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how to start a small business

Starting a Small Business? This $20 Class Will Teach You How to Help It Thrive. - Entrepreneur

Posted: 21 Feb 2019 12:00 AM PST

Barry Moltz shows students how to establish profitable, sustainable ventures across 15 hours of content.

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To say it's difficuly to get a venture off the ground is an understatement. If you've ever considered such an undertaking, you're probably well aware of the cautionary statistic that more than half of startups fail within four years. But do you know why so many small-business owners (SBOs) are doomed?

As consultant and marketing influencer Matt Sweetwood points out in a guest piece for Entrepreneur, the reasons why the average small business crashes and burns are manifold. In the majority of cases, there just isn't a market for one's product. But SBOs can also run out of cash, be outcompeted, put together the wrong team, lack a solid business model, or just plain lose focus.

Long story short: As an entrepreneur, you're up against a lot. That's why author and small business expert Barry Moltz has worked with CreativeLive to put together the online class "25 Ways to Jumpstart Your Business," a 15-hour primer on tackling these hurdles and sustaining a profitable business.

You may know Moltz from his appearances on NPR and MSNBC, or from titles like You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business, now in its fifth reprint. With decades of entrepreneurial experience under his belt as both a founder and a consultant, the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame member has seen firsthand the factors that have made small businesses thrive and fail.

Across 34 different lectures in the aforementioned class, he shares with his students these lessons he's learned and gives them practical advice on how to solve common problems faced by entrepreneurs. Upon enrolling, you'll get access to lessons on customer acquisition, vendor and team management, small business finance, balancing cost and quality, growing an online presence, building a culture, forecasting, and more — all of which are accessible 24/7 on any web or mobile device. By the time you've completed your education with Moltz, you'll be able to unlock your true potential as an entrepreneur.

Lifetime access to "25 Ways to Jumpstart Your Business with Barry Moltz" normally retails for $49, but for a limited time, Entrepreneur readers can sign up for just $19.99 — a savings of nearly 60 percent.

Small Business Development Center opens drop-in lab - Tillamook Headlight-Herald

Posted: 02 Mar 2019 12:00 AM PST

The Tillamook Small Business Development Center team has added a new service for businesses in Tillamook County.

Many small business owners reportedly said they wanted to have times they could drop in without an appointment to meet for a few minutes with a business advisor. To accommodate client needs, the Small Business Development Center has established a business lab with drop-in times.

You can now stop by PRI #114 without an appointment on Wednesday's between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. On the fourth Wednesday each month, assistance will be available in the evening from 5 – 8 p.m. On the first Saturday each month, the lab will be open from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

"We hope our Tillamook County businesses will visit us during these drop in hours to get business advice or just chat with an advisor or other business owners," a statement from the Center said. "This is a pilot project we will run through June 2019 to see if our business owners use it."

Tillamook County has a new Economic Development Council Director, Terre Cooper. She took the helm as Director of the Economic Development Council of Tillamook County in January 2019, continuing her career in Oregon and bringing with her years of experience as an economic development professional. She has a Master's of Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University.

Cooper has been involved in economic development efforts in Oregon having worked with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, working in business development, marketing and grant management. The City of Hillsboro working with existing Hillsboro businesses to grow and expand while cultivating relationships between the area businesses, economic development agencies and state and federal agencies.

At the Economic Development Council of Tillamook County, Cooper will focus on helping companies to grow and expand their workforce, bring new businesses to the community as well as working on area impediments to growth such as housing and workforce issues.

Free, confidential one-on-one business advising times are available in Tillamook County by appointment. Call 503-842-8222 x 1420 to schedule a time to meet.

Terre Cooper can be reached at (503) 842-8222 x2500 or

For more information about training programs see the list of upcoming events below or contact the Tillamook SBDC at 503-842-8222 x1420 or

To register visit or on Facebook at

Upcoming workshops offered by the SBDC:

3/8/19 Friday 4 - 6 p.m. Ready, Set, Start Your Business at TBCC PRI building room 114. The cost of this workshop is $20.

If you are thinking of starting a business, this is a great place to begin! Learn how to evaluate your business idea and business planning basics. What are the different forms of ownership you need to consider? Why do businesses succeed? Why do businesses fail? This course is helpful for anyone who wants to start and sustain a successful small business.

3/18/19 – 5/20/19 Monday 9 a.m. – noon Solo Business Builders at TBCC PRI building room 114. The cost of this program is $285.

Looking to start a retirement business? Have a business working from home with no employees? As a solopreneur you started a business to do what you love and make some money but sometimes you can get bogged down in running your business. This 10-session course is designed to help you find resources and share ideas for business success. Join other solopreneurs to learn strategies to operate your business in ways to avoid burnout.

Chamber offering boost to local entrepreneurs - Herald-Whig

Posted: 02 Mar 2019 10:01 PM PST

Posted: Mar. 3, 2019 12:01 am

The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce is doing its best to support local entrepreneurs.

QACC is offering more than $10,000 through its business plan grant, which is part of the organization's Small Business Program, a concept that also includes small-business mentors, workshops and other resources.

"This year, we wanted to do more than simply offer a grant to entrepreneurs in Adams County," said Alta King, QACC communications specialist. "We want to be certain we provide each applicant with a plethora of resources as they begin -- and continue -- their journey toward owning their businesses.

"We have a team of professionals with a wide variety of experience who are committed to meeting with anyone who applies for the grant."

Each grant applicant will be required to meet with a mentor. This requirement gives each applicant a professional who can give them insight into what it takes to own and run a business.

Applicants will be paired with mentors based on where they are in starting their businesses and developing business plans.

The purpose of the Business Plan Grant Program is to foster business initiatives plus expansions in Adams County.

Applications must include business plans, which a committee will review based on concept, innovation, viability and economic impact.

If an applicant doesn't receive a grant, he or she will receive feedback from the committee to improve his or her business plans.

Another aspect of the Small Business Program involves workshops that will be geared to small-business owners and anyone wanting to start a business. The workshops will be developed by a committee of business professionals.

For more information on the Small Business Program, call King or Executive Director LaTonya Brock at 217-222-7980.

Title Center adds

Quincy site to lineup

Springfield-based title agency Illinois Real Estate Title Center LLC -- doing business as the Title Center -- recently announced its acquisition of First Community Title Services Inc., a subsidiary of Heartland Bancorp Inc.

The acquisition adds First Community Title Services in Bloomington, Champaign and Pekin locations to the Title Center's existing offices in Springfield, Effingham, Jacksonville, Paris, Peoria and Quincy.

They said it

º CNBC: "More details are emerging about a production partnership between Netflix and Barack and Michelle Obama. The company, called Higher Ground Productions, (will be) staffed by veterans of MTV, ESPN and FX Networks and will produce projects that empower 'new and diverse voices.' The Obamas announced last year they signed a multiyear deal with Netflix for scripted and unscripted films and series. 'Our goal isn't just to make people think -- we want to make people feel and reach outside of their comfort zone,' Michelle Obama said."

º "The housing market has begun to shift in buyers' favor, and mortgage rates have fallen significantly from recent highs since the start of 2019. The average rate on a 30-year mortgage dropped to a one-year low of 4.35 percent (in late February). In 2018, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.54 percent."

º NPR: "The Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands are worth a lot less -- as much as $15.4 billion less than they had been. Big name brands have been under pressure to cut costs as consumer tastes have been changing. Many are turning to cheaper store brands or are doing their shopping online. One possible sign of that shift came when Kraft Heinz Co. -- which sells well-known packaged food brands including Kraft Mac and Cheese, Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Jell-O -- announced a big quarterly loss and that its Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands were worth billions less than previously stated. The company, which was formed when Heinz and Kraft merged in 2015, said it lost $12.6 billion in the fourth quarter, compared with an $8 billion profit a year earlier."

The top five's ranking of fast-food french fries:

1. Arby's.

2. Wendy's.

3. Carl's Jr.

4. McDonald's.

5. Popeye's.

Words of wisdom

º Bronze medal: "To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart." -- Thomas Watson Sr., chairman and CEO of International Business Machines.

º Silver medal: "Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure." -- Napoleon Hill, author of "Think and Grow Rich."

º Gold medal: "When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge." -- Robert Kiyosaki, founder of Cashflow Technologies.

Non-profit helps Tri-Cities small businesses - NBC Right Now

Posted: 02 Mar 2019 07:02 PM PST

PASCO,WA- SCORE is a nationwide non-profit whose sole purpose is to mentor small businesses. The Mid-Columbia chapter hosted it's first ever "Equipping Entrepreneurs" workshop at Columbia Basin College.

This workshop gave future small business owners tips and lessons for running a small business. Kathi Ellis, who owns a business called "Kathleen Ellis Author", already uses SCORE's services and she walked away very impressed with what she learned from the workshop.

"It's great for anybody wanting to start a small business because this community does not want to see people fail they want to see them succeed," said Ellis.

One of the business owners who spoke at the event was Isaac Butts who owns "Wake Up Nation LLC." Butts felt honored to give advise to aspiring entrepreneurs as well as he hopes his message can be one that inspires those who attended.

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"If I can be a spark to them and in return that spark can spark their family their friends and they see them doing something extra," said Butts. "They see them doing something phenomenal I don't think it gets any sweeter than this."

Business Calendar | Calendar - Winston-Salem Journal

Posted: 02 Mar 2019 09:01 PM PST

Networking referral groups of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce meet regularly at the following times: Triad Synergy, 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday; Lions, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, both at the chamber's office, 411 W Fourth St. For more information, contact Barbette Dunn at or 336-728-9245.

Small Business Center of Forsyth Technical Community College will offer these free seminars during the week of March 4. All events are at 525 Vine St. unless otherwise indicated: Launch challenge weekly meeting, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; Marketing your organic product, 6 to 7:15 p.m. (online); Marketing outside the box, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Center for Design Innovation, 450 Design Ave.; How to start a business, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; Social media and organic market, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday (online); Roundtable, growing your business, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Enterprise Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. For more information, e-mail or go to

Surry Community College is offering the following small-business, employment and interview classes in March. All events are at NCWorks Career Center, 541 West Pine St., Mount Airy, unless otherwise indicated: In Transition will be offered through May 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Dobson Community Library, 113 S. Crutchfield St., Dobson, as well as 1 to 3 p.m. March 5 at NCWorks Career Center, 541 W. Pine St, Mount Airy, and from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 5 and March 19 at Goodwill Career Connections, 1457 N. Bridge St., Elkin; Employability Labs will be open for job seekers Mondays through Thursdays through May 2 at NCWorks Career Center, from noon until 5:30 p.m. through May 1 at Dobson Community Library; and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5 and March 19 at Goodwill Career Connections. Mock interview class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. March 5 and March 19 at Goodwill Career Connections. Job search tools will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. March 12 at NCWorks Career Center. Creating an impressive resume from 1 to 3 p.m. March 19 at NCWorks Career Center. Dynamic interview techniques will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. March 26 at NCWorks Career Center.For information about any of the human resources development workshops, contact Forrest Lineberry at (336) 386-3244 or

Career Support Network meets from 8 a.m. Mondays at Flywheel Coworking, 450 Design Ave., in Winston-Salem. The topic for Monday is "Did you hear me? Networking rocks," while for March 11 "Does your online presence represent you well?" For more information, call 336-283-6121 or email

Triad Job Search Network meets from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Covenant United Methodist Church, 1526 Skeet Club Road, High Point. The topic for Mach 5 is "Unique method for getting a job" by consultant Don Breault, and "Measuring job search progress and finance" by Glenn Wise. For more information, call Wise at 336-298-1152 or visit, or Ralph May at, 843-601-3600 or 336-904-6507.

An eight-session improved communications seminar by Northwestern Toastmasters is being held at Mayberry's, 50 Miller St. in Winston-Salem. The sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of each month. The cost is $40 per person. Contact Marcia Barney at 336-712-8183 for further information or obtain a registration form at

Kernersville Business Association meets at 11:30 a.m. Mondays in Swisher Center of Forsyth Technical Community College,1108 Swisher Center Road, Kernersville. Guests are welcome. Call Gregg Wright at 336-267-6995 or at

Triad Business Connection, a business networking group, meets at 7:30 to 8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Golden Corral near Hanes Mall. Call Jon Johnson at 336-905-0987.

Clemmons Goldmine chapter of BNI, a business networking group, meets from 8:15 a.m. Tuesdays in the Clemmons Civic Center, 2870 Middlebrook Drive. Call Dan Rath at 336-577-1121 or go to

Triad Business Exchange, a business networking group, meets from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays at Omega House restaurant, 1498 Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. Call Jeff Watson at 336-793-0118.

Thomasville Library Toastmasters meets at noon Tuesdays at 14 Randolph St. For more information, call 336-687-7324 or email to

Center Stagecoach Toastmasters meets at noon first, third and fifth Tuesdays at Wells Fargo Center, 100 N. Main St. For more information, call 336-732-3367 or email to

VIPS Toastmasters meets at noon on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays at 7730 N. Point Blvd. For more information, call 336-945-3113 or email to

Hanes T-Masters meets at 12:05 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday at Hanesbrands corporate headquarters, 1000 E. Hanes Mill Road. For more information, call 336-519-2184 or email to

High Country Toastmasters meets from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 259 Pilgrims Way, Boone. For more information, call 704-519-8473 or email to

Professional Women of Winston Salem meets from 11:30 to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday each month at Founders Club at BB&T Field, 951 Ballpark Way. Non-members are welcome. Register for this event online at For more information, call Brooke Eagle at 336-749-1946.

Movers & Shakers chapter of BNI, a business networking group, meets from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursdays at the Golden Corral at Hanes Mall. Call Bill Dreshfield at 336-996-6243 or visit

Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce offers the networking group Coffee Connections from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays at Bermuda Run Country Club. For more information, email Julia Bennett at

Goodwill Professional Center holds a free LinkedIn workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at its 2701 University Parkway facility. Because space is limited, reserving a seat is recommended by calling 336-464-0516 or email to Randy Wooden at

Women on a Mission to Earn Commission has a Winston-Salem chapter that meets on the first and third Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bleu Restaurant and Bar off Hanes Mall Boulevard. Gina Mounce is the director. For more information, call 866 757-2611 or go to

Venture Café meets from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Turbine Hall in Bailey Power Plant, 486 Patterson Ave. in Winston-Salem. Networking is from 5 to 6 p.m. and programming from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public, geared toward entrepreneurs and innovators. For more information, email Susan Morris at

Legal Support Staff of Winston-Salem meets on the second Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Omega House, 1498 Peters Creek Parkway. For membership and meeting information, call Karen Haun at 336-722-5700 or email

Winston-Salem Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center, 100 N. Main St. For more information, email to

A toastmasters group associated with BizSource meets from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Thursday each month at the store's office on the lower level of Hanes Mall nears Sears. Guests are welcome. For more information, go to or call Ana Tampana at 336-768-9992.

Mainstream Club Toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Main Street United Methodist Church, 300 S. Main St. in Kernersville. For more information, call 336-404-1188 or email to

Mercury Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Robinhood YMCA at 3474 Robinhood Road. For more information, call Lois Koufman at 336-924-1248, email to or go to

Professionals in Transition, a job search support group, meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the American Red Cross building at 690 Coliseum Drive. The meeting is free. For more information, go to or call 336-757-1099.

Triad Sales Seekers meets at 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Fridays at Universal Storage Solutions, 401 Jonestown Road in Winston-Salem. For more information, call Alisa Rothrock at or call 336-714-2453.

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