For Immediate Release

Contact: Sharron Donnahoe @627 4512

Date: May 14, 2007

HCC begins 5-Week Business Planning Course on June 4

The Continuing Education division of Haywood Community College will offer Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (REAL) for the sixteenth session beginning

Monday, June 4. It will help anyone who wants to explore the opportunities and challenges of opening a business.

Learn how to take a business idea, improve or expand an existing business, and “walk through” the following steps: Self-employment assessments, the business plan essentials, legal structures, community analysis, marketing research and feasibility, targeting the customer and meeting customer needs, analyzing the competition, taxes and licenses, utilizing professionals, computerized cash flow analysis, and financial feasibility.

Local business owners, Laurie Hancock and Lane Sebesta of Four Stiks Exotic Inscents, credit the REAL program with the tools and mentors that are making their business successful. “The REAL program has allowed us to move from occasional flea market sales to increased manufacturing and wholesale industry sales within eight months of completing our classes.” Four Stiks manufactures environmentally friendly candles, incense and bath and body products.

Haywood Community College (HCC) is the leading provider of education and training in entrepreneurship in Haywood County and builds on a strong tradition of decades of teaching entrepreneurship to students in curriculum and continuing education. Entrepreneurship is a concept that is stressed in courses in curriculum programs in the degree majors of Accounting, Business Administration, Cosmetology, Horticulture, Global Information Systems/Global Positioning Systems, and Professional Crafts.

The REAL course will be offered from June 4 through July 11 (no classes will be held the week of July 4th) on Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 6-9 pm for a minimal fee of $55. The class will be held on campus in the Freedlander Building. Make a small investment of your time and money for increased business success. For more information, call the Small Business Center at 627 4