Free sessions begin Tuesday

Last updated: May 02. 2014 7:07AM - 686 Views

Melonie Flomer | Richmond County Daily Journal
Melonie Flomer | Richmond County Daily Journal
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HAMLET – Richmond Community College’s Small Business Center has partnered with NC REAL to offer free seminars for people interested in learning about starting a business.

The REAL “Deal” series includes 10 seminars that will walk participants through the business planning process. Each seminar focuses on a specific part of the business plan and by the last seminar, participants will have created a rough draft of their business plan, RCC officials said.

The seminars will be offered at RCC’s Honeycutt Center, at 600 McLean St. in Laurinburg. Seminars start Tuesday and end June 3. Each seminar is offered from 6 to 9 p.m.

“The REAL seminars are a fun and interactive journey through the business planning process. Instead of lecturing you, we use hands-on activities to teach each topic,” Shannon Gallagher, Eastern Regional associate for NC REAL, said. “The seminars are enriched by the addition of insights from business professionals and provide a fantastic opportunity to get your business plan pulled together, as well as, network with other individuals in your community.”

The seminars are part of a grant awarded to NC REAL through the North American Development Bank. NC REAL is a nonprofit organization that grows entrepreneurship in North Carolina by training teachers, supporting local entrepreneurship programs, and developing timely, hands-on entrepreneurial curriculum.

“Each seminar is a stepping stone to business planning success,” Gallagher said. “The initial seminars will assess your skills and readiness as an entrepreneur, the feasibility of your business idea and whether there is a fit for your business idea in the community. The next seminars will address marketing and talk about how to market your products or services and pricing. The operations seminars address the ins and outs of your business; topics include: business legal structure, management/personnel needs, insurance requirements and permits required to open a business. Finally, business financials will be covered; here you will determine what it will cost to open your business.”

Each seminar participant, along with anyone from the community who is planning to start a business, will have an opportunity to present their completed business plan June 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Honeycutt Center.

Interested individuals must pre-register online at http://tiny.cc/sbcseminars, email at sbc@richmondcc.edu or call Small Business Center Director Deborah Hardison at 910- 410-1687 for registration information.

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