336.597.1752 edc@personcounty.net
Person County EDC would like to encourage small business owners and entrepreneurs to utilize the resources available this summer and fall through Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center! Please see the list of available seminars below.

PCC Small Business Center is located at 105 N. Main Street in Uptown Roxboro.


PCC Fall Small Business Seminars 2017

July 25 – Best Businesses to Start Right Now   6pm -9pm

This seminar is designed for people who want to start a business but don’t know how to decide what type. You will get help understanding how to decide what type of business would fit you and your personality as well as your interest.  Instructor:  Mike Colins

August 3 – Business Safety and Security   6pm– 8pm

This seminar will help new and current business owners engage in safe practices when opening or closing a business.  It will also make business owners aware of dangers when completing monetary transactions and dealing with difficult customers.  Instructor: Chief Hess

August 24 – One Page Marketing for your Business   6pm – 9pm

Create a marketing plan that is clear focused, results driven and relevant. In this class, you will learn a simple way to create a one-page marketing plan and a marketing map to follow that includes the web, social marketing, and traditional marketing. Often the simplest plans are easiest to stay focused on and to get clear team involvement with.  Instructor: Martin Brossman

August 31 – How to Improve Your Credit Score   6pm – 9pm

In order to qualify for financial assistance, a small business owner must have acceptable credit.  And a good credit score can save thousands in interest costs.  This seminar is designed to explain the mystery of credit reports and scores to small business owners and others, and give ideas of improving them.  No matter what your score, there is always room for improvement.  Instructor: Ed Ormsby

September 26 – Dealing with difficult employees, co-workers, and customers  12:30pm to 2pm

One of the biggest challenges for a business owner, or anyone, is not to get caught up in a customer’s intensity.  In this seminar, we’ll look at the behaviors that make a person frustrating to deal with, and also at how we can make our responses calming and reassuring to customers, employees and others. We’ll talk about how to communicate clearly and directly so that miscommunication and conflicts reduce your stress level.  I always leave time in this seminar for discussion and for people to discuss challenging situations.  Instructor: Emily Balance

October 12 – Is Opening a Business a Good Fit For You   12:30pm to 2pm

Completing this class is an important step toward deciding whether or not you should start a business. Business ownership can be an exhilarating, demanding, and lucrative endeavor, but it is not for everyone. Instructor: Michael Burns

After completing this class, you will be able to:

  • Clarify some of the myths and realities of small business ownership.
  • Start a self-assessment to determine your readiness to become a small business owner.
  • Set a plan of action to complete your self-assessments by seeking feedback from stakeholders, such as family, friends, and potential customers. 

November 7 –  Record Keeping, Licensing, and Tax Planning   6pm to 9pm

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  •    Explain the concept of record keeping and why record keeping is important to a small business.
  •    Identify record keeping practices, rules, and tools which are commonly available to a small business.
  •    Explain how these record keeping practices, rules, and tools work.
  •    Identify benefits a small business derives from proper record keeping.
  •    Explain record keeping basics for a small business.
  •    Identify software products available for small business record keeping.
  •    Identify the federal tax reporting requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for  federal taxes.
  •    Identify the general state/local tax reporting requirements of a small business, and establish a plan to account and pay for    state/local taxes.
  •    Identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small  business. Instructor: Michael Burns 


For more information, visit the website or contact:
Mr. Jody B. Blackwell
Director, Small Business Center/Customized Training Programs
Piedmont Community College
PO Box 1197, Roxboro, NC 27573