ASHEBORO (Jan. 6, 2020)
Randolph Community College’s Small Business Center (SBC) is offering several seminars this month that can help small businesses start 2020 with a bang, starting with the SBC’s first “Randolph Agribusiness Accelerator” — an eight-week, online agribusiness training summit for farmers.
With guest speaker Tonya Snider of tenBiz Inc., attendees will learn how to turn their interest in growing vegetables, fruits, herbs, other crops and livestock into a sustainable agriculture-based business. The practical hands-on approach gives farmers the skills needed to create and strengthen a successful business venture. In addition, attendees will be introduced to resources and contacts they need to run their business more efficiently and effectively.
The program, which is an introduction into business basics and an exciting addition to the Agribusiness Technology program at RCC, starts Monday, Jan. 13:
• Intro to Business Planning (Jan. 13): Attendees can turn their interest in growing crops and livestock into a sustainable, agricultural-based business. This Ag training gives farmers the tools to create or revise business plans for an economically sustainable farm enterprise.
• Self & Farm Assessment (Jan. 20): This seminar allows participants to better understand themselves and their potential as entrepreneurs, identifying strengths which enhance their chances for success in business and weaknesses which might interfere with success. Attendees will discuss the methods of analyzing sites for agricultural purposes, assess the existing and needed infrastructure and equipment, and assess the farm’s proximity to markets including access and types of markets.
• Marketing & Market Feasibility (Jan. 27): Participants will learn the value of a marketing plan including identifying and access to their markets, and learn how to research similar or comparable businesses and market demand for products.
• Business Operations (Feb. 3): This seminar will help participants be specific and detailed about the “meat and potatoes” of their business-how it will be run to serve customers effectively and how it will be organized to operate efficiently and profitably.
• Business Operations 2 (Feb. 10): During this seminar, attendees will work on break-even analysis, while also discussing legal and tax requirements that are often the areas new business owners are the most unsure and apprehensive about. Experts on business legal structure and other legal requirements will discuss and give insight for decisions needed to be made by entrepreneurs that will have many financial implications going forward.
• Business Financials (Feb. 17): Understanding financial terminology is a very important first step to determine how much money business owners need for their business. Participants will get down to the financial facts for their proposed business. Using cost estimates that will provide a reasonable picture of the business/operations.
• Business Financials 2 (Feb. 24): Participants will run a cash flow projection for their farm business.
• Harvest Time (March 2, Continuing Education & Industrial Center on the Asheboro Campus, room 102): Pulling It All Together — Participants will have the opportunity to present their business plan while getting feedback on how to move forward with their business idea.
Each course is from 6-9 p.m. These seminars are not intended to replace or be used as a substitute for any degree or certificate curriculum program offered at RCC. For questions about our Agribusiness Technology Curriculum programs, please contact RCC Admissions.
RCC’s SBC also is offering these seminars this month:
MindSpark Live: Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur?
There are lots of pros and cons to being an entrepreneur. This session will help participants think through all the different angles you should consider when deciding whether business ownership is right for them, gaining insight into self-assessment tools and get valuable information on what it really takes to be an entrepreneur. Participants will learn about resources available that will be invaluable assets to them as they begin the journey to business ownership.
This live webinar with guest speaker Snider is presented through Zoom the first Wednesday of each month, starting Jan. 8, from noon-1 p.m.
Small Business Tax Tips
The staff at Liberty Tax of Asheboro will help attendees understand tax deductions for small businesses and how to maximize savings and stay within all the appropriate tax guidelines.
There are two sessions on Thursday, Jan. 9, in room 117 of the CEIC. The first session is from 9-10:30 a.m. and will be conducted in Spanish.
The second session is from 1-2:30 p.m.
QuickBooks for Small Business
The informative session with guest speaker Jo Ann Harris will show attendees how they can utilize QuickBooks for their small business. Topics covered will include: Understanding the different versions of QuickBooks and how to choose the best for your business, the basics functions of QuickBooks, and tips and tricks for maximizing using. There will be an in-depth continuing education course offered following this session.
There are two sessions being offered, Jan. 14 and 16, in room 106 of the CEIC from 6-8 p.m.
The following two seminars both take place on Thursday, Jan. 16, are part of the 2020 Trend Up Lunch & Learn Series with the Randleman Chamber of Commerce. They are free to Chamber Members with a $10 charge at the time of the seminar for non-chamber members to cover the cost of lunch.
Trend Up L&L: How to Get Better Customers and Make More Money!
Guest Speaker Martin Brossman will discuss integrating referral and digital marketing with little or no marketing budget to give you a fierce competitive advantage. Attendees will discover the Aikido of Marketing™ and learn how to have a ground game and web game that puts them way ahead of the competition.
The seminar is from noon-1:30 p.m.
Trend UP E&E: Relationship Marketing: The Ground Game for Small Businesses
Brossman will take a deep dive into how to gain more business directly from current and future customers without them experiencing any pressure. This course will teach attendees how to earn and maintain a steady flow of referrals to build and expand their business, how to have an ongoing flow of referrals, how to develop the skills and habits that drive the right type of referrals, and how to get more and higher quality referrals.
The seminar is from 6-8 p.m.