Federal & State Tax Workshop

The Spartanburg Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to host the “Federal & State Tax Workshop for Small Business.”

The workshop will be held at the Spartanburg Community College Tyger River Campus, located at 1875 East Main Street in Duncan, on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Room 354A.

Please register online at: http://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/sbdc/events.html
This workshop is free. Seating is limited to 25. For more information, please contact Beth Smith at the Spartanburg Small Business Development Center via e-mail: es2@clemson.edu or by telephone at 864.592.6318.

New Year’s Resolution–Check Your Credit Report

After reviewing lists of New Year’s resolutions from popular financial magazines and blogs, one that frequently pops up is checking your credit report. It’s not uncommon to find errors from one or more of the three credit reporting agencies, meaning if you’re not looking, an error could be damaging your credit score.

Even though you see numerous ones advertised as “free”, the only source for your free credit reports as authorized by Federal Law is http://www.annualcreditreport.com. You can get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company (Experian, Equifax, and Transunion).

So add this to your list of things to do!

Book Recommendation

At this time of year, lots of publications come out with their “best book of the year” lists. A book that shows up on numerous lists of best business books is “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”.

Evicted” immerses readers in the lives of families and individuals trapped in — or thriving off — the private-rental market for the poor, a brutal world in which landlords have all the power and tenants feel all the pain.

This book looks like an interesting read and calls to mind the recent articles in the Spartanburg Herald Journal on affordable housing. Check out your copy of “Evicted” from your Spartanburg County Public Libraries.

Online Learning@Your Library

Want or need to take continuing education classes? Check out our Universal Class database. Universal Class is a collection of over 500 continuing education classes in topics such as accounting, computers, and real estate. Classes are instructor-led, and you’ll get feedback from live instructors about what you’re learning.

Continuing Education Units can be earned through these classes, and they are accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Other classes offer certificates of achievement for completion.

To access this go to: http://www.infodepot.org, select eResources and then Universal Class. You’ll need a library card to login. Or attend one of our drop-in study sessions in the Headquarters Computer Classroom to help getting started. Upcoming classes:

Monday, Nov 21: 6:00-7:30 pm
Wednesday, Nov 30: 2:00-3:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 3: 3:00-4:30 pm
Monday, Dec 5: 6:00-7:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec 7: 2:00-3:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec 14: 2:00-3:30 pm

Please email levernem@infodepot to participate in these classes. For more information call 596-3505.

Affordable Care Act–enrollment assistance

For those needing assistance comparing plans or applying on the Health Insurance Marketplace, Mary Black Health System in Spartanburg is offering free assistance.

Appointments may be made with the hospital’s certified assisters by calling 864-573-3194, or can be booked online at http://www.GetCoveredAmerica.org/connector.

The open enrollment period is Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, 2017.