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Small Business Center

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

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Upcoming Seminars

HP LIFE Online Entrepreneurship Training   Register
On Demand, available until December 31
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online

How to use Constant Contact for Email Marketing: The Power of the Inbox   Register
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
What is the first impression you give when they see you in their email inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do? This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing: What it really is (and isn’t), what it can do for your business, and the five easy steps you must take to harness the power of the inbox! From revealing why regular email doesn’t work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don’t!), this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective marketing you can do: email marketing
Speaker: Melanie Diehl Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert Certified Solution Provider
Co-Sponsor: Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce
Location: Planet Fun 349 Whiteville Rd NW, Shallotte, NC 28459

Get Your Business Found on Google +   Register
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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.
Speaker: Toya Wilson-Smith, M.B.A. Founder of NexGeneration Mobile Marketing Agency Marketing Strategist, Keynote Speaker and Author. Spent 11 years in working for J & J, FedEx, and Merck.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Southport Center, Southport, NC

How to Increase your business sales by using Heritage Interpretive Techniques for Customer Service   Register
Thursday, August 11, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Are you interested in adding to your customer experience and providing the tools necessary to your employees? This workshop is for you. This session will focus on how to include heritage information to your customers’ shopping experience.
Speaker: Rebecca Long National Association of Interpreters Interpretive Host Training Brunswick County Heritage Collector
Location: Brunswick Community College, Southport Center, Southport, NC

Fueling Your Business: Funding Opportunities from the Rural Center   Register
Monday, August 15, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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.
Speaker: Amanda Sorrells Director of Entrepreneurship North Carolina Rural Center
Location: Brunswick Community College, Leland Center, Leland, NC 28451

Small Business Success Series 3 – How to write a Business Plan   Register

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

Business Essentials: What you need to know from the NC Department of Revenue   Register
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The North Carolina Department of Revenue, North Carolina Secretary of State and NC Industrial Commission will present a seminar entitled “Business Essentials.” Each agency will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be compliant. Department of Revenue – Covers the basics of tax compliance ranging from registering your business, to withholding from employees, and sales and use tax requirements. Information will be provided on a program for businesses that have fallen behind on sales and use, withholding, and other trust taxes. 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.
Speaker: Rhonda L. High North Carolina Department of Revenue Customer Education Officer
Location: Brunswick Community College, Southport Center, Southport, NC

Small Business Success Series 2 – Financing your Small Business   Register
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Financing is challenge for many small business owners. Who will give you money for my business idea and what do they need from me? How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

Small Business Success Series 4- How to find your Customer   Register
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Develop a focused and effective marketing plan with an up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Odell Williamson Auditorium Event Center, Bolivia, NC 28422

Grant Writing for Non Profits 101   Register
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This Seminar helps you learn how to weight the options, define the need, build relationships, and incorporate what is needed in the proposals and submit for funding. With step-by-step guidance, you will become an effective grant seeker and will be on your way to writing a winning proposal. This is the first part of a two-part workshop.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson CEO of Earnest Harvest, LLC, founded in 2005 to develop the capacity of nonprofit startup and for profit businesses. Calvin has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. As an experienced grant professional, he has provided services to organizations of varying size and scope for more than a decade. Calvin has written and facilitated over $ 10 million in grants and loans from the federal government, state and local governments, and private foundations while serving as Resource Development Manager at Goler Community Development Corporation in Winston-Salem NC.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Odell Williamson Auditorium Event Center, Bolivia, NC 28422

Grant Writing for Non Profits 102   Register
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This seminar will review an actual grant proposal, grant evaluation form, and required supporting documents to give your proposal the best chance of being approved. Participants will leave with knowledge of the strategy to assemble all of the resources needed to help ensure success.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson, Chairman/CEO Calvin has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. As an experienced grant professional, he has provided services to organizations of varying size and scope for more than a decade. Calvin has written and facilitated over $ 10 million in grants and loans from the federal government, state and local governments, and private foundations while serving as Resource Development Manager at Goler Community Development Corporation in Winston-Salem NC.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Odell Williamson Auditorium Event Center, Bolivia, NC 28422

Small Business Success Series 5- Managing your Cash Flow   Register
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This session introduces the entrepreneur to cash flow and basic bookkeeping best practices, cash flow management tools, and spreadsheets.
Speaker: Terri Anderss Accountant
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

SBA 1-Intro to the SBA and its Small Business Resources   Register
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
THE U.S. Small Business Administration provides a variety of resources to assist small businesses. This course will help you gain knowledge that may help you grow your own small business opportunities through SBA programs and partnerships in your area.
Speaker: Don Spry, Senior Area Manager with the US Small Business Administration
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

Fueling Your Business: Funding Opportunities from the Rural Center   Register
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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.
Speaker: Amanda Sorrells Director of Entrepreneurship North Carolina Rural Center
Location: Brunswick Community College, South Brunswick Islands Center, Main Building, front entrance, Calabash, NC 28467

Small Business Success Series 6 – Basic Bookkeeping for Small Business Owners   Register
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. If you’re a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you.
Speaker: Terri Andress Accountant
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

How To Use Video Marketing To Attract More Customers   Register
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Video is the hottest marketing strategy for both local and national businesses. Your business and marketing messages can benefit from the competition between YouTube and Facebook for the most video views per day. You will learn how to create a video without ever appearing on camera, develop a video marketing strategy to sell your products while you sleep and make a good video with your smartphone or tablet.
Speaker: Toya Wilson-Smith, M.B.A. Founder of NexGeneration Digital Marketing Agency & Simply Social Marketing Academy
Location: Brunswick Community College, South Brunswick Islands Center, Main Building, front entrance, Calabash, NC 28467

How to Start & Manage a Residential Rental Business   Register
Thursday, September 15, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Are you interested in starting a residential rental business but don’t know how to get started? Afraid there is not enough time or money? Two rental real estate investors share what steps you should take to get started and how to manage your properties. Topics include: assessing properties to purchase, the bank lending process, managing rentals, budgeting and cash flow.
Speaker: Semone Brisson is an accountant and real estate investor practicing in Salisbury, North Carolina. She is passionate about financial literacy for entrepreneurs and real estate investment as a tool for wealth building.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

Starting a Craft Brew Business, What you Need to Know   Register
Monday, September 19, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This session will discuss the investment, equipment, and permitting needed to start a craft brew business.
Speaker: Kenneth Jernigan, Help Ventures Fund Senior Loan Officer on the US Small Business Administration 504 loan team
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

Business Essentials: What you need to know from the NC Department of Revenue   Register
Monday, September 19, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The North Carolina Department of Revenue, North Carolina Secretary of State and NC Industrial Commission will present a seminar entitled “Business Essentials.” Each agency will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be compliant. Department of Revenue – Covers the basics of tax compliance ranging from registering your business, to withholding from employees, and sales and use tax requirements. Information will be provided on a program for businesses that have fallen behind on sales and use, withholding, and other trust taxes. 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.
Speaker: Rhonda High, North Carolina Department of Revenue Customer Education Officer Leo John, NC Department of Treasury
Location: Brunswick Community College, Leland Center, Leland, NC 28451

SBA 2: 50 Home Based Businesses for Startup Entrepreneurs or a Second Career   Register
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
In 2013, over 25% of all startup small businesses were home based businesses? This course is designed to provide start up entrepreneurs with the flexibility they seek in career options by exploring the availability of a home based small business career.
Speaker: Don Spry, SENIOR AREA MANAGER US SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Location: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

Creative Marketing for Artists and Crafters Part 1   Register
Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Find out why marketing your art business is as exciting and creative as the process of making art! Learn the top ten marketing methods of over twenty artists—painters, sculptors, folks artists, jewelry makers, musical instrument makers, theater artists, writers, craters, etc.—who make their livings from their art. You’ll come away with a palette of bold, bright ideas and a plan to implement them. Stop suffering from starving artist syndrome and instead become a marketing maven in this fun, invigorating seminar!
Speaker: Barnsley Brown, PhD President, Spirited Solutions Professional Speaking, Training, & Coaching
Location: Brunswick Community College, Southport Center, Southport, NC

Creative Marketing for Artists and Crafters – Part 2   Register
Thursday, September 22, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Are you running out of ideas for what to do with your art business? Come to this fun, invigorating seminar and get a taste of thirty-three free or low-cost ways you can get your art out there, get it seen, and get it sold! Bring some of your art along too so we can brainstorm what will work best for you and your particular talent/medium! (Note: You do not have to have attended Part I to attend this seminar).
Speaker: Dr. Barnsley Brown Published poet, musician, educator, and professional speaker who is committed to helping artists make a handsome living from their “art habit.” ,
Location: Brunswick Community College, Southport Center, Southport, NC

The Best Small Business to Start Right Now   Register
Friday, September 23, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This might be the best time in decades to start a business. This seminar will focus on four areas: How to create a business idea that fits you, businesses you can start for under $100, “Hot” businesses that will grow in coming years, over 30 types of businesses with growth potential, five easy-to-use steps to starting a business. If you think the time is right for you to start a business this seminar will help you get started.
Speaker: 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.
Location: Brunswick Community College, Leland Center, Leland, NC 28451

SBA 3: Developing Personal and Commercial Credit for Your Business Success   Register
Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This course focuses on how to build good personal credit AND establishing commercial credit for your company. Commercial credit is key for those companies needing short term credit for their cash flow management. Good commercial credit becomes a tangible asset of your business. Learn about the factors of credit scoring; how to overcome negative credit issues; the hidden costs of bad credit; how to minimize the risk of identity theft; how to rebuild negative credit reports, and how to engage creditors successfully.
Speaker: DON SPRY, II SENIOR AREA MANAGER US SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONLocation: Brunswick Community College, Main Campus, Bolivia, NC 28422

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.

 

 

 

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Marilyn Graham
Small Business Center
grahamm@brunswickcc.edu
755-7306

Angelita Renken
Facility Director, Leland Center
renkena@brunswickcc.edu
755-8084

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