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.

CINErG Co-Working Space

Do you dream of starting your own business and find yourself at the kitchen table pulling your hair at a loss of where to start? If you answered YES, you may need the assistance of the Small Business Center and a membership with CINErG (Center for Innovative Networking & Entrepreneur Groups). This space will provide a physical location to independent workers, entrepreneurial start-up or virtual workers who desire a sense of community and synergy. In addition to meeting space, networking and nurturing emerging businesses, here at Brunswick Community College’s Co-working Space you can get basic business necessities such as Wi-Fi access, printing and copying, flexible space, support, etc.

To apply, simply complete the membership application  and return to April Scott at Please indicate which membership package you prefer.

Once we review and approve your application someone from the Small Business Center will contact you. Please remember this space is for those that are interested in starting a business or are in the stages of establishing a business.


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

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.

December 4, 2018 6:00-9:00

Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

Better Budgeting for Your Business

In this seminar you will get a clearer understanding of the steps to setting up a spending plan by identifying leaks, tracking spending, finding ways to save and setting short and long term goals.

December 5, 2018 5:00-7:00

Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Getting Lender Ready

This seminar covers what lenders look for when approving credit, factors that impact your ability to qualify for credit, how credit is scored, and the impact money management has on your future credit standing. By wisely acquiring and using credit, you can give yourself a tremendous tool to achieve your financial goals.

December 6, 2018 12:00-2:00

Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Mobile Marketing-The New Direction for Engaging Customers

Getting more business for your local business capitalizing on the high use of mobile phones and tablets.  As a small business owner, you may be missing a large population of your market if you have not yet discovered the importance of being found and looking good on a phone or a tablet.  This seminar will instruct you in having a mobile web presence, using QR codes, apps and how to place and track mobile ads. If you have to spread your fingers on the screen to see a website on a mobile phone, that website is not mobile ready! Many of your customers are now searching for you and your products through their smartphones. Will they find you or your competition that is mobile ready? This seminar will include free and low cost ways to embrace the power of mobile for your business.

December 11, 2018 6:00-9:00

Brunswick Community College Leland Center

The 123’s of HR Management for Small Business Owners

Human Resource is an area of business management that if not done properly, can reap harsh consequences. Implementing the best systems assure one’s success. Learn about the responsibilities and basic rules of being in compliance when it comes to Human Resource Management of your business.

December 12, 2018 6:00-8:00

Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

Is QuickBooks Right for Your Business or Non-profit?  Intro to QuickBooks

Is QuickBooks software the right choice? This seminar will help you decide.  Take a tour of both the Desktop Edition and the Online Edition led by an experienced accountant and QuickBooks consultant. This popular seminar presenter will answer specific questions and share ways the software helps you save time, better manage your business, simplify bookkeeping and avoid costly errors.

January 7, 2019             6:00-8:00

Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia


SE NC Farm School Part 1: Legal Structures and Business Framework

Kick start your farm business by finding which business structure works best for your goals. Learn the fundamentals of the business operations and how they work. Learn to think outside of the box on which business entity might be best for you 

January 16, 2019           5:30-8:30
Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia


The Basics of Starting a General Contracting Business (NEW) 

This seminar will touch on the basic information and requirements of what it takes to become a General Contractor in North Carolina, aide you in understanding the difference between a residential and builder general contractor as well as other license requirement for General Contracting.

January 17, 2019           6:00-8:00
Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia


North Carolina Sales & Use Tax 101

Here you will learn the basics about N.C Sales & Use Tax. Gain a clearer understanding of general reporting requirements for the most common types of sales & use tax reporting, situations, how to complete a sales tax form, and different ways to track your business transactions to help you stay on top of reporting compliance.

January 23, 2019           6:00-8:00

Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia


SE NC Farm School Part 2: Site Analysis & Exploring Your Potential

Explore how you can learn your farms potential through analysis of all land and equipment so you can explore and move your business to its full potential. You will learn to think strategically in making decisions that will enhance your capacity.

January 24, 2019           5:30-8:30

Brunswick Community College Leland Center


SE NC Farm School Part 3: Understanding Your Market and Customers – Learn how to find your niche, business concept and opportunity. Explore how you can fine tune your value proposition and begin to explore which customers are best for your business. Learn how to find the right customer for you – and keep them.

January 30, 2019           5:30-8:30

Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

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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