October Free Seminars for Small Businesses

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stock photo business peopleThe Sandhills Community College Small Business Center offers free seminars, counseling, assistance, resources, and networking opportunities for small business owners, employees, and prospective business owners. Fall into good routines in October by expanding your knowledge of entrepreneurship and what it takes to own a successful small business.

October begins the Principles of Supervision and Management for all Small Business Owners Series with expert Mike Collins of the The Perfect Workday, Inc. Time Management for Small Business Owners shows participants exactly how to focus on high-payoff activities, eliminate time-wasting behavior and bypass procrastination. Learn to use five resources to your advantage, how to have short, productive meetings, how to delegate, how to stay on target, and how to handle difficult people.

Helpful for business owners with no formal training, 21st Century Management for Small Business Owners is for those who are in the first experience in managing employees, or who just need some brushing up on the do’s and don’ts. This seminar helps participants identify specific issues that create problem employees and how to deal with the stress. How Small Business Owners Can Deal with Underperforming Employees will help small business owners deal with unacceptable behavior in the workplace. Learn tips on handling angry and/or unmotivated employees who do not fulfill the goals of your company.

Moving through change takes time and energy and is extremely stressful. How the Small Business Owner Deals with Constant Change will help you recognize and embrace change and make it work for your company. All of these seminars are held on Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 1:30 – 4:30 pm in Van Dusen Hall 102 at Sandhills Community College. The seminars are designed to equip the small business owner with management techniques to maximize efficiency and cooperation. Completion of all 4 seminars in this series earns participants a certificate.

October is also the beginning of our series providing the knowledge you need to secure those federal contracting opportunities, our FOCUS Military Series helping veterans, military spouses, survivors, family members, and civilians, get their piece of the multi-billion dollar contracting industry in North Carolina. Military Business: Basic Contracting 101 begins the series helping participants learn contracting basic and legal requirements for starting and registering a veteran owned small business. Experts Don Spry and Robert Rehder will be with us to facilitate this session.

Continuing FOCUS Military, Linn Owen with the North Carolina Business Military Center will deliver Selling to the Federal Government/Steps to the Federal Marketplace for Small Business Owners. This session will teach participants registration requirements to be eligible to work with the federal government, how to register with http://www.sam.gov, information on the socio-economic small business programs (HUBZone, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, 8a, and woman-owned small businesses), http://www.matchforce.org, and why small business owners should work with the government and how to find those opportunities. Owen continues the series with Finding & Bidding on Military & Government Business Opportunities for Small Business Owners and Basic Proposal Writing teaching attendees different types of government proposals and the basics of writing a proposal. The FOCUS Military Series will be held on Tuesdays, October 14, 21, 28 and November 4, from 6-9 pm in Van Dusen Hall 103 at Sandhills Community College.

Continuing a partnership with the Town of Aberdeen, Sandhills Community College will offer the following free seminars in October: Powerful Communication: From Concern to Connection, October 2; From Confusion to Contribution, October 23; and From Conflict to Commitment, October 29; The Importance of Blogging for Young Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners, October 9; Campaigns That Drive Action, October 13; and How to Raise that Credit Score to Over 740 Points and Get That Loan, October 27. All of these seminars will be held at the Aberdeen Fire and Rescue Building, 800 Holly Street, Aberdeen, from 6-8 pm.


For a complete listing of all free Small Business Center seminars, visit our website at www.sandhills.edu/sbc. Pre-registration is encouraged. Though online registration is encouraged, you may also register by calling (910) 695-3938 or emailing williamslo@sandhills.edu.


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