Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Small Business Centers offer free workshops, one-on- one assistance and many more services to help local small businesses.

To reserve your seat at one of the free workshops, call 828-726- 2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness to register.

Small Business Bootcamp
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, March 21 and Wednesday, April 18 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce in Lenoir. The course will be offered on Wednesday, March 28 and Wednesday, April 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Watauga Library in Boone. The course is for those who want to start their own business and is led by local entrepreneur David Waechter. The workshop covers the basics of getting a business off the ground and includes information on several topics including: How to name a business and why a business name is so important, registering a business with the Secretary of State, how to obtain an LLC, Sole Proprietorship, or Incorporation, how to find the proper tax forms, how to obtain a 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 are needed to get started, renting a space, easy and cost-effective marketing, sales and service and bookkeeping.

Energy Efficiency
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Small Business Center will offer a free workshop titled “Opportunities and Resources on Making Your Small Business More Energy Efficient” from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce in Lenoir. Taught by Alex Arnold of Carolina Land and Lakes, the course will help small business property owners learn how to cut costs and save energy.

Trademark Basics
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga Small Business Center will offer a free workshop titled “Trademark Basics for Your Business” from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Appalachian Enterprise Center. Taught by David Walker of North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, the course covers the differences between patents, copyrights and trademarks, how to acquire a trademark and much more.