The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will offer a free Business Jump-Start Series at the Haywood County Public Library Canton Branch. The three part series will be held Tuesdays, April 30 through May 14 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. This series is designed for both the current and the prospective business owner to get your business off the ground and into full growth mode.

Seminars in the Jump-Start Series will include:

Are You Ready to Start a Business?, April 30 - Learn the basics of starting a business from idea to opportunity. Budding Entrepreneurs will learn the importance of a self-assessment, feasibility and the resources available to assist in the planning and startup of a business.

How to Write a Business Plan, May 7 - A business plan can be the most important tool a current or prospective 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.

Financing and Financials, May 14 - A quick look into the money behind the business. Current and prospective small business owners will review key financial statements and the importance of them to the financial health of the business. Learn about resources available and financing opportunities for your venture. Get to the heart of business financing as you explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and the requirements of each.

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 over 600 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC Counties each year, helping to create and retain nearly 3,000 jobs annually.