Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Small Business Centers offer free and low-cost workshops, one-on-one assistance and many more services to help local small businesses. To reserve your seat at one of the workshops, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness to register.

Following is information on upcoming free workshops:

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Small Business Centers in Caldwell and Watauga County will offer a free workshop titled “Small Business Bootcamp” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, Wednesday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday Nov. 29 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce in Lenoir. The course will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 30, Wednesday, Sept. 27 and Wedneday, Oct. 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Watauga Library in Boone. This course is geared toward those wanting to start their own business and is led by local entrepreneur David Waechter. The workshop covers the basics of getting your business off the ground and includes information on several topics including: How to name your business and why your business name is so important, registering your business with the Secretary of State, how to obtain your LLC, Sole Proprietorship, or Incorporation, how to find the proper tax forms, how to obtain your tax ID or your EIN (Employer Identification Number) from the IRS, how to set up a business checking account and credit card, how to find what licenses and permits you need to get started, renting a space, easy and cost-effective marketing, sales and service and bookkeeping. To reserve your seat for this workshop, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness to register.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga Small Business Center will offer a free workshop titled “Grant Writing: How and Where to Find Grant Money” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Watauga Library in Boone. This seminar addresses how to complete grant applications and requests for proposals (RFPs). Participants are invited to bring prospective grant applications and specific questions related their proposals. Writing and exploration will also be components of the session so participants are also encouraged to bring a laptop computer and pen/paper to the session. The seminar will be led by Nicole Fynn. To reserve your seat for this workshop, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness to register.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Small Busines Center offers ongoing, on-demand, web-based training called HP LIFE Online Entrepreneurship Training.
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to North Carolina entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge. This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start. For more information or to register and begin this online training program, visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness