A person.
The Small Business Center is bringing its core classes, led by ECU's David Mayo, to the Washington County Center.

Small Business Center Core Curriculum with David Mayo at Washington County Center

The Small Business Center at Beaufort County Community College is bringing its core curriculum to the Washington County Center in Roper. All of these classes are free, but participants should register by clicking on the titles of the classes or calling 252-940-6375. Participants who complete all five classes will receive a certificate of completion.

David Mayo will lead the core curriculum. As a faculty member teaching in the field of entrepreneurship and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center in the Miller School of Entrepreneurship at ECU, he brings state-level expertise to local business owners. Mayo is a graduate of NC State University with a major in marketing as well as a graduate of East Carolina University with a Master of Business Administration.

How to Start a Small Business

In this free class, David Mayo will answer questions like: Are you ready to start a business? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a new business? Where do I obtain permits and licenses? What tax information is needed and where do I find it? How do I maintain objectivity? It will take place on Monday, May 13 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

How to Write a Business Plan

Starting a small business is a huge step for anyone. David Mayo will help students with the fundamentals of writing a business plan, the foundation for success when making a decision to start a new business or acquire an existing business. It is key when it comes to seeking funds for a business. This free class will take place after “How to Start a Small Business” from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13.

Marketing and Advertising for Your Business

Drawing attention to your business is tougher than ever before. Large chain stores, a challenging economy, the Internet, etc. have made the small business venture often times frustrating. BUT you can take matters into your hands and discover what you can do to bring customers to you. In this seminar David Mayo will teach low cost advertising/marketing strategies and methods, creating a marketing plan, scoring greater sales with current customers, and other “tricks” of the trade. This free class will run from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20.

Financing Your Business

Starting your own business is part of the American dream. You’ve given this thought and sought advice. You are just about ready to begin. Then you ask yourself; how do I finance my business; who can give me good, solid, reliable advice; are there loans/grants available to assist me?; what should I be aware of? The economy can be tough, so consider taking this free course. It will run from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20, after “Marketing and Advertising Your Business.”

Recordkeeping and Taxes for Small Business

Do you know your product or service upside down and backwards, BUT the numbers just drive you up the wall? Do you really work hard, but always seem to run out of cash at the end of the month? This seminar will help you understand the financial aspects of your business. We’ll talk about tax issues. You’ll become familiar with those financial terms that confuse you, but are the road map to your success. Keith Kidwell is your presenter. You will learn what makes your business thrive and grow? What is a CPA and when and how do you use them? How to understand financial statements. What your banker is looking for? What federal and state reports are required? If I made that much money, where is it? This free class will run from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3.