The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled, “How to Start a Business,” on Thursday, February 25, from 5:30-8:30 pm in Room 204 on the HCC campus.

Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes participants from idea to opportunity. This seminar will cover key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing, as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations, and more. Participants will realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of a business idea; discover the resources available to help start and successfully operate a business.  

Russ Seagle of Seagle Management Consulting is the presenter.

The “How to Start a Business” seminar is part of the Business Startup Series. Do you have an idea for a business? Does your business need to grow? The Small Business Startup series is for you! Geared toward early stage entrepreneurs and those looking to start a business, the FREE series is comprised of the top eight pillars critical to the successful foundation of a business. Each session will feature Industry experts to walk you through each topic in detail. Attendees are welcome to attend a single session of interest or the entire series. 

Additional Seminars in the Business Startup Series include: 

How to Write a Business Plan, March 10, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

How to Price Your Product or Service, March 17, 6 – 9pm

Choosing Your Legal Structure, March 21, 6-8 pm

Financing Your Business, March 23, 4 - 6 pm

How to Find Your Customers, March 29, 6 - 9 pm

So You have an Idea! Now What?, April 5, 3-5 pm

Your Small Business Taxes, April 7, 2 - 4 pm

Basics of Bookkeeping, April 12, 6 - 9 pm

Doing Business with the Government, April 20, 9-11 am

Marketing Your Business, April 19, 6 – 9 pm

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.