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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 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 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

North Carolina Sales & Use Tax 101

Here you will learn the basics about N.C Sales & Use Tax. Gain a clearer understanding of general reporting requirements for the most common types of sales & use tax reporting, situations, how to complete a sales tax form, and different ways to track your business transactions to help you stay on top of reporting compliance.

August 13, 2019   5:00-7:00   Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

Website Design for Small Business Owners

People are always searching for businesses online. Your website and its mobile version are now critically important. Find out how a newly updated website can usher your business into the future and position you for success. Why? Time spent on websites and blogs are decreasing while people are spending way more time on mobile apps on their smartphones. You can build a website for your business in an afternoon. If you are interested in learning how to build or refresh your website for free and without learning code, then plan to attend this seminar.

August 14, 2019   5:00-8:00   Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

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.”

August 15, 2019   9:00-12:00   Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

Storm Readiness: How to Prepare Your Business When Disaster Strikes

Small and large businesses inevitably can lose sales opportunities when storms strike but having a plan in place can get you back in business faster. It’s important that you understand your risk, develop a preparedness and mitigation plan, and take action. Doing so will not only increase the safety of employees and customers, but it will help you remain in business after disasters.

August 20, 2019   9:00-11:00   Brunswick Community College Leland Center
August 20, 2019   6:00-8:00   Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

How to Setup QuickBooks Desktop for Your Business or Non-Profit

What would you pay an accountant or consultant to set up the books for your business on QuickBooks software? How much time would it take to learn these steps on your own? Is the company data file you currently use correct? This free seminar, geared toward the novice QuickBooks user, will answer these questions and more. Topics include: the important first steps to properly set up a QuickBooks company file, user restriction, data protection and financial statement layout.

August 21, 2019   6:00-8:00   Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

Online Safety and Security for Small Business Owners

Update your knowledge of best online privacy practices and what you need to do for effective reputation management on an ongoing basis. Understand how to have effective content on the web with the right degree of transparency. Become aware of current tools to help you achieve a secure web presence for yourself and your business.

August 28, 2019   9:00-12:00   Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

How to Sell on Amazon for Business Owners

Amazon.com, it’s not just for books. Whether you are looking for a business to start, or are already in business and want to expand, Amazon is the opportunity you need to explore. In this seminar, you will learn the basics of how to start selling on Amazon. Topics include: what you need to get started, how much it will cost, choosing your account type, what you shouldn’t sell, and how to run an online business without filling your house with stuff or even going to the post office.

August 28, 2019   1:00-4:00   Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

Getting Loan Ready Lunch & Learn

Are you seeking capital to start, expand or acquire a business? Join us for a lunch and learn 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.

August 29, 2019   11:00-1:00   Brunswick Community College Main Campus, Bolivia

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