Small Business Center

Your Partner for Business Success

Fall 2016 Schedule

Spring 2017 Schedule

Services Provided by the Small Business Center

  • Business Counseling - for business counseling, complete the SBC Counseling Application.
  • Seminars and Workshops related to small business topics.
  • Small Business Resource Center includes books and other reference materials.
  • No cost one-on-one confidential counseling for potential and current business owners.
  • Who can use the Small Business Center?
    Anyone interested in starting a business or currently operating a small business.
    You do NOT have to be enrolled at Wilson Community College to use the services.
  • The Wilson Community College Small Business Center is part of the North Carolina Community College System Small Business Center Network.
  • Call (252) 246-1209 or (252) 246-1232 to early register for seminars or classes
  • 902 Herring Avenue, A103a and A103c.
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NC COmmunity CollegesMail to:
Small Business Center
Wilson Community College
P.O. Box 4305
Wilson, NC 27893-0305

Fax to:
(252) 237-1668
Attention: Small Business Center

For more information contact:

Melissa Evans
SBC Director
(252) 246-1232
msevans@wilsoncc.edu

Lisa Morgan
SBC Secretary
(252) 246-1209
lmorgan@wilsoncc.edu

 

Free Small Business Seminars

For more information on these courses, call the Small Business Center at: (252) 246-1209 or (252) 246-1232 or visit us on the web at www.wilsoncc.edu, drop down on “Academic Programs”, click on Continuing Education and then Small Business Center. Preregistration is required by deadlines specified for each seminar.

SBCNonprofit Academy Certificate

Upon completion of one counseling session with the college’s SBC Director and eight (8) of the following seminars within three (3) consecutive semesters, a Nonprofit Academy Certificate will be issued.
Pick up your tracking form in one of the seminars.

How to Start a Nonprofit Business
How to Write a Small Business Plan
How to do the 501(c) 3 Thing
QuickBooks Hands-on Training for the Small Business Owner
Basics of Bookkeeping or Record Keeping and Taxes
NC Taxes for Your Small Business
Federal Taxes for Your Small Business
Fundraising for Your Nonprofit
Grant Writing for Nonprofits

Entrepreneur Academy Certificate

Are you in a big hurry to start your business or make your existing business more profitable? Often business owners need more business skills. The Entrepreneur Academy will give you a good basic foundation for starting or operating a small business. To qualify for our Small Business Center Entrepreneur Academy Certificate, you must attend 8 events from those listed below along with one business counseling session with the Wilson Community College Small Business Center Director within three (3) consecutive semesters. Pick up your tracking form in one of the seminars.
                    

How to Start a Small Business
How to Write a Small Business Plan
Marketing Seminar
Financing Seminar
Basics of Bookkeeping or Record Keeping and Taxes
NC Taxes for Your Small Business
Federal Taxes for Your Small Business
Small Business Labor and Wage Issues
Quickbooks Hands on Training for the Small Business Owner

Fall 2016 Schedule

QuickBooks Online – Is it Right for Your Small Business?

This class covers the pros and cons of cloud-based QuickBooks Online accounting software for small business owners. Try it out with a 30 day risk free trial offer, and learn how to save 50% off the cost of the subscription.  Understand how to use bills, expenses, invoices, and sales receipts in QuickBooks Online. See the accounting process from beginning to end. Learn how to navigate, access reports, and how to expand the capabilities with integrated applications.

Wednesday  •  October 12  •  12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  •  Room  G-232
Instructor: Jen Deal  •  Event Number: 580-2016-61  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. Oct. 12

Keep Your Bookkeeper from Robbing You Blind in Your Small Business

Are you afraid to leave the office or to turn over your small business books to a bookkeeper?  Learn how you can quickly and easily keep an eye on what your bookkeeper is doing and the danger signs of fraud or theft.  Develop confidence to delegate more tasks and focus more on growing your business.

Thursday  •  October 13  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room  E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal  •  Event Number: 580-2016-62  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. Oct. 13

Easy Steps to eBay for Small Business Owners

Learn how to set up and research your listings on eBay to generate sales online for your small business.  This seminar includes Pay Pal instruction and eBay videos. 

Tuesday  •  October 18  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-240
Instructor:  Martin Brossman  •  Event Number: 580-2016-63  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. Oct. 18

Business Taxes - Federal Taxes for Your Small Business

As a business owner, are you confused about federal taxes?  Employer vs Employee taxes (940 & 941), Income taxes, Estimated taxes, Self-Employment taxes, along with their due dates can be hard to keep up with.  In this seminar, you will find out about federal tax reporting, employer and employee taxes, and resources available through the IRS.

Thursday  •  October 20  •  6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Ernest Wood  •  Event Number: 580-2016-64  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. Oct. 20

QuickBooks Hands-On Training for the Small Business Owner Part 1

Business owners can learn the basics of using QuickBooks for their business in this hands on workshop conducted in a computer lab setting.  Tracking your income and expenses is essential if you as the business owner want to keep tabs on your business performance, and make time sensitive decisions about your business operations.  A bookkeeping system saves time and allows you to print financial statements with just a few clicks as well as gather all your tax information in one place for year-end tax return preparation.  Class space limited to 26.  Please sign up early to attend this 6 hour Saturday seminar. There will be a 1 hour break for lunch on your own.  Attendees must exit the building during the lunch break.

Saturday  •  October 22  •  9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  •  Room G-113
Instructor: Jess Mclamb  • Event Number: 580-2016-65   •  Register by 3:00 p.m. Oct. 21

Strategies to Extend the Sale Beyond the Holidays for Small Business Owners

Build strong relationships, create store loyalty, and provide reasons for your holiday/seasonal customers to be your small business’s year-round customers.  If you are serious about growing your business, this is a seminar that you should make time to attend.

Tuesday  •  October 25  •  6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  •  Room  E-101
Instructor: NC Retail Merchants Association
Event Number: 580-2016-66  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. Oct. 25

How to Find Your Customers

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, and find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.

Tuesday  •  November 1  •  6:00 - 8:30 p.m.  •  Room  E-101
Instructor:  Annette Dunlap  •  Event Number: 580-2016-67  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. Nov. 1

Financing Your Small Business

How do you attract financing for your start-up or existing small business? What do bankers and investors look for when considering your loan request? Obtaining a loan is one of the most important sales presentations you will ever make. Developing a successful loan package will increase your chances of getting your business up and operating. 

Thursday  •  November 3  •  6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  E-101
Instructor: Jeff Hamilton  •  Event Number: 580-2016-68  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. Nov. 3

Introduction to Twitter for Small Business Owners

Stay in touch with your business customers using Twitter, distributing valued information to them, facilitate tweet-ups, tweet-chats, and introductions.  Set up your account and come gain experience in how to fully use Twitter to establish subject matter expertise, find business partners, market upcoming event, stay up-to-date on your industry, and how to participate in Tweet-Chat, and learn why you should as a small business owner.

Thursday  •  November 10  •  6:00 - 7:15 p.m.  •  Room  E-101
Instructor: NC Retail Merchants Association
Event Number: 580-2016-69  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. Nov. 10

Payroll in a Nutshell Parts 1 & 2 – Register Your Business with Authorities & Complete New Hire Paperwork

As a small business owner, see how to obtain a federal employer identification number, register to submit your federal tax payments on the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) and register to collect and remit withholding tax with the state of North Carolina. Federal, state and employment eligibility forms (I-9, W-4, NC-4) can be confusing for the employee and employer.  Learn what forms you need to provide the employee at hiring or re-hiring and how to handle them. 

Tuesday  •  November 15  •  12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal   •  Event Number: 580-2016-70  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. Nov. 15

Payroll in a Nutshell Part 3 – Calculate Your Small Business Employee’s Take Home Pay

Payroll isn’t rocket science. Small business owners will learn how to use withholding tables, where to find tax rates, and how to apply both so that you can calculate an employee’s take-home pay.  Bring a calculator!

Wednesday  •  November 16  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room  E--101
Instructor: Jen Deal   •  Event Number: 580-2016-71  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. Nov. 16

QuickBooks Hands-On Training for the Small Business Owner – Part 2

Business Owners will learn the basics of using Quick Books payroll, progress billing, and sales tax for their small business in this hands-on workshop conducted in a computer lab setting.  Payroll processing in Quick books depends on accurate entry of withholding forms submitted by employees and requires an understanding of employer taxes.  Quick Books also captures sales tax data for reporting based upon how the business owner charges the tax and allows for printing back up reports that make the process less cumbersome than manual efforts. This class is recommended for those who have had the level one class. Class space is limited.  Please sign up early to attend this 4 hour Saturday seminar.

Saturday  •  November 19  •  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room G-113
Instructor: Jess McLamb   •  Event Number: 580-2016-72  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. Nov. 18

Business Insurance Basics for the Small Business Owner

As an existing or potential business owner, learn about some of the types of insurance that may be needed to protect your small business adequately for the unexpected.  Discussion will include the purpose of General Liability, Umbrella Policies, Business Auto, Bonding, Worker’s Compensation, Business Interruption Coverage, Inland Marine, Loss of Rents, and Property and Casualty coverage’s.  Q & A will be part of the event.

Tuesday  •  December 6  •  6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Betty Strickland  • Event Number: 580-2016-73   •  Register by 3:00 p.m. Dec. 6

Online Tools and Apps for Your Small Business

In this seminar, we will explore mostly “freemium” apps and online tools that enable small business owners and startups to avoid costs in establishing efficiencies for their business in areas like HR, invoicing, CRM, time management, finance management, communication, marketing, and document management.  Bring your tablet, smartphone, or laptop – this hands on seminar will get you on the computer and show you WHY these tools can help you!

Thursday  •  December 8  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Todd Lyden  • Event Number: 580-2016-74   •  Register by 3:00 p.m. Dec. 8

Payroll in a Nutshell Part 4 – Pay Employer Taxes & Employee Withheld Taxes for Your Small Business

As a small business owner, learn how and when to send in the payroll taxes you collected to both the IRS and the State of North Carolina.

Tuesday  •  December 13  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal   •  Event Number: 580-2016-75  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. Dec. 13

Payroll in a Nutshell Part 5 – File Federal & State Payroll Tax Returns for Small Business Owners

Perplexed by which forms apply to your small business?  Learn what forms to use and when they should be filed.  Learn the purpose of the forms, how to fill them out, and how to send them to the right place.

Thursday  •  December 15  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal   •  Event Number: 580-2016-76  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. Dec. 15

HP Life On-Line Entrepreneurship Training

Existing & Potential Small Business Owners enroll in this “free” self-paced online business learning program available now on demand, 24/7.  Featuring 22 modules on key business growth topics such as Cash Flow, Effective Business Websites, Basics of Finance, Hiring Staff, Inventory Management, Marketing, Sales Forecasting, Selling on Line, Social Media Marketing, and more.  This study is designed to supplement your counseling with the SBC to increase your skill sets.  Available through a partnership between the NC Small Business Center Network (SBCN) and the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), it provides you with a dated Certificate of Completion for each module – a great addition to your business plan or portfolio!  Having an opportunity to see other successful business models can be an invaluable experience.  Access: http://www.wilsoncc.edu/coned/sbc.cfm and click on view seminars, scroll to the bottom, and click register.
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Spring 2017 Schedule

How to Start a Business

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.

Tuesday  •  January 10  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-242
Instructor: Melissa Evans  •  Event Number: 580-2017-1  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. January 10


Video Marketing Made Easy for Your Small Business

Learn how to create content and share your business story via video!  Find the right combination using Periscope, YouTube, Animoto and other apps to showcase your business.  Attendees should have an iPhone or Android phone to get the most value out of this seminar.

Thursday  •  January 12  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-232
Instructor:  Chisa Pennix  •  Event Number: 580-2017-2  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. January 12


Labor Issues for the Small Business Owner

Do you know the difference between hourly, salary, exempt, or non-exempt employees?  Are you familiar with the minimum wage and age for this state and what postings are required?  Are your vacation policies and other benefit programs documented?  If you are thinking of starting a business or already own a small business, this seminar is for you.

Tuesday  •  January 17  •  6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  •  Room  G-242
Instructor:  NCDOL  •  Event Number: 580-2017-3  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. January 17

Nonprofit Academy Certificate
The SBC offers a professionally prepared Nonprofit Academy Certificate for seminar attendees completing 8 specified seminars and one counseling session within 3 consecutive semesters.  Please contact the SBC at 252-246-1209, speak with the SBC Director, or pick up a blue tracking form during a seminar.

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Succession Planning for Small Business Owners

What needs to be considered when planning your exit strategy from your business?   How should you pass ownership?  Will you sell to an outsider, a key employee, bequeath ownership to your children, or just close the door?  What happens if you die or become incapacitated unexpectedly? 

Thursday  •  January 19  •  12:00-1:30 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Kelly Chase  •  Event Number: 580-2017-4
Register by 9:00 a.m. January 19


Legal Issues for Your Small Business - Contracts & Trademarks

Have legal questions regarding using contracts in your business with customers, employees, and outside parties?  Come attend this seminar to learn more about operating agreements, employee contracts, non-compete agreements, contracts with third parties, and oral contracts.  As a business owner, do you have property that you need to protect with a trademark?  Come to this seminar, led by an attorney, and ask questions to make an informed decision. 

Thursday  •  January 19  •  5:30-7:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Geneva Yourse  •  Event Number: 580-2017-5
Register by 2:00 p.m. January 19

Accounting Options for Small Business Owners

Should you consider outsourcing your payroll or bookkeeping functions to gain efficiencies in your small business?  If so, what are the pros and cons of using a CPA, Bookkeeping Service, or Payroll Service?  Find these answers in the first part of this informative seminar. While the main benefit for an LLC electing to be treated as an S Corporation is saving taxes, there may be hidden pitfalls for your small business.  In the second half of this seminar you’ll hear the pros and cons to be able to make an informed decision.  Learn about making the tax election after the initial 75 days of your business operations and the period of time you are committed to your decision. 

Thursday  •  January 19  •  7:00-9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Rebekah Barr & Jen Deal  •  Event Number: 580-2017-6
Register by 3:00 p.m. January 19

How to Write a Business Plan

A business plan can be the most important tool for a small business owner. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. Learn the important components of a business plan and 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.

Tuesday  •  January 24  •  6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-242
Instructor: Melissa Evans  •  Event Number: 580-2017-7  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. January 24

How to Start a Business (Presented in Spanish) Cómo Iniciar Un Negocio

Comprender los fundamentos de la creación de una empresa en este seminario que te lleva desde la idea a la oportunidad. Aprender estrategias clave para la puesta en marcha, financiación y comercialización, así como información importante sobre cuestiones legales, licencias, zonificación, operaciones, y mucho más. Darse cuenta de la importancia de una auto-evaluación y la forma de evaluar la viabilidad de su idea de negocio.  Descubre los recursos disponibles para ayudarle a iniciar y operar su negocio con éxito.

el martes  •  26 del enero  •  6:00 - 9:00 de la tarde  •  la aula  G-242
La instructura: Lennis Sample  •  Número del evento: 580-2017-8
Matricularse no más tarde de las 3 de la tarde en el 26 del enero

How to Raise Your Credit Score Over 740 Points

For Potential and Existing Small Business Owners
An excellent credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher.  Should you have one credit card or four?  Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance?  Should you carry a credit card even though you have not used it in years?  The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score.  Having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan to start or expand your business.  We will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report, and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score.  Learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score simply by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments, and carry balances.  Information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces is included.  Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days.  Make plans to attend now! 

Tuesday  •  January 31  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Bob Moore  •  Event Number: 580-2017-9  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. January 31

Your Small Business Taxes - Federal

As a business owner, are you confused about federal taxes?  Employer vs Employee taxes (940 & 941), Income taxes, Estimated taxes, Self-Employment taxes, along with their due dates can be hard to keep up with.  Find out about federal tax reporting, employer and employee taxes, and resources available through the IRS.

Thursday  •  February 2  •  6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Ernest Wood  •  Event Number: 580-2017-10  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. February 2

How Drones Can Be Used to Change Your Small Business’s Bottom Line

By 2020, it is estimated that there will be 7 million drones in the sky.  Could there be a business application for your business? Does your existing or planned small business’s success depends in part on routine inspections perhaps with a bird’s eye view?  Would an ability to have aerial surveillance for real estate, crop inspection, industrial inspections, or for security purposes be important to your business?  Could you use a new edge for a photography or videography business, insurance claims adjuster business, or would you be interested in building, selling, renting, or repairing drones?  Learn about UAV basics and business applications for unmanned aerial drones and how they can affect your business’s bottom-line. A flight simulator will be used in the seminar.   Attendees may also enroll in Room B-105 for a WCC Continuing Education class to prepare for a Commercial Drone Pilot License (FAA Part 107).

Tuesday  •  February 7  •  6:00 - 8:15 p.m.  •  Room: DelMastro Auditorium
Instructor: Global Skyvizion  •  Event Number: 580-2017-11  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. February 7

Allowable Business Deductions for Small Business Owners

Small Business Owners will gain an understanding of common business expenses, comprehend the general deductibility rules, and learn how to track those that require documentation.  Home office use, capital assets vs expensed items, leasehold improvements, depreciation, insurance, travel and entertainment costs, business start-up costs, bad debts, intangibles such as patents or trademarks, legal fees, political contributions, and taxes will all be discussed.

Monday  •  February 13  •  6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Rebekah Barr   •  Event Number: 580-2017-12  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. February 13

Is Your Business Google-ized

Marketing is much more than just having a website. Attendees will learn the signs Google looks for in your website to ensure your business can be found in searches.  Learn how to optimize for Google and for potential clients. The importance of mobile marketing will be discussed.  Understand tips webmasters use to be successful on Google. The instructors for this seminar are a Google Photographer and Google Partners. This seminar is for existing small businesses or those ready to launch. 

Thursday  •  February 16  •  5:30-8:10 p.m.  •  Room  E-101
Instructor: Inbound Train, Inc.  •  Event Number: 580-2017-13  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. February 16

Get Your Small Business Set Up On Google Maps

This seminar will provide a hands-on walk through of setting up the business’s ‘Google My Business’ page and touch on subjects such as: Verification, Profile Set Ups, Insights, and Reviews.  Attendees will need to bring their laptops or tablets to create and verify their business listing on Google. Each attendee must register separately with their own email address. (It is highly recommended that business owners attend, ‘Is Your Small Business Google-ized?’).  The seminar is for existing small business owners that would like to increase their on-line marketing.   

Thursday  •  February 16  •  8:20 - 9:30 p.m.  •  Room  E-101
Instructor: Inbound Train, Inc.  •  Event Number: 580-2017-14
Register by 3:00 p.m. February 16

Marketing Your Business

Media Presence, Branding, Websites, Marketing Plan and More
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. 

Tuesday  •  February 21  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-242 
Instructors: Elisabeth Farnsworth & Lori Oxendine  •  Event Number: 580-2017-15
Register by 3:00 p.m. February 21

How to Start a Nonprofit Business

There is a tremendous interest coming from our communities of wanting to know how to form a nonprofit business.  Careful consideration should be given to this quest, and much attention needs to be given to the proper steps. Attendees will learn the basics of what a nonprofit is, issues to consider before starting a nonprofit, key steps in forming a non-profit, which forms and documents need to be filed, and more.  If you are considering starting a nonprofit business, don’t miss this very informative seminar. 

Thursday  •  February 23  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-242
Instructor: Sam Gore   •  Event Number: 580-2017-16  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. February 23

How to Write a Business Plan  (Presented in Spanish) Cómo Elaborar Un Plan de Negocios

Un plan de negocios puede ser la herramienta más importante que tiene un pequeño empresario. Aprender a convertir sus ideas en un plan sólido para la financiación y el éxito a largo plazo. Este seminario le enseña los componentes importantes de un plan de negocio y ayuda a sentar las bases de un plan ganador. Averiguar cómo el marketing, operaciones, finanzas y están relacionados entre ellas. Descubre cómo un plan de negocios es utilizado por los prestamistas potenciales , que hacer y no hacer cuando escribir un plan, y los pasos para hacer el proceso más fácil. Este seminario está dirigido a nuevos y establecidos los propietarios de negocios.

el jueves  •  23 del febrero  •  6:00 - 9:00 de la tarde  •  la aula G-240
La instructura: Lennis Sample  •  Número del evento: 580-2017-17
Matricularse no más tarde de las 3 de la tarde en el 23 del febrero

Your Small Business Taxes State, Plus Crowdfunding

As a potential business owner, get your business off on the right foot by complying with North Carolina tax laws from the beginning.  Learn about topics ranging from the proper registration of your business to how to handle complicated withholding challenges to how to pay the right amount of property taxes.  This seminar will give you all the information you need on your state tax obligations, freeing up your time to focus on growing the business.  Learn about the NC secretary of State crowdfunding rules.   

Tuesday  •  February 28  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: NC Department of Revenue   •  Event Number: 580-2017-18
Register by 3:00 p.m. February 28

How to Write Bylaws for Your Nonprofit

Bylaws are essential to your operation as a Nonprofit. Come learn what should be included in your bylaws to be properly set up and avoid common pitfalls that could undermine your business longevity. Roles and duties of directors and officers, distribution of grant monies, meeting procedures, electing directors, and more will be covered.

Thursday  •  March 2   •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Sam Gore   •  Event Number: 580-2017-19  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. March 2

Manual Bookkeeping for Small Business Owners

If you have a very small business and lack confidence in your computer skills, good ol’ pen and paper might be the right choice for you.  In this course, you’ll learn how to set up a simple, manual bookkeeping system tailored to your small business.

Tuesday  •  March 7  •  12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal   •  Event Number: 580-2017-20  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. March 7

How to Start a Food Service Business Restaurant, Catering, or Food Truck

If your desire is to start a restaurant, catering, or food truck business, come learn the start-up requirements.  Compare these food businesses in terms of start-up costs, marketing, demand, budgeting, and financial needs.

Tuesday  •  March 7  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Ruben Gonzales  •  Event Number: 580-2017-36  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. March 7

Payroll in a Nutshell Parts 1 & 2
Register Your Business with Authorities and Complete New Hire Paperwork

As a small business owner, see how to obtain a federal employer identification number, register to submit your federal tax payments on the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) and register to collect and remit withholding tax with the state of North Carolina. Federal, state and employment eligibility forms (I-9, W-4, NC-4) can be confusing for the employee and employer.  Learn what forms you need to provide the employee at hiring or re-hiring and how to handle them. 

Thursday  •  March 9  •  12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal   •  Event Number: 580-2017-21  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. March 9

Newsletters Made Easy for Your Small Business

Mailchimp is an online template newsletter/email service that small business owners can utilize to connect with their customers.  In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to set up your own branded templates, separate contacts into lists, integrate your online information into social media, and build a list that enables you to solicit business.

Thursday  •  March 9  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-232
Instructor:  Chisa Pennix  •  Event Number: 580-2017-22  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. March 9

How to do the 501(c)3 Thing

Most nonprofits are small businesses with very few employees. Will your nonprofit accept donations and have volunteers? Will contributions to your organization be deductible? How do you file for tax exempt status? Come to this seminar to walk through the IRS forms and find answers.              

Tuesday  •  March 14  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-242
Instructor: Sam Gore   •  Event Number: 580-2017-23  •   Register by 3:00 p.m. March 14

Using LinkedIn to Drive Revenue for Small Business Owners

Learn how to use LinkedIn to build a profile that appears frequently in search results and stands out to customers and referral partners. Understand how to expand your local and global business network and properly connect with your potential and existing customers. Enhance your small business reputation and status as an industry expert as your customers pre-screen you before trusting you with their hard-earned money. Learn how to gain an unbeatable advantage over your competition.

Tuesday  •  March 21  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Martin Brossman  •  Event Number: 580-2017-24  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. March 21

Payroll in a Nutshell Part 3
Calculate Your Small Business Employee’s Take Home Pay

Payroll isn’t rocket science.  Small business owners will learn how to use withholding tables, where to find tax rates, and how to apply both so that you can calculate an employee’s take-home pay.  Bring a calculator!

Thursday  •  March 23  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room  E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal   •  Event Number: 580-2017-25  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. March 23

Payroll in a Nutshell Part 4
Pay Employer Taxes & Employee Withheld Taxes for Your Small Business

As a small business owner learn how and when to send in the payroll taxes you collected to both the IRS and the State of North Carolina.

Tuesday  •  March 28  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room E-102
Instructor: Jen Deal   •  Event Number: 580-2017-26  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. March 28

Payroll in a Nutshell Part 5
File Federal & State Payroll Tax Returns for Small Business Owners

Perplexed by which forms apply to your small business?  Learn what forms to use and when they should be filed.  Learn the purpose of the forms, how to fill them out, and how to send them to the right place.

Wednesday  •  March 29  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal   •  Event Number: 580-2017-27  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. March 29

Fundraising Fundamentals for Nonprofits

Learn essentials for revenue generation including 8 ways to raise up to $2500 or more in 10 days or less.   Learn what an online donor looks like and how to write a donation letter that seals the deal, ongoing verses episodic funding, and more tips for better fundraising to put the funds into your fundraising efforts.

Thursday  •  March 30  •  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  •  Room  E-101
Instructor: Sam Gore   •  Event Number: 580-2017-28  •  Register by 11:00 a.m. March 30

Volunteers & How to Get & Keep Them for Your Nonprofit

Volunteers can be the lifeblood of a nonprofit.  Do your volunteer opportunities provide a mini-educational experience and new skill development? Learn how these can affect your retention of volunteers and how their referrals can benefit your nonprofit.

Thursday  •  March 30  •  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  •  Room  E-101
Instructor: Sam Gore   •  Event Number: 580-2017-29  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. March 30

Grant Writing for Nonprofits

Learn the basics of writing grant proposals for nonprofit organizations. Understand the grant writing process, marketing your proposal to government agencies and foundations, as well as other tips for success.

Thursday  •  April 6  •  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Sam Gore   •  Event Number: 580-2017-30  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. April 6

How & Where to Find Grant Money for Your Nonprofit

Grant Writing is recommended before taking this seminar.  Most nonprofits cannot exist from personal donations alone.  Help your nonprofit reach its full potential as you learn more about the grant proposal and where to look for the provider that is right for you.

Thursday  •  April 6  •  7:15 - 9:15 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Sam Gore   •  Event Number: 580-2017-31  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. April 6

How to Start a Home-Based Day Care Part I

Attendees of this seminar will become aware of what is needed to start a home-based child care and how to apply for a license. An introduction to the extensive NC Child Care Requirements with information to assist in making informed decisions will be included.  We recommend that attendees register and attend this seminar before taking 'How to Start a Home-Based Day Care Part II'

Tuesday  •  April 11  •  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  •  Room  E-101 
Instructor: Trudy Lynn  •  Event Number: 580-2017-32  •  Register by 5:00 p.m. April 10

How to Start a Home-Based Day Care Part II

This seminar is a continuation of 'How to Start a Home-Based Day Care Part I’.  Attendees will delve deeper into NC Child Care Requirements.

Wednesday  •  April 12  •  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  •  Room  E-101 
Instructor: Trudy Lynn  •  Event Number: 580-2017-33  •  Register by 5:00 p.m. April 11

How to Start a Business

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.

Tuesday  •  April 18  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-242
Instructor: Melissa Evans  •  Event Number: 580-2017-34  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. April 18

Mobile Marketing – The New Direction for Engaging Your Small Business Customers

Are you missing your target market with your online marketing because your promotions aren’t easily read on a cell phone or tablet? Small Business Owners will learn the importance of a mobile web presence, using QR codes, apps, and how to place and track mobile ads. If you have to spread your fingers on a device screen to see a website, that website is not mobile ready! This class includes free and low cost ways to embrace the power of mobile for your small business.

Thursday  •  April 20  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Martin Brossman  •  Event Number: 580-2017-35
Register by 3:00 p.m. April 20

How to Write a Business Plan

A business plan can be the most important tool for a small business owner. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. Learn the important components of a business plan and 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  •  April 27  •  6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-242
Instructor: Trudy Lynn  •  Event Number: 580-2017-37  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. April 27

How to Register as a Certified Minority Owned or Woman Owned Business

What does it mean to be a "certified" minority or woman owned small business? What is required to receive this designation, and how will it help you grow your business?  Learn about the various government and private entities that provide certifications and have programs to support Minority/Women/Disadvantage Business Enterprise Certifications. Discover how to use these certification programs to boost your small business. 

Thursday  •  May 4  •  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-242 
Instructor: The Women’s Business Center of NC   •  Event Number: 580-2017-38  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. May 4

HP Life On-Line Entrepreneurship Training

Existing & Potential Small Business Owners enroll in this “free” self-paced online business learning program available now on demand, 24/7.  Featuring 22 separate modules on key business growth topics such as Cash Flow, Effective Business Websites, Hiring Staff, Inventory Management, and Marketing. This study supplements your counseling with the SBC to increase your skill sets.  Available through a partnership between the NC Small Business Center Network (SBCN) and the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), it provides you with a dated Certificate of Completion for each module, a great addition to your business plan or portfolio!  Access: http://www.wilsoncc.edu/coned/sbc.cfm Click on view seminars, scroll to the bottom, and click register.
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