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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Managing Online Donor Strategies for Churches and Non-Profits
Online giving is no longer a fringe concept for churches and other Nonprofits. Both are all over the world and are making it possible for donors to give via the internet. But what are the hidden costs? What are the benefits of the different methods for online giving? How do you understand all the online giving lingo and jargon?
10/1/2020 5-6:30 PM Online
- How to Complete Form E-585 (Non-Profit)
This webinar will help to qualify nonprofits better understand the proper procedure for requesting a sales and use tax refund (reference G.S. 105-164.14(b) for more information about this tax law). Participants will focus on the process for completing the Nonprofit and Governmental Entity Claim for Refund of State and County Sales and Use Taxes.
10/7/2020 5:00-6:30 PM Online
- How to Start a Non-Profit Business
There is a tremendous interest coming from our communities of wanting to know how to form a nonprofit business. Careful consideration should be given to this quest and much attention needs to be given to the proper steps to take. Failure to do so could result in serious consequences for individuals as well as becoming detrimental to the original cause for which the non-profit was designed.
Participants will discover:
- Basics on what a non-profit business is
- Refine the definition of a non-profit
- Issues to consider before starting a non-profit
- Key steps in forming a non-profit
- Forms and Documents needed to be filed
- What takes place at the first board meeting?
- Do you need an attorney?
10/8/2020 5-6:30 PM 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.
- Doing the 501 (c) (3) Thing
Can we get 501 (c) (3) status without hiring an attorney or accountant?” The benefits of 501 (c) (3) status and the ability to apply for government and foundation grants, can be vital to the success of your non-profit organization. This seminar will carefully guide individuals through the 1023 form and provide vital information concerning how to respond to statements and questions needed to satisfy IRS reviewers. The answer is “Yes, you CAN get 501 (c) (3) status on your own.”
10/15/2020 5-6:30 PM Online
- How to Develop a Budget for a Nonprofit
Nonprofit organizations have limited resources and represent funds entrusted to their
Organization. Officers have a fiduciary responsibility to make sure that every dime of this money is spent wisely. Spending money and spending it wisely is not the same. No matter who or what the organizations, all have one thing in common: the need to achieve their goals and objectives with limited resources. This webinar is designed to assist in the development of budgeting skills necessary to reach full potential.
10/22/2020 5-6:30 PM Online
- How to Write a Business Plan
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.
10/14/2020 6-7:00 PM Online
- Grant Writing 101
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 in 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.
10/29/2020 5-6:30 PM 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.