Seminar provides computer training

ELKINS – Local residents attended a Building Blocks for Business Seminar about how to use the computer program QuickBooks at the Davis & Elkins College Science Center on Tuesday.

The seminar, titled “QuickBooks for Your Business,” was led by Christy Tribble, a certified public accountant, and was sponsored by the Elkins-Randolph Chamber of Commerce, the Randolph County Development Authority and Elkins ON TRAC as part of the Building Blocks for Business Seminar Series.

The seminar featured a training session Tuesday, to be followed by a second session Thursday, and is designed to better familiarize users to the QuickBook software and how they can use it for their business needs.

“It’s basically an overview of the program’s beginning and advanced functions,” Tribble said. “The seminar is hands-on, very interactive, and just gives people a better understanding of what QuickBooks can do and how they can use it to help them in their business.”

QuickBooks is an accounting system that keeps track of money and transactions, Tribble explained.

“It’s a good way to organize financial information,” she said. “This is a great time of the year to do it, too.”

The seminar is open to the public and requires registration and a fee of $75 for ERCCC and Elkins ON TRAC members and $125 for non-members.

This is the second year for the seminar, and Elkins ON TRAC Project Manager Karen Carper said that, having taken it each year, it teaches an invaluable skill for people dealing with business.

“The seminar allows users to have the ability to understand what the QuickBooks program allows you to be able to do with your business,” said Carper.

Carper explained that the seminar is one of the five to six Building Blocks for Business Seminar Series that are scheduled every year, covering topics like “Becoming an Entrepreneur,” “Marketing Your Business” and “Customer Service: How to Serve the Public.” Other seminars focus on how to use social media, and a recent seminar taught small business owners about the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect them in their business ventures.

For more information on the Building Blocks for Business Seminar Series, contact the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce at 304-636-2717 or Elkins ON TRAC Project Manager Karen Carper at

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