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 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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Upcoming Seminars

HP LIFE Online Entrepreneurship Training   Register
On Demand, available until December 31
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online

The Best Small Business to Start Right Now   Register
Friday, September 23, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This might be the best time in decades to start a business. This seminar will focus on four areas: How to create a business idea that fits you, businesses you can start for under $100, “Hot” businesses that will grow in coming years, over 30 types of businesses with growth potential, five easy-to-use steps to starting a business. If you think the time is right for you to start a business this seminar will help you get started.
Speaker: Mike Collins, president of The Perfect Workday Company. Collins is one of the most frequently featured business seminar presenters in the Southeastern United States. He is the author of four books and hundreds of business articles in publications such as Newsweek, American Banker, BUSINESS: North Carolina and Triangle Business Journal.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Leland Center, Leland, NC 28451

SBA 3: Developing Personal and Commercial Credit for Your Business Success   Register
Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This 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.
Speaker: DON SPRY, II SENIOR AREA MANAGER US SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONLocation: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

337 Ways To Market for Greater Profits in Your Business SBA-2   Register
Monday, October 03, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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!
Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Building B Room 248

SBA 5: The 123’s of Small Business Cash Flow Management   Register
Thursday, October 06, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
According to the SBA, 81% of small businesses do not manage their cash flow on even a monthly basis! Learn the trends and processes of cash flow management; when to use an accounting or bookkeeping service; the pros and cons of doing the books yourself; and how to position your company for strategic profit through good cash flow management.
Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Building B Room 248 Bolivia, NC 28422

Fueling Your Business: Funding Opportunities from the Rural Center   Register
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This 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.
Speaker: Amanda Sorrells Director of Entrepreneurship
Location: Brunswick Community College Southport Center, Main Building, Southport, NC

Learn How To Use LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job or Launch Your Small Business   Register
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The LinkedIn strategies revealed in this workshop will help you supercharge your profile to get more connections, leads and sales. You will learn step-by-step on how to get your profile in the top 10% of profiles on this powerful platform and have people contacting you, even if you are a beginner. LinkedIn has over 300 million users with an average annual household income of $100,000. If you are trying to expand your network, this workshop was designed for you. 10/12/16 6-9 Th FREE Leland
Speaker: Toya Wilson-Smith Founder of NexGeneration Mobile Marketing Agency Marketing Strategist, Keynote Speaker and Author. Spent 11 years in Corporate America working for J & J, FedEx, and Merck
Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center, Main Building Leland, NC 28451

The Perfect Work Day for Small Business Owners   Register
Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
If you want to get more done, learn better ways to deal with workplace stress and move toward a more perfect workday this seminar is for you! This session will include: Understanding how much time you really have, Planning on purpose and planning with a purpose, Setting and tracking priorities: Are you trying to do too much?, Timelines and deadlines: How to do three things at once, What to do in times of crisis and conflict, How to handle the information avalanche, and Getting it done and having a life.
Speaker: Mike Collins is the president of The Perfect Workday Company, an information company based in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. Every year he presents over 100 programs for all types of corporations, government agencies, and associations. For over 30 years he has been teaching people how to create and manage small businesses. He is the owner of 3 small businesses. Mike is the author of The Perfect Workday Book.
Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Room K106 Bolivia, NC 28422

Social Media Time Savers   Register
Monday, October 17, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Do you know that 43% of small businesses dedicate six or more hours per week to social media and email marketing? While it’s important to engage for social visibility and key connections online, we all want to do more in less time. This session will help you save time at get back to what you love to do – running your business or organization. Join us and learn the latest time savers and best practices. This session will include hands-on training utilizing free and low-cost tools.
Speaker: Melanie Daihl Melanie is a 2014 graduate of the Social Media Management Certificate Program offered through NCSU Technology Training Center and Martin Brossman Associates. She is an Authorized Local Expert and Solutions Provider with Constant Contact and received the Constant Contact All-Star Award in 2014 and 2015. She became an Official City Partner with Google’s Get Your Cities On The Map program in 2015, and is currently serving on the 2016 Board of Directors of the Granville County Chamber of Commerce.
Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Room B206 Bolivia, NC 28422

Tax Planning Decisions Small Business Owners Need to Know Before Starting Or Growing a Business   Register
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This session will look at the tax impact of the legal entity choice you make( partnerships, corporations, etc.); payroll issues to be aware of as it relates to withholding, deposits, payroll services, federal and NC unemployment, planning and funding for lowering taxes, accumulating wealth, funding retirement, bookkeeping, and record-keeping.
Speaker: Sheridan Vernon Paul Stutz Enrolled Agents (EA) Federally-licensed by the US Treasury
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, B248 Bolivia, NC 28422

SBA 6: Alternative Financing For Your Small Business   Register
Thursday, October 20, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Much of small business lending is not through a bank. This key topic on “alternative lenders and brokers” provides you access to capital when your bank does not. Meet with an SBA manager and discuss how to successfully obtain a commercial credit loan and how to approach your lender regarding applying for an SBA loan guaranty.
Location: Brunswick Community College Leland Center, Main Building, Room B250 Leland, NC 28451

Business Essentials: What you need to know from the NC Department of Revenue   Register
Monday, October 24, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00PM
The North Carolina Department of Revenue, North Carolina 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!
Speaker: Rhonda High North Carolina Department of Revenue Customer Education Officer
Location: Brunswick Community College South Brunswick Islands Center, Calabash, NC 28467

Making 2017 You’re Most Successful Year: Planning for Success   Register
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Many of the most successful businesses use this period of time, at year end, 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 two-day workshop at the Small Business Center in Supply. Each participant will be facilitated through a step-by-step process, the conclusion of which will be a plan for increased success in 2017. The workshop is recommended for business owners, individual business professionals and non-profit organizations. This is the first of two session.
Speaker: Bob Stinson, RLS Focused Solutions
Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Room B207, Bolivia, NC 28422

Making 2017 Your Most Successful Year: Implementing the Plan   Register
Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
This is the second of a two part seminar. This session focuses on the step-by-step process used to implement your plan developed in part one. This will serve to increase your business’ success for 2017. The workshop is recommended for business owners, individual business professionals and non-profit organizations. This is part 2 of the series.
Speaker: Bob Stinson with RLS Focused Solutions
Location: Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Room B250 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.




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