Monthly Seminars

April 2014

Small Business Roundtable

Wednesday, 4/23/14
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Pete Ellis, Jr.
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses.

Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

Tuesday, 4/29/14
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Laura Voss
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success for effectively operating their arts and crafts business. Topics for each monthly session are carefully selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience.  The unique monthly topic will center on one or more of the following: discussion of trends in marketing and showcasing art and craft products; best practices for networking; increasing sales; pricing products; exhibiting in art and craft shows and festivals; and website marketing.

May 2014

Business Basics

Thursday, 5/1/14
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Roxanne Reed
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Join us at this two-hour seminar designed to provide basic information to individuals who are thinking about starting a business.  This information includes business planning, financing, licensing, and evaluating one’s entrepreneurial aptitude.  Attendees will be given packets of information that will allow them to begin the process of starting a business.

Small Business Roundtable

Friday, 5/2/14
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Pete Ellis, Jr.
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses.

Be Free from Debt’s Hold & Start a Small Business

Tuesday, 5/6/14
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Bob Moore
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Are you starting to think about how you will retire?  Have you ever thought of being your own boss and starting a small business?  Perhaps you have another dream but your debt is out of control and preventing your dream from becoming a reality.  How would you like to pay off all your consumer debt, credit cards, car payments, and loans?  How would you like to know the exact month and year you could be out of debt, legally and without a tax liability?  Learn a simple yet effective method to start the process of making yourself debt free!  You will also learn about the shams and “quick fixes” that should be avoided and how to properly and legally deal with creditors.  Bring a calculator and a list of your debts with balances and monthly payments, and learn how to develop your own debt elimination plan that can be implemented immediately into your lifestyle.  You will learn how to control debt, instead of allowing debt to control you!  Before you consider making that next large purchase or accept a new credit card, take the time to attend this life-changing seminar.

Business Planning for Business Success

Thursday, 5/8/14
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Russ Seagle
Fee:  FREE Seminar

The old bromide is true:  “Failure to plan is planning to fail.”  While you can never perfectly foretell the future, you can lay out a reasonable plan for how your business will start, operate, attract customers, deal with competitors, and MAKE MONEY.  Learn a simple technique for writing an effective business plan.  Discover what really needs to be there, what detracts from your message, how to say what’s important, and how to use your plan to communicate your business idea to lenders, investors, customers, vendors, and others.  Also learn the most effective method for improving your business plan.

The Perfect Workday for Small Business Owners

Wednesday, 5/14/14
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Mike Collins
Fee:  FREE Seminar

What would be a Perfect Workday for you if you own or manage a small business? What if you could set and meet your priorities, MAKE A SALE, work more effectively with the people around you, dig out from under the paperwork and email avalanche, and move closer to a balanced life? Let Mike Collins and The Perfect Workday show you how to:  find an extra hour a day; plan on purpose and plan with a purpose; make marketing and selling a part of each day; deal with difficult people; set and track priorities; meet timelines and deadlines; what to do in times of crisis and conflict; how to handle the information avalanche; getting it done and going home on time.

QENO Responsible Board Governance

Wednesday & Thursday, 5/14/14 – 5/15/14
3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Natasha Davis
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Boards are a decision-making body and responsible for governing a nonprofit organization.  Providing overall leadership and policy direction, the board ensures sound stewardship of nonprofit assets and resources, are held to the highest legal and ethical standards, and ensure their loyalties are to the nonprofit through prudent good faith decisions to advance the nonprofit organization’s mission.  You will learn to:  understand board member roles and responsibilities, board oversight & accountability; develop an understanding of board structure and bylaws; become familiar with legal and social accountability, ethics and conflicts of interest; effectively apply tools to maximize board meetings, board member recruitment, orientation and training; differentiate between board and staff roles.

Small Business Roundtable

Wednesday, 5/14/14
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Pete Ellis, Jr.
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses.

Understanding & Controlling Cash Flow

Tuesday, 5/20/14
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Kim Beauchamp
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Business analysts report that poor management is the main reason for business failure.  Poor cash management is probably the most frequent stumbling block for entrepreneurs.  Understanding the basic concepts of cash flow will help you plan for the unforeseen eventualities that nearly every business faces.  This seminar will give you the tools and knowledge to understand budgeting and to learn how to practice good cash flow management in order to keep your small business running at a healthy pace.

How to Do Business with the Government

Wednesday, 5/21/14
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 109
Madison Toone
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Attend this seminar to find out if your small business can make money through government contracting.  Learn about the internet-based procurement systems launched by the Federal and North Carolina Governments.  Follow the procurement process, from the registration and certification requirements to finding out what and where the government is buying.  Learn about contract preference programs, who they benefit, and how they work.  Get contacts and resources for further advice and assistance should you decide to pursue government business.  This seminar will de-mystify government procurement so you can make an informed decision on whether to enter this important market.

Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

Tuesday, 5/27/14
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Laura Voss
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success for effectively operating their arts and crafts business. Topics for each monthly session are carefully selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience.  The unique monthly topic will center on one or more of the following: discussion of trends in marketing and showcasing art and craft products; best practices for networking; increasing sales; pricing products; exhibiting in art and craft shows and festivals; and website marketing.

June 2014

REAL Entrepreneurship

Starts Monday, 6/2/14
Ends Monday, 7/28/14
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Pete Ellis, Jr.
Fee:  $70, includes books; Insurance:  $1

Do you REALLY want to learn how to start your own business?  Participants in this popular course on starting a small business will examine in detail the development of a business idea, market analysis, and the components of a business plan.  A complete, written business plan is the goal for graduates of this course.  Students will gain knowledge from hands-on activities and guest speakers who are successful business owners.

Small Business Roundtable

Friday, 6/6/14
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Pete Ellis, Jr.
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses.

Board Connect

Tuesday, 06/10/14
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Natasha Davis
Fee:  FREE Seminar

All interested prospective nonprofit agencies are invited to attend this class to learn about the six reasons to join Board Connect:  improve active board member participation; gain new energy and fresh ideas; less worry about end-of-term limits; gain potential for improved outcomes; a fresh, new recruitment opportunity; save time and resources.

Board Connect

Thursday, 06/12/14
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Natasha Davis
Fee:  FREE Seminar

All interested prospective nonprofit agencies are invited to attend this class to learn about the six reasons to join Board Connect:  improve active board member participation; gain new energy and fresh ideas; less worry about end-of-term limits; gain potential for improved outcomes; a fresh, new recruitment opportunity; save time and resources.

Small Business Roundtable

Wednesday, 6/18/14
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Pete Ellis, Jr.
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses.

Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

Tuesday, 6/24/14
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Laura Voss
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success for effectively operating their arts and crafts business. Topics for each monthly session are carefully selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience.  The unique monthly topic will center on one or more of the following: discussion of trends in marketing and showcasing art and craft products; best practices for networking; increasing sales; pricing products; exhibiting in art and craft shows and festivals; and website marketing.

For additional information or to register, please contact:

Small Business Center
Coastal Carolina Community College
910-938-6322/6389
reyesd@coastalcarolina.edu
sbc-itc@coastalcarolina.edu

Registration

You may register for seminars and courses offered by the Small Business Center by calling (910) 938-6322 or by e-mail to Diana Reyes at reyesd@coastalcarolina.edu.