Lenoir Community College Small Business Center is offering a seminar entitled “Inexpensive and Creative Ways to Market Your Small Business” from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the LCC La Grange Center on 112 East Railroad Street in La Grange.

How’s business? Tell the truth. Would you rather eat live insects than market your business? You’re not alone. Most small business owners feel the same way, according to Emily Ballance, entrepreneur who has successfully owned and marketed two businesses for more than 25 years.

Ballance will be the guest speaker. The seminar is free and open to public.

“Lots of people think they have to spend a ton of money on marketing, but that’s not true,” Balance says. “There are so many ways to market that don’t cost a dime. And there are lots creative low cost ideas, too. The same approaches don’t work for everyone, so we will take time to discuss which ones work best for different kinds of businesses.

“Bring your business cards if you have some,” Ballance said. “But don’t worry if you’re just getting started or don’t have any. This is a fun, informative, and interactive presentation. You’ll learn and leave with lots of ideas, plus it’s a great chance to meet people and...yes...market! Just come with an open attitude and willingness to look at different ideas. You never know where those ideas will lead.”

“During this seminar in the past, many attendees have made business connections with each other and have begun working relationships.” Ballance said. “Marketing just doesn’t get any better than that.”

Ballance speaks on business related topics for Small Business Centers throughout the North Carolina Community College System. She also travels across the country presenting keynotes on humor and stress management and workshops on generations in the workplace, as well as other topics that you can see at www.emilyballance.com.

Ballance was recently awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, the highest earned designation awarded by the National Speakers Association. Women who have earned the CSP make up less than 8% of the total membership of the organization.

For more information or to register, contact Misty Moye, at the La Grange Center at 252-806-0522 or email msmoye80@lenoircc.edu.

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