The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar “How to Start a Business” Tuesday, February 18, 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 participants from an idea to opportunity.

Attendees will learn key strategies for startup, financing and marketing, as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.

Speaker for this seminar is Russ Seagle, 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. Seagle speaks frequently on small business topics, including business planning, time management, customer service and marketing.

Additional seminars in the Business Startup Series series include:

 “Choosing Your Small Business Legal Entity” (Online) will be held Tuesday, February 25, 9-10 a.m.

“How to Write a Business Plan” will be held Thursday, March 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Marketing Your Business” will be held Tuesday, March 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“How to Find Your Customers” will be held Tuesday, April 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Basics of Bookkeeping” will be held Tuesday, April 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Your Small Business Taxes” (Online and Seated) will be held Thursday, April 23, 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.