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

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


SE NC Farm School Part 4: Financial Planning for Your Business – You will learn how to understand your business financials so that you can make smart and strategic decisions that will make you profitable. You will explore all areas of business finance so that you are confident in your decision making as you move your business into a profitable venture.

February 6, 2019           5:30-7:30

Brunswick Community College Leland Center


Introduction to Nonprofits and Grant Writing
Setting up and managing a nonprofit organization is very different from a for-profit business. There are literally millions of dollars available through both government and private agencies and foundations for non-profit entities. Identifying those that might apply to your specific business is important. Understanding and following their individual requirements, however, are essential to successful presentations. This seminar is designed to explain and prepare you not only setting up a nonprofit business, but also for the grant proposal process. Anyone new to the grant writing process should attend this seminar.

February 13, 2019          5:00-8:00

Brunswick Community College Leland Center


Website Design for Small Business Owners
This seminar introduces participants to basic web design drop and drag editors like Go Daddy, Wix, Weebly and Strikingly.  Throughout the seminar participants are introduced to planning and designing effective web pages; enhancing web pages with the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, graphics, images, and multimedia; and producing a functional, multi-page website.

February 19, 2019          5:00-8:00

Brunswick Community College Leland Center


SE NC Farm School Part 5: Maximizing Your Profits and “Belt-Tightening”
Have you ever wondered if you are fully maximizing your profits? You will learn how to analyze decisions based on data and opportunities within the market so that you can reduce costs, expand profits, and grow a successful business.

 February 20, 2019      5:30-8:30

Brunswick Community College Leland Center


Basic Information on Permitting & Guidelines for Restaurants and Food Trucks
Are you thinking about cooking and selling food in a restaurant or via a mobile food unit?  If you answered yes, then you should attend this fact-filled seminar. Here you will learn the NC rules governing food establishments, the permitting process and special guideline’s for a mobile food unit.

February 21, 2019      4:00-6:00

Brunswick Community College Leland Center


Making Video, Ads and Social Media Post that Grab Your Customers Attention
This course teaches you and your team how to be more comfortable in front of the camera for selling your product or service.

People identify with people naturally and with brands only after great expense and a lot of people promoting them. It is cheaper for a small business to brand themselves by bringing their most passionate people out front and the owners if possible.

We also address affordable equipment and demonstrate the equipment in class. Including how to post your content on the web so it would be found and distributing it on social media sites.

February 26, 2019                 9:00-12:00

Brunswick Community College Main, Bolivia


Social Media Mastery Track
This seminar will go over the setup of major social media platforms and how they are to be correctly used. You will determine what is appropriate for your business, which platforms to use first, in the future, and which not to use for your business.  Areas of focus include:

  • Set up of accounts
  • Populating base accounts
  • Establishing a content distribution system including photos, graphics and video
  • Maximizing keywords and online directories

February 26, 2019     1:00-4:00

Brunswick Community College Main, Bolivia


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.

February 27, 2019     4:00-6:00

Brunswick Community College Leland Center


SE NC Farm School Part 6: Business Operations & HR
Learn how to ensure your business operations are designed for success. Hiring the right people for the task at hand is critical for any small business and you will learn the tips on how to find and grow the talent your business will rely on.

February 28, 2019     5:30-8:30

Brunswick Community College Main, 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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