The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will offer a free webinar, “How to Write a Business Plan,” Thursday, March 26, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. 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.

“Now more than ever businesses need a roadmap to guide them through uncertainty,” explains Russ Seagle, speaker for the seminar. “It's not just start-ups who need a business plan these days. A business plan may not be an accurate prediction of the future, but it can be used as a steady guide to help us deal with a changing environment and changing economy. A good business plan won't guarantee success, but having no plan is almost certainly a guarantee of failure."

This online webinar teaches participants the important components of a business plan and helps 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.

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. Seagle speaks frequently on small business topics, including business planning, time management, customer service and marketing.

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.