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Small Business Center offers free August seminars

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Local business owners and prospective entrepreneurs have several opportunities to learn and network at free seminars planned at the Nash Community College Small Business Center.

Online registration is available for each class via the shortened links provided below. Attendees can also register for any of these seminars by calling Small Business Center Director Theresa Peaden at 252-451-8233 or emailing trpeaden297@nashcc.edu.

• Thursday, Aug. 8, 6-9 p.m. — “Getting Started in a Food Business.” Do you have an old family recipe that you would like to develop into a business? Love baking, and think you can generate some income from your goodies? This seminar will help take your recipe from the kitchen to the marketplace. Register at https://bit.ly/2NtLd2P.

• Thursday, Aug. 15, 6-9 p.m. — “Tips for Growing Your Food Business.” In this workshop, participants take a deeper dive into finding and developing retail markets, marketing planning and cash flow analysis. Register at https://bit.ly/2KFzWKe.

• Saturday, Aug. 17, 8:30-9:30 a.m. — “Developing an Engaged Board of Directors: Let’s Talk About Governance vs. Management.” Strong and active leadership working in tandem with the executive director are keys to success. Participants will examine the role of the board, learn how to recruit and select effective members, how to obtain commitment and how the board fulfills legal and governing duties. Register at https://bit.ly/2HGgXvj.

• Saturday, Aug. 17, 9:45-11:45 a.m. — “Volunteers: The Heart of the Community.” Learn what volunteers expect and how to keep them happy and engaged. Know where to find and how to retain them, and ways to give them value. Sidestep the transgressions that run folks away. Discover how to amp up on-boarding and develop leaders. Register at https://bit.ly/2w9M117.

• Saturday, Aug. 17, 12:45-2:45 p.m. — “Show Me the Money: Where and How to Find Grants.” Learn where to find potential grant opportunities that align with your organization’s values, goals and objectives. Discover a searchable database of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations. Register at https://bit.ly/2VHQuCl.

• Thursday, Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m. — “10 Steps to Starting a Business.” Starting your own business may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not too hard if you take it step by step. Learn an overall understanding of the steps you need to take to make your dream become a reality. Register at https://bit.ly/2JP9Sv8.

• Thursday, Aug. 29, 6-9 p.m. — “How to Find Your Customers.” Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Register at https://bit.ly/2HFX47y.

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