The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a FREE Online Retail Outlet Series for Small Business Owners Wednesday, October 7 –Thursday, October 8. All of these seminars will be held at HCC’s Regional High Technology Center’s Auditorium.

In today's difficult economic circumstances small business owners and the unemployed are looking for something different to do to simulate their sales or to just find a way to earn extra money. With no startup cost eBay, Etsy, and Amazon are the perfect solutions. Join the millions who have learned to generate revenue from these online sales platforms.

eBay for Beginners, October 7, 1-4 pm:  participants will learn best practices to use when setting up an account, listing items for sale, taking payments, and shipping. Topics will include eBay features and policies, registering an account, choosing formats and categories, writing descriptions that sell, taking and submitting photos, feedback, using PayPal, and shipping tips.  

eBay Build Your Business, October 7, 6-9 pm:  a seminar for individuals having knowledge/experience of selling on eBay who want to establish a continual retail presence on eBay.  Learn those "tricks of the trade" that you have to know to become an eBay Power Seller!   

A Guide to Selling on Etsy, October 8, 1-4 pm:  Etsy is a rapidly growing online marketplace for selling handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies. With more than 30 million members, there's no better place to launch your own creative business. In fact, sellers took home over 860 million in sales in 2012 alone. Learn how to sell your artwork, jewelry, crafts, and vintage items in this easy fast-paced class. See just how easy it is to Grow Your Brand with a wealth of new customers and promotional tools. 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 business strategy and given an in-depth look at Etsy's tools to help you succeed online.

Guide to Selling on Amazon, October 8, 6-9 pm:  Amazon is the leading e-commerce website in the United States with more than $74.45 billion in 2013 net sales. Amazon has more than 237 million active customer accounts worldwide. In this fast paced seminar, you’ll learn how to register online, choose the account that fits your goals, and list an item on Amazon to maximize your probability. You’ll learn how to ship your items and minimize your expenses. Learn how to make the most money with every sale.

The presenter for all four seminars is Nick Hawks who is an Education Specialist trained by eBay. He has over 20 years’ experience of buying and selling antiques and collectibles, with over 13 years selling on eBay. Pre-registration is available via phone - 627 4521, email - or online

Visit or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register today. Thinking about starting a business in Haywood County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services and resources provided by the Small Business Center. The NC Community College’s Small Business Center Network assists in starting an average of more than 600 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all NC Counties each year, helping to create and retain nearly 3,000 jobs annually.