Nonprofits, Business Plans to be discussed at free VGCC Seminars Feb. 11

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center has scheduled a pair of free seminars for Thursday, Feb. 11, at the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

Introduction to Nonprofits” will be held from 1 until 4 p.m. that day. “How to Write a Business Plan: The Most Important Part of Starting A Business” will follow from 6 until 9 p.m. The location for both is Room 7107 (Building 7).

Leading both seminars will be Ed Ormsby of Pinehurst, who has been providing counseling and consulting services to small business owners for over 20 years. Ormsby is the former director of the Small Business Center at Edgecombe Community College and has held sales, marketing and executive management positions with Fortune 500, mid-sized and small businesses throughout the Southeast.

In the first seminar, Ormsby will describe how setting up and managing a nonprofit organization is very different from doing the same for a for-profit business. He will also discuss public and private funding sources that are available to nonprofits, identifying those that might apply to a specific type of organization, and the basics of the process of writing a grant proposal.

The second seminar discusses the business plan, which is, as Ormsby puts it, “the most important task in starting a new business or growing an existing business.” No lender will discuss financing without a business plan, he noted. This seminar is designed to explain exactly what goes into a business plan, why, and how to properly manage from it. Research techniques are also covered. For participants who want to continue working on their plans, the Small Business Center will provide free, one-on-one counseling.

For more information and to reserve a seat in one or both of these free seminars, contact Small Business Center director Tanya Weary at or (252) 738-3240.

Registration can be completed online at