WILKESBORO, N.C. – The Wilkes Community College Small Business Center has a variety of seminars scheduled for February that support the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses. These seminars are offered at no charge to participants unless otherwise noted; however, attendees must pre-register to participate.
Grant Writing 101, February 3, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Online Webinar
As funding becomes more difficult to secure, non-profit organizations face significant challenges to fulfill their missions. This seminar reviews the questions non-profits need to answer prior to searching and applying for grant funds. It also outlines the 7 basic elements of most proposals and shows participants how to match their needs to funder priorities. Participants focus on the major questions that need to be answered prior to a grant application and incorporating these answers into research and ultimately a competitive proposal.
Effective Grant Research – February 3, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Online Webinar
This workshop is designed to help you learn the details needed to begin research, conduct successful grant research, and gain the skill set to help save you time in your searches so you can actually begin writing. The webinar will cover the details needed before you can begin research, management of research to make efficient use of your time, how to locate available grants on the local, state and government levels, how to navigate organizational websites to locate funding opportunities, grant databases and other resources that fit your specific needs, as well as pitfalls to avoid that will save you time and cut down on frustration as you work to locate funders whose priorities match your needs.
NC Sales and Use Tax 101 – February 11, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Online Webinar
The NC Department of Revenue will host a sales and use tax workshop for small business owners. The workshop will discuss the basics of sales and use taxes including registering for a sales and use tax account, learning about the most common types of sales and use taxes collected, and preparing and filing a sales and use tax return. This hands-on workshop is intended to help small business owners better understand their sales and use tax obligations and the proper procedure for filing and paying a sales and use tax return.
Claim Your Marks! Registering Trademarks and Service Marks in NC & More February 16, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Online Webinar
This webinar will raise awareness of: different kinds of intellectual property–including patents, copyright, trade secrets, trademarks & service marks; how and where each may be claimed and registered; the value gained by registering possible outcomes of not registering; the importance of protecting trademarks and service marks & ways to do so; how to determine if your mark can be registered, as well as reserving or registering trademarks and service marks in N.C. and where to turn for help.
Introduction to Using Canva – February 19, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Online Webinar
Join us for a live tutorial on how to use Canva, the best free online and mobile app to create content for your small business such as flyers, posters, and social media graphics. See content examples, learn tips and tricks, and so much more.
Using Instagram to Build Your Business – February 23, 2021, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Online Webinar
This seminar will cover the following: learning the difference between Instagram and Instagram for Business; take a tour of Instagram for Business; review best practices for posting; explore the different sub-channels of Instagram; learn how to use video to maximize your Instagram presence; explore using hashtags to grow visibility for your business; answer what is tagging; and engage in a live Q and A.
Visit www.ncsbc.net/center.aspx?center=75570 to pre-register for seminars. To learn more about the Small Business Center and seminars, contact Laurie Brintle-Jarvis, SBC director, at 336-838-6166 or [email protected].
The Small Business Center 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.
Wilkes Community College, 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.