Free event-planning workshop set Jan. 21

By: By Leighton Bell - For the Daily Journal

HAMLET — Hosting a banquet, client meeting, fundraiser, customer appreciation day, family and friends day or a tradeshow is hard work, but if done correctly, can yield results and generate revenue for your company.

To help lessen the burden of planning and organizing, the Small Business Center of Richmond Community College is hosting a free seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Cole Auditorium to provide tips on generating revenue by hosting special events. College officials say the seminar is geared toward novice and experienced event planners alike.

This fun and interactive workshop will include a brief overview of event-planning basics before delving deeper into developing an event budget, sponsorships, in-kind trades, fundraising basics and ideas, proposal and contract writing and other revenue-generating strategies.

The seminar will be led by Renae Simone, who has more than 12 years of experience in business consulting, marketing and advertising, facilities management, special events management and sales. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, as well as a graduate of the Rural Entrepreneurship Action Learning Institute and is a licensed facilitator of the course.

Simone’s passion for training aspiring and established entrepreneurs in how to conduct the “business” of their business inspired her to establish her own company, Step-by-Step Business Solutions in Greensboro. She speaks on marketing and small business-related topics at small business centers, colleges and churches throughout the state.

Registration for Thursday’s seminar may be completed online at; or via email or phone by contacting Small Business Center Director Deborah Hardison at [email protected] or 910-410-1687.

Advance registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Leighton Bell works in communications and marketing for Richmond Community College.


By Leighton Bell

For the Daily Journal