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
A small business accountant and educator shares information entrepreneurs should know regarding how to record the most common financial transactions in business by using a simple, low-cost record keeping system anyone can use. Learn the basics about expenses, revenue, preparing a profit and loss statement, single entry and double entry accounting and more!
8/18/2020 6:00 – 7:30 Online
Sales and Use Tax
This seminar will help participants better understand their sales and use tax obligations. Participants will receive a hands-on experience preparing sales and use tax returns in addition to learning about sales and use tax basics, about the most common types of sales and use taxes collected, and how to register an account. 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!
8/19/2020 9:00 -11:00 Online
How to Write a Business Plan
Writing a business plan is the best way to test whether or not an idea for starting a business is feasible, other than going out and doing it. In this sense, the business plan is your safety net; writing a business plan can save you a great deal of time and money if working through the business plan reveals that your business idea is untenable. Often, an idea for starting a business is discarded at the marketing analysis or competitive analysis stage, freeing you to move on to a new (and better) idea.
08/20/2020 12:00 -1:30 Online
Veteran Entrepreneurship Programs by the SBA
Veteran businesses generally have more success at starting and building their start up business than do non-veterans? The SBA provides veteran entrepreneurs with key benefits they may be eligible for when starting or growing their small business.
Veterans have specific SBA lending programs to gain working capital for startup, expansions and acquisitions, or to purchase and occupy commercial real estate property. SBA also provides special benefits programs for service disabled veterans seeking contracting and sole-source opportunities with the federal government.
08/25/2020 1:00 – 3:00 Online
Selling Your Products & Services Online
There are several options to sell both products and services online. This workshop will walk attendees through the following:
- Selecting the best digital platform
- Choosing the appropriate hosting plan
- Setting up the perfect domain name
- How to build your e-commerce store to attract the perfect customer
- Collecting payments
- How to get your new web store found
- How to sell your stuff on your Facebook fan page
This webinar will include a workbook to help participants get started with building their first online store or web presence specifically to sell products.
08/26/2020 12:00 – 1:30 Online
Be Free From Debts Hold: Prepare for a Bank Business Loan
Have you ever thought of being your own boss and starting a small business? Perhaps you have another dream but your debt is out of control and preventing your dream from becoming a reality. Now is the time to learn how to “Be Free from Debt’s Hold…..” How would you like to pay off all your consumer debt, credit cards, car payments, and loans? How would you like to know the exact month and year you could be out of debt, legally and without a tax liability? In this webinar, you will learn a simple yet effective method to start the process of making yourself debt free! You will also learn about the shams and “quick fixes” that should be avoided and how to properly and legally deal with creditors. Before you apply for a business loan, consider making that next large purchase or accept a new credit card, take the time to attend this life-changing seminar. Bring a calculator! “The Worse Place You Can Ever Live Is Beyond Your Means!”
08/27/2020 6:00-8:00 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.