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Small Business Center 'Regional Business Plan Competition' starts Feb. 3

Jan 29 2020
Two women stand together smiling on a sidewalk.
(Left) Tiffany Henry, Director of SCC’s Small Business Center, stands with Lauren Baxley of Baxley’s Chocolate in Sylva.
The Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College will be holding a “Regional Business Plan Competition” to help individuals transform their ideas into fully realized businesses.

The competition will run from Feb. 3 - March 23. The eight-week series will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays in the Burrell Building.

Weekly topics include the following:
  • Am I Entrepreneurial Material?
  • Business Plan Development and Zero In on Your Market
  • Business Simulation
  • Marketing Mix
  • Business Analysis and Operation
  • Financials for Small Business
  • Taxes & Bookkeeping Basics for Small Business
  • Business Plan Presentations

Throughout the series, participants will work through each element needed to develop a successful business plan. During the final session, competitors will put together an organized business plan and present it.

“If you’re looking to start a business, or if you’ve been in business for 18 months or less, this competition is a wonderful opportunity to get some huge momentum behind your ideas,” said Tiffany Henry, Director of SCC’s Small Business Center.

The winner of the competition will receive $5,000 that will be used to assist with startup expenses or expansion of an existing business.

The competition is co-sponsored by the Jackson County Office of Economic Development, the Macon County Economic Development Commission and the Swain County Economic Development Commission, respectively.

Participation is free. Pre-registration is required: Prospective attendees are encouraged to register a week in advance.

For more information about any of the services and seminars offered by SCC’s Small Business Center, contact Henry at t_henry[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu or 828.339.4426.