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.
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 membership with CINErG (Center for Innovative Networking & Entrepreneur Groups). This space will provide a physical location to independent workers, entrepreneurial start-ups, 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 email@example.com. 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 and Industry Incubator
Brunswick Community College’s Business and Industry Incubator is designed to accelerate the development of entrepreneurial occupants through an array of business support and resources. These services are intended to increase the survival rate of occupants business for the retention of employees and to enhance business expansion opportunities to grow the local economy.
The incubators can occupy three start-up manufacturing businesses. The team is now accepting applications with an immediate opening for a 950 sq. foot unit and an opening in November 2019.
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
Webinar login information and a registration reminder will be provided prior to this event via email. Please look for a reminder email closer to the event start date. Pre-registration is mandatory, if you need assistance, please call 910-755-7306.
Create a financial strategy by developing a budget, identifying financial goals, and getting control of debt. Participants will learn the steps to develop cash flow projections that are vital for start-up businesses and required to obtain any type of financing. In addition, learn how to estimate fixed and variable expenses and conduct a break-even analysis. This seminar will help you learn to stay on budget and be more prepared to manage the highs and lows of cash flow in a business.
7/20/21 6:00-7:30 Free Online
NC Labor Law Compliance: Understanding the Responsibilities of Employers and the Rights of Employees
Join us and the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Bureau to learn about:
- Wage and hour terms
- Laws applicable to employers
- The difference between federal and state jurisdictions
- What constitutes hours worked
- What records must be kept by employers and in what form
- Youth employment protections
- Other promised wages
7/13/ 21 5:00-6:30 Free Online
Don’t let the process of writing a grant scare you away from potential funding. This basic webinar is designed to encourage and build confidence of current and potential nonprofits leaders concerning the process of grant writing. If you’re looking for a place to begin, or you want to investigate what is involved in the grant writing process, this webinar is for you. Bring your board members, or potential board members, directors and volunteers.
Topics covered during our time together will include:
- Planning; deciding what type of grant is needed
- Preparation; gathering all the information needed to include in a grant
- Introduction to a Project Logic Model used in present grant proposals.
7/14/21 5:00-6:30 Free Online
How to Shoot, Edit & Deliver the Easy Way on Your iPhone:
Part 1: Ready-Set-Shoot: This webinar will provide key but simple guidelines on how to shoot video so it’s easy to watch, understandable, and easy to edit. You will get examples of video’s that have been shot for local businesses…yup with an iphone.
7/15/21 12:00-1:30 Free Online
Part 2: Tips, Tricks and Turnover: In this webinar you will learn the shortcuts to make your videos easy and quick to turnaround for your marketing needs and customers. You will also learn the important process of storytelling and how to conduct an interview that gets to the point but doesn’t waste time.
7/22/21 12:00-1:30 Free Online
Part 3: Video Editing: In the third part of this series you will learn how easy it is to edit a segment for your businesses video. It’s especially easy if you follow the shooting tips shared during this webinar.
7/29//21 12:00-1:30 Free Online
This workshop will give participants a better understanding of state withholding tax requirements when hiring a new employee. Participants will learn about the basics of state withholding taxes, how to register for an account, and how to fill out a return in addition to discussing when withholding is required for certain 1099 recipients.
07/20/21 2:00-4:00 Free Online
Budgeting & Cash Flow
Create a financial strategy by developing a budget, identifying financial goals, and getting control of debt. Participants will learn the steps to develop cash flow projections that are vital for start-up businesses and required to obtain any type of financing. In addition, learn how to estimate fixed and variable expenses and conduct a break-even analysis. This webinar will help you learn to stay on budget and be more prepared to manage the highs and lows of cash flow in a business.
07/20/21 6:00-7: 30 Free Online
Grant Writing 102 (How & Where to Find a Grant)
Learning how to write a grant is not an easy task. Grant Writing 101 gives vital information on that process. Learning where and how to find a grant is another matter. This webinar is designed to demonstrate how to use the logic model, introduced in Grant Writing 101, is used to match their organization’s values, goals and objectives, with potential grant providers. This will be done as the presenter, accesses a searchable database of private grant makers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grant makers.
This webinar will cover:
- Discussing and understanding the project logic model
- Proposal; using the correct format in writing the grant
- Provider: knowing where to look for the provider that’s right for you.
The truth is that most nonprofits cannot exists from personal donations alone. Don’t let your nonprofit fail to reach its potential due to a lack of funding. Register today and be informed.
7/27/21 5:00-6:30 Free Online
Intro to Grant Seeking
Don’t let the process of writing a grant scare you away from potential funding. Learn how to do the research, weigh the options, build relationships, incorporate what you need 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.
7/28/21 5:00-6:30 Free Online
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.