Welcome to the NC Small Business Center Network
Welcome to the Small Business Center Network’s (SBCN) web site. As you will discover, the SBCN offers a very wide range of programs and services for existing and prospective business owners. We recommend you start your site tour in the services area of our site. Here, you will get an overview of the different ways in which the Small Business Center Network can help you realize your dream of owning your own business or making your current business more profitable.
Then perhaps you can check out the latest tax news on our “Breaking Tax Information” page. If you’re looking for something a bit more interactive, go to our Small Business Simulation page and try your hand at operating a virtual lemonade stand for a couple of days.
After you complete the tour, be sure to click on “Contact Your Local SBC” to learn more about what we are doing on a local basis. You can schedule a free one-on-one confidential counseling session to help you become more profitable or to assist you in getting your dream from idea to reality.
At the Small Business Center Network we are all about helping you. We hope you will find that we are Your Partner for Business Success.
Dr. George Millsaps
Who We Are
Started in 1984 when the North Carolina State Legislature (www.ncleg.net) funded thirteen Small Business Centers (SBCs), the system has grown and by 1995 the SBCN had at least one SBC at each of the 58 Community Colleges within North Carolina. The system has now expanded to over 60 sites throughout the State and is known as the most expansive state funded technical assistance program in the United States having locations within a 30 minute drive of virtually every North Carolinian.
The SBCN has positioned itself to focus on entrepreneurship and economic development with an emphasis on assisting startups, early stage, and troubled businesses. Our unique structure allows ease of access and unparalleled knowledge of and linkages to local communities. Understanding that knowledge is power, the SBCN provides over 3,500 free or low cost seminars and workshops each year in a wide range of topics of interest to current and prospective business owners.
The objective of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners which will lead to job creation and retention. Each Small Business Center (SBC) will be a community-based provider of education and training, counseling, referral and information.