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Confidential Business Counseling

Small Business Centers provide local, experienced counselors as advisors 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.

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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Scheduled FREE Small Business Seminars by Location

Main Campus

New Series! Small Business Success Series (6 Sessions)!
This six-part series is an essential professional development program for all potential new business owners and for owners of early-stage businesses. The six 3-hour workshops that make up this program progressively build on each other, providing valuable training and tools for all aspects of starting and managing a successful business. The first two sessions are devoted to organizing, planning and financing the young business. The third and fourth sessions focus on growth and marketing strategies for the business. Session five reviews all aspects of the critical subject of cash management. The sixth session provides tools for performance measurement and for determining what the business is worth. (It is recommended that participants attend all six sessions, although this is not mandatory.) Participants will gain valuable in-depth training and insights into small business management from a serial entrepreneur; they will take away many, proven and useful tools that can be immediately applied in their businesses.

10/06/14 9-12 p.m. M- Session 1
10/08/14 9-12 p.m. W- Session 2
10/13/14 9-12 p.m. M- Session 3
10/15/14 9-12 p.m. W- Session 4
10/20/14 9-12 p.m. M- Session 5
10/22/14 9-12 p.m. W - Session 6


Why Successful Businesses ARE Successful
Too often we hear that “luck” is the main reason a business fails or succeeds. This could not be further from the truth as successful businesses share common traits and luck is not one of them. After researching hundreds of small businesses in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for the past nine years, the presenter created this seminar which reveals common traits that successful small businesses possess. Small businesses that possess these traits have shown growth and produced handsome profits for their owners. This seminar is designed for the individual thinking of opening a new business as well as existing entrepreneurs who seek the inside secrets of how to make their business better. Opening and operating a small business involves a huge investment of time, talent and resources. Insure the success of your business and your personal success by planning to attend this informative and enlightening seminar.

10/9/14 6-9 p.m. Th


337 Ways to Market for Greater Profits In Your Business
The key to any successful business is a successful marketing program that gets measureable results and keeps marketing costs low. Every business has a marketing expense – either by direct labor or purchasing. Learn how to maximize that marketing investment and improving your strategic visibility by generating leads, closing sales opportunities, increasing customer transactions and purchasing, utilize strategic pricing techniques, and dramatically improve bottom line profits.

This course is a “must see” for those small businesses seeking to gain maximum exposure of their product or service within their community and be able to better measure the effectiveness of their marketing efforts through a step by step formula – the 337 ways!

10/22/14 1-4 p.m. W


The Secrets of LinkedIn for Local Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, and Job Seekers
Do you think LinkedIn is just for people looking to change jobs? Many business owners launched their entire business on LinkedIn. In fact, some entrepreneurs use only LinkedIn as their lead generation source. If you offer professional services, then LinkedIn is where you should be. Learn more about how to use LinkedIn to stand out from your competition. This course is for beginners.

10/29/14 6-9 p.m. W


Developing Personal And Commercial Credit for Your Business Success
A good-to-excellent personal credit score is vital for every small business. Can you qualify for a commercial business loan? The lender decision is based on personal credit score? Good credit is a cherished asset to protect and maintain.  The course focuses on how to build good personal credit AND establishing commercial credit for your company. Commercial credit is key for those companies needing short term credit for their cash flow management. Good commercial credit becomes a tangible asset of your business. Learn about the factors of credit scoring; how to overcome negative credit issues; the hidden costs of bad credit; how to minimize the risk of identity theft; how to rebuild negative credit reports, and how to engage creditors successfully.

11/5/14 1-4 p.m. W


New Seminar! Fueling Your Business
The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center will offer a free seminar Thursday, May 7th. The seminar is designed to help small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. It will review the six basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions and provide an overview of the resources available in North Carolina for small businesses. Finally, the seminar will cover the Rural Center’s Microenterprise Loan Program and provide details about its lending criteria and application process.

11/05/15 6-8 p.m. W


10 Essential Skills of a Successful Small Business Owner
Research studies into why small businesses fail show that over 90% of the failures were due to a lack of crucial management skills. If you don’t have some of the skills you could outsource them to experts and contractors. But, if you’re like most small business owners that solution is beyond the reach of your limited budget. A better option is to develop better skills to manage your business operation.
The presenter for “10 Essential Skills of a Successful Small Business Owner” is Mike Collins. As the president of The Perfect Workday Company, Mike has been a small business owner for 30 years. He is one of the most frequently-featured business presenters in the Southeast.

11/12/14 6-9 p.m. W


Veteran Entrepreneurship Programs by the SBA
DID YOU KNOW: Veteran businesses succeed 250% greater than non-veterans? The SBA provides veteran entrepreneurs with and honorable discharge with special benefits they are automatically eligible for when starting or growing their small business.  Veterans can gain startup or expansion capital or to purchase and occupy commercial real estate property. SBA provides opportunities for veterans contracting with the federal government. Take advantage of your veteran benefits through the SBA available to you and your current spouse (or a widowed survivor).

11/13/14 6-9 p.m. Th


Video Marketing: Strategies to Attract Your Ideal Customers
Attract new customers by creating simple little 2-3 minute videos. Video marketing is quickly becoming the fastest way to create a steady stream of customers. In this workshop, we will cover how to create a powerful YouTube channel, the 6 ways that you can create a video that will engage your target audience with your smartphone and how to use social media and video to make your business go viral.

11/18/14 6-8 p.m. T


Alternative Financing For Your Small Business
DID YOU KNOW: Most startups and those in business less than two years can only gain access to capital to start or grow through business through the US Small Business Administration and their affiliated resource partners! Unfortunately, it’s true!! This course, offered by the US Small Business Administration, will provide information about the current US lending environment and issues shaping lending practices of the banking community. This seminar discusses how to successfully obtain a commercial credit loan and how to approach your lender regarding an SBA loan guaranty. Discussion points include personal and professional credit; the business plan; managing cash flow; business accounting; collateral requirements; the commercial loan process; and a discussion of small business lending programs available with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA guaranty loans provide clients with access to capital when collateral is an issue, or fixed term financing is not available by your lender. SBA programs can also save you money through their commercial real estate loan program. There is also a key topic on “alternative lenders and brokers” who may assist you in gaining access to capital when your bank does not and the SBA cannot.

12/4/14 2-5 Th


Mobile Marketing for a Massive Increase in Lead Generation
Learn how to use the power of mobile to stay in touch with your customers and prospects. Understand how to leverage mobile marketing by creating a text message  marketing campaign and using free software to create a mobile website. The course will also cover why your business may need a mobile app just as much as a website.

12/9/14 6-9 p.m. T


Leland Center

QuickBooks for the Small Business Owner
Participants will begin using QuickBooks accounting software as soon as they arrive. By the end of the session, they will have a business checking account and budget ready to use. See how you, the business owner or prospective business owner, can minimize your daily accounting tasks and maximize financial control of your business.

10/14/14 6-9 p.m. T


Buying/Selling a Small Business

Mr. Gage Bleakley will present the basic information any entrepreneur would need to know to buy or sell an existing business: why buying an existing business is a smart decision; what the process looks like from both buyer and seller perspective; keys to finding the right business; and what a business broker does for both parties to simplify what can be an intricate, intimidating process and help them navigate to a successful conclusion.

11/13/14 6-9 p.m. Th


QuickBooks for the Small Business Owner
Participants will begin using QuickBooks accounting software as soon as they arrive. By the end of the session, they will have a business checking account and budget ready to use. See how you, the business owner or prospective business owner, can minimize your daily accounting tasks and maximize financial control of your business.

12/2/14 6-9 p.m. T


 South Brunswick Islands Center


New offering! DOING THE 501(C)(3) THING

The Question: “Can we get 501(c)(3) status without hiring an attorney or accountant?”  The benefits of 501(c)(3) status and the ability to apply for government and foundation grants, can be vital to the success of your non-profit organization.  IRS receives tens of thousands of them each year! In 2008, one IRS official estimated that organizations not represented by attorneys, accountants or other tax professionals account for 70% of the exemption applications submitted. (This is down from a similar estimate of 85% in 2002.) This seminar will be carefully guide individual through the 1023 form and provide vital information concerning how to respond to statements and questions needed to satisfy IRS reviewers.  Required Materials: Participants should download form 1023 from and bring it to the seminar.

The Answer:  “Yes, you CAN get 501(c)(3) status on your own.”

10/14/14 1-4 p.m. T


View All Upcoming 2014 Fall SBC Seminars in the document below or Register Online Now for a Free Seminar!

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Angelita Renken
Facility Director, Leland Center

Kim Wiggs Gamlin
Small Business Center Director

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