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Small Business Center - Courses

Small Business Center courses help you set up a new business and avoid the common pitfalls.

Meeting of Business OwnersCVCC Small business center OFFERS
Step Up, Start Up Series!


This series is designed to help individuals interested in starting a business understand the pros and cons of business ownership. Register for one or all six!

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You, Inc Business owner vs employee, apples to apples? Not a chance. Owning and operating a business means that you wear all of the hats! Before you leave your day job, let's weigh your skill set, experiences, personality and life goals, your financial needs and your tolerance for risk.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call (828) 327-7000, ext. 4117


Idea to Opportunity So, you have an idea, and you think it will sell. Not so fast. Let's turn your idea upside down and inside out. Is there a market for your product or service? What are the features and benefits of your product or service? Is there a marketplace need for it? Who is your target customer? What is your competitive advantage?
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call (828) 327-7000, ext. 4117


Creating the Image, Crafting the Message Learn how the big guys create powerful images and powerful messages so that they best their competition and reach their intended targets. You will learn what is meant by branding and begin to create a unique image for your new company.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call (828) 327-7000, ext. 4117

 


Reaching Customer Targets You've heard it all before, the 5 P's of marketing: product, price, people, place and promotion. Yes, these are core marketing principles you will have to master, if you are going to attract your target customer. In this session you will learn how to reach your customer targets -- and a bit about the art of the selling.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call (828) 327-7000, ext. 4117


Keeping $ Score $ You don't have to be schooled in credits and debits to run a business, but you do have to understand how money flows to a company's bottom line. This session introduces you to tools that companies use to track income, expenses and forecast their needs for cash.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call (828) 327-7000, ext. 4117


Roadmap To Success

This seminar deals with all that has to be in place once the phone starts ringing: facility, equipment, inventory, people, policies, credit lines, operating capital. It also covers risk management, what it takes to be official and legal, and simple steps to Stress Free business planning.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call (828) 327-7000, ext. 4117


These seminars are provided at no cost to participants through the Small Business Center Network. Pre-registration is required, and participants can register for the entire series or individual seminars. To register, call the Small Business Center at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4117. Or Register on-line!


If you have a disability and need accommodations, please contact the Counselor/Students with Disabilities Program at least 72 hours in advance at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4222 or accommodations@cvcc.edu