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    Starting Your Business

    Developing a Winning Business Plan
    A well-crafted plan will act as a blueprint to build, maintain or expand your business and to present your company as a viable and sustainable business entity in the loan application process. Topics include key sections of a business plan, moving ideas from mind to paper in a clear, concise manner, tips on effectively presenting your plan, how business plans are evaluated in the loan application process, presenting your plan in an integrated and coordinated manner, and addressing business weaknesses and opportunities.

    Total Cost: $49 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College, Room T321

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.; 
    Course #: MSB-113-A3 
    Thursday, March 9, 1 - 4:45 p.m., Course #: MSB-113-B3 
    Thursday, May 11, 6 - 9:45 p.m., Course #: MSB-113-A4 

    Ready, Set, Go!
    Launch your new business with confidence and on the right foot. Find out what to expect from an experienced business consultant. Topics include options for business entities; resources available to start-ups; costs of services needed; licensing and tax considerations; loans and financial resources; marketing strategies and all the perks and drawbacks that come with the life of an entrepreneur.
    Total Cost: Free 
    Location: Business and Employment Resource Center

    Thursday, Jan. 26, 9 - 11 a.m.; Course #: MSB-101-A3 
    Thursday, Feb. 23, 9 - 11 a.m.; Course #: MSB-101-B3 
    Thursday, March 23, 9 - 11 a.m.; Course #: MSB-101-C3 
    Thursday, April 27, 9 - 11 a.m.; Course #: MSB-101-A4 
    Thursday, May 25, 9 - 11 a.m.; Course #: MSB-101-B4 

    Smart Start Your Business
    This is one in a series of three workshops for start-up businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls, explore the feasibility of your idea and increase chances for success. Hear presentations from an attorney, accountant, banker and an insurance professional. Learn how to legally define your business and register your business name, keep proper financial records and report taxes, assess the insurance requirements needed to safeguard your business and personal assets, and evaluate alternatives for accessing investment and working capital. The workshop also reviews relevant Maryland business law and provides an overview of the marketing resources available through the Northern Region SBDC.

    Total Cost: $49 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College, Room T323

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 - 9:45 p.m.; Course #: MSB-112-A3 
    Thursday, March 2, 6 - 9:45 p.m.; Course #: MSB-112-B3 
    Thursday, April 6, 6 - 9:45 p.m.; Course #: MSB-112-A4 
    Thursday, May 4, 6 - 9:45 p.m.; Course #: MSB-112-B4 

    Running Your Small Business

    Business Communications
    Writing clearly and communicating your message is vital in today’s economy. Learn to write effective business newsletters and other marketing materials, business correspondence (emails, letters and contractual writings), public speaking and presentations. Brush up on essential grammar and writing techniques to create a framework for getting your message out to the public. Instructor: Donna Chaney

    Total Cost: $89 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College, Room T317

    Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 24 and 26, 6 - 9:15 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-301-A3 
    Tuesday and Thursday, March 14 and 16, 6 - 9:15 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-301-B3 

    Driving Profitability
    Most businesses have more than one income generating activity, or profit center. Each profit center has different margins, cost structure, staffing needs and management demands. Get the insight and tools for you to divide a business into profit centers, analyze the numbers, identify areas for improvement and increase the profitability of the overall business by driving the performance of the profit centers.

    Total Cost: $49 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College, Room T317
    Friday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.; Course #: MSB-560-A3 

    Stealing Success
    Discuss stories from the business legends like Disney, Southwest, Amazon, Wal-Mart, GE, Under Armour and more to learn how their lessons can be applied to your business. Explore local success stories and challenge those in the class to choose ideas and approaches that they believe will help them 
    get their business to the next level.

    Total Cost: $89 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College, Room T317

    Mondays, March 27 and April 3, 3 - 6:15 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-051-A3 

    Understanding Accounting and Financial Statements
    You have a good product or service, but are your accounting and business skills up to par? Learn the basics of business accounting and small business principles, and how to understand financial statements and other business documentation. Instructor: Sam Miller, CPA

    Total Cost:
    $69 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College, Room T315

    Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 24 and 26, 6 - 8:30 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-121-A3 
    Tuesday and Thursday, March 21 and 23, 6 - 8:30 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-121-B3 
    Tuesday and Thursday, April 25 and 27, 6 - 8:30 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-121-A4 

    Growing Your Small Business

    Make Your Mark: Branding Your Business
    Gauge your market potential and your target market. Create a basic marketing plan for your small business and discover the best tactics for your type of business. Determine your business’ identity and brand/logo, learn how to develop a promotional budget and decide how, when and where to promote your small business. Instructor: Missie Wilcox

    Total Cost: $89 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College, Room T315

    Tuesday, Jan. 10 and 17, 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-142-A3 
    Monday, March 20 and 27, 1 - 4:15 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-142-B3 

    Night at the Business Plan Improv
    Planning for growth? Writing your business plan? Are you stuck? Learn the basics of a business plan in a fun environment. Create an idea for a business and in just a few hours leave with a business plan framework that you can use to get your own business plan done. Learn the key components of what makes a good business plan, how to do projections, where to find needed information and how to adapt the plan for the right audience.

    Total Cost: $49 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College, Room T315

    Monday, April 24, 5:45 - 9:30 p.m.; Course #: MSB-053-A4 

    Once Upon a Business
    What story are you telling about your business? Does it highlight your unique value proposition? Do prospective customers understand what you do and how you can help them? Learn how to build your unique brand story, tell it consistently over a wide range of media and get others telling your story for you. It is the oldest and most cost effective marketing method for local small businesses.

    Total Cost: $49 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College, Room T317

    Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1 - 4:45 p.m.; Course #: MSB-052-A3 
    Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:45 - 9:30 p.m.; Course #: MSB-052-B3 

    Passion to Profit: How to Go from Blogging to Building a Profitable Business Doing Work That You Love
    What was once thought of as a hobby is now being used as a platform to help build successful and profitable businesses. This course is for people who have a blog but are making very little or no income, and for small business owners who are interested in starting a blog to help take their businesses to the next level. Learn about branding, social media, building your audience, marketing and developing a strategy to take your blog from passion to profit. Blogging is no longer just something you only do late at night - it can be a platform to build a full-time business that you love.

    Total Cost: $89 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College, Room T321

    Wednesday and Friday, March 15 and 17, 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-114-A3 


    Earn a Continuing Education Certificate and build your career. This series of courses recognizes achievement in business creation, development and marketing, business operations, finance management, legalities and online presence for doing business. Learn more.


    To register, click here. Search for a course number. You can find the course number listed next to each class time offered. Select the course, click Submit to complete registration form. 

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