Haywood Community College will celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week, February 20 through 27 with a series of special events celebrating the role of entrepreneurship as a catalyst for economic development in our nation. During this weeklong event, HCC will offer the following:

“Turn Your Major into Money” will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at 10 a.m. in the HCC Library. During this information session about HCC’s Entrepreneurship Program, participants will learn how to turn a skillset or special interest into new or extra income by taking Entrepreneurship courses. This 30 minute informational session will answer questions about credentialing to become your own boss or how to make more money in the private sector.

On Wednesday, February 24 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., HCC’s Small Business Center will hold a free “Women’s Business Networking Luncheon.” Are you a female small business owner or have an idea for a new business? If so, this luncheon is the perfect opportunity to step away from the office and network with fellow women entrepreneurs! Leave inspired and renewed with the comfort of knowing what resources are available to you and your business. Preregistration is required and lunch will be provided.   

The HCC SBC will host a free seminar, “How to Start a Business,” on Thursday, February 25th from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing, and marketing, as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations, and more. 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 your business. Speaker for this seminar is Russ Seagle. This seminar will be held in Building 200, Room 204 on the HCC campus.

“Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the economic and social shifts that result from the big efforts of small business.” explains Meredith Carpenter, HCC Entrepreneurship instructor. “Entrepreneurship education is about helping people monetize their passions. Community Colleges were built on the foundation of technical skills and those are usually the skills of entrepreneurs.”

HCC’s Entrepreneurship Program offers students the option of an associate degree, diploma or two certificates.

HCC’s SBC supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of training, counseling, and resource information. Confidential counseling services, seminars and access to resource libraries are free of charge. In addition, most workshops are available free of charge.  The SBC provides free, confidential, one-on-one counseling services. For more information, please 627-4512 or email kmgould@haywood.edu