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

What You Need to Know From the NC Department of Revenue: Business Tax Essentials
The North Carolina Department of Revenue will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be compliant. In this seminar you will get great information on: the basics of tax compliance ranging from registering your business, to withholding from employees, and sales and use tax requirements. 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!

September 5, 2018          5:00-8:00
Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia
*Please note, in the event of low enrollment this seminar may be rescheduled. You will be contacted with new time, date and location.

Managing Your Online Presence
This seminar will help business owners and entrepreneurs combine the power of social media marketing with brand storytelling to develop a consistent lead generation system. The goal is to show professionals how to elevate their internet presence to be the first choice for their prospective customers using proven digital marketing strategies. Is your business ready for better branding and increased sales?

Saturday, September 8, 2018             11:00-1:00
Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Basic Bookkeeping with QuickBooks
This seminar will provide an in depth understanding on how to use QuickBooks in the simplest way possible to create financial statements and maintain a clear understanding of the financial position of your business.

September 12, 2018                 4:00-7:00
Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia

Understanding Financial Statements
This popular seminar helps participants feel at ease when it comes to understanding the balance sheet and the profit and loss statement.  The presenter will share easy to understand explanations and examples.  Learn the answers to common questions such as: “What is on a balance sheet and why does it balance?” or “What is a balance sheet and how to create a balance sheet if you are already in business?” And the most misunderstood question, “What is owner’s equity?” You will also get crucial insights about understanding the profit and loss statement which include: the basics of revenue and expenses; accrual versus cash basis accounting; gross profit, operating expenses, and cost of goods or services sold.

September 13, 2018                 9:00-11:00
Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Understanding Landlord Tenant Laws
Landlord tenant law governs the rental of commercial and residential property. State laws cover many aspects of the landlord tenant relationship, from security deposits to landlord access to rental property. This seminar will include the rights and responsibilities, permitted use of the deposit, fees, evictions, lease agreement and lease with options to purchase. Knowledge of state law is crucial, as a landlord you want to run a profitable business and protect your investment. Want to avoid legal hassles when it comes to rent, deposits, repairs, and other key issues? This seminar is for you.

September 13, 2018                 6:00-8:00
Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia

Office 365 for Beginners
This seminar will give you an in depth introduction to Microsoft’s new Office Program. Topics will include the different subscriptions levels, which one is right for you, how to access your Office Documents from anywhere you are, using Office on your mobile device, understanding OneDrive and how it benefits you, how you can use this in your business, plus much more…you don’t want to miss it.

September 20, 2018                 10:00-12:00
Brunswick Community College Leland Center 

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.

September 25, 2018                 6:00-9:00
Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia 

The Basics of Search Engine Optimization: Understanding Google My Business
If you want to get your business on Google Page One, this seminar is for you. We will cover how to optimize your Google My Business listing with the right keywords, images and links to get on Google page one within 30 days. Learn what to do by seeing actual case studies in various industries including real estate, restaurant and funeral services. This is a must attend seminar if your business depends on people finding your business website or contact information.

September 27, 2018                 5:00-8:00
Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Legal Considerations for Starting and Running a Small Business

Are you starting a business or in business and find yourself asking the following questions:

  • What’s the difference in an employee vs. an independent contractor?
  • What type of insurance do I need?
  • Are there zoning, permits, license or certifications needed for my business?
  • Do I need a bookkeeper vs an account and why?
  • How to get an EIN, when the EIN is needed, do you need a tax ID number?

If you answered yes to any of these questions take advantage of this FREE two hour seminar to ask questions and get the facts from a local attorney.

October 2, 2018             6:00-8:00
Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Start-up Basics (Part 1 of 5)
This introductory seminar focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. 

October 3, 2018             6:00-8:00
Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia

Marketing Your Business Locally
Here you will gather the many ways you can promote your business in our area. Did you know that listing your business correctly in local directories improves your online presence? Do you know how to use social media and digital/online advertising to target specific areas and demographics affordably? This seminar will show you the marketing options available in our area, will help you determine what marketing budget is best for your business and will show you the most important steps to get started.

October 9, 2018             5:00-7:00
Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Marketing Strategy & Research (Part 2 of 5)
This second seminar focuses on your business concept and step-by-step guidance in researching your idea, your market, and your competition. At the end of the Business Concept seminar, you are able to: identify your target markets, describe your products and services, and collect key competitive information to support your feasibility plan.

October 11, 2018           6:00-8:00
Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia

Building Restaurant Profitability
Are you in running a restaurant or working on starting one? Did you know the total food and labor cost is called Prime Cost in the restaurant industry? If your Prime Cost is over 50% of Net Sales you should attend this seminar and learn important techniques for improving your food and labor cost. Topics covered: Why is Making a Profit so Difficult, Managing from Your Financial Statement, Managing Food Cost, Managing Labor Cost and Managing Other Costs.

October 10, 2018           6:00-9:00
Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia

The ABC’s of Managing Your Small Business

This seminar is geared for the startup, or those small businesses still seeking the basics of how to start, market, manage, and grow their small business.  Discussion includes: Elements of the business plan, putting the business plan to work and assessing its results; developing the marketing plan; conducting a needs assessment; types of legal structure; strategic small business investment strategies; and developing customer outreach initiatives with win-win customer metrics that synergize sales and marketing success.

October 17, 2018           5:00-7:00
Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Marketing Execution (Part 3 of 5)
The third seminar provides you with an introduction to marketing communication methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. The discussion in the Marketing Plan seminar covers pricing strategies, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing strategies. At the end of this session, you will know how to: outline your marketing strategy, test your marketing message, choose the right sales channel, and exercise your marketing strategy.

October 18, 2018           6:00-8:00
Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia


Social Media Advertising – Turning Likes Into Sales
Amplify your social media marketing campaigns with Facebook, Instagram and Google advertising. Social media ads allow you to target specific audiences, so you can make sure your ads are getting in front of the right people. This seminar will help new digital advertisers effectively create, budget, place, and manage ads on Facebook, Instagram and Google.

October 23, 2018           6:00-8:00
Brunswick Community College Leland Center


Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Financial Planning & Reporting (Part 4 of 5)
The fourth seminar uses exercises to help you better understand financial concepts. This session reviews sales and prices, financial risks and rewards, true start-up costs, ongoing operating expenses, setting benchmarks for tracking progress and the organization of all your financial information. Using a hands-on approach, you learn how to use our financial model to forecast sales revenue and build solid pro-forma financial forecasts.

October 25, 2018           6:00-8:00
Brunswick Community College Main Campus Bolivia


Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Funding Sources (Part 5 of 5)
The final seminar offers information on how to finance your small business. In this session, discussions include sources of funds, accounting the six C’s of credit, banking relations, ratio analysis, and monthly preparation and review of financial statements. A bank loan officer will give an inside view of how a banker assesses the merits of business plans and loan application. At the end of the series, you’ll have all of the tools necessary to decide whether or not to launch your small business.

October 30, 2018           6:00-8:00
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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