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Stanly Community College Small Business Center
Albemarle, NC

Phone: 704.991.0182
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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!

Stanly Community Community College's (SCC) Small Business Center, located in the Economic Development Division in downtown Albemarle, provides many resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in Stanly County, 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

- Resources (books, videos, on-line publications and research tools) to help you successfully start and grow your business

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Contact: Alicia Herrin
704.991.0182 (office)

Location: 143 North 2nd Street, Albemarle, NC 28001

Mailing Address: 141 College Drive, Albemarle, NC 28001

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On Demand, available until June 30 is the world’s most popular e-commerce site for all things handmade and vintage. Our class will help establish your own successful shop. Etsy is a great way for crafters and vintage pickers to sell goods online without having to navigate the complexities of building their own e-commerce site. You’ll learn how to navigate the Etsy interface and set up your shop. Learn insights on important Etsy policies and protocol so you don’t unwittingly violate Etsy’s rules.
Speaker: Alicia Herrin - Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurial Development at Stanly Community College
Location: Online
On Demand, available until June 30
Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
Speaker: Alicia Herrin - Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurial Development at Stanly Community College
Location: Online
On Demand, available until June 30
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: Alicia Herrin - Director of Small Business & Entrepreneurial Development at Stanly Community College
Location: Online
On Demand, available until June 30
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: Alicia Herrin - Director of Small Business & Entrepreneurial Development at Stanly Community College
Location: Online
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Understand the credit reporting system, your credit worthiness, your business needs, just to name a few. Understand your FICO score. Get answers to some of these questions: • What is your track record? • How much is too much? • What is your credit history and how is it established? • What is a healthy mix? • Consumer Reporting • How to increase your personal credit score?
Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WordPress started as a blogging system but has evolved to be a full content management system and so much more. With thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes WordPress is limited only by your imagination. Join us for the following WordPress seminars that are sure to benefit current and prospective small business owners: WordPress – Basic, March 2nd, 9:00am-12:00pm WordPress – Intermediate, March 9th, 9:00am-12:00pm WordPress – Advanced, March 16th, 9:00am-12:00pm All sessions will be held at the Small Business Center, 143 North Second Street, Albemarle, NC 28001.
Speaker: Teresa Broadway - Owner of New Horizon's Internet Marketing
Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amazon is the leading e-commerce website in the United States with more than $107 billion dollars in 2015 net sales. Amazon has more than 304 million active customer accounts worldwide. In this fast paced class you’ll learn how to register online, choose the account that fits your business 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 free to list items and the fastest ways to start selling online. Sell just a few items and pay no monthly fee with the Individual plan or choose the Small Business subscription for unlimited selling.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
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