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Crowd Funding for Small Business

Crowd Funding for Small Business

August 28, 2018

Throughout September, the library is partnering with Catawba Valley Community College’s Small Business Center to offer practical, hands-on workshops designed to help business owners strengthen their resources, gain new customers, and increase market share.

These seminars capitalize on library tools and databases, proving that the means to boost business are readily accessible to Catawba County residents – and that they’re completely affordable. With a library card, folks can tap into a variety of services that allow them to learn more about industry, competition, and techniques for raising money that are more immediate and equitable than might seem apparent.

The first seminar in the series is Crowd Funding for Your Small Business. It demonstrates that more opportunities for non-traditional funding for business startup and expansion exist than ever before. Crowd-funding campaigns, in particular, offer a significant option for businesses to raise funds. Participants in the seminar will explore the differences and similarities between this new resource and traditional funding. They’ll also review crowd-funding websites and prepare a brief presentation suitable for launching a crowd-funding campaign.

This initial seminar takes place Tuesday, September 4 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Main Library in Newton (115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658). To register, call the Small Business Center at 828.327.7000, x4177.

Subsequent workshops include the following:

  • Finding Customers for Your Business – This seminar will talk about conducting market research, creating effective marketing plans, and learning about tools that allow business owners to mine the useful data they need to flourish. (Wednesday, September 19 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Newton Library)
  • Low-Cost Marketing for Your Business – This session addresses the use of marketing resources to identify target markets, analyze the industry and business environment, and make the most of low-cost promotional techniques. (Friday, September 21 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Newton Library)

CVCC’s Small Business Center strives to make a positive impact on the region’s economic health. It helps new businesses get their start and supports existing businesses with expansion and growth. Since the SBC’s services are funded through a state grant, the center can offer counseling services and training seminars at no cost to the community. Contact them at 828.327.7000, x4177.