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Starting a new business? Looking for new ways to expand? Want to add social media to your marketing? Try a Small Business Center seminar!

Seminars & Workshops

Start-up Seminars Series

Class
Date

» Reaching Customer Targets

2-21-17

» Keeping $ Score $

2-28-17

» Roadmap to Success

3-7-17

 

Small Business Challenges

Class Date

» Building Your LinkedIn Profile (Alexander)

2-23-17

» QuickBooks Tips & Tricks

2-24-17

» SBA Support For Your Business 3-09-17

» Making An Impact With Social Media

3-13-17

» Cash Flow Forecasting

3-14-17

» Facebook For Small Business

3-15-17

» Using Paid On-Line Ads To Grow Your Small Business

3-20-17

» Using YouTube and Videos For Small Business

3-22-17

» Introduction To QuickBooks

3-23-17

» Funding Your Business

3-24-17

» Small Business Taxes (Alexander)

3-28-17

» QuickBooks – Beyond The Basics

3-30-17

» Google Apps For Small Business

3-30-17

» Assessing The Feasibility Of Your Business Idea

4-4-17

» NC Sales & Use Tax Workshop

4-7-17

» Finding Customers For Your Business (Newton Library)

4-11-17

» Low Cost Marketing For Small Business (Newton Library)

4-13-17

» Mobile Apps and Cloud Based Tools for Small Business

4-25-17

» Using WordPress To Build Your Website

5-2-17

» Doing Business With Catawba County 5-5-17

» Blogging For Your Website

5-8-17

» Search Engine Optimization For Your Website

5-8-17

» Boot Camp For Starting A Non-Profit

5-11-17

» Social Media Tips & Tricks

5-19-17

» Using YouTube And Videos For Small Business (Alexander)

5-23-17

» Introduction To QuickBooks

6-1-17

» How To Start A Business

6-6-17

» QuickBooks -  Beyond The Basics

6-8-17

 

 

LinkedIn 1.0 - Building Your LinkedIn Profile (Alexander)

Regardless of your business or industry, creating a LinkedIn Profile that clearly shows your most important viewer who you are and what you do can be a powerful way to be discovered and ultimately fuel the bottom line of your small business.  This introductory program introduces participants to LinkedIn, explains how LinkedIn is used by many professionals, and helps users set up their Professional LinkedIn profile.

Thursday February 23, 2017 5:30-8:30 PM
CVCC Center For Education, Taylorsville
Register on-line
or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


QuickBooks Tips & Tricks

QuickBooks is the most popular accounting software for small businesses.  Join QuickBooks Pro Jeff Weathers for some time-saving tricks for using QuickBooks for your small business.  A segment of this session is reserved for participant.

Friday February 24, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


SBA Support For Your Business  

The Small Business Administration (SBA) supports small businesses in a variety of ways, through lending programs to assistance in registering for government contracts.  Join the Small Business Center this informative program with our local SBA representative reviewing SBA services and explaining how to connect to them to provide the greatest value for your organization.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 3:00 - 4:30PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call 828-327-7000, 4117


Making An Impact With Social Media

With so many social media options and sites, what is right for your business? This three hour seminar reviews the popular social media sites covered in previous seminars and helps small business owners identify what is appropriate for their business to move to the next level. Participants learn tips and tactics to use social media wisely and productively and develop a social media marketing plan tailored for their individual business.

Monday March 13, 2017 5:30 – 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line 
or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


Cash Flow Forecasting

Your business plan looks good, but do you have enough cash to make the business work and meet your lender’s requirements?  The Carolina Small Business Development Fund sponsors this “free lunch” session to help you understand what lenders expect in cash flow projections, including understanding Cash inflows and expenses, calculating your breakeven point, and understanding fluctuations in sales and how it affects your cash position. 

Tuesday March 14, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


Facebook For Your Small Business

Participants will learn the basics of setting up a Facebook business page as well as information about promotions, advertisements, and making a huge impact for your business online.

Wednesday March 15, 2017 5:30 – 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


Using Paid On-Line Ads To Grow Your Small Business

Participants will learn about different options to advertise our business using online resources.  These options are often easier and much less expensive than traditional advertising.  We will discuss social media advertising through major platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, as well as Google adwords and other options.

Monday March 20, 2017 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Taste Full of Beans Coffee House, Downtown Hickory
Register on-line
or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


Using YouTube and Videos For Your Small Business

The use of online videos, primarily those on YouTube is making a huge impact on the way we do business today. Videos are seen by millions of people and business owners use them to make an impact online and bring customers to their stores. This seminar shows small business owners how to set up their YouTube account and make great videos with a small business budget. You will learn tactics that will work best for your business

Wednesday March 22, 2017 5:30 – 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


Introduction To QuickBooks

Intro to QuickBooks gets new and prospective small business owners started using QuickBooks, focusing on navigating the home page, using QuickBooks lists, and the chart of accounts.  In this hands-on session, participants work through using QuickBooks to create a company file and practice recording sales and managing expenses.  The session provides an overview on how QuickBooks can be used to manage a small business’ finances.

Thursday March 23, 2017 9:00 AM – Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


Funding Your Business

Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners.  Questions range from, Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions.  Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs.  Discover the keys to financing success.

Friday March 24, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


QuickBooks – Beyond The Basics

This class will expand on the “Introduction To QuickBooks” seminar, covering more complex transactions that participants might encounter in running their business including: receiving payments and paying bills, managing accounts receivable and accounts payable, reconciling bank and credit card accounts, and how to generate and understand the financial reports (Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet) which small businesses need to monitor and analyze to manage their business and to close the year-end books.

Thursday March 30, 2017 9:00 AM – Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


Google Apps For Small Business

The Google Suite for Small Business seminar introduces small business owners and start-ups to the potential and functionality available within Google Suite. The seminar explores the many different areas within Google Suite and discusses the functionality within the key areas of the cloud based product.  Attendees will have the opportunity ask questions regarding how Google Suite can be deployed most effectively for their small business.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


Assessing The Feasibility Of Your Idea

How are businesses born? Where do they come from? A discussion about how great ideas and deep passions are harnessed and turned into world changing businesses is where we will start. Then, we will unpack the core of all successful ventures….THE WHY (your motivation / identify the marketplace wound). Once the WHY is answered we can begin to develop the WHAT (salve for the marketplace wound or your solution). After the WHAT comes the WHO (potential customers). Once you have these three essentials clearly understood….GO PROVE IT!

Tuesday April 4, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, Downtown Hickory
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


NC Sales & Use Tax Workshop

The NC Department of Revenue will host a sales and use tax workshop for small business owners. The workshop will discuss the basics of sales and use taxes including registering for a sales and use tax account, learning about the most common types of sales and use taxes collected, and preparing and filing a sales and use tax return. 
This hands-on workshop is intended to help small business owners better understand their sales and use tax obligations and the proper procedure for filing and paying a sales and use tax return.
At the end of the seminar, there will be a question and answer session with the presenter and networking possibilities with other business owners.

Friday April 7, 2017, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


Finding Customers For Your Business

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

Tuesday April 11, 2017, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Catawba County Library, Newton
Register On-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


Low Cost Marketing For Small Business

Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever.  To stretch your marketing dollars, it’s critical to focus on your target markets and identify strategies 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 focus on low-cost marketing techniques to promote your business.

Thursday April 13, 2017, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Catawba County Library, Newton
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


Mobile Apps and Cloud Based Tools for Small Business

Small business owners must wear many hats and continually look for ways to operate more efficiently and effectively.  This three-hour seminar reviews small business apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Eventbrite, and more and explains how small business owners and can use them to work more productively.  In addition, this session will discuss cloud-based applications including Google Site, Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce and more and demonstrate how many businesses are using them to share information internally and communicate to external customers more effectively.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
CVCC Alexander Center for Education, Taylorsville
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 


Using WordPress To Build Your Website

A WordPress blog can add to your existing Website or become your business Website. For small business owners without the time to learn how to use CSS or HTML or the money to hire a graphics designer and web developer, WordPress blogs offer an inexpensive method to get your company’s name and stories published through the internet.  Business blogs provide your small business with a chance to share your expertise and knowledge with a larger audience. Publishing stories and interesting content thru a blog is a powerful companion to your Facebook Page, LinkedIn Profile and Twitter stream.  This three hour sessions shows participants how to get started on WordPress, choose a template, develop content, and connect to other social media.

Tuesday May 2, 2017, 5:30-8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


Doing Business With Catawba County

From buying supplies to contracting for janitorial and lawn care services, Catawba County and local city governments use all types of small businesses.  Debbie Anderson, Purchasing Manager for Catawba County Government, will lead this session and will describe the County’s vendor programs and purchasing process models including Request for Quote (RFQ), Invitation to Bid (ITB), Request for Proposal (RFP).  Find out what you need to know to locate local contract opportunities.

 Friday, May 5, 2017, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


Blogging For Your Website

As a small business owner, you may have thought, “My website content is good enough as it is… I don’t need a blog, do I?”  But the truth is, if you care about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), blogging should be a high on your priority list.  This session shows you how can you use Blogging to properly to improve SEO on your website as well as a tips for effective blogging.

Monday, May 8, 2017, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


Search Engine Optimization (SEO) For Your Website

Getting a website up and running is great, but having customers find your website on the internet is even better!  This seminar provides participants with search engine optimization strategies for improving visibility and driving traffic to their web site by focusing on key words, links, and URLs.

Monday May 8, 2017 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, Downtown Hickory
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


Boot Camp For Starting A Non-Profit

Are you thinking about starting a non-profit  or are you  currently working with an organization that is just getting off the ground? This workshop  will offer a comprehensive checklist  of things that must be done in the first three years to lay a foundation for success. Participants will walk away with resources to ensure that their organization is in compliance with state/federal laws as well as a greater understanding of the key components of development that impact sustainability.

Thursday May 11, 2017 9:00 AM – Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


Social Media Tips & Tricks

Participants receive an update on social media platforms as well as time-saving techniques for promoting their business.  A segment of the program is reserved for a Q&A session so attendees can get their specific questions answered from a social media expert.

Friday May 19, 2017, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


Using YouTube and Videos For Your Small Business

The use of online videos, primarily those on YouTube is making a huge impact on the way we do business today. Videos are seen by millions of people and business owners use them to make an impact online and bring customers to their stores. This seminar shows small business owners how to set up their YouTube account and make great videos with a small business budget. You will learn tactics that will work best for your business

Tuesday May 23, 2017 5:30 – 8:30 PM
CVCC Alexander Center For Education, Taylorsville
Register On-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


Introduction To QuickBooks

Intro to QuickBooks gets new and prospective small business owners started using QuickBooks, focusing on navigating the home page, using QuickBooks lists, and the chart of accounts.  In this hands-on session, participants work through using QuickBooks to create a company file and practice recording sales and managing expenses.  The session provides an overview on how QuickBooks can be used to manage a small business’ finances.

Thursday June 1, 2017 9:00 AM – Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


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 June 6, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


QuickBooks – Beyond The Basics

This class will expand on the “Introduction To QuickBooks” seminar, covering more complex transactions that participants might encounter in running their business including: receiving payments and paying bills, managing accounts receivable and accounts payable, reconciling bank and credit card accounts, and how to generate and understand the financial reports (Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet) which small businesses need to monitor and analyze to manage their business and to close the year-end books.

Thursday June 8, 2017 9:00 AM – Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory
Register on-line
Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 to register.


Your own business, your own boss,

but...

where do you start? 

Call the Small Business Center 
at Catawba Valley Community College
828-327-7000 ext 4117 

 

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