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

A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the do's and don'ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy.

The presenter will be Russ Seagle. Seagle is the executive director of The Sequoyah Fund, Inc., a Community Development Finance Institution located in Cherokee, NC. He is also the owner of Seagle Management Consulting, a small business consulting and development firm located in Cullowhee, NC. Russ speaks frequently on small business topics, including business planning, time management, customer service and marketing.

How to Write a Business Plan” is part of the Small Business Start-Up Series. Additional seminars in this series include:           

“Basics of Bookkeeping” will be held Tuesday, March 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Your Small Business Taxes” will be held Thursday, March 14, 11a.m.-2 p.m.

“Marketing Your Business” will be held Tuesday, April 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“How to Find Your Customers” will be held Tuesday, April 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Financing Your Business” will be held Thursday, April 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Visit SBC.Haywood.edu 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 ncsbc.net for more information.