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Surry Community College Small Business Center
Richards Building (H-244)
Dobson, North Carolina

Phone: 336-386-3685
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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!

Dale Badgett
Small Business Center
badgettd@surry.edu
336.386.3685
336.468.7182 (cell)

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Events

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Market research isn’t just for startups; it’s an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Non-Profit organizations must continually look for new funding sources and ways to support their services and mission. Fundraising is a needed skill for many non-profits as support from traditional sources shrinks and organizations search for new sources of support. This seminar reviews the primary elements of fundraising, compares the types of fundraising to an organization’s needs, and provides best practices. Participants evaluate their organization’s needs and determine where fundraising events can supplement their operations and which fundraising events they should focus on. We will also review types of fundraising and how to incorporate these events into a fundraising plan.
Speaker: Amanda Pearce
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gain a workable knowledge of how to use business reports to budget and to project cash flow needs. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions and how these decisions affect your business operations. If you’re a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of cash flow and budgeting this seminar is designed for you.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Non-Profit Executives and Board Members need to understand the many potential roles board members can play in development/fundraising and how to identify strength/weaknesses of current and potential board members around fundraising and development priorities. We will also discuss strategies to generate actions from your board members that will support and enhance fundraising and program efforts. Identifying key steps to moving your board forward and creating a culture of support for development efforts are critical to success and growth in your community improvement initiatives. As most non-profit directors are faced with the challenge of engaging board members to assist with development efforts, they are often met with resistance and frustration. As with all fundraising, engaging in conversations and learning about those you work with is key. Learn some of the pitfalls to avoid in beginning to ask for your board’s help in development as well as the steps you can take to have more participation from your board members in all aspects of development work. Join us for this 3 hour workshop to discuss board relations, board education, and how to begin to build the foundations for a working board that will help your non-profit grow for good.
Speaker: Amanda Pearce
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your small 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: Ruben Gonzales
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Having a social media presence for your business is crucial in customer relationship building. It allows your potential and current customers to learn your brand and make a personal connection before their purchase. Learn about various strategies that can be used to increase your social media presence. Learn how to make engaging images, complete a competitor analysis, scheduling posts, and cross posting on multiple platforms
Speaker: Amanda Pearce
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
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Location

630 South Main Street
Dobson, NC 27017
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