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.
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.
03/25/21 03/25/21 5:00-7:00 TH Free Online
Small Business Boot camp
If you’re planning to start a business but unsure what legal structure means or how to decide what’s best for you, how to write a business plan or not sure if you need an EIN or how to get it. Do you find yourself pulling your hair about license, permits zoning, or understanding the difference between an employee vs. an independent contractor? If not here’s the seminar for you. Lead by a local attorney, this seminar is packed with priceless information to get you on the correct path to starting and maintaining a legal business.
04/29/21 04/29/21 4:00-6:00 W Free Online
How to Develop a Strategic Plan for Nonprofits
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 with serious consequences for individuals as well as becoming detrimental to the original cause for which the non-profit was designed.
04/21/21 04/21/21 5:00-7:00 TH Free Online
30 Ways to Grow Your List
In this workshop you’ll leave with ideas and strategies to capture new contacts, grow your list and take action to help move your business forward. Having an interested and qualified list of contacts that you can stay top of mind with is vital to every business. Continuing to grow that list is just as important. In this workshop we will show you 30 easy ways to grow your contact list today! We will cover:
- Why someone should join your contact list and what’s in it for them
- How to ask people to join your list “face-to-face”
- How to use social media to grow your list
- How to grow your list on your website or blog—and 26 more ways!
04/27/21 04/27/21 5:00-6:30 T Free Online
Getting Started on QuickBooks
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? What’s the difference between QuickBooks Online vs Desktop? This free webinar, geared toward the novice QuickBooks user, will answer these questions and more. Topics also include: the important first steps to properly set up a QuickBooks company file, user restriction, data protection and financial statement layout.
04/28/21 04/28/21 5:00-7:00 W Free 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.