Free SBC seminars announced for July

DOBSON — Surry Community College’s Small Business Center will be holding free seminars and workshops in July at various locations in Surry and Yadkin counties.

How to Create a Press Release will be discussed in a workshop on July 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. There is always something great to celebrate in your business, and creating a press release is one way to get the message out and publicize your company. This interactive workshop will teach you what information should go into a press release, how to create a template and format the release, and how to create a boilerplate for your business. The speaker will be Chisa Pennix Brown.

Five Generations at Work will be the topic of a seminar on July 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 1320 EMS Drive, Mount Airy. Patricia Hatley, author of 4 Generations @ Work: Leading from Conflict to Collaboration, will address the five generations currently in the workplace — veterans, baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, and plurals — and explore each group’s preferences, values, digital impact, workplace implications, and what works to inspire members of the respective group to engagement. Hatley will delve into the subject of giving employees a voice and the “power of ASK” as it pertains to employee engagement, motivation, and commitment. This seminar is part of the Surry Business Academy, to register contact the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce at 336-786-6116.

Grant Writing 101 will be the topic of a workshop on July 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 S. State St., Mount Airy. As funding becomes more difficult to secure, nonprofit organizations face significant challenges to fluff their missions. This three-hour seminar reviews the questions nonprofits need to answer prior to searching and applying for grant funds, outlines the seven basic elements of most proposals, and shows participants how to match their needs to fund priorities. Participants will focus on the major questions that need to be answered prior to grant application and incorporating these answers into research, and ultimately, a competitive proposal. Amanda Pearce will be the speaker.

Owning Rental Property as a Small Business will be the topic of discussion in a seminar on July 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Yadkin Center, 4649 Highway 601, Yadkinville. This seminar is is suitable and will be beneficial for anyone thinking about buying properties and starting a small business as a landlord. The seminar will teach the essentials to know before buying a first property or will assist someone if they are already an existing landlord. Mike Tucker, an experienced landlord, will teach the seminar and cover 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; how to screen and select good tenants, and reject potential bad ones; the importance of rental applications and lease agreements; and the eviction process. A sample lease will be provided.

Mastering the Big Kahuna will be the topic of a seminar on July 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the J-Building of SCC Dobson, 630 S. Main St., Dobson. Facebook remains the most important social media channel, and the biggest opportunity for your business to reach the largest audience in one place. In this workshop, participants will learn what to post on Facebook; optimal times to post; how to measure post reach and success; why Facebook advertising is important; and how to set up ad campaigns, target ads, and drive more traffic to a company’s website through Facebook in order to conquer social media’s “big kahuna.” Scott Dickson will be the speaker.

The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor for seminars held in Mount Airy and Pilot Mountain. The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the seminars held in Yadkin County. The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the seminars held in Elkin and Dobson.

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 Anyone in need of information about confidential, one-on-one counseling and resource referrals may contact Dale Badgett at [email protected] or call 336-386-3685.

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