Small Business Center

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 s
olutions 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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Upcoming Seminars


Basic Bookkeeping   Register
Monday, January 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A small business accountant and educator shares information entrepreneurs should know regarding how to record the most common financial transactions in business by using a simple, low-cost recordkeeping system anyone can use. Learn the basics about expenses, revenue, preparing a profit and loss statement, single entry and double entry accounting and more!
Speaker: Semone Brisson, CPA
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

Introduction to QuickBooks Software   Register
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Is QuickBooks right for you? Learn how QuickBooks desktop software helps business owners keep their books and prepare financial reports. An accountant and QuickBooks consultant takes attendees on a tour of the software and suggests ways QuickBooks can help you save time, better manage business, simplify bookkeeping and avoid costly errors.
Speaker: Semone Brisson, CPA
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC  28422

Do You Have Employees? What You Need to Know About Employment Compliance   Register
Thursday, January 12, 2017 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
There are employment compliance requirements for all organizations with employees, including small businesses. This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the government mandated employment requirements. Specific mandates and associated penalties for non-compliance will be discussed.  Speaker: Phyllis Hughes, MPA
Location: Brunswick Community College, Leland Center, Main Entrance, Leland, NC 28451

Making 2017 Your Most Successful Year: Implementing the Plan & Planning for Success   Register
Thursday, January 19, 2017 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
This can be you year for business success but do you have a plan? If you’re in business or ready to start a business and want a winning plan, this is the seminar for you. Many of the most successful businesses use this period of time, at the beginning of the year, to develop a plan for success in the coming year. This is an opportunity for businesses in and around Brunswick County to develop those plans with a workshop at the Small Business Center. Each participant will be facilitated through a step-by-step process, the conclusion of which will be a plan for increased success in 2017. This workshop is recommended for business owners, individual business professionals and non-profit organizations.  Speaker: Bob Stinson, Business Consultant
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

How To Start A Business   Register
Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Basics of starting a business that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea and discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

How To Do A Business Plan   Register
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the do’s and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

How to Build the Workforce of the Future For Your Business   Register
Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This workshop will focus on the unique challenges that businesses in Brunswick County face in recruiting and retaining workers. Learn unique strategies that will create the pipeline of workers that businesses need to increase profits and contribute to the overall economic development of Brunswick County.  Speaker: Phyllis Hughes, MPA
Location: Brunswick Community College, Southport Center, Main Building, Front Entrance, Southport, NC

Introduction to Drone Fundamentals   Register
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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”.  Speaker: Thomas Rooks, Commercial/Instrument Pilot, Advanced Ground Instructor, and Certified Remote Pilot.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

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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