ROCK HILL, S.C. – Elaine Whitton Davis ’73 and Winthrop University’s College of Business Administration have announced the first session in a new series of training seminars for small business owners. The objective of the Whitton Best Practices Series, sponsored by Davis and developed in conjunction with Winthrop faculty, is to provide free or low-cost access to current state-of-the-art knowledge relevant to small business practice.Davis believes that small businesses often do not have the resources or time to stay abreast of current topics and trends in the business world. The Whitton Series, designed to support the regional business community, will be delivered close to home at convenient times.The series will begin March 8 with two speakers slated to cover the impact of immigration laws on the hiring process. The first speaker will be Jim Knight with the S.C. Dept. of Labor Licensing and Regulation on the current requirements of South Carolina law. Later that morning, Larry Needle, a Columbia- based attorney in private practice, will speak on requirements from federal law.The second event, with a focus on marketing, will be held on April 5 and will include Winthrop professors Bobbie Fuller and David Bradbard speaking on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to identify potential customers and the ability to use that as a marketing tool for small businesses. The second session that day will cover exporting and be presented by Daniel Holt with the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Export Assistance Center in Charlotte, N.C. Both events will be held from 9 a.m. – noon in Whitton Auditorium located in Vivian Moore Carroll Hall. There is no charge for these sessions. Participants will be asked to provide suggestions for future topics. For more information or to reserve your space please contact Page Bowden, director of external relations for the College of Business Administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803/323-2504.
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