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

Grant Writing 101:  Don’t let the process of writing a grant scare you away from potential funding. This basic 3hr. course is designed to encourage and build confidence of current and potential nonprofits leaders concerning the process of grant writing. If you’re looking for a place to begin, or you want to investigate what is involved in the grant writing process, this seminar is for you. Bring your board members, or potential board members, directors and volunteers. Issues covered during our time together will include . . .

  1. Planning; deciding what type of grant is needed
  2. Preparation; gathering all the information needed to include in a grant
  3. Introduction to a Project Logic Model used in present grant proposals

Wednesday, March 7, 2018                9:00-12:00
Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Grant Writing 102:  Learning how to write a grant is not an easy task. Grant Writing 101 gives vital information on that process. Learning where and how to find a grant is another matter. This seminar is designed to demonstrate how to use the logic model, introduced in Grant Writing 101, is used to match their organization’s values, goals and objectives, with potential grant providers. This will be done by as the presenter actually, via internet, accesses a searchable database of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grant makers.  This seminar will cover:

  1. Discussing and understanding the project logic model
  2. Proposal; using the correct format in writing the grant
  3. Provider: knowing where to look for the provider that’s right for you.

The truth is that most nonprofits cannot exists from personal donations alone. Don’t let your nonprofit fail to reach its potential due to a lack of funding. Register today and be informed.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018                1:00-4:00
Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center

MS Office Excel for Your Small Business:  In this Introduction to Microsoft Excel seminar, attendees will create and edit basic worksheets and workbooks. This seminar is designed for those who want to gain the necessary skills to create, edit, format, and print basic Microsoft Excel worksheets.

Thursday, March 15, 2018                 5:00-8:00
Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia

NEW Cyber Security Threats Small Business Owners Should Be Aware of:  Did you know the small business space is prime target for attacks because so many business owners don’t feel they are “big enough” to be a target? Is your business protected, are you doing all you can to protect your clients personal information? The truth is, this size market is what attackers look for as these businesses have access to larger companies and often times have zero protection in place. In this seminar you will be offered real world examples and tips for owners on how to prepare, training needs for employees and industry secrets for protecting the business data. Attendees will learn the basics of protecting their business/investments from cyber-attacks.  This seminar is sure to provide you with top notch cyber security information being presented by Chrissy Coor, Regional Manager with Fluid IT Services. We will also have a panel discussion including a Security Analyst, a Special Agent with the FBI’s Cyber Division, Major Cyber Crimes Unit as well as specialist in IT Compliance and IT Security. All of this information for the first time at BCC is FREE to you and your employers, please take advantage and get informed!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018                  4:00-6:00
Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center

MS Word for Your Business:  This class is not too basic, but is not quite intermediate. It covers some key concepts you may have missed and it focuses on working quickly in Word.  Typical topics covered in this class: Keyboard shortcuts that will make you a whiz including the creation of your own typing shortcuts, finding keywords and understanding MS Word’s four levels of formatting to help you format text, paragraphs, columns, and entire documents, set margins and indents, Format text around graphics, cut, copy, paste, and create columns easily without using the columns command.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018              4:00-7:00
Location: Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Shallotte


NEW How to Sell On Amazon for Business Owners:, it’s not just for books. Whether you are looking for a business to start, or are already in business and want to expand, Amazon is the opportunity you need to explore. In this training you will learn the basics of how to start selling on Amazon. Topics include: what you need to get started, how much it will cost, choosing your account type, what you shouldn’t sell, and how to run an online business without filling your house with stuff, or even going to the post office. There will also be some discussion of how it differs from selling on eBay and how you can make the two platforms work together.  Learning Objectives: Understand the basic requirements to start selling on Amazon and make money. Understanding the similarities and differences of selling on Amazon vs eBay.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018                  9:00-12:00
Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center

NEW Selling on eBay for Small Business Owners:  Have overstock, old new stock, a lot of stuff in your house or looking to build a business selling online then this eBay class is for you! Developed with small business social marketing expert, Martin Brossman and Paul Apollonia Top eBay Power Seller you will learn multiple real world ways to make money safely on eBay. We will address how to move new overstock, old stock, personal items and find items to sell on eBay that will bring good money online and may bring very little at a local sale. As a new seller, there is some potential risk and we will show you how to safely get started and watch out for scams targeted to the new seller.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018                  1:00-4:00
Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center

How to Restore or Develop a Board of Directors that Stay’s on Board:  Board meetings are not just about information, but also “transformation.” Organizations will rise or fall as a direct result of a functional or dysfunctional Board. This seminar is focuses primarily on some practical tips and tools, rather than the latest research that can bring about “transformational change,” in Boards. Government agencies, Foundations, and individual donors and other potential supporters and funders want information concerning Boards. What they discover might make the difference between receiving their support and or funds, or not.

Monday, April 9, 2018                      9:00-12:00
Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia

Back by Popular Demand….How to Develop a Non-Profit Budget:  No matter who or what the organizations, all have one thing in common: the need to achieve their goals and objectives with limited resources.  This 3 hour seminar is designed to assist nonprofit directors and officers to develop budgeting skills necessary to reach their full potential.

Monday, April 9, 2018                      1:00-4:00
Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia

NEW The Best Sales Training in the Galaxy:  Effective salesmanship is the lifeblood of every business. “To become a great salesperson, you must learn to excel at influencing others. It is not enough to have the “gift of gab”, your business must have a focused sales strategy built on a sincere desire to satisfy your prospect’s “pain”. David Reeser, aka. “Sales Ninja”.  What to Expect:

  • You will learn a basic sales strategy that will work for any industry, period.
  • Lots of class participation with live “sales role play”.
  • Enthusiasm, energy, and laughter is also likely so come with an open mind, great attitude, and lots of great questions!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018                5:00-8:00
Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center

 How to Increase Credit Score to Over 740; Prepare for a Business Bank Loan:  An excellent credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. Should you have one credit card or four, should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance, should you carry a credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score

Wednesday, April 18, 2018                5:00-8:00
Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Understanding the Balance Sheet for Start-ups:  Even if you have an accountant handles your financial records having a basic understanding of your balance sheet is important. This seminar will cover balance sheet content, understanding owners’ equity, capital equipment list, business entity types, the importance of the balance sheet and how starting a business affects the balance sheet.

Thursday, April 26, 2018                   5:00-8:00
Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center

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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