DOBSON — The Small Business Center at Surry Community College will be offering several free seminars and workshops in July at various locations in Surry and Yadkin counties.
Crowdfunding will be examined at a seminar held July 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Surry Community College, 630 S. Main St., Dobson. Crowdfunding is one of many new creative ways of getting funding for small businesses. This class demystifies crowdfunding and other new ways to get money for small business with a lower barrier to entry. You will learn the how to get money for your business and what is the right funding option to explore. Social Media and Small Business Marketing expert Martin Brossman and Small Business Funding expert Dan Scalla developed this seminar. The speaker will be Martin Brossman, of Martin Brossman & Associates.
Shop Local – Buy Local: Invest Local to Gain More Business for You and Your Area will be covered at a seminar held July 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 State St., Mount Airy. Learn how to generate a dynamic “Shop Local” strategy to help your business, your town and your county. Keeping more money in the local economy creates a foundation for real economic growth, so it is important to add the power of Social Media to rev up traditional local marketing efforts and build a higher level of enthusiasm for reaching current and future customers. This is where the new media, on the air, connects with old-fashioned customer service on the ground, to appeal to an ever-widening audience that is searching and making purchase decisions online. The speaker will be Martin Brossman, of Martin Brossman & Associates.
Developing Your Market Plan will be explained at a seminar held July 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 State St., Mount Airy. Theory is great, but hands-on work actually gets a business started. At this three-hour workshop, you will spend quality time with a marketing consultant and a market research expert to begin a draft of your customized marketing plan. Under the direction of the facilitators, you will hone your core marketing messages, explore marketplace viability for your business, uncover competitors, describe your target market and develop marketing strategies. After this class, you will be well on your way to completing a dynamic marketing plan for your company. The speaker will be Chisa Pennix-Brown, of Lady Bizness.
Capitalizing on Tourism: What Every Business Should Do seminar is part of the Surry Business Academy, a bi-monthly partnership with the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce. It will be held July 14 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 1320 EMS Drive, Mount Airy. Visitors to Surry County spent more than $110 million in 2013 on food, lodging, services, gas, and more. Tourism is a growing industry in Surry County, and it has a positive benefit for the local economy. Find out how your business can better serve visitors and how to train your employees to provide information about this area. Speaker Jessica Roberts is the Greater Mount Airy Chamber’s Tourism Director, who will be the speaker. Future topics include: Sales, Customer Service, and Building a Good Team. Call the Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce at 336-786-6116 to reserve a space for this seminar, or others in the bi-monthly series.
Fueling Your Business will be examined at a seminar on July 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Surry Community College’s Elkin Center, 1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin. This seminar is designed to help small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. The class will review the six basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions and provide an overview of the resources available in North Carolina for small businesses. Finally, the seminar will cover the Rural Center’s Microenterprise Loan Program and provide details about its lending criteria and application process. A representative of the NC Rural Center will be the speaker.
Successful Sales on Amazon will be covered at a seminar held July 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Surry Community College’s Yadkin Center, 4649 U.S. 601, Yadkinville. Amazon is the leading e-commerce website in the United States with more than $74.45 billion in 2013 net sales. Amazon has more than 237 million active customer accounts worldwide. In this fast-paced class, you’ll learn how to register online, choose the account that fits your goals, and list an item on Amazon to maximize your profitability. You’ll learn how to ship your items and minimize your expenses. Learn how to make the most money with every sale. The speaker will be Nick Hawks, a certified eBay specialist.
Owning Rental Property as a Small Business will be examined at a seminar on July 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Surry Community College’s Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. If you are thinking of becoming a landlord, this seminar will teach the essentials that you should know before buying your first property. It will also assist you if you are an existing landlord. Taught by an experienced landlord, the course will cover the following: a comparison of the rate of return for investment properties versus other investments; considerations for selection of specific rental properties; financial analysis for an investment property including a cash flow analysis; how to establish procedures for repair and maintenance and dealing with repair problems; how to screen and select good tenants and reject potential bad tenants; the importance of rental applications and lease agreements; and the eviction process and strategies for avoiding legal issues. A sample lease will be provided. The speaker will be Mike Tucker, business consultant with Tyner & Associates.
The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor for seminars held at The Center for Public Safety, 1220 S. State St., Mount Airy and at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the seminars held at The Yadkin Center, 4649 U.S. 601, Yadkinville. The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the seminars held at Surry Community College’s campus, 630 S. Main St., Dobson, and The Elkin Center, 1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin.
To register for any of these seminars or to view a complete listing of the upcoming Small Business Center offerings in Surry and Yadkin counties, visit www.surry.edu/sbc. Anyone needing information about confidential, one-on-one counseling and resource referrals may contact Denise Brown at [email protected] or call 336-386-3685.