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Small Business Essentials

  • SCC is pleased to present classes designed to assist current and prospective small business owners and managers to enhance their businesses’ success. We offer classes based on recommendations from the area business community, SCC Focus Suites and the local SCORE Chapter.

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  • When nonprofits pursue grants, one of the most important documents they’ll have to include with applications is their budget. But funders are looking for specific things when they review budgets and a poorly-crafted one can undermine chances for success. Discover how to structure your annual budget, what should and should not be in your budget and how to properly allocate expenses to ensure you get “credit” for all your good work with funders.

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    Spring is when most foundations open their grant cycles, but finding and vetting grant opportunities (also called “prospecting”) can be frustrating and time-consuming for nonprofit fundraisers.

    We will examine where to find grant opportunities, review two common fundraising databases and demonstrate how to evaluate whether you’re eligible for a grant and are likely to be competitive if you apply.

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    Learn how to expand your marketing efforts with one-on-one training. Instructors are available to help you expand your social media presence, create blogs, online videos and email marketing strategies, help with finding target audiences, and much more.

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    Get started with OneDrive for Business, the cloud-based file management system included with Microsoft Office. Covering both the desktop client app and the browser version, this course shows how to upload, share, copy, delete, and download files and folders, integrate with Office 365 Online and working on files simultaneously with coworkers.

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    Communication is an important set of skills which impacts our personal and professional life. With texts, emails and Facebook taking over our social lives, some might find it difficult to engage in normal conversation, due to lack of practice with face-to-face interactions. You will discover different communication styles, techniques, non-verbal signals, and responses to build and strengthen your communication skills.

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    Have you had an idea for a small business but aren’t sure where to start? Visit with an expert and get a few tips and tricks.

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    Thinking about starting a small business but need to write up a business plan?

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    Looking for an easy way to get the word out about your business organization? Learn more about email marketing while you eat lunch!

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    Learn great marketing ideas for your small business or organization.

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    Create social media posts or other informational graphic images with Canva—best of all it’s free!

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    Learn how to create, publish, purchase, and track performance of ads on Facebook.

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    Learn ways to lead future generations to build a better community.

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    Learn strategies and techniques which will change ways of thinking about and finding creative solutions to existing or future problems.

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    This course is taught by a CPA and is intended for business owners, managers and others looking to gain a basic understanding of the accounting used in small business or organizations. We will explore the various types of business entities, basic business registration and compliance requirements, general bookkeeping and accounting concepts, components of financial statements and how to read these, budgeting and basic income tax accounting.

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    Focus Coaching is a customizable coaching experience designed to empower entrepreneurs in their business journey. Participants will be introduced to versatile tools for informed decision making and receive personalized feedback from our experienced coaching team.

    Examples of tool/topics:

    • Business Model Canvas (to start a business, provide the foundation for a business plan, or to make decisions in an existing business)
    • Jobs, Pains, and Gains approach to target market
    • Systems creations and tools
    • Marketing strategies

    Coaching sessions are scheduled at times convenient for the participant and coach and will be held via Zoom.

    Please contact Brooke Lenhoff at blenhoff@southeast.edu for registration information and to schedule your coaching sessions.

    Learn about how to set yourself up to drive for Uber or Lyft.

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    Interested in a side hustle like GrubHub or DoorDash? Learn how to get started in this class.

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    Join us Thursday mornings for relaxed networking and free coffee! Each week we feature a speaker who shares real stories about their business experiences and entrepreneurial journey. These stories include why an entrepreneur got started in their business, what they have learned along the way (the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly) and what keeps them perked up and passionate about what they do!

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    If you want to make a living as a writer, you need to treat it as a business. This includes your public persona, use of a pen name, etiquette, social media, managing time, discipline of writing, covers and editing, and genre/niche analysis. Discussion of querying agents and publishers will be included.

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    Prerequisite: Microsoft Windows and internet browser experience

    Learn about the features of QuickBooks online and how these can be used to manage the accounting for your small business or organization. Learn how to navigate the application, set up a company file, setup and invoice customers, manage vendors and pay bills, work with banking and credit card transactions, and utilize reports from the system. This course does not configure or customize the software for your business or organization.

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    Prerequisite: Microsoft Windows experience

    Learn about the features of QuickBooks online and how these can be used to manage the accounting for your small business or organization. You will learn how to navigate the application, set up a company file, set up and invoice customers, manage vendors and pay bills, work with banking and credit card transactions, and utilize reports from the system.

    Part 1 will get you started on Quickbooks Online. Part 2 will bring it all together and help you fine tune QuickBooks online to your business needs.

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    Learn why Zoom is being used by millions to hold one-to-one meetings or group conversations! Zoom provides a fun, easy way to connect with family, friends or colleagues with the click of a button. You can see and hear them. Learn how to set up a free account, join a meeting, host a meeting, share your screen, and record meetings. Learn the difference between free or paid plans. Ready, set, Zoom!

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    Successful grant writing takes skill, practice and a little luck! Learn the fundamentals of grant writing, including terminology, funding sources, reading grant proposals, and the basics of preparing a grant proposal.

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    Is your nonprofit ready to pursue grant funding? Learn about types of grants, typical financial requirements to apply and the time investments class will include an overview of Nebraska’s unique grant-making landscape.

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