; • Explain the importance of accounting principles; and, • Provide detailed explanations about different types of accounting scorecards or financial statements.
Speaker: Lisa L Rolan and guest speaker SBA
Location: Online
On Demand, available until April 30
This course is designed to provide a basic overview of marketing. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are interested in reaching a broader customer base. The course is designed to provide a basic overview of marketing. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are interested in reaching a broader customer base. You will find the course easy to follow and the subject matter indexed for quick reference and easy access. This course has four key objectives: 1. Describe what marketing is and why it’s important. 2. Define and describe how to conduct marketing research. 3. Explain how to develop a marketing plan and successful strategies. 4. Provide access to quality marketing resources.
Speaker: Lisa L Rolan and guest speaker SBA
Location: Online
On Demand, available until April 30
Creating a strategic plan involves establishing a strategy your business will follow over a set period of time. It can be specific to one area or generalized for the business as a whole. For example, your plan may address only your marketing strategy. A strategic plan is not a business plan. Business plans are typically for new businesses, particularly those seeking investors. A business plan makes an argument for the viability and need of your business; it does not establish a long-term direction for your business. Strategic planning should establish goals and action plans for growing your business. Learn what Strategic Planning is and why it is a vital part of running your business. This course will explain why strategic planning is important and describe typical steps taken in the process. Get the tools to create successful strategic plans that will propel your business to success.
Speaker: Lisa L Rolan and guest speaker SBA
Location: Online
On Demand, available until April 03
Provide a basic overview of opening and managing a small business checking account and manage it effectively. Not all checking accounts are created equal. Some banks offer higher than average interest rates, while others offer accounts with no interest; some banks charge a monthly fee to keep your money with them, while others offer free checking accounts. Now that you have a checking account, it’s important that you manage it effectively. If you don’t keep on top of the money coming and going from your account, you risk the embarrassment and financial penalties that come from spending money you don’t have. Some tips: *Manage your account is important because you can forgo the possibility of financial embarrassment with overdrafts if not managed *Understand that the balance your bank statement says you have could actually be more than you really have. *Set-up online alerts for when your balance reaches a certain level. *Balance your checkbook monthly
Speaker: Lisa L Rolan and guest speaker SBA
Monday, May 01, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Life is full of surprises -- some better than others. And in your daily life, you probably already prepare for many potentially unpleasant, unexpected events. A job loss, extended disability, or untimely loss of a family member can profoundly impact your family's financial situation, especially as a business owner. We'll outline a proactive strategy to help protect your family's financial resources from life's unexpected turns.
Speaker: Jo Moore
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Monroe, NC 28110

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