Small Business Center at Sandhills Community College Announces September Free Seminars

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The Sandhills Community College Small Business Center offers free seminars, counseling, assistance, resources, and networking opportunities for small business owners, employees, and prospective business owners. Amongst your favorite football games in September are free seminars interspersed to take your business efforts to a new level.

If you are thinking about beginning your business or expanding a business, our SCORE Business Series begins on September 2. This series covers the gamut of information you need to know as a small business owner. Completion of the final five seminars, ending in October, earns participants a certificate.

SCORE Business Series Begins

Do You Have the Right Stuff? on September 2 from 6­‐9 gives you tips to persevere through the trials and tribulations of starting and running your own business. In this seminar, you learn to run a successful business, pitfalls that will destroy your business and the many challenges that you must face head on. Facilitated by a Sandhills Chapter SCORE representative, this seminar takes place in Van Dusen 103.

In Great Beginnings on September 9, the presenter points the new or potential business owner in the right direction, providing an overview of the importance of a business plan, financial record keeping, legal structure, financing alternative and risk management. This seminar is also in Van Dusen 103 from 6-9 pm.

Every savvy business person knows that without sales a business has no financial future. The Marketing seminar teaches you tips to make your business successful. This seminar is from 6-9 pm on September 16 in Van Dusen 103.

In the Accounting For You and For Me seminar, the presenter covers the working knowledge of basic accounting skills needed for a small business. You will learn about cash flow, income statements and balance sheets. Join us September 23 from 6-9 pm in Van Dusen 103 for this dynamic seminar.

In Your Business Plan on September 30 from 6-9 pm, you will learn the importance of your business plan, whether it is to seek additional funding or to keep you focused on your business goals. Lenders know that without a business plan they cannot make a valid judgment about whether your business idea is a good one. This seminar is also in Van Dusen 103.

Powerful Communication Series

The beginning of the Powerful Communications Series in partnership with the Town of Aberdeen begins. This series is designed to equip the entrepreneur and small business owner with necessary communication skills for success. All of these seminars are held at the Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, 800 Holly Street, Aberdeen. Completion of all 5 seminars, ending in October, earns participants a certificate.

Facilitated by Jan Mullis, in Conformity to Camaraderie, studies show that those who think and speak in terms of “we” are better equipped to solve problems and deal with conflict. The foundation of camaraderie is the diversity in we-ness. You will learn the four diverse purposes and ways people communicate. This seminar is September 8 from 6-8 pm.

Conceit to Confidence continues with information featuring how to communicate with confidence by learning the four diverse contributions people naturally make. This seminar is September 24 from 6-8 pm. In The Best Business to Start Right Now, attendees will learn that this might be the best time in decades to start a business. What would be the best small business for you to start right now? Would a business bring in extra income or provide a job? Facilitated by Mike Collins, this seminar is on September 18 from 6-9 pm in Van Dusen 102.

Other Seminars

On September 11, Small Business Owners – Make Sure You Understand How to Work with Different Ages and Generations, presenter Emily Ballance teaches you about the characteristics of different age groups and generations. Knowing what those characteristics are can help you build your business, improve customer service, and boost productivity, employee morale and your bottom line.This seminar is from 1:30 – 4:30 pm in Van Dusen 103.

In Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout for Small Business Owners, presenter Emily Ballance teaches small business owners how to manage the day to day stress and burnout in this seminar on September 25 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm in Van Dusen 103.

Doing the 501(C)(3) Thing, presenter Sam Gore stresses the benefits of 501(C)(3) status and teaches you how to apply for government and foundation grants. This seminar will carefully guide you through the 1023 form and provide vital information concerning how to respond to statements and questions needed to satisfy IRS reviewers. Join us in Van Dusen 103 on September 29 from 1:30-4:30 pm.

Boosting Your Online Activity

In Google Analytics-What Every Small Business Owner and Entrepreneur Should Know, presenter Sven Schaefer helps small businesses understand how to use Google Analytics and how to use it to pull out meaningful data. Join us, in partnership with the Town of Aberdeen, for this dynamic seminar on September 4 from 6-8 pm at the Aberdeen Fire and Rescue Building.

On September 15 from 6-8 pm in Van Dusen 103, presenter Tom Zaleski will provide an information-packed seminar, Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media Marketing. Seminar content offers a basic review of the essential strategies and best practices a business or organization should understand to successfully get started with social media marketing. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions, share experiences, and network with peers.

In Optimize Your Online Presence, facilitator Sven Schaefer will help you understand if you are getting the most out of your social media and web presences? Is it becoming laborious keeping up with it all? Join us to streamline your efforts for the best online effect on September 22 from 6-8 pm in Van Dusen 103.


Because the Small Business Center is funded by a grant from the NC Legislature to increase the success rates of small businesses, our seminars are free to the public. For a complete listing of other September offerings, visit our website. Pre-registration is encouraged. Or you can register by calling (910) 695-3938 or emailing


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