This article is by guest blogger, Allan Younger. Allan is the Director of the Small Business Center at Forsyth Technical Community College, owner of GRACE Consulting, and teaches business classes to undergrad students at Winston Salem State University and Salem College. He has written more than 30 locally published magazine articles about business development. Allan’s wife is also an entrepreneur of a dance apparel store. He serves as her marketing consultant. Allan strongly believes that business leaders must be actively engaged in their communities.
This month, I am pleased to discuss the importance of business organizations. Team at the Small Business Center thinks that it is essential for small business owners to align themselves with general and industryspecific business organizations. Every business owner can benefit greatly
from organizations that offer connections, education, and advocacy. You will find that the best organizations for you are local while others are statewide or national.
Involvement in business organizations will help you to connect with and understand the needs of your customers. You will also learn plenty about the resources available to help you to serve them more effectively. In addition to several local organizations, the Small Business Center has partnered with state and national organizations. This better ensures that we learn the best practices that increase the likelihood of enhanced success.
We would love to partner with you. We can help you to determine which organizations are the right fit for you. We can help you determine a strategy for engagement with organizations. You may visit the Small Business Center website at www.forsythtech.edu to learn
about our services. Feel free to stop by our office at 525@Vine in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter just east of the heart of downtown Winston-Salem. You may also contact us at SBC@forsythtech.edu or by calling (336) 757-3810.
The objective of the Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech is to help small businesses succeed by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing business owners in Forsyth and Stokes counties. Our motto is “Increasing Business Success,” which describes our
commitment to clients. The N.C. Community College’s Small Business Center Network assists in starting an average of more than 800 businesses each year and the centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all N.C. counties each year, helping to create and retain over 2,800 jobs
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