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The Small Business Center is located at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center in Clayton. The Center’s mission is to support the entrepreneur in business start-up and to provide assistance to existing business owners to promote their success.

The Center does this by offering training, counseling and information services to the general public at little or no charge often in collaboration with local Chambers of Commerce, professional organizations and other agencies and groups. Counseling is by appointment and is provided at no charge by calling (919) 209-2015.

Register for these seminars online, email swgardner@johnstoncc.edu or or call (919) 209-2591.

Following is a list of seminars of interest to entrepreneurs and those who would like to start a small business.

Printable 2014 Spring SBC Schedule
Printable 2014 Summer/Fall SBC Schedule

Upcoming Seminars

10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business (3 Hrs)

This seminar will give you an overall understanding of the steps you need to take to make your dream venture a reality. It includes topics such as researching your market; defining your business structure; determining the needed local/state taxes, fees and licenses; developing a marketing strategy, setting up your record keeping system and writing your business plan.

Course Code: SBC 3601 13P
Dates/Days: May, 05, 2014 (M)
Course Times: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Center
Registration Fee: Free

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15 Common Mistakes That Will Undermine Any Business

We have all heard the old saying "learn from other’s mistakes." The presenter, Bob Moore, created this seminar from experiences owning his own businesses and working for medium and large domestic and international corporations. Opening and operating a small business normally involves a great deal of time and a substantial financial investment. During this seminar, you will learn the fifteen most common mistakes made by entrepreneurs and many corporations that ultimately undermine the business. Regardless of whether you are opening or operating a business or the size of your company, this seminar will prove to be invaluable in helping you form a legal, profitable, and growing business. Make a solid investment in the future survival of your business by planning to attend this informative seminar!

Course Code: SBC 3601 02U
Dates/Days: May, 20, 2014 (T)
Course Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Workforce Development Center
Registration Fee: Free

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Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business? (3 Hrs)

This seminar is a hands-on way to learn more about entrepreneurship. It encourages participants to think like an entrepreneur while learning about small business management. By the end of the seminar, each participant will have analyzed their reasons for considering entrepreneurship and will have assessed their capabilities to successfully create a business.

Course Code: SBC 3601 05U
Dates/Days: June, 07, 2014 (T)
Course Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Workforce Development Center
Registration Fee: Free

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Course Code: SBC 3601 02F
Dates/Days: September, 08, 2014 (M)
Course Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Kenly Center
Registration Fee: Free

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Business Side of a Faith Based Organization (3 Hrs)

Learn the proper business structure, board organization, volunteer management, business tips, plus more…

Course Code: SBC 3601 20P
Dates/Days: May, 13, 2014 (T)
Course Times: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Workforce Development Center
Registration Fee: FREE

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Creating a Winning Business Plan

Mike Collins, The Perfect Workday Co., Presenter
Whether you have a service business, retail, manufacturing or direct marketing you need a plan. In fact, if you try to borrow money for a business the first question asked by the lender will be, “Do you have a business plan?” This seminar will help you get started with creating a business plan that fits your business. Topics include: how to easily create a simple business plan; how to create a full-length plan that can guide your business; which parts of the plan must be done in specific ways; which parts of the plan bankers focus on; how to create the important marketing segment of the plan; and what the plan must look like. If you think the time is right for you to start a business—you’re right! Mike Collins is one of the most frequently featured business seminar presenters in the Southeastern United States. He is the author of four books and hundreds of business articles in publications such as Newsweek, American Banker, BUSINESS: North Carolina and Triangle Business Journal.

Course Code: SBC 3601 03U
Dates/Days: May, 29, 2014 (Th)
Course Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Workforce Development Center
Registration Fee: Free

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Financing Your Small Business (3 Hrs)

Are you exploring financial options for starting or maintaining a small business? If so, this is a seminar that you don’t want to miss! Learn from a lender important information on what it takes to get funding for your business. Topics to be explored include the importance of a strong business plan, lender financing options, SBA loan processes, and tips for grant research and writing. This seminar is a must for the savvy business owner!

Course Code: SBC 3601 07U
Dates/Days: June, 24, 2014 (T)
Course Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Workforce Development Center
Registration Fee: Free

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Course Code: SBC 3601 05F
Dates/Days: October, 02, 2014 (Th)
Course Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Benson Conference Center
Registration Fee: Free

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Grant Writing 102 (3 Hrs)

Gain more knowledge for writing grant proposals for non-profit organizations. This seminar expresses the technical side of writing a grant. PRE-REQUISITE: Grant Writing 101.

Course Code: SBC 3601 18P
Dates/Days: April, 22, 2014 (T)
Course Times: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Workforce Development Center
Registration Fee: FREE

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How to Raise Your Credit Score to Over 740 Points

A good credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. Should you have one credit card or four? Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance? Should you carry a 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. Your credit score is also important in determining the interest rate of your loans, your insurance premiums 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. Do you understand these reports and 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 in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. You will learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score simply by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry balances. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. Make plans to attend now!

Course Code: SBC 3601 01U
Dates/Days: May, 19, 2014 (M)
Course Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Kenly Center
Registration Fee: Free

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How to Sell to the Government (2 Hrs)

Find out how to sign up to sell your merchandise and services to the Federal government and military. Increase your business with government contracts.

Course Code: SBC 3601 19P
Dates/Days: April, 30, 2014 (W)
Course Times: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Workforce Development Center
Registration Fee: FREE

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How to Write a Business Plan (3 Hrs)

A strong business plan is a critical part of business success. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This workshop covers the basics you need to put together a business plan that will assist you with start up and funding your business.

Course Code: SBC 3601 07F
Dates/Days: October, 13, 2014 (M)
Course Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Benson Conference Center
Registration Fee: Free

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The Best Small Business To Start Right Now (3 Hrs)

This might be the best time in decades to start a business. Competitors are hard-hit, resources are cheaper, and good people aren’t hard to find. What would be the best small business for you to start right now? Would a business bring in extra income or provide a job? This seminar can help you answer the following questions:

• How to create a business idea that fits you
• Businesses you can start for under $100
• “Hot” businesses that will grow in coming years. The program will list over 30 types of businesses with growth potential.
• 5 easy-to-use steps to starting a business.

If you think the time is right for you to start a business—you’re right! This program will help you get started in the right way. The program presenter will be Mike Collins, president of The Perfect Workday Company. Collins is one of the most frequently featured business seminar presenters in the Southeastern United States. He is the author of four books and hundreds of business articles in publications such as Newsweek, American Banker, BUSINESS: North Carolina and Triangle Business Journal.

Course Code: SBC 3601 06U
Dates/Days: June, 09, 2014 (M)
Course Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Workforce Development Center
Registration Fee: Free

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Understanding Your Small Business’ IRS Tax Obligations (2 Hours)

Taxation for small businesses may be simple or complex, depending on the size and business structure. This seminar will discuss the specific tax liability for each type of business. Starting with sole proprietorship we will walk through the tax cycle for business and highlight the differences between the business entities. The presenter will focus on withholding, payroll taxes and the proper forms needed for income taxes. Be informed regarding your business’ tax obligation!

Course Code: SBC 3601 09F
Dates/Days: October, 23, 2014 (Th)
Course Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Benson Conference Center
Registration Fee: Free

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For more information, contact:
 

Pat Killette
Small Business Center Director
(919) 209-2015
pwkillette@johnstoncc.edu
 

or call (919) 209-2591

 
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