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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

Start-up Assistance

Saturday, March 21, 2015 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
How to Start a Business in 2015 Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: Saturday March 21, 2014 Time: 8:00am-12:00pm Building: Technology Education & Development Room: 201 Cost: Program is offered at no charge, due to sponsor support, from the State of North Carolina and Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center. Designed for pre-start and start-up business owners that want to learn more about what resources are available and requirements through the federal, state, region, county, city, for-profit and non-profit organizations to help you start your business. Example: BRCC's Small Business Center offers one-on-one confidential business coaching, training's and referrals at no cost due to State of North Carolina funding to help NC entrepreneurs. Learn about business start-up and existing sources of money through local microloan organizations, SBA, traditional banks, angel investing, bootstrapping, etc. Learn about free legal assistance from NCLeap for those that qualify. Snow Date: Saturday March 28, 2015
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey SBC Director and Branding Expert
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
How to Start a Business in 2015 Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: Saturday May 16, 2015 Time: 8:00am-12:00pm Building: Technology Education & Development Room: 201 Cost: Program is offered at no charge, due to sponsor support, from the State of North Carolina and Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center. Designed for pre-start and start-up business owners that want to learn more about what resources are available and requirements through the federal, state, region, county, city, for-profit and non-profit organizations to help you start your business. Example: BRCC's Small Business Center offers one-on-one confidential business coaching, training's and referrals at no cost due to State of North Carolina funding to help NC entrepreneurs. Learn about business start-up and existing sources of money through local microloan organizations, SBA, traditional banks, angel investing, bootstrapping, etc. Learn about free legal assistance from NCLeap for those that qualify.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey SBC Director and Branding Expert

Business Basics

Sunday, March 01, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Create a Business Plan Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: Sunday March 1, 2015 Time: 8:30am-5:00pm Building: Technology Education & Development Room: 201 Cost: Program is offered at no charge, due to sponsor support, from the State of North Carolina and Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center. Note: There will be an hour lunch break with local food establishments near campus: Subway, Popular Leaf Cafe, McDonalds, Zaxby's, etc Designed for pre-start, start-up and existing business owners that want to create a business plan for 2015 to manage their business or access money through through local microloan organizations, SBA, traditional banks, angel investing, bootstrapping, crowd funding, etc. Note: Class will take place in a computer lab. If you have a lap top computer you can bring it. Snow Date: Sunday March 8, 2015
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey Director of the Small Business Center at Blue Ridge Community College
Sunday, March 22, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Create a Business Plan Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: Sunday March 22, 2015 Time: 8:30am-5:00pm Building: Technology Education & Development Room: 220 Cost: Program is offered at no charge, due to sponsor support, from the State of North Carolina and Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center. Note: There will be an hour lunch break with local food establishments near campus: Subway, Popular Leaf Cafe, McDonalds, Zaxby's, etc. Designed for pre-start, start-up and existing business owners that want to create a business plan to manage their business or access money through through local microloan organizations, SBA, traditional banks, angel investing, bootstrapping, crowd funding, etc. Note: Class will take place in a computer lab. If you have a lap top computer you can bring it. Snow Date: Sunday March 29, 2015
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey Director of the Small Business Center at Blue Ridge Community College
Sunday, May 17, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Create a Business Plan Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: Sunday May 17, 2015 Time: 8:30am-5:00pm Building: Technology Education & Development Room: 220 Cost: Program is offered at no charge, due to sponsor support, from the State of North Carolina and Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center. Note: There will be an hour lunch break with local food establishments near campus: Subway, Popular Leaf Cafe, McDonalds, Zaxby's, etc Designed for pre-start, start-up and existing business owners that want to create a business plan to manage their business or access money through through local microloan organizations, SBA, traditional banks, angel investing, bootstrapping, crowd funding, etc. Note: Class will take place in a computer lab. If you have a lap top computer you can bring it.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey Director of the Small Business Center at Blue Ridge Community College

Managing a Business

Friday, March 06, 2015 8:30 PM to 4:30 PM
2015 Transylvania Spring Business Summit Date: Friday March 6, 2015 Location: Brevard College - Porter Center Cost: No charge due to sponsor support Morning Focus: Economic Development and New Business Assistance to Grow your Business in 2015 Morning Check-in 8:00- 8:30am 8:30-9:30am 2015 WNC and Transylvania Economic Update by Tom Tveidt with SYNEVA 9:45-10:45am Economic Initiatives Update on Scaleup WNC by Matt Raker with AdvantageWest and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) by Erica Anderson with Land of Sky Regional Council 11:00-11:15am Vision Youth Leadership Award Presentation 11:15-12:15pm Economic and Workforce Development by Dr. Scott Ralls President of the NC Community College System Note: Each participant will receive a folder with regional and local economic data to assist in making smart business decisions for 2015 Lunch On Your Own 12:15-1:15pm Afternoon Event Focus: Tourism and Entrepreneur Skills to Grow your Business in 2015 Check-in 1:15- 1:30am 1:30-2:30pm "TDA 101" The Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) and Market Connections will share insights about our county's visitors, their importance to our local economy and the ways the TDA is marketing to them. Whether you want to better understand local tourism or are a business owner who wants to explore ways to partner or collaborate in the local tourism industry, this will be an interesting and informative presentation that you don't want to miss. 2:45-5:00pm Interent Marketing Skills - Learns how to get more business from your website, Facebook business page, LinkedIn, blogging, eBook, whitepaper, free guide, case study, etc. Note: Come for the whole day, the morning or afternoon sessions
Speaker: Tom Tveidt with SYNEVA, Matt Raker with AdvantageWest, Erica Anderson with Land of Sky Regional Council, Dr. Scott Ralls President of the NC Community College System, Clark Lovelace Executive Director, Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Development Authority (TDA) and Brad Campbell with Market Connections
Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
How Your Disorganization is Stealing Your Time,Your Attention and Health Time: 1:00am-5:00pm Location: Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education Building Room 122 Rescheduled Date: March 12, 2015 Cost: No charge due to sponsor support Life doesn't have to be a hamster wheel of chaos, clutter, and filling every minute of every day with activities. It's time to stop letting your disorganization steal your time, attention, and health. In this workshop, we'll talk about the mindset that leads us down the path of chaos. You'll learn a new mindset for "getting organized" as well as plenty of tips and tricks. This class is most appropriate for small business owners, those who work from home, and people thinking about starting a business. The book is included in the program (a $9.97 value).
Speaker: Angie Mattson Stegall, Owner of your Organized Guide and business organization author
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Flat Rock, NC 28731
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