Continuing Education – Small Business Center

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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


Scheduled FREE Small Business Seminars by Location

Leland Center


15 Common Mistakes That Will Undermine Any Business

We have all heard the old saying “learn from other’s mistakes.”  The presenter, Bob Moore, created this seminar from his experiences of owning his own businesses and working for medium and large domestic and international corporations.  Opening and operating a small business normally involves a great deal of time and a substantial financial investment.  During this seminar, you will learn the fifteen most common mistakes made by entrepreneurs and many corporations that ultimately undermine the business.  Regardless of whether you are opening or operating a business, regardless of the size of your company, this seminar will prove to be invaluable in helping you form a legal, profitable, and growing business.  Make a solid investment in the future survival of your business by planning to attend this informative seminar!

4/3/14 6-9 Th


Creating A Winning Business Plan

Whether you have a service business, retail, manufacturing or direct marketing you need a plan. In fact, if you try to borrow money for a business the first question asked by the lender will be, “Do you have a business Plan?” “Creating a Winning Business Plan,” a program presented on April 8, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon and sponsored by BCC’s Small Business Center will help you get started with creating a business plan that fits your business.  The program will focus on: How to easily create a simple business plan, How to create a full-length plan that can guide your business, Which parts of the plan must be done in specific ways, Which parts of the plan bankers focus on, How to create the important marketing segment of the plan, What the plan must look like. If you think the time is right for you to start a business—you’re right! The key is to create a winning business plan. This program will help you get started in the right way.  The program presenter will be 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.

4/8/14 9-12 T


Creative Marketing to Boost Your Small Business

Does your marketing plan need some life breathed into it?  Do you want to attract customers in innovative, cost-effective ways?  Would you like to actually enjoy marketing your business?  If so, this informative, dynamic seminar is for you.  Get the scoop on creative marketing strategies that make you and your business stand out and prosper in a competitive economy. 

5/8/14 1-4 Th


Turn Your Passions into a Livelihood and Create the Small Business of Your Dreams

Tired of nine to five work world?  Laid off?  Looking for opportunities?  Create them for yourself with the help of this exciting workshop geared for those at the exploration or start-up phase of a new business.  Learn strategies for success, low-cost or free resources available for small business development, the qualities of successful entrepreneurs, and more for your and business (ad)venture.

5/8/14 6-9 Th

South Brunswick Islands


Veteran Entrepreneurship Programs by the SBA

Veteran business succeed at a far higher rate than those started by non-veteran entrepreneurs.  The SBA has been tasked with providing our nation’s veterans (and their current spouses and widows) with detailed program information on the availability of special benefits they may be eligible for when starting or growing their small business.  Military veterans with an honorable discharge can receive startup lending assistance with the Patriot Express loan program.  For veterans seeking to purchase and occupy commercial real estate property, the SBA 504 program also has unique veterans benefit provisions. Interested in doing business with the federal government?  SBA contracting programs provide small business set aside program opportunities.  Take advantage of your veteran (or spousal) benefits to work by considering an SBA program that might be right for you if you are seeking to become a small business owner.

4/3/14 11-2 Th


Social Media Integration for the Small Business Owner

Business Owners learn how to work social media into your busy days.

4/23/14 1-4 W


Marketing ROI (Return On Investment) for Small Businesses

Realizing revenue with your best marketing.  Business Owners can learn how to build a marketing plan for their specific business needs.  Bring a lunch for this informative session!

5/1/14 10-4 Th




Documents & PDFs

SBC Spring 2014 Seminars

SBC Summer 2014 Seminars


Angelita Renken
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Continuing Education, Economic & Workforce Development

Kim Wiggs Gamlin
Small Business Center Director

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