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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, June 02, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Come learn more about Governor's new initiative to benefit your company through hiring veterans. Learn how to put this initiative and these veterans to work while boosting your bottom line. An estimated 27,000 active duty military are projected to return to the civilian workforce within the next 12 months In North Carolina alone. Breakfast will served.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
This business planning seminar will cover a number of specifics that must be considered in your journey to starting a business. Come and learn how to assess your business ownership skills; how to assess the feasibility of your business idea; the parts of a business plan; the different types of business formations; the licenses that are required; and the financing options that are available. The goal of this seminar is to give those who attend the information that they need to make better decisions which should also give their business ideas a better chance of success.
Speaker: SBC and SBTDC
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Crowdfunding is one of many new creative ways of getting funding for small businesses. This class demystifies crowdfunding and other new ways to get money for small business today with a lower barrier to entry. You will learn the how to of getting money for your business and what is the right funding to explore. Developed by Social Media and Small Business Marketing expert Martin Brossman and Small Business Funding expert Dan Scalla. You will walk away with a clear understanding the different new top creative funding ideas and which one is right for you.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, June 04, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
When visitors are considering spending money in your town, they go first to their phones and tablets-which draw from online directories to make their decision. Is your business ready to be found? You can get ready with these 3 information- packed hours delivering valuable tips and strategies for making the most of the online directories like Google Local that enable businesses to be found when shoppers are searching from their desktop or mobile devices. Since basic listings are free, directories provide a great opportunity for a small business to look as professional as big competitors, and this class will give you the guidelines for setting up your listings in a way that improves search results and builds a stronger Web presence. Many businesses are surprised to see they are already listed in a number of free directories with a small amount of information, sometimes with mistakes. We will show you how to claim, correct and expand your listings before someone else does. Discussion will also include how to target desired customers with low-cost online ads.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Come learn more about Governor's new initiative to benefit your company through hiring veterans. Learn how to put this initiative and these veterans to work while boosting your bottom line. An estimated 27,000 active duty military are projected to return to the civilian workforce within the next 12 months In North Carolina alone. Breakfast will served.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Come learn more about Governor's new initiative to benefit your company through hiring veterans. Learn how to put this initiative and these veterans to work while boosting your bottom line. An estimated 27,000 active duty military are projected to return to the civilian workforce within the next 12 months In North Carolina alone. Breakfast will served.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 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 small 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 small business strategy and given an in-depth look at Etsy’s tools to help you succeed online.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
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Location

447 College Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
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