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Small Business Center Classes




Achieving Sales-A Marketing Plan for Current or Future Business Owners

(no charge)
This course focuses on the marketing plan and the importance of market analysis in projecting sales. Market research information for a sample business demonstrates the connection between a marketing plan and a cash flow statement. Participants identify market segments and use market segmentation to project sales.
Ramseur Town Hall
43440 - 6-9P, Th, 4/17
43444 - 6-9P, Th, 6/19
Archdale Center
43442 - 6-9P, Th, 5/1

Bookkeeping Basics for Current or Future Business Owners

(no charge)
Learn the connection between cash flow projections and the bookkeeping system created for a business, to post checks written to the monthly cash disbursement journal, to post receipts to the monthly cash receipts journal, and how good bookkeeping practices give a clear snapshot of a business' health.
43465 - 6-9P, M, 4/28
43473 - 6-9P, T, 5/27
Archdale Center
43459 - 6-9P, M, 4/7

Cash Flow Part 1-Let Your Numbers Do The Talking

(no charge)
Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business! If you don't have cash to pay the bills, your business won't survive. Learn how to construct realistic cash flow statements by developing good financial assumptions.
43460 - 6-9P, T, 4/8
43466 - 6-9P, T, 4/29
43475 - 6-9P, W, 6/4
43486 - 6-9P, Th, 6/5
43469 - 6-9P, T, 5/6

Cash Flow Part 2 - Do my Numbers Work? A Seminar for Current or Future Business Owners

(no charge)
Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business! This is a more advanced seminar than Cash Flow Part 1, and it delves in to a number centeric financial analysis.
43462 - 6-9P, Th, 4/10
43488 - 6-9P, T, 6/10
43470 - 6-9P, Th, 5/8

Creative Marketing For Artists And Crafters

(no charge)
Come and find out why marketing your work is as exciting and creative as the process of marking art! Learn the top 10 marketing methods of over 25 artists—painters, sculptors, folk artists, jewelry makers, musical instrument makers, theatre artists, writers, crafters, etc.—who make their livings from their art. You'll come away with palette of bold, bright ideas and a plan to implement them. Stop suffering from starving artist syndrome and instead become a marketing maven in this fun, invigorating seminar!
Archdale Center
43467 - 6-9P, M, 5/5

Creative Marketing for Small Business Owners or Future Business Owners

(no charge)
The seminar will define and describe the various forms of marketing for profit, how to evaluate relevant demographics and other consumer buying habits, low-cost research and other low-cost marketing techniques, how to think creatively to get more value out of your marketing dollars, how to develop a successful marketing plan and much more.
Archdale Center
43474 - 6-9P, M, 6/2

Develop A Business Plan

(no charge)
This seminar will review the elements of a business plan, give participants an understanding of the requirements of a business plan, and provide tips on completing a plan they can take to the bank. An introductory seminar for current or future business owners.
44598 - 6-9p, Th, 4/3
44582 - 9-12P, M 4/14
44600 - 12-3P, S, 5/3

Financial Feasibility, a Guide for Current or Future Business Owners

(no charge)
In this workshop, Claire Bufont is a student at the local community college in Red Oak, Montana. Since graduating from the cosmetology program last spring, Claire has been working as a stylist at Le Chic Beautique in nearby Big Stone Gap. She has always dreamed of having her own business and took the REAL class to help her decide if opening a salon in the community is a good idea. We will help her make the decision by performing some feasibility analysis. You will take away the tools needed to perform the financial feasibility analysis of your business idea.
Asheboro, CEIC
45677 - 6-9P, Th, 5/22

Getting a Loan, a Guide for Current or Future Business Owners

(no charge)
In this workshop, Calvin Wood of Calvin’s Cabinet Shop and Victoria English of Victoria’s Movies & Games have prepared loan packages to take to lenders to apply for start-up loans. We will help them by identifying the strengths and weaknesses in their packages and learn what a lender is really looking for when they loan to small business. You will take away the information needed to prepare and understand a loan package for your business.
Asheboro, CEIC
45676 - 6-9P, Th, 5/15

How To Increase Your Credit Score to Over 740 Points; How Current or Future Business Owners Can Prepare for a Bank Loan

(no charge)
An excellent credit score is now considered to be over 740 or higher. Should you have one credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan for your business or to obtain a personal loan. Your credit score is also important in determining the interest rate of your loans, your insurance premimums and deposits required for phone and utility services. As of October 1, 2005 every adult in North Carolina has been able to receive a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus. Do you understand how to read them? In this three-hour seminar, we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used to raise your score simply by the way you use your cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry balances. 
43390 - 6-9P, Th, 4/17
Randleman Center
43441 - 6-9P, Th, 4/24

Legal Considerations for Starting Your Small Business

(no charge)
Topics included in this seminar are comparing tax and nontax aspects of different entity choices (sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies), permits and licenses, zoning laws, providing a safe workplace for employees, contracts, profressional advisors, and record keeping.
Randleman Center
43443 - 6-9P, T, 5/20

Opening & Operating A Pottery Business

(no charge)
What you need to know to start your own Pottery business is addressed in this seminar. An introductory seminar for current or future business owners.
44599 - 9-12P, S, 5/3

Quickbooks: an Introduction for Current or Future Business Owners

(no charge)
Learn the fastest, easiest way to manage your business! This course provides small business owners with an introduction to one of the most popular small business accounting applications that tracks general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and checking accounts and provides easy-to-use reporting features.
Archdale Center
43463 - 6-9P, M, 4/14
43487 - 6-9P, M, 6/9

Social Media Networking for Current or Future Business Owners

(no charge)
This course is an ideal course for someone who wants to learn how to advance their business on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogging. Students will be taught how to set up an account, post messages, find people, and promote safely through these media.
43461 - 6-9P, W, 4/9

10 Steps To Starting A Small Business

(no charge)
Starting your own business may seem difficult, but it's not so hard if you take it step by step. This workshop teaches you the steps you need to take to make your dream become a reality and covers what you must know before you commit yourself and your money.
43464 - 6-9P, T, 4/15
Archdale Center
43471 - 6-9P, T, 5/13
Seagrove Library
43489 - 6-9P, Th, 6/26

Tracking Social Media Marketing Results & Return on Investment for Business Owners

(no charge)
Advance your core competency skills by understanding how to analyze and evaluate your Social Media results. You will learn how to monitor analytics and insights for adjustments, and how to evaluate and adjust for optimum conversion. Engagement with content and secondary validation—vital components for measuring ROI—are highlighted. You will come away with a plan for ongoing reputation monitoring and, if needed, knowledge to counteract online negativity with a positive Web presence.
Archdale Center
43389 - 6-9P, W, 4/16

USPS Every Door Direct Mail, a Guide for Current or Future Business Owners

(no charge)
This seminar includes the following: 1. Presentation of Every Door Direct Mail option to business owners, or future business owners. 2. The seminar includes discussion about the USPS design requirements and size options for the card or flyer. 3. The instructor demonstrates how to use the USPS Every Door Direct Mail webtool to target the areas for mailing the cards. 4. How to prepare the mailing including the bundling and completing the forms. 5. Taking the mailing to the post office and postage payment options. 6. Delivery procedure by the mail carriers.
Archdale Center
45876 - 11:30A-1:30P, Th, 6/5

Small Business Classes Offered Online (Ed2Go)

Marketing Your Business on the Internet
Start a Pet Sitting Business
Start & Operate Your Own Home-Based Business
Start Your Own Gift Basket Business
Start Your Own Small Business

All courses begin monthly on the following dates:
April 16
May 21
Jun. 18
Jul. 16
Aug. 20
Sept. 17
Oct. 15
Nov. 12
Dec. 10

All Ed2Go courses $70 unless otherwise noted.

To learn more about these online courses, visit the Online Instruction Center at