Small Business Center

Confidential Business Counseling

Small Business Centers provide local, experienced counselors as advisers for new and existing businesses. Available on an as needed basis, this confidential service acts as a sounding board for new ideas and/or concerns you may have about your business. Our professional staff will help you find solutions to your challenging business questions. No question is too simple or complicated. There is no charge for this service.  For services or questions in Spanish, please call Marilyn Graham at 910-755-8561.

Los Centros para Pequeños Negocios (Conocidos como SBC) proveen consultores locales con años de experiencia para asistir a nuevas y existentes empresas. El centro provee asistencia individualizada y confidencial para desarrollar sus ideas y retos para su negocio. Nuestro personal especializado le asistirá encontrar la solución a sus problemas y preguntas para su empresa. El servicio es gratis. Para mayor información o preguntas sobre nuestros servicios favor llamar a Marilyn Graham al 910-755-8561.

Business Seminars and Workshops

Small Business Centers offer a wide variety of seminars and workshops to help small businesses become successful. Some of the topics include:

  • How to Start a Business
  • How to write a Business Plan
  • Financing Your Business
  • Bookkeeping and Taxes
  • Marketing for Success



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Upcoming Seminars

Develop TIME to make a PLAN: How’s that Vision Board Working for You? 

Are you wondering how you are going to fit your newly crafted 2018 goals into your already jammed pack schedule?

This training will help you:

  • Increase your productivity capacity
  • Move from Time Management Thinking to Success Planning Thinking
  • Create a weekly dashboard to drive your daily operations

Tuesday, January 9, 2018      6:00 PM -8:00 PM

Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia


Intro to eCommerce:

Selling online is a great way to reach a huge number of customers.  In this seminar you will learn how to set up an online store and how to bring customers to your website once launched.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center


Social Media Advertising:

Facebook and Instagram is more than just a place to keep your friends and family up to date.  New advertising options allow any business to advertise to their target audience in powerful ways.  In this seminar, you will learn how to set up social advertising and techniques for running effective advertising campaigns.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018                6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Marketing Your Business Using Free Online Directories:

When visitors are considering spending money in your town, they go first to their phones and tablets ̶ which draw from online directories ̶  to make their decision. Is your business ready to be found?  You can get ready with these 3 information- packed hours delivering valuable tips and strategies for making the most of the online directories like Google Local that enable businesses to be found when shoppers are searching from their desktop or mobile devices.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018            5:00 PM -8:00 PM

Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia



MS Office PowerPoint for Your Small Business:

This Introduction to PowerPoint 2010-2016 training class is designed for attendees who are interested in learning the fundamentals needed to create and modify basic presentations using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010-2016. Attendees will explore the PowerPoint environment and create a presentation. Attendees will format text on slides to enhance clarity and add graphical objects to a presentation and modify them. Attendees will also add tables and charts to a presentation to present data in a structured form and then finalize a presentation.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018              5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Understanding Sales and Use Tax for Small Business:

The North Carolina Department of Revenue, NC Secretary of State and NC Industrial Commission will present a seminar entitled “Business Essentials.” Each agency will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be compliant. Department of Revenue – Covers the basics of tax compliance ranging from registering your business, to withholding from employees, and sales and use tax requirements. Information will be provided on a program for businesses that have fallen behind on sales and use, withholding, and other trust taxes. At the end of the seminar, there will be a question and answer session with the presenters and networking possibilities with other business owners. Don’t miss this great opportunity!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018              4:00 PM -6:00 PM

Location: Brunswick County Chambers


Back by Popular Demand….Intro to Drone Fundamentals:

You’ve seen them on television, read about them in magazines, newspapers, and online. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better known to many as drones, have revolutionized the way we can run our business, increase our sales, and marketing. People all around the world from farmers, realtors, photographers, EMS workers, surveyors, turf managers, computer programmers….etc. are paying in the neighborhood of $1500 to attend seminars. Guess what??? You can attend this seminar FREE of charge. The question is, “Do you want to be part of the drone revolution?” If the answer is yes, then make plans to attend our “Intro to Drone Fundamentals Seminar”.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018          6:00 to 8:00 PM

Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia






Additional Free Seminars

Brunswick Business & Industry Incubator

The Business incubation programs are designed to accelerate the development of entrepreneurial occupants through an array of business support resources and services. These services are intended to increase the survival rate of occupants’ businesses for the retention of employees and to enhance business expansion opportunities to grow the local economy.






April Scott
Small Business Center Director

Angelita Renken
Facility Director, Leland Center

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