The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar titled, “How to Start a Business,” Tuesday, August 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the College’s Regional High Technology Center in room 3021.

Understand the basics of starting a business-from idea to opportunity. This seminar will cover key strategies for startup, 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. 

The presenter will be Russ Seagle of Seagle Management Consulting.        

“How to Start a Business” is part of the Business Startup Series. 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. The sessions 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 this series include:

 “How to Write a Business Plan” will be held Thursday, August 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Financing Your Business” will be held Thursday, September 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“Basics of Bookkeeping” will be held Tuesday, September 11, 6-9:00 p.m.

“Marketing Your Business” will be held Tuesday, September 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Choosing Your Legal Structure” will be held Tuesday, October 2, 5-7 p.m.

“How to Find Your Customers” will be held Tuesday, October 23, 6-9 p.m.

“Your Small Business Taxes” will be held Tuesday, November 6, 11a.m.-1 p.m.

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 facilitates an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC counties each year and ranks number one in the U.S. for total business seminars and participants. In addition, the network helps start an average of over 700 businesses every year and works to create and retain 3,800 jobs annually for North Carolina. Visit for more information.