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
Tax Planning Decisions Small Business Owners Needs to Know Before Starting or Growing – 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; and bookkeeping and record-keeping.
4/18/17 6-9 T FREE Main
Understanding Financial Statements Part 1: Balance Sheet – Did you know that everything that happens in your business affects the balance sheet? This seminar answers the questions most often asked by business owners and those writing a business plan: What is a balance sheet and why does it “balance”? What is owner’s equity? Why does my business need a balance sheet? How can I prepare a balance sheet if I am already in business? The presenter offers clear and easy to understand examples to provide you with a better understanding of this often overlooked financial statement.
4/24/17 12-2 M FREE Main
Understanding Financial Statements Part 2: Profit, Loss, Income, and Cash Flow Statements – This informative seminar addresses the basics of preparing and understanding a profit and loss statement and covers lots of topics including: cost of goods/services, depreciation, and how historical data helps you manage your business. The presenter, an accountant and educator, shares easy to understand examples as well as the basics about the cash flow statement and how this financial statement differs from the profit and loss statement.
4/24/17 3-5 M FREE Main
Get Your Business Found in Google – Do you want to increase your sales and attract more leads to your business? Google is a fantastic marketing tool that allows business owners to stand out online, connect with customers and take advantage of a number of features to grow a business. This course touches on a broad range of subjects to cover both the basics as well as advanced concepts and strategies. This course provides step-by-step information for all levels of knowledge – from adding or claiming your business on Google Local, to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) concepts, and attaining a complete understanding of Google My Business features.
4/27/17 2-5 Th FREE Main
Stress & Sanity: How to Keep a Small Business From Driving You Crazy – Starting and running a small business–especially if you are managing other people–can be one of the most stressful experience in life. The stress not only makes operating your business more difficult it can be harmful to your health. In Stress & Sanity you’ll learn what are the most stressful areas of running a small business and how to lower your stress level. There will be special attention given to money and people stress. Come and discover dozens of ways to keep running a small business from making you crazy!
5/01/17 5-8 M FREE Main
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.