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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, April 18, 2015 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
How to Start a Business in 2015 Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock, NC Date: Saturday April 18, 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
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, April 19, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Create a Business Plan Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: Sunday April 19, 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
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

Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, 4 sessions ending Thursday, May 21
Taking Your Business to the Next Level Location: Biz 611 - 611 North Church Street, Hendersonville NC 28792 Date: Starts on April 30th and goes 4 weeks on Thursday morning, ending May 21st Time: 8:30-10:30am Cost: No charge due to sponsor support Taking Your Business to the Next Level will assist existing business owners to reconnect with the passion they had when they started their business. Explore what is holding your business back. During the process business owners will identify and learn new skills to work through road blocks to greater success. Program is open to 10 people that want to grow their business through a facilitated group support process.
Speaker: Laura Deterville MA LPC BCC

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM
2015 Business Technology Summit Registration is Open to Potential and Existing Entrepeneurs Date: May 5, 2015 Location: Blue Ridge Community College Conference Center Conference Registration: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Time: 8:30am-4:30pm Cost: No charge due to sponsor support Sponsors: BRCC Small Business Center Agenda Coming: 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Opening Comments 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote 1 9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break & Spotlight on Exhibitors 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Keynote 2 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break & Spotlight on Exhibitors 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m. Keynote 3 12:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Choose One Topic A - Best Practices Technology Devices Assistance Track Topic B - Best Practices Technology Management Assistance Track Topic C - Best Practices Technology Marketing Assistance Track 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break & Spotlight on Exhibitors 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Choose One Topic A - Best Practices Technology Devices Assistance Track Topic B - Best Practices Technology Management Assistance Track Topic C - Best Practices Technology Marketing Assistance Track 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break & Spotlight on Exhibitors 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break & Spotlight on Exhibitors 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Choose One Topic A - Best Practices Technology Devices Assistance Track Topic B - Best Practices Technology Management Assistance Track Topic C - Best Practices Technology Marketing Assistance Track

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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Flat Rock, NC 28731
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