Small Business Center offering free seminars

Staff Report

Surry Community College’s Small Business Center will be holding free seminars and workshops in August at various locations in Surry and Yadkin counties. Among those seminars are:

Monetize Your Ideas will be the topic of a seminar on Monday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room J-103 at Surry Community College, 630 S. Main St., Dobson. This seminar is for those with great ideas for offering services or products online to expand their brand. There are plenty of ways to increase that bottom line and monetize ideas. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the necessary tools, online practices, and marketing strategies to create E-books, podcasts, blogs, webinars, and magazines. Chisa Pennix-Brown will be the speaker.

Five Generations at Work will be the topic of a seminar on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Fairfield Inn, 628 CC Camp Road/268 Bypass, Elkin. Patricia Hatley, author of “4 Generations @ Work: Leading from Conflict to Collaboration,” will address the five generations in the workplace – veterans, baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, and plurals – and explore each group’s preferences, values, digital impact, workplace implications, and what works to inspire members of the respective group to engagement. Hatley will delve into the subject of giving employees a voice and the “power of ASK” as it pertains to employee engagement, motivation and commitment.

Bringing Customers into Your Business During a Street Festival will be discussed in a workshop on Monday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mount Airy Public Library, 145 Rockford St., Mount Airy. Learn how to embrace one’s town, and its events, by gaining business during a street festival. Topics of discussion during this two-hour, hands-on workshop will include curb appeal, sales, orders, and pre-event preparations that will enhance one’s creativity in marketing a business. The speaker will be Chisa Pennix-Brown.

Selling on eBay will be discussed in a seminar on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in Room 121 of the Center for Public Safety, 1220 South State St., Mount Airy (behind Arby’s). This seminar is ideal for the beginner or entrepreneur interested in making eBay a primary business tool. During this fast-paced session, participants will learn the best practices to use when setting up an account, listing items for sale, taking payments, and shipping. Speaker Nick Hawks will touch on several topics including eBay appraisals and research, registering and starting a seller’s account, choosing formats and categories, and writing descriptions that help sell your products. Hawks will discuss submitting photos, feedback, using a PayPal account, and pricing philosophies as well in order to help participants become eBay’s Top Rated Sellers.

How to Start a Home-Based Business will be the topic of a workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 134 of the Pilot Center, 612 East Main St., Pilot Mountain. Many people find working from home to be an ideal arrangement and decide to set up businesses in their homes. Learn the requirements for getting started with a home-based business including finding your niche, legal requirements, and developing a business plan. The speaker will be Melissa Terrell.

How to Get Out of Debt will be the topic of a seminar on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 102 of the Elkin Center, 1461 North Bridge St., Elkin. Be debt-free and live more abundantly. Learn financial strategies that will work for individuals. The presenter, Ron Shaffer, eliminated $55,000 worth of debt in less than three years; attending this seminar will provide participants with the same financial principles in order to improve their own financial situations.

Social Media Strategies that Work will be discussed in a seminar on Monday, Aug. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 202 of the Yadkin Center, 1001 College Drive, Yadkinville. Having a social media presence for your business is crucial in customer relationship building as it allows potential and current customers to learn your brand and make a personal connection prior to purchasing. Those attending this seminar will learn how to make engaging images, complete a competitor analysis, schedule posts and cross-post on multiple platforms. Brittany Eller will be the speaker.

Grant Research will be discussed in a workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 111 of the Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy. This workshop is ideal for those wanting to apply for grant funds to help support nonprofit organizations that are having a difficult time finding grants. It is designed to help participants learn the details needed to begin and conduct successful research in an efficient manner. Topics of discussion include locating funders whose priorities match your needs, navigating grant databases and online resources, and avoiding common pitfalls during the research process. The speaker will be Amanda Pearce.

The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor for seminars held in Mount Airy and Pilot Mountain. The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the seminars held in Yadkin County. 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 Anyone in need of information about confidential, one-on-one counseling and resource referrals may contact Dale Badgett at or call (336) 386-3685.

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