BCCC Briefs: April 22, 2017

Published 3:01 pm Friday, April 21, 2017


Office Administration Courses

A series of courses at Beaufort County Community College will help students to start a career or gain skills as an administrative office assistant. The fee for each class is $75.

The first part of the series, “Office Management,” will teach the skills needed for employment in an administrative setting, such as business English, file management, employment documents and Microsoft Outlook. Students will receive a certificate of completion for the class and gain skills for the workplace. Classes will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. beginning May 1.

“Professional Soft Skills and Ethics,” part two of the series, will dive into soft skills, emotional intelligence, ethics within an office setting and the impact these skills have on success. This class will start in June 5 and run on Mondays and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Students will receive a certificate upon completion.

In part three, “Office Applications,” students will learn about Microsoft Office software applications used in an office setting. They will learn to navigate Word, Excel and PowerPoint and receive a certificate to that effect. This class will begin on July 10 and take place on Mondays and Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

These classes are available through the Continuing Education Department at BCCC. To register, call 252-940-6375 or email continuingeducation@beaufortccc.edu.



Entrepreneurial Core Curriculum Classes

The Washington County Center in Roper will hold classes in May that serve as the core curriculum for potential and existing small-business owners. The classes are designed to help entrepreneurs understand the basics of starting, advertising, financing and keeping records for their existing and potential small businesses as well as business plan development.

Those students who complete all five of the core courses will receive a certificate that acknowledges their studies. Students can use the certificate to help prove to potential business lenders and investors that they have the skills to successfully operate a small business, or they can use the certificate to bolster their resumes when applying for positions as small business employees.

Participants should register to attend one or more of these classes.

“How to Start a Business” will take place on May 8. This workshop is designed to help budding entrepreneurs start their own businesses. The class will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, factors to be considered in starting a business, obtaining permits and licenses, tax information and how to know if one is ready to start a business.

On May 9, the “How to Write a Business Plan” workshop will help students create a plan for their small businesses. A business plan is the foundation for success when future business owners are deciding whether to start a new business or buy an existing business. Some of the topics to be discussed in the seminar are writing the executive summary of a plan, describing the business, developing a marketing plan and writing a financial plan.

“Advertising and Marketing for Small Businesses” is designed to teach participants low-cost advertising and marketing strategies and methods. Students will learn to create a marketing plan and score greater sales with current customers. This workshop will take place May 15.

“Financing Your Small Business” will provide information on grants and loans available to help. It will take place May 16 and provide information on where entrepreneurs can obtain good, solid and reliable financial advice.

“Recordkeeping and Taxes for Your Small Business,” on May 22, will discuss financial statements, working with bankers, filing federal and state reports and financial terms that may be confusing. Instructor Keith Kidwell is a tax professional with H&R Block in Washington.

For more information about other services offered by Beaufort County Community College’s Small Business Center, including targeted seminars for business owners, visit BCCC’s website at www.beaufortccc.edu, or contact Lentz Stowe at 252-940-6306 or lentz.stowe@beaufortccc.edu