Four seminars aim to assist small businesses

Posted: Friday, 03 March 2017

TROY - Four Wiregrass-area seminars hosted by Troy University’s Small Business Development Center will help small businesses grow and gain skills that will help them gain a competitive edge.

In Dothan, business owners can learn the “B.E.S.T.” ways to handle state taxes at the Alabama Department of Revenue’s free Business Essentials for State Taxpayers Seminar at 1:30 on March 9 on the Dothan Campus. The seminar will be conducted on the second floor of Adams Hall. ADOR specialists will explain tax obligations, required forms, sales taxes, business licensing, employer withholding taxes and a number of other issues. There is no charge, but registration is required by calling Kathy Clements or Jennifer Townsend at 334-793-5803.

Also in Adams Hall on the Dothan Campus, beginning March 21, is the NxLeveL Business Planning Series. The nine-session course, which meets Tuesdays through May 16 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., is designed for people who want to start or grow a new business and need the skills to test the feasibility of their business concept. Participants develop business plans, and cover various business topics. The early registration cost is $199 if payment is received by March 14, and thereafter $249. Seating is limited to the first 25 paid attendees. For more information, contact Brenda Marcum at the SBDC via email to or call 334-674-2425. Register online at

In Enterprise, the SBDC is offering QuickBooks Training for Beginners 2017. The four-hour course on March 15 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Wiregrass Economic Development Corporation (102 Commerce Dr.) will cover QuickBooks Desktop versions Pro and Premier (QuickBooks Online will not be covered). Up to three hours of free one-on-one assistance is available after completing the course. The class is limited to the first 20 registrants at $79 through March 10, and $99 thereafter. The course will be repeated Sept. 13, with an early registration deadline of Sept. 8. For more information, contact Brenda Marcum at the SBDC via email to or call 334-674-2425. Register online at

On March 22, the SBDC and the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce team up to present “Small Business Lenders Panel: Show Me the Money.” This free seminar will be 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and lunch is provided.

“As we all know, access to capital is one of the most critical and sometimes challenging aspects of starting and growing a small business,” said Betsy Baker, a TROY SBDC consultant. “This program is designed to promote awareness of both traditional and non-traditional sources of financing available to small businesses in southeast Alabama.”

Lender representatives from CB&T, Community Enterprise Investments, Inc., OnDeck Capital, LeftFund, U.S. Small Business Administration, Southeast Area Regional Planning & Development District and the State Small Business Credit Initiative will participate. Registration is limited, but online registration is open at For more information, contact Baker at 334-674-2425 or via email to