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 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 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
Intellectual Property: What You Need to Know
This attorney led seminar will provide an overview of IP (Intellectual Properties) Law, including Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets. It will touch on general concepts, help business owners identify potential and existing intellectual property issues, provide practical tips, offer guidance in determining appropriate strategies, and provide the heads-up on common pitfalls and costly missteps.
Entrepreneurship Academy Part 2: Word of Mouth Marketing on Steroids
Do you want to know how you can get more customers without spending additional dollars on advertising? This is a practical, how-to seminar where you will learn how to use your personal story on social media networks, blogs, video and in online communities to help your brand message go viral. Get everything you need to know to implement an effective “word of mouth” campaign including building a brand ambassador army, psychological concepts, process management in a few hours a week and how to measure or adjust your results. This is a morning of action where you will get specific tools and strategies to get results quickly.
Introduction to Small Business
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides a variety of resources to assist small businesses. This seminar will help you gain knowledge that may help you grow your own small business opportunities through SBA programs and partnerships in your area. In this overview of the SBA, learn about SBA alternative capital lending programs, how to qualify for lending assistance, natural disaster preparation and lending. Take advantage of SBA managed procurement programs (HUBZONE and 8a) to help market your business to the federal government for women, minority owned, disabled veterans, and those lacking net worth of under $250k.
Basics of Starting a Family Child Care Home
What is child care? If you want to become a child care provider, do you know the process to obtain a NC Child Care License? This seminar will provide an overview of the Family Child Care Home process for licensure. Information will be provided in two sections, one for homes and one for centers, as each process is different.
Basics of Starting a Child Care Facility
Do you love children and want to open your own daycare? This seminar will give you the right information on licensing and permits that your local government requires as a small business owner and you want to strictly comply with both. Your success in starting your own daycare business will depend on careful management of the process from start to finish.
Entrepreneurship Academy Part 3: Financing Your Small Business
Financing is a challenge for many small business owners. Who will give financing 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.
Getting Loan Ready Lunch & Learn
Are you seeking capital to start, expand or acquire a business? Join us for a lunch and learn discussion about access to capital and opportunities to start or expand your business. You will learn about how to fund your venture, identify sources of capital, how to get “Loan Ready”, how to complete loan applications, understanding the personal financial statements, how to project a 12 month Profit & Loss statement and five steps to a commercial business loan. Everything that is available to help you succeed.
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Decide if Excel or QuickBooks is Best for Your Business
Spreadsheets vs. accounting software: where to begin – the question of whether a business should start using a spreadsheet for business information or should they use some sort of an accounting system as they get their business started. This is a question that is always asked as small businesses are about to start, which way is the best way to go?
Social Media Advertising
Our social media advertising seminar is designed with local business owners and entrepreneurs in mind. We will present a detailed examination of the paid social media landscape with a primary focus on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube sharing a complete example of a paid social media campaign that will take participants from budgeting to planning, execution, results analysis, and subsequent fine-tuning, adjustments, and campaign tweaking.
Introduction to Grant Writing
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.
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.