The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will offer a free Business Startup Series. Kicking off this series will be “How to Start a Business” Tuesday, August 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the College’s Regional High Technology Center room 3021.

Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for startup, financing and marketing, as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. This seminar will cover the importance of a self-assessment, feasibility and the resources available to assist in the planning and startup of a business.

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.

Additional seminars in this series include:

“How to Write a Business Plan” will be held Tuesday, September 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Financing Your Small Business” will be held Monday, September 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

“How to Find Your Customers” will be held Tuesday, September 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Marketing Your Business” will be held Tuesday, October 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Basics of Bookkeeping” will be held Thursday, October 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Your Small Business Taxes” will be held Tuesday, October 29, 9-11 a.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.