Free Hancock County courses sharpen online and business skills

January traditionally is the time to sharpen business skills, and sponsors in Hancock County will present a two-day blitz of seminars this month.

The training to Power Up & Sharpen Your Technology Skills will be Jan. 25 and 26 at the Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland/Hancock Chamber Training Center at 103 Central Ave., Bay St. Louis. Each session is limited to the first 12 people who register.

Participants can register for one of all of the seminars presented by Habitat for Humanity, Hancock Chamber, Pearl River Community College and Mississippi State University Extension Service.

The schedule:

Jan. 25

9-10:30 a.m.: Using Social Media to Market Your Business. Andy Collins with Mississippi State University's Extension Service will show how using social media for marketing can help bring small-business owners more customers. 11 a.m.-noon: Using Instagram. Collins will show how the social network lets users upload, edit and caption photos.

4-5 p.m.: Shopping for Home, Health, Auto & Life Insurance. Angelyn Treutel-Zeringue, president of the Hancock Chamber and broker of SouthGroup Insurance -- Gulf Coast, will provide tips to compare and get the best rates and insurance coverage. 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Setting Up Your Will in 2016. Heather Ladner, a chamber board member and attorney at the law firm Butler Snow, will talk about making a will to protect your family and home for the long term.

Jan. 26

9 a.m.-noon: Selling Your Products Online & Building an Online Store. Collins will discuss how starting an online business is as inexpensive and risk free as ever.

Another series of informational sessions coming Feb. 29 and March 1 will cover How to Find the Best Rates for Homeowner Insurance; What You Need to Know About Your Taxes; How to Use Technology to Conduct Meetings; and Building Self Esteem to Achieve Life Goals.

Registration: Contact Brenda Wells at PRCC at (601) 403-1379 or