The Wilkes Community College Small Business Center will offer seminars throughout its service area in the upcoming months.
These seminars are offered at no charge to participants. Pre-registration is recommended as space in limited. Visit www.ncsbc.net/center.aspx?center=75570 to pre-register.
The Small Business Center (SBC) at WCC will offer the seminar “How Do I Start My Own Business?” at the Wilkes Campus, Ashe Campus and Alleghany Center. This is an in-depth walk through the mechanics of developing a business concept, product or service assessment as well as the feasibility and basic start-up cost. Discussions will cover other facets of a business start-up such as the need for a business plan and cost analysis.
Instructor Ruben Gonzales will offer this seminar on August 28 from 6-9 p.m. in Hayes Hall Room 317 on the Wilkes Campus. Instructor Mike Tucker will offer this seminar on September 9 from 6-9 p.m. at the Ashe Campus. Instructor Matt Rudisill will offer this seminar on September 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Alleghany Center.
The SBC will offer “Driving Traffic to Your Business Website Using Pay-Per-Click” on September 3 from 12-2 p.m. This seminar will be held in the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Board Room. Instructor Boomer Sassmann will introduce the Google Pay-Per-Click or PPC advertising. Participants will set up a new PPC account, execute some keyword research on a particular industry and create a starter batch of ads to be used on the “experimental ad group.” The goal is to offer a well-rounded understanding of how to set up Google Pay-Per-Click campaigns to drive search traffic to a business’s website or blog.
On September 8, from 6-8 p.m., at the Alleghany Center, Herman Metzler will speak on “How Can I Finance a Small Business?” He will address the difficulties in trying to find money to start a new business by sharing ways to prepare and proceed to seek funding. Metzler says that there are more opportunities now than ever before to consider when funding a small business. Metzler is a counselor with the High Country SCORE chapter in Boone. SCORE is a nonprofit association of volunteers who provide counseling and educational opportunities to entrepreneurs. SCORE has been helping prospective and existing small business owners to succeed for over 40 years.
The SBC Network, comprised of 58 small business centers throughout North Carolina, supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of training, counseling and resource information.
WCC, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.