Gaston College Spring 2014 Seminar Schedule

Gaston College’s Small Business Center (SBC) is proud to serve small business owners and entrepreneurs with complimentary seminars, a resource center, and one-on-one counseling. As part of a network of experienced SBC’s across North Carolina, we’re dedicated to helping small businesses thrive. Our SBC understands the unique challenges that local businesses encounter, and we’re ready to offer professional advice and instruction.

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So You Think You Have a Great Idea, Now What?

This seminar is designed to assist individuals who have a new and unique idea for a product which the inventor wants to bring to market.

TH 01/23/14  6:30 – 9:00 pm    KCC 219


Profit Is Not A Four-Letter Word

This seminar is designed to help you understand the relationship between pricing, costs and profits. Lecture and interactive exercises will expose you to areas that need consideration when pricing your products and/or services.

M    01/27/14    6:30 – 9:00 pm  LC  125

TH  01/30/14   6:30 –  9:00 pm  KCC 219

Business Planning I for the Entrepreneur

A local banker discusses the necessity and technique of developing your business plan.

M    02/03/14   6:30 – 9:00 pm  LC 125

TH  02/06/14  6:30 – 9:00 pm   KCC 219


A local CPA/accountant discusses how to “set up the books” for your business.

M    02/10/14   6:30 – 9:00 pm   LC 125

TH  02/13/14   6:30 – 9:00pm    KCC 219

Business Planning II for the Entrepreneur

A continuation of the necessity of the business planning process and how to develop your business plan.

M   02/17/14   6:30 – 9:00 pm     LC 125

TH 02/20/14  6:30 – 9:00 pm     KCC 219

Tax Issues

A local CPA/accountant discusses financial statement formulation and terminology, self-employment and payroll taxes, tax theory and forms, and aspects of interacting with your finance and accounting professional. 

M   02/24/14   6:30 – 9:00 pm    LC 125

TH 02/27/14   6:30 – 9:00 pm     CC 219

Marketing I – I Want It, Like I Like It

The first of three seminars designed to acquaint a business owner with marketing a product, service, or business entity using visual, written, and workshop based materials.

M    03/03/14  6:30 – 9:00 pm  LC 125

TH  03/06/14  6:30 – 9:00 pm  KCC 219

Legal Issues

A local attorney discusses issues on business organization, legal obligations and the rights and legal liability of the small business owner.

M    03/10/14  6:30 – 9:00 pm  LC 125

TH  03/13/14  6:30 – 9:00 pm  KCC 219

Marketing II – Targeting for Results

This seminar identifies the marketing tools relative to specific business needs, with the introduction of demographic, location, and advertising selection activities.

M    03/17/14  6:30 – 9:00 pm  LC 125

TH  03/20/14 6:30 – 9:00 pm  KCC 219

Insurance Issues

A local insurance agent discusses the insurance needs of small business.

M   03/24/14  6:30 – 9:00 pm  LC 125

TH 03/27/14  6:30 – 9:00 pm  KCC 219

Marketing III – Great Expectations

This seminar provides clarity in strategizing a realistic marketing plan that matches your limited resources.

M  03/31/14   6:30 – 9:00 pm  LC 125

TH 04/03/14 6:30 – 9:00 pm  KCC 219

Basic Accounting Principles

Chart of accounts are defined with a discussion of its importance in preparing reports. In addition, the accounting equation will be covered with an explanation of how debits and credits are used and how they impact your bottom line. Also, there will be a review of what makes up a set of financial statements.

T   04/29/14  6:00 – 8:00 pm  DSC 206

Basic Accounting Recording Assets & Liabilities

This seminar will discuss assets and why they are important. In addition, it will discuss liabilities and their long-relationships to assets. There will be a review of what is considered short-term and long-term assets and liabilities and why they are important.

T  05/06/14  6:00 – 8:00 pm  DSC 206

Basic Accounting Income & Receivables

Businesses want to make money but where does it all go. This seminar will discuss cash flow, how to control receivables, and how to improve collections.

T  05/13/14  6:00 – 8:00 pm   DSC 206

Basic Accounting Expenses, Payroll & Payables

This seminar will discuss what expenses are, how to pay out, and the impact on cash flow. In addition, it will cover negotiating terms with vendors. Also, it will discuss who the employees are, how we pay them, and payroll taxes.

T  05/20/14  6:00  – 8:00 pm   DSC 206








DSC Dallas Campus (Dallas), Dalpiaz Student Success Center

LC Lincoln Campus (Lincolnton)

KCC Kimbrell Campus Classroom Bldg. (Belmont)