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Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center

Phone: 828-694-1779
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Welcome to the Small Business Center (SBC) located at Blue Ridge Community College, part of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN). Blue Ridge Community College Campuses and the SBC are located in Flat Rock and Brevard, North Carolina.
  
SBCN is comprised of 58 Small Business Centers throughout North Carolina, that supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of local training, counseling, and resource information.

Local SBC training, confidential counseling, and resource information is offered at no cost due to funding from the State of North Carolina.
Services provided by the Small Business Center can be customized to suit your specific business needs. 

Each week we offer a program on starting and growing a business to answer all your question about requirements and resources offered  through the federal, state, region, county, and local cities. 

Scroll down under events to see the list of upcoming seminars.  

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Events

Tax Planning

Monday, January 30, 2017 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Seminar: Your Small Business Taxes - Sole Proprietorship Date: January 30, 2017 Day: Monday Time: 9:00-10:00am Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Hendeerson County Campus Building: Continued Education Building Room: 122 Description: Your Small Business Taxes - Sole Proprietorship Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Mathew Schmeider: Accountant, Bookkeeper, Tax Preparer, QuickBook's Pro Advisor
Monday, January 30, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Seminar: Your Small Business Taxes - Limited Liability Corporation LLC Date: Janaury 30, 2017 Day: Monday Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Henderson County Campus Building: Continued Education Building Room: 122 Description: Your Small Business Taxes - Limited Liability Corporation LLC Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Mathew Schmeider: Accountant, Bookkeeper, Tax Preparer, QuickBook's Pro Advisor
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Seminar: Your Small Business Taxes - Sole Proprietorship Date: Tuesday 31, 2017 Day: Tuesday Time: 9:00-10:00am Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Transylvania County Campus Building: Applied Technology Building Room: 217 Description: Your Small Business Taxes - Sole Proprietorship Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Mathew Schmeider: Accountant, Bookkeeper, Tax Preparer, QuickBook's Pro Advisor
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Seminar: Your Small Business Taxes - Limited Liability Corporation LLC Date: January 31, 2017 Day: Tuesday Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Transylvania County Campus Building: Continued Education Building Room: 217 Description: Your Small Business Taxes - Limited Liability Corporation LLC Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Mathew Schmeider: Accountant, Bookkeeper, Tax Preparer, QuickBook's Pro Advisor

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, January 19, 2017 8:30 PM to 3:00 PM
2017 Henderson County Tourism Conference Thursday January 19, 2017 Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Henderson County Campus Building: Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall Cost: Complimentary due to sponsorship by Henderson County Tourism Development Authority and BRCC Small Business Center Agenda: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Conference Registration Location: Concourse 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Comments Welcome: Shannon Clarke, HCTDA Chairman Location: Gala Room 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Henderson County Tourism Update "The Year of Hospitality" Presenter: Beth Carden, HCTDA Executive Director Location: Gala Room 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break & Spotlight on Exhibitors / Co-Op Signup Sponsor: Smoky Mountain Living, Hylah Birenbaum Location: Concourse 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Keynote Address Presenter: Joel Benson, Owner, Chick-fil-A Hendersonville Description: Joel Benson will share Chick-fil-A’s “Second Mile Service”. The second mile goes a little bit farther, it is the delightful and unexpected. It’s about making an extra effort to go beyond the transaction and enter into a relationship with the customer. Moderator: Beth Carden Location: Gala Room 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Networking Lunch Sponsor: Chick-fil-A Hendersonville Description: Meet & mingle with people in the industry while enjoying your lunch. Visit the many exhibitors and learn about new marketing opportunities. Location: Concourse 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Choose One Topic A: Group Sales Networking: A Win-Win Presenters: Michael Arrowood and Connie Holliday Description: Hendersonville hosts an amazing variety of groups every year. Create group travel experiences that keep them coming back by leveraging networking in the Group Sales Forum to meet group travelers’ needs. Moderator: Dara Hossley Location: Gala Room Topic B: How to hire, train and retain outstanding young workers Presenter: Joel Benson, Owner, Chick-fil-A Hendersonville Description: Joel will present thoughts and ideas about how to work with young employees and how to value their contributions Moderator: Julie Hayes Location: McIntosh Room Topic C: How to get editorials written for your tourism business Presenter: Craig Distl, Owner, Distl PR Description: Have you ever wondered how tourism businesses get featured in the media? Learn basic public relations tactics that any business can use to generate media attention. The good news is you do not have to be a public relations pro to get publicity, nor do you have to make big expenditures. It just takes a dedicated effort and targeted pitching. Moderator: Breanna Lyda Location: Cortland Room 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Refreshment Break & Spotlight on Exhibitors / Co-Op Signup Location: Concourse 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Choose One Topic D: Raising the Bar for Customer Service Presenter: Dave Slagle, Etowah Golf & Resort Bar Manager, owner of A Perfect Mobile Bartending Service Description: With years of sales experience and a customer centric approach, Dave will share secrets on how to create happy and loyal repeat customers. Moderator: Julie Hayes Location: Cortland Room Topic E: Hospitality & Tourism Professional Pathways: New programs with Blue Ridge Community College in conjunction with Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park. Presenter: Scott Adams Description: Scott will share information about the new pathways that employers can offer current and potential staff interested in growing their skills as a tourism professional. These opportunities range from special certifications to a four-year degree. Moderator: Karen Baker Location: McIntosh Room Topic F: Concierge Services: All employees are your concierges Presenter: Jamie Bratcher, Customer Service Manager, Hotel Indigo Description: Blend a concierge level service throughout your entire company Moderator: Michael Arrowood Location: Gala 3:15pm Adjourn
Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
2016 WNC Branding Summit Tips to creating a new brand or clarify your existing brand for greater success Date: February 16, 2017 Location: Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC Building: Blue Ridge Conference Center Conference Registration: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Time: 8:30am-4:15pm Cost: No charge due to sponsor support Come for the day, half day or one session Note: This summit is not presentation focused, but an interactive creative experience where you work on your business brand and go home with new insights and materials. Agenda: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Brand Clarity to Grow Your Business in 2016 by Phil Davis with Tungsten Marketing (Gala Room) 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break & Networking 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Branding Your Business for Success in Your Industry in 2016 by Phil Davis with Tungsten Marketing (Gala Room) 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break & Networking 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Overview of Online Marketing Elements in 2016 to Tell Your Story and Grow Your Business by Justin Belleme with JB Media Group, LLC (Gala Room) 12:15 – 1:15pm Lunch Presentation on Creating a new Brand and Re-branding an Existing Company by Murphy Funkhouser Capps with Kudzu Brands Afternoon Sessions Choose One: 1:20 – 2:20 p.m. A. How to Create and Showcase your Brand Story on Your About Us Page in 2016 (Gala Room) B. Tips to Creating a Video and Using YouTube to Promote your Brand (Cortland Room) C. Tips to Creating a Branded Logo for 2016 (McIntosh) D. Review of Collateral Print Material (Pre-event Area Lakeside) E. Tips to Reviewing Your Website (Pre-event Area Courtyard) 2:20– 2:25 p.m. Break & Networking Choose One: 2:25-3:25 pm A. Creating a Branded Tagline to go with Your Company Name for 2016 (Gala Room) B. Tips to Grow Your Online Community with FaceBook and Linkedin 2016 (Cortland Room) C. Creating a Successful Website (McIntosh) D. Review of Collateral Print Material (Pre-event Area Lakeside) 3:25 - 3:30 p.m. Break & Networking Choose One: 3:30- 4:30pm A. Creating a Branded Elevator Speech for 2016 (Gala Room) B. Tips to Creating a Video and Using YouTube to Promote your Brand (Cortland Room) C. Tips to Reviewing Your Website (McIntosh)
Speaker: Phil Davis Founder and Brand Strategist with Tungsten Marketing; Justin Belleme Founder and Director of Strategy with JB Media Group, LLC; Murphy Funkhouser Capps CEO and Chief Brand Strategist at Kudzu Brands; Gary Heisey BRCC SBC Director; Brook Norman with Channel 70 Productions; Warren McClish with WKM Media Services

HP LIFE

On Demand, available until June 30
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online
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