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

Turn Your Passion into a Business on Etsy – August 7, 2018, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. – Wilkes CampusEtsy is a rapidly growing online marketplace for selling handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies. With more than 54 million members, there’s no better place to launch your own creative small business. In fact, sellers took home over 24 billion in sales in 2016 alone. Participants will learn how to sell their artwork, jewelry, crafts, and vintage items in this easy fast-paced class. You will not believe how easy it is to Grow Your Brand with a wealth of new customers and promotional tools. Participants will also learn how to register and start selling on Etsy. Share the story of your craft in your profile, item photos, and shop banner. Escape the 9-5 grind and focus on your passion. You will be guided through planning the basics of your small business strategy and given an in-depth look at Etsy’s tools to help you succeed online.

QuickBooks: Learning the Online Version – August 9, 2018, 5:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. – Wilkes Campus
A QuickBooks Pro-Advisor will take you on a tour and suggest ways this popular software can help small business owners save time, better manage their business, simplify bookkeeping, and help businesses avoid costly errors. Basic computer knowledge is required.

How to Start a Small Business– August 12, 2018, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. – Wilkes Campus
Participants will learn the basics of starting a business; while taking their idea from inception to opportunity. The seminar covers key strategies for start-ups, financing, and marketing in addition to important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, and operations. Students will realize the importance of self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of their business idea.

How to Create a Profitable Airbnb Business – August 16, 2018, 5:15 p.m. -7:15 p.m. – Alleghany Center
Do you have a space that could be generating revenue on the Airbnb market, but aren’t sure where to begin? Or are you already renting, but feeling like you are not getting the results you anticipated? If your answer is yes, this course is for you. Join Airbnb Superhost and speaker Jerrica Edmonds for an introductory course on how to become part of the ever-growing world of short-term property rental via Airbnb. Jerrica turned her rental property in Savannah, GA into one of the most sought-after vacation rentals in the area in less than a year. Airbnb University will teach you how to become the best Airbnb choice in your area; in turn allowing you to generate revenue. You’ll also learn how to kick-start renting on Airbnb in the most efficient way, avoid critical mistakes, optimize Airbnb business best practices, and automate renting to generate passive income.

SnapChat for Small Business – August 21, 2018, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. – Wilkes Campus
SnapChat is capturing the attention of millennials with its disappearing photos and messages, filters and lenses, and private messaging. Businesses have an opportunity to reach millennials not only with their engaging stories but by encouraging your customers to include your business in their special moment. Do you want to reach the growing market of millennials between the ages of 25 – 35 or their parents? If so, then you need to understand how to use SnapChat. In this seminar, you will learn the fundamentals of SnapChat, how you can use it for your business, and how to use SnapChat’s On-Demand Geo-Filters to make your business part of your customer’s special moments.

How to Write a Business Plan – August 28, 2018, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – Wilkes Campus
A business plan can be the most valuable tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long‐term success. This seminar teaches participants the important components of a business plan and helps lay the foundation for a winning plan. Participants will discover how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated; how a business plan is used by potential lenders; and the dos and don’ts of writing a plan. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners and will follow the NCREAL Curriculum.

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.