South Carolina Business Center Sponsors a Seminar for Non-Profits

November 8, 2008

Non-profit seminar Tuesday, November 11, 2008 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina Community Enterprise and Women’s Business Center is sponsoring a seminar at the USC – Columbia Technology Incubator on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  One of the center’s volunteer business trainers, Charlie Finesilver of Precise Pipe Plumbing, organized the event after conducting the center’s CORE FOUR Business Planning class; including five clients starting non-profit businesses.  Ray Carci, VP of Special Olympics, Donna Privette, former Director of the Rape Crisis Network, and Ron Lockhart, of Harrelson, Kellett, and Lockhart, LLC, are guest speakers for this event.

The seminar is designed to help individuals and groups seeking to start a not-for-profit organization, but will also offer helpful tips for existing non-profit directors.  Topics of discussion include:
• Starting a non-profit
• Taxes and non-profits
• Fundraising and financing for non-profits
• Grant writing and grant management
• The “How’s” of 501 c 3 applications
• Board Relationships
• The skill set required for managing an agency
• Finding your passion for a particular issue
• Relationships with community partners

Non-profit management is a business.  There is an increased demand among entrepreneurs for success, management, and cash flow planning.  According to Mason Hardy, Executive Director of South Carolina Association for Non-Profits (SCANPO) strategic planning, assessing your risks and good managements are key success factors for non-profit organizations. Mr. Hardy spoke during October’s CORE FOUR Business Planning, which addresses the key areas of business development. 

On November 11, the Center is offering a seminar focusing on the needs of non-profit entrepreneurs.  The seminar is designed to provide entrepreneurs with knowledge and tools needed to successfully start and run their non-profit business.

The USC-Columbia Technology Incubator is located at 1225 Laurel Street in Columbia. The seminar will be held in the 4th Floor Conference Room.  The seminar is offered at no cost, however registration is recommended as seating is limited. 

To register, send an email to [email protected] or call 803.461.8900 extension 232. 

SCCE&WBC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.