The Wilkes Community College Small Business Center has a variety of seminars scheduled for November 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. 

Growing Your Success: Growing Your Business – November 5, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Alleghany Center

Do you want to expand your business but don’t know how to finance that growth? Could your cash flow be better managed? Is new equipment, additional staffor a different location part of your future? BB&T in partnership with the Small Business Center would like to help you grow your business. Our Growing Your Business seminar will teach you ways to make sure your business is ready for growth. You’ll learn about separation of business from personal finances, credit and borrowing options, and insurance needs.

Double Your Contacts, Double Your Income! Market Yourself and Your Company through Networking – November 6, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wilkes Chamber of Commerce

Relationship building is vital to success in any business enterprise, yet how can you make and maintain mutually beneficial connections with prospects, clients, and colleagues? What are the secrets of effective, enjoyable networking? Come learn relationship-building strategies that will help you become a smart socializer and benefit you and your business!

How to Write a Business Plan – November 7, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Webinar

A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan.  Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated.  Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.  

Small Business Taxes – November 14, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Wilkes Campus

Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect the bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.

How to Find Customers – November 20, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Webinar

Market research isn’t just for start-ups; it’s an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires an up‐to‐date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that provide critical information about specific industries and customers. Get the data necessary to test the feasibility of a new business, as well as find the competition and the potential customers interested in the proposed product or service.

Visit 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

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.