Free business seminars set for May

The Small Business Center at Surry Community College will be holding several free seminars and workshops in May at various locations in Surry and Yadkin counties.

Get Found on Google Search & Maps will be the topic of a workshop on Tuesday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Elkin Center, 1461 North Bridge Street, Elkin. Business owners can stop by to see what sort of business presence they have online and work on their company’s social media strategy in the computer lab. No appointment is needed.

Business Contracts: Leases and Other Business Agreements will be discussed at a seminar on Thursday, May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Pilot Center Room 134, 612 East Main Street, Pilot Mountain. In this seminar, participants will cover the basic elements necessary for any contract to be considered enforceable and potentially problematic catch phrases to look for in contract language. The seminar will also teach the distinction between a contract and an agreement with dedicated emphasis on leases. The speaker will be Gary Lawrence.

Independent Contractor or Employee will be the topic of a seminar on Monday, May 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 111 of The Center for Public Safety, 1220 South State Street, Mount Airy. The seminar will define an independent contractor and an employee, and explain the importance of understanding the difference between the two. Participants will leave with an understanding of what is required when hiring an independent contractor or an employee as it relates to federal taxes. A message for all schedule C filers that will further educate participants on their tax responsibilities is also included. The speaker will be Attorney Robert Wall of Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC Law firm.

Overcoming Business Objections will be discussed in a seminar on Tuesday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 1320 EMS Drive, Mount Airy. In sales, objections can seem all too common – from not interested to too busy. The best sales people have answers to every objection in the book. This seminar gives participants the chance to learn how the top 20 percent of sales people handle common objections and turn them into money. Jim Blaylock will be the speaker. This seminar is part of the Surry Business Academy. To register for this seminar, contact The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce at (336) 786-6116.

Certification Options for Small Business will be examined in a seminar on Wednesday, May 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Surry Community College, J-Building Room 103, 630 S. Main Street, Dobson. Certification programs for small, women, minority, veteran and disadvantaged businesses can be an excellent tool for small business owners. In this seminar, learn to translate the alphabet soup language of business certification: MBE, WBE, WBENC, HUB. Learn who qualifies for each certification, how to start the certification process, and the certifications right for a specific business. Melissa Terrell of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development will be the speaker.

Business Structure will be covered during a seminar on Monday, May 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy. The seminar will discuss the difference between a sole proprietor, partnership and corporation. Learn the importance of record keeping, specific records to keep and the length of time to keep them. Participants will also get an overview of their tax responsibilities as a small business. The speaker will be attorney Robert Wall of Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC Law firm.

Federal Contracting and SBA Programs/Services will be discussed at a seminar on Thursday, May 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 111 of The Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy. The federal government spends over $600 billion dollars on goods and services every year. Participants will find out how to access the federal marketplace in this seminar and learn about the following federal certifications: female-owned small business; small disadvantaged business; veteran and service disabled veteran program; 8(a) business development program; and HUB Zone empowerment contracting program. Joe Ann Shaeffers will be the speaker.

The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor for seminars held in Mount Airy and Pilot Mountain. The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the seminars held in Elkin and Dobson.

To register for any of these seminars or to view a complete listing of the upcoming Small Business Center offerings in Surry and Yadkin counties visit unless otherwise noted. Anyone needing information about confidential, one-on-one counseling and resource referrals may contact Denise Brown at or call (336) 386-3685.