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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-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 scotta@brunswickcc.edu. 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

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Upcoming Seminars

Digital Marketing Trends

Digital marketing is changing thanks to widespread ownership of smartphones, ever-increasing data and video streaming, combined with a cultural desire for digestible and personalized content. Do you know which trends will impact YOUR organization in 2019? How can you jump on some of these trends to get an edge on your competition?

February 12, 2020                  5:00-7:00

Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

            Bldg. B room 104

 

C.R.A.S.E….Citizens Response in an Active Shooter Event in Businesses

Is your business prepared for a possible active shooter? In this seminar, participants will learn about disaster response and how to prepare for and respond to being trapped inside a building during an active shooter event. You will learn steps to take to assist law enforcement and to limit casualties. The seminar is built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy.

 

February 19, 2020                  10:00-12:00

Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

            Bldg. D room 101

 

Entrepreneurship Academy Part 1: How to Start a Business & Write a Winning Business Plan

Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the do’s and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.

 

February 21, 2020                  9:00 -11:00

            Brunswick Community College Leland Center

            Room 208

 

 

 

D eveloping an End to End Social Media Marketing Strategy for Business to Consumer Companies

This 3-hour social media seminar will help you shape the conversation around your business, build loyalty, and attract new customers and media attention. Building an effective social media strategy will expand all of your other inbound marketing efforts as well as build brand awareness, increase word of mouth and attract new buyers. Social media is the best way to do inbound marketing and enhance word of mouth marketing strategies. Invest in the growth of your business or career by learning how to: build an effective social media strategy, set up social listening and moderation, create social content, extend your reach, excel in digital advertising and measure ROI.

 

February 25, 2020                  6:00-9:00

Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Room 208

 

F acebook & Instagram Ads: How to Build Great Digital Marketing Campaigns for Y our Business

Learn about Facebook & Instagram ads from Digital Advertising Expert Toya Wilson, who has managed advertising budgets for both small business owners and multinational companies. In this seminar you will learn more about generating leads on Facebook and Instagram, crafting a strategy, designing winning ad campaigns, measuring your success, and running ads on just five dollars a day.

 

February 27, 2020                  12:00-4:00

Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

Bldg. D room 120

 

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.

 

February 28, 2020                  9:00-11:00

Brunswick Community College Leland Center

Room 208

 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. Wilson_SBC_4c_glow