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Sylva

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Entrepreneurs, both currently in business and contemplating starting a business, have found the Small Business Center of great value. No-fee services provided include counseling and assistance with business plans, marketing, production and accounting controls, and a variety of other business issues. Additionally, the Small Business Center regularly schedules FREE business seminars and maintains a host of reference materials for use by business owners. Seminars are offered on a scheduled and customizes basis in the three county area.

To meet with a business counselor, complete an Online Request for Counseling at the link below
, and a counselor will contact you to set an appointment. 

For additional information, email or call Tiffany Henry at t_henry@southwesterncc.edu or 828-339-4211.

Online Request for Counseling

Events

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Do you know how your web advertising and social media is working? If you don't have information about who,how and why people are coming to your website then you are not tracking how your ads and social media activity is actually doing. Every business owner should know the basics of Google analytics from their website even if they don't manage their own ads and social media. Google Analytics is free and shows how and why people found your website. This is key for attracting more of the right customers.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Everyone wants to be at the top of Google Search results for prospective customers. Unfortunately, getting there takes some time and work. You do not just arrive. The good news is with some wise investment;you can be found by your prospective customers on Google in one day using a paid online advertising product called Google Adwords. This course will show how to set up successful, efficient, targeted campaigns on Google Adwords. The course will teach the basics of setting up successful campaigns. We will cover the basics of both Google Adwords Express and Google Pay Per Click. You will leave class knowing how to set up your own Google pay per click advertising for your business in a simple way that you can manage in-house within your business.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Are you a female small business owner or have an idea for a new business? If so then this luncheon is the perfect opportunity to step away from the office and network with fellow women entrepreneurs! Leave inspired and renewed with the comfort of knowing what resources are available to you and your business. Lunch will be provided. Event is co-sponsored by The Western Women’s Business Center at The Support Center.
Speaker: Sharon Oxendine
Thursday, September 08, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
What every business owner needs to know about how to use multimedia including Pictures,Video and Audio to build your brand,stay top of mind for customers and increase your business revenue. Learn how to capture compelling images and stories that attract your next customer to buy and get them to share with their friends to expand your customer base. Social Media Marketing is driven by quality content delivered with words,pictures,video and audio. Learn easy video creation and editing techniques that any business owner can do including how to upload them to YouTube. During this session you will also learn how and why you should create a YouTube channel to market your business. Understand the effective use of tags,how to get ideas for videos,and how to use your videos as content on your website,blog and all social media accounts.
Monday, September 12, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Are you a female small business owner or have an idea for a new business? If so then this luncheon is the perfect opportunity to step away from the office and network with fellow women entrepreneurs! Leave inspired and renewed with the comfort of knowing what resources are available to you and your business. Lunch will be provided. Event is co-sponsored by The Western Women’s Business Center at The Support Center.
Monday, September 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 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.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Do you struggle to collect, analyze and organize program/project data in a way that can be used for effective outreach? Learn to move beyond basic grant/donor reports and create interest and prospective donors through effective impact reporting.Learning Objectives from the Livestream: • Understanding difference between service, engagement and impact. • Simple tracking methods. • Samples from non-profit sector of impact reports. • Tips for creating your own tracking models. • Tools that can be personalized for your organizational use. • Effective distribution for sharing impact.
Speaker: A. Pearce
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447 College Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
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