Resources for Small Business and Entrepreneurs

July 13, 2017

Person County EDC would like to encourage small business owners and entrepreneurs to utilize the resources available this summer and fall through Piedmont Community College's Small Business Center! Please see the list of available seminars below.

PCC Fall Small Business Seminars 2017

July 25 – Best Businesses to Start Right Now 6pm -9pm This seminar is designed for people who want to start a business but don’t know how to decide what type. You will get help understanding how to decide what type of business would fit you and your personality as well as your interest. Instructor: Mike Colins August 3 – Business Safety and Security 6pm– 8pm This seminar will help new and current business owners engage in safe practices when opening or closing a business. It will also make business owners aware of dangers when completing monetary transactions and dealing with difficult customers. Instructor: Chief Hess August 24 – One Page Marketing for your Business 6pm – 9pm Create a marketing plan that is clear focused, results driven and relevant. In this class, you will learn a simple way to create a one-page marketing plan and a marketing map to follow that includes the web, social marketing, and traditional marketing. Often the simplest plans are easiest to stay focused on and to get clear team involvement with. Instructor: Martin Brossman August 31 – How to Improve Your Credit Score 6pm - 9pm In order to qualify for financial assistance, a small business owner must have acceptable credit. And a good credit score can save thousands in interest costs. This seminar is designed to explain the mystery of credit reports and scores to small business owners and others, and give ideas of improving them. No matter what your score, there is always room for improvement. Instructor: Ed Ormsby September 26 – Dealing with difficult employees, co-workers, and customers 12:30pm to 2pm One of the biggest challenges for a business owner, or anyone, is not to get caught up in a customer’s intensity. In this seminar, we’ll look at the behaviors that make a person frustrating to deal with, and also at how we can make our responses calming and reassuring to customers, employees and others. We’ll talk about how to communicate clearly and directly so that miscommunication and conflicts reduce your stress level. I always leave time in this seminar for discussion and for people to discuss challenging situations. Instructor: Emily Balance October 12 – Is Opening a Business a Good Fit For You 12:30pm to 2pm Completing this class is an important step toward deciding whether or not you should start a business. Business ownership can be an exhilarating, demanding, and lucrative endeavor, but it is not for everyone. Instructor: Michael Burns After completing this class, you will be able to:

  • Clarify some of the myths and realities of small business ownership.
  • Start a self-assessment to determine your readiness to become a small business owner.
  • Set a plan of action to complete your self-assessments by seeking feedback from stakeholders, such as family, friends, and potential customers.

November 7 - Record Keeping, Licensing, and Tax Planning 6pm to 9pm After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of record keeping and why record keeping is important to a small business.
  • Identify record keeping practices, rules, and tools which are commonly available to a small business.
  • Explain how these record keeping practices, rules, and tools work.
  • Identify benefits a small business derives from proper record keeping.
  • Explain record keeping basics for a small business.
  • Identify software products available for small business record keeping.
  • Identify the federal tax reporting requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for federal taxes.
  • Identify the general state/local tax reporting requirements of a small business, and establish a plan to account and pay for state/local taxes.
  • Identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small business. Instructor: Michael Burns


For more information, visit the website or contact:
Mr. Jody B. Blackwell
Director, Small Business Center/Customized Training Programs
Piedmont Community College
PO Box 1197, Roxboro, NC 27573


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