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2009 Regional CALENDER of EVENTS: February

February 2009

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Feb 3
How To Start a Small Business, Tu, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; TCCC Small Business Center, Cherokee County Center for Applied Technology, Marble. To pre-register, please call (828) 835-4313. All seminars are FREE of charge.

Feb 5
Fundraising in These Times, Th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bryson City. Fundraising in the midst of today’s economic turmoil — the challenges organizations face and specific strategies to produce results. Develop a Short-Term Action Plan for immediate use in your organization. Participants from organizations affiliated with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area will be eligible for free individual coaching, including phone and email support of fundraising efforts. $25 includes materials and lunch. Contact WNC Nonprofitpathways.org.

Feb 5
SMNPA Board of Directors meeting, Th, 7-9 PM, Stecoah Valley Center. Please call Ransom at 479-8788.

Feb 6
Stecoah Valley Food Ventures Advisory Board meeting, F, 2:00PM. Call Margaret at 479-3364.

Feb 9
How to Thrive While Others Barely Survive, 6:00 – 9:00p.m.; TCCC Small Business Center, Cherokee County Center for Applied Technology, Marble. To pre-register, please call (828) 835-4313. All seminars are FREE of charge.

Feb 12
Small Business Recordkeeping/Bookkeeping, Th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. TCCC Graham County Center. To pre-register, please call (828) 835-4313. All seminars are FREE of charge.

Feb 12
Smoky Mountain Beekeepers meeting, Th, 7-9pm, Whittier Community Center, Whittier, NC. Contact: Al McNeely, President at 828-293-3142 or email: [email protected].

Feb 17
Selling On E-Bay, T, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Feb 18
Charting Your Organization’s Future, Wed., 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bryson City. Includes a Check-Up to see how your mission fits with today’s environment. Financial Review tools to assess your current economic status and future viability, including Internal and external organizational options.

Feb 19
SMNPA Meeting, Th, 7-9 PM, Stecoah Valley Center. Please call Ransom at 479-8788.

February 20, 21 & March 20, 21,2009– Introduction to Community Herbalism, F & S, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. TCCC Small Business Center, Cherokee County Center for Applied Technology, Marble. To pre-register, please call (828) 835-4313. All seminars are FREE of charge.

Feb 20
North Carolina’s Nonprofit Public Policy Forum, Friday, at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Presenters are N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney, N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Abby Levine of the Alliance for Justice in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. To register, visit the Center for Nonprofits website.

Feb 28
Farm Marketing Opportunities Workshop at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, Sat, 7AM-5PM. Information on crops and techniques for farm diversification, how farms can effectively promote themselves, and tips to reach local markets from direct to wholesale. Speakers include agriculture experts, farmers experienced in reaching local markets, buyers, and Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project staff. Classes include: Marketing Basics for the New Farmer, Marketing Grass Fed Meats, Successful Tailgate Marketing, Cooperative Marketing, Extending Your Market Season, Value Added Products, Welcoming Visitors to Your Farm for Fun and Profit, QuickBooks for Farmers, Financing Farm Enterprises, Regulatory Overview - Food and Farm Laws in NC, Produce Safety - The GAPS Certification. To register, visit http://www.asapconnections.org/MOFF.html or call (828) 236-1282. Cost is $40. Call 828-236-1282 or www.asapconnections.org/marketingconference.