Micro-businesses are companies with annual sales and assets valued at less than $250,000 per year and with fewer than 5 employees, including the owner. At least 49% of all businesses are home-based. You may be thinking, “But I don’t have any marketable skills!” What are you already doing for free that could be channeled into a micro-business—graphic design, dog-walking, babysitting, writing, yard work, sewing, teaching? If creating a business like this sounds exciting, join us to learn some basic building blocks of starting a micro-business.

Katie Dugdale is a child of God, lover of Christ, wife to an amazing man, mom to 4 beautiful kids. She has been homeschooling from the beginning and has just finished her eleventh year. It is a constant journey. Each of her kids was born in a different state. She has many chapters in her story and several years of teaching experience through the public school system, homeschooling, working with her church youth group and teaching in her local homeschool association. She holds a degree in early childhood education from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. Katie has been on the board of directors of the Henderson County Homeschool Association for 6 years as activities director, treasurer and secretary.

Marji McIlvaine and husband, Rick, homeschooled for 26 years in 4 states and are now officially retired as homeschool parents. All 6 of their children have graduated from their homeschool, and in 2019 the first grandchild was born. Marji’s heart is to encourage other parents in the homeschool journey. She served on the board of Henderson County Homeschool Association for 20 years, administers the Woodcock-Johnson test in WNC, teaches homeschoolers online and in-person with The Academy at Bright Ideas Press, Luma Learn, My Fun Science, BBC tutorials and Classical Scholars. Marji also tutors students with reading difficulties. She has a passion for foreign languages, science, writing, history and, oh, the whole of God’s incredible creation, and for sharing the joy in those subjects with her own children and others in our homeschooling community.

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