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SBDC - Three Locations Where You Can Attend an SBDC Orientation this December

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on November 30, 2018


Orientations offered by PCC’s Small Business Development Center (at no cost!) are a great way to learn about the opportunities we offer to help turn  business ideas into action. A typical orientation includes a small group of future entrepreneurs – but may also include sole-proprietors and small business owners seeking to find efficient, practical and effective solutions to common business-related challenges. You’ll leave our 2-hour orientation having identified new resources, and with an action plan to guide your next steps.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Getting Your Recipe to Market, Growing a Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

Why Your Retail Business Needs to be Online THIS Holiday Season

Small business owners have avoided making real strides into developing a proper online presence because of uncertainty about how to design their website or use social media in a meaningful way for their business.

But, you can't afford to think that way--especially THIS holiday season!

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Topics: Small Business, Retail, Growing a Business

Make More Sales at Holiday Markets: Part 2

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Holiday season is quickly approaching, and for many retail businesses this time of year has the potential to make or break the entire year financially. It’s vital to start preparing as early as possible, so you don’t leave any potential sales or revenue on the table after the holidays are over. 

Holiday sales make up about 18 percent of overall annual retail sales, and in 2016 those numbers are  expected to grow around 3.7 percent. Combine this with recent evidence that a growing majority of American consumers favor buying and shopping local, and it’s no wonder holiday craft fairs have seen a boom in recent years.

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Topics: Small Business, Growing a Business, Starting a Business, Retail

Make More Sales at Holiday Markets: Part 1

The Holidays are such an important time of year for small businesses. For many, especially in retail, the Holidays may make or break the entire financial year. Craft fairs and holiday markets have become popular among both consumers and small businesses during this time. But are businesses doing all they can to maximize their retail sales from holiday markets?

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Topics: Small Business, Growing a Business, Starting a Business, Management, Leadership, Retail

Instructor Spotlight: Terry Long

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on October 30, 2018

After spending 30 years in the banking and financial services industry, SBDC Advisor and Instructor Terry Long shares his expertise to help small business owners set up, understand and utilize their financial information to build a successful business. Here is his story. . .  

Why do you teach & advise? I get great fulfillment when working with Small Business Owners in assisting them with their passion and dreams of taking on this exciting adventure in achieving a successful and profitable business.

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Topics: Small Business, small business builders, Finance, Growing a Business, Starting a Business

SBDC - Grow Your Business Growth FAST! Learn How with an SBDC Orientation

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on October 10, 2018


Orientations offered by PCC’s Small Business Development Center (at no cost!) are a great way to learn about the opportunities we offer to help you turn your business idea into action. A typical orientation includes a small group of future entrepreneurs – but may also include sole-proprietors and small business owners seeking to find efficient, practical and effective solutions to common business-related challenges. You’ll leave our 2-hour orientation having identified new resources, and with an action plan to guide your next steps.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Getting Your Recipe to Market, Growing a Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

SBDC - Expedite Your Business Growth Curve with an SBDC Orientation

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on July 30, 2018


Orientations offered by PCC’s Small Business Development Center (at no cost!) are a great way to learn about the opportunities we offer to help you turn your business idea into action. A typical orientation includes a small group of future entrepreneurs – but may also include sole-proprietors and small business owners seeking to find efficient, practical and effective solutions to common business-related challenges. You’ll leave our 2-hour orientation having identified new resources, and with an action plan to guide your next steps.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Getting Your Recipe to Market, Growing a Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

How to Determine Your Value Proposition to Attract New Customers

Developing your value proposition is critical to successfully moving forward with your business. By learning how to create a value proposition you will be making a commitment to appeal to your target audience and draw in new customers. These customers will help ensure you are reaching profit goals and seeing the results you desire.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Growing a Business

Company Culture Is More Than a Mission Statement

We get it, not all companies can be Google, offering complimentary laundry services, haircuts, gourmet meals, nap pods, swimming pools... We can go on but you get the idea. Google discovered early on that a happy employee is a productive employee. When you can hold on to great employees, it means less time and money spent on recruitment and training. And keeping those employees happy? That will translate to your bottom line. Read on to discover why company culture is MUCH more than just a mission statement.

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Topics: Professional Development, Small Business, Growing a Business, Leadership

How an Idea Can Become a Business

How many times have you heard someone say that they have a “million dollar idea” that actually sounded like it could be turned into a viable business plan? Some of the best entrepreneurs were observant of a problem that needed to be solved, or a demand for a product or service, and decided to take the leap to create a business out of it.

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Topics: Small Business, Growing a Business

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