Free SBC seminars coming this month

Surry Community College’s Small Business Center will be holding free seminars and workshops in October at various locations in Surry and Yadkin counties.

Fundraising with Your Board will be the topic of a seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Elkin Center, 1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin. Non-profit executives and board members need to understand the many potential roles they can play in development and fundraising. This three-hour seminar will discuss strategies to generate actions from your board members that will support and enhance fundraising and program efforts and will help participants identify key steps to moving a board forward and creating a culture of support for development efforts. Discover the pitfalls to avoid when asking for your board’s help and the steps to take to increase board participation in development work.

The Basics of Bookkeeping will be the subject of a workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 State St., Mount Airy. In this workshop, participants will gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for a small business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best informed business decisions.

Donor Relations will be the topic of a workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Elkin Center. Having a positive social media presence for your business is crucial in customer relationship building; it allows your potential and current customers to learn your brand and make a personal connection before their purchase. Learn about various strategies that can be used to increase your social media presence and how to make engaging images, complete a competitor analysis, schedule posts, and cross post on multiple platforms.

Marketing Your Small Business will be the topic of a seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy. 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 development, and differentiate between branding, advertising and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.

The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the seminars held in Mount Airy. The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the seminars held in Elkin. The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the seminars in Yadkinville.

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. Follow the Small Business Center on Facebook @surrysbc.

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