Richmond Community College Small Business Center, in cooperation with NC REAL, is offering an educational opportunity for individuals interested in learning about starting a business.
These are a set of 10 free seminars at Richmond Community College, at its Laurinburg campus. The first seminar starts May 2 from 9 a.m. to noon.
The REAL Key series is a set of 10 seminars that walk you through the entire business planning process. Each seminar focuses on one specific part of the business plan and by the end of the 10 seminars you should have created a rough draft of your business plan.
Shannon Gallagher, eastern regional associate for NC REAL said, “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. The seminars are enriched by the addition of insights from business professionals and provides a fantastic opportunity to get your business plan pulled together, as well as, network with other individuals in your community.”
Each seminar addresses a different “Key” to business planning success. 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.
Gallagher said, “We are very excited to work with Richmond Community College to bring this series to the community. We look forward to new businesses being started and creating jobs for the area.”
These seminars will be offered at the F. Dianne Honeycutt Center at 600 McLean St., Laurinburg. Seminars start May 2 and go until June 6. Each seminar is 3 hours and will be from 9 a.m. to noon.
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.
Interested individuals must pre-register online at http://tiny.cc/sbcseminars, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Deborah Hardison at 910-506-4402 or 910-410-1687.