The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar “How to Write a Business Plan” Tuesday, September 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the College’s Regional High Technology Center 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 dos and don'ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.

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:

 “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 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.