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
Thursday, March 02, 2017 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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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 to discuss how to successfully obtain a commercial credit loan and how to approach your lender regarding applying for an SBA loan guaranty.
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA
Location: Brunswick Community College, Leland Center, Leland, NC 28451
Monday, March 06, 2017 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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In this module, you will learn about accounting and bookkeeping systems, sources of capital, the six C’s of credit, and banking relations. You will also conduct a financial statement analysis and determine the next steps on your path to starting a business. Download the Simple Steps for Starting Your Business workbook that accompanies the modules and provides more information on this topic. This workshop is the final module in the Simple Steps for Starting Your Business. This course helps you test the feasibility of your idea and decide whether or not you should move forward with your business or go back to the drawing board. You’ll do this by researching industry profile data, customer data, financial projections, and other information. You’ll also have a sample feasibility plan to use as a guide.
Speaker: Mike Campbell with SCORE
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
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: Toya Wilson-Smith, M.B.A. Co-Founder of NexGeneration Digital Marketing Agency & Simply Social Marketing Academy & Amazon Bestselling Author of the Upcoming Book: Marketing to Main Street
Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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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.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Setting up and managing a nonprofit organization is very difficult from a for – profit business. There are literally millions of dollars available through both government, private agencies and foundations for non-profit entities. Identifying those that might apply to your specific business is important. Understanding and following their individual requirements, however, are essential to successful presentations. This seminar is designed to explain and prepare you for not only setting up a non-profit agency, but also for the grant proposal process.
Speaker: Ed Ormsby
Connecting Small Business with Large Corporations (NEW)
Wednesday, march 29, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30PM
This seminar gives you the tools and understanding on how to connect your small business to over 30 large companies. As a small business owner come learn how to take advantage of the IBM Supplier Connection; a free web-based tool that enables small business to connect and gain access to the procurement process of larger organizations. Supplier Connection is an initiative to help grow small business.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422 (Building B Room 105)
Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:00 PM to 8:00 AM
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In this 3-hour, hands-on workshop you will learn tips, techniques and strategies to guide you through the tools and features for basic email marketing in Constant Contact. We will: design a custom email template, discuss stand out subject lines, Upload and segment your list, send your email campaign and share it on social media, measure your marketing and analyze your results, a Constant Contact account is required for this session. You can get your free 60-day demo account here: bit.ly/CTCT4U.
Speaker: Melanie Diehl
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422 (Building D Room 101)
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.