DOBSON — Surry Community College’s Small Business Center will be holding free seminars and workshops in October at various locations in Surry and Yadkin counties.
Twitter Made Easy will be the topic of a seminar on Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Elkin Center, 1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin. Twitter is a great resource and marketing tool for small businesses that know how to use its power. This three-hour workshop will teach participants how to start a page from scratch with an enhanced profile, how to use hashtags to garner brand awareness, how to create lists and engage influencers, and how to gain new followers with proven applications.
Certification Options will be discussed in a seminar on Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Yadkin Center, 1001 College Drive, Yadkinville. Certification programs for small businesses can be a great tool for owners to expand business opportunities. Find out who qualifies for specific certifications, how small business owners can benefit and how to start the certification process with speaker Melissa Terrell.
Financing Your Small Business will be the subject of a seminar on Oct. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 State St., Mount Airy. Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers questions on who to get money from, how to make a profit and pay back loans, and how to attract investors. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and learn how to choose the source that best fits your needs. The speaker will be Ruben Gonzalez.
The 10 Quickest Ways to Grow Your Small Business will be discussed in a workshop on Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Yadkin Center, 1001 College Drive, Yadkinville. This workshop is best suited for those seeking insight on what successful business owners are doing to grow their businesses. As an interactive class, participants will have a chance to ask questions and receive tactical answers specific to their individual business problems. Jim Blaylock will be the speaker.
Social Media Strategies that Work for Small Businesses will be the topic of a seminar on Oct. 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Surry Community College, J Building, 630 S. Main St., Dobson. Having a social media presence for your business is crucial in building customer relationships by allowing your potential and current customers to learn more about your brand and make a personal connection prior to purchase. Learn about the various strategies that can be used to increase your social media presence and how to make engaging images, complete a competitor analysis, schedule posts, and cross post on multiple platforms. Brittany Eller will be the speaker.
Donor Relations will be addressed in a workshop on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Yadkin Center, 1001 College Drive, Yadkinville. As nonprofits engage in conversations and focus on increasing the levels of giving to their cause, they often leave out the most important part of fundraising — building relationships. Discover and discuss the many elements of donor relations in this three-hour workshop. Learn how to keep donors engaged, create interest, cause action, and retain donors. Get a look at donor relations through the lens of your donors and leave with insight you can implement right away to create stronger development departments and more satisfied donors. The speaker will be Amanda Pearce.
Basics of Bookkeeping for Small Businesses will be the subject of a seminar on Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 State St., Mount Airy. Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business in this seminar. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make well-informed business decisions. This class is designed for new business owners as well as anyone in search of a refresher on the basic principles of accounting. Dean Kanipe 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 www.surry.edu/sbc. 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.