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

Phone: 336-386-3685
Email: Send

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
336.468.7182 (cell)

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Did you know that LinkedIn has surpassed Facebook as the preferred place for providing small business content? With over 467 million users, you can't afford to ignore this powerful eCommerce tool. In this seminar, you will learn how to create a compelling "Online Presence" that will attract customers to you. We will discuss how to position yourself as an expert and how to increase your visibility on LinkedIn. You will learn the five most important things to do on LinkedIn so that you can be found. -Create a LinkedIn profile that stands out and positions you as an expert. -How to get 500 connections and expand your network. -How to stay in-front of your audience and position yourself as an expert with status updates. -Harnessing LinkedIn groups to grow your visibility and establish your expertise. -Build your personal plan to quickly get results with LinkedIn in only 15 minutes, 2 days a week. LinkedIn can be a tremendously powerful tool to grow your small business and finally get noticed.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Having a social media presence for your business is crucial in customer relationship building and is even more vital for a small business owner. 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: Brittany Russell
Monday, December 04, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
With more organizations chasing scarcer funds, funders are choosing to invest their resources into projects that exhibit higher levels of community collaboration. For non-profits that operate in “survival mode”, it’s often a challenge to view similar community organizations as anything other than a competitor vying for the same pots of funding. It is critical that each organization evaluate their mission in light of their community needs and available resources. Small Business Owners and Executive Directors and Board Members can use this seminar to learn to develop partnerships in preparation for submitting collaborative grant proposals. Facilitator Amanda Pearce will discuss collaborations and partnerships and why nonprofits must establish organizational needs before reaching out to potential partners. Learn how to identify mutually beneficial partnerships versus those that consume resources. Also, we will outline partnership agreements for community or grant writing purposes and you will learn effective methods to develop and maintain strategic partnerships. This three-hour seminar will focus on fundamental concepts of understanding, developing, and maintaining strategic partnerships that will ensure long-term organizational success.
Speaker: Amanda (Mandy) Pearce
Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amazon is the leading e-commerce website in the United States with more than $74.45 billion dollars in 2013 net sales. Amazon has more than 237 million active customer accounts worldwide. In this fast paced class you’ll learn how to register online, choose the account that fits your 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 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

Start-up Assistance

On Demand, available until December 31
Every new venture has to work the complex decision of what legal structure to choose for the business. This course breaks down this decision into its essential characteristics simplifying the decision -making process. An in-depth discussion is presented about the pros and cons of such structures as the sole proprietorship, partnership, "c" or "s" corporation, and the limited liability company (LLC). As part of this course, a legal structure wizard ranks the best structure to choose for your business based on a series of questions that account for risk, complexity, types of ownership, and so forth. Once you have selected the best structure, the course then presents each of the forms that are necessary to file and set up your business from a legal requirements perspective. A final section of the course deals with employees and the legal implications surrounding this important responsibility. Each of the forms needed to successfully hire and manage employees is presented. Topics covered by this course include: What is a legal structure? The different types of legal structures The sole proprietorship The general partnership The "c" corporation The "s" corporation The limited liability company (LLC) Selecting your legal structure The forms that you will need Employee issues and requirements Course Objectives To help you understand the different legal structures that are available when starting a business. To help you understand the advantages and disadvantages between the different legal structures. To help you choose what legal structure is most appropriate for your business. To provide you with the forms that you need for the formation of your selected structure. To inform you about employee issues and provide you with the forms that every employer needs. Course is approximately 2 hours to 2.5 hours in length and provides over 129 animated slides complete with voiceover narration.
Speaker: SmallBizU
On Demand, available until December 31
This course is about the craft of creating a plan for your business. The business plan is the essential document used to raise money for a business and communicate your business vision and strategy to your management team, suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders. This ten-part course walks you through the details and tactics of creating a comprehensive plan while helping you avoid the critical planning mistakes that plague most business plans. As an added bonus, this course comes with Activeplans Business Planning Software which helps you create a plan narrative and financial projections through a simple step-by-step approach--a $40.00 value by itself!
Speaker: SmallBizU
On Demand, available until December 31
This course provides the advice and strategies of the some of the leading entrepreneurs concerning what it really takes to start a new venture. Starting A New Business moves you through the important tasks of building a strong foundation for a business to the more tactical aspects concerning marketing, managing, and money. This course will also show you how to protect your ideas, how to hire employees, how to find out what licenses and regulations may apply, as well as, provide more than 50 resources of free information that are available to you in making your new business a reality. Topics covered by this course include: Defining the mission, vision, and goals Understanding the management trinity Determining feasibility and risk Marketing products and services Managing and operating the business Handling the money and the finances Hiring and managing employees Getting licenses and permits Protecting your ideas Growing by adaptation and experimentation Course Objectives To assist in the development of a mission, vision and set of goals for starting a new venture. To present the necessary tasks you must accomplish and what aspects of risk you need to consider. To understand the management trinity: money, marketing, and management. To present the legal aspects of obtaining licenses and permits and how to hire employees. To show how to protect your business ideas. To demonstrate how successful entrepreneurs grow their businesses by adaptation and experimentation. Course is approximately 3.0 hours to 3.5 hours in length and provides over 192 animated slides complete with voiceover narration.
Speaker: SmallBizU
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