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

Introduction to Using Canva – March 1, 2021, 6:30 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.

Wild Success for 2021: Tips and Tricks – March 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Online Webinar

We are excited to move past the challenges of 2020 and embrace new opportunities for marketing in the new year. What are the key digital marketing trends to consider to engage and retain current customers and generate more traffic, leads, and revenue? This training covers where you should put your time and attention for greater success in 2021 as a small business. We offer a review of what has worked in the past and trends and projections for future profitability. Participants will gain insights into specific, actionable marketing solutions to start the new year off right while increasing sales.

How to Create a Marketing Plan – March 9, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Online Webinar

Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment, and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.

How to Write a Business Plan – March 16, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Online 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.

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.