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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

Business Basics

Saturday, October 07, 2017 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Create a Business Plan Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus-Flat Rock Date: October 7, 2017 Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (one hour lunch) Building: BRCC Technology Education & Development Center 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. Description In this day, create a business plan. A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are inter-related. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for pre-start, start-up and existing business owners that want to create a business plan for 2018 to manage their business or access money through through local microloan organizations, SBA, traditional banks, angel investing, bootstrapping, crowd funding, etc. Use your plan to submit to the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce Business Plan Competition.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey
Monday, October 09, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Seminar: Financing Your Business Date: October 9, 2017 Day: Monday Time: 8:30 AM - 12 PM Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Henderson County Campus Building: Continuing Education Building Room: 122 Financing Your Business Description: All start-up, growth and scale-up businesses need capital. Learn about the sources of capital and how to successfully apply for it before needed. Sources of money may include local micro-loan organizations, SBA, traditional banks, angel investing, bootstrapping, crowd funding, etc.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey
Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Seminar: Financing Your Business Date: October 12, 2017 Day: Thursday Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Transylvania County Campus Building: Applied Technology Building Room: 218 Financing Your Business Description: All start-up, growth and scale-up businesses need capital. Learn about the sources of capital and how to successfully apply for it before needed. Sources of money may include local micro-loan organizations, SBA, traditional banks, angel investing, bootstrapping, crowd funding, etc.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
How to Start a Business and Form an LLC Location: BRCC Transylvania County Campus - Brevard Date: October 24, 2017 Time: 1:00-5:00 PM Building: Transylvania County Campus Room: 149 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. 1:00-5:00 PM - Designed for pre-start and start-up business owners that want to learn more about what it takes to start a for-profit organization using the popular Limited Liability Company (LLC) form of business. Topics will include: how to create an operating agreement, how major business decisions are made and what fees and licenses are required. You’ll also learn how to choose a unique name that meets state requirements. All attendees will receive a copy of the book - 'Form Your Own Limited Liability Company' a $44.99 value FREE with registration.
Speaker: Michelle Tracz, CPA, CFE, CGMA, PLLC
Saturday, November 04, 2017 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Create a Business Plan Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: November 4, 2017 Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (one hour lunch) Building: BRCC Technology Education & Development Center 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. Description In this day, create a business plan. A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are inter-related. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for pre-start, start-up and existing business owners that want to create a business plan for 2018 to manage their business or access money through through local microloan organizations, SBA, traditional banks, angel investing, bootstrapping, crowd funding, etc. Use your plan to submit to the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce Business Plan Competition.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
How to Start a Business and Form an LLC Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: December 12, 2017 Time: 1:00-5:00pm Building: Continuing Education Building Room: 122 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. 1:00-5:00pm - Designed for pre-start and start-up business owners that want to learn more about what it takes to start a for-profit organization using the popular Limited Liability Company (LLC) form of business. Topics will include: how to create an operating agreement, how major business decisions are made and what fees and licenses are required. You’ll also learn how to choose a unique name that meets state requirements. All attendees will receive a copy of the book - 'Form Your Own Limited Liability Company' a $44.99 value FREE with registration.
Speaker: Michelle Tracz, CPA, CFE, CGMA, PLLC

Financing

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Description: Start Grow Thrive Conference Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: November 14, 2017 Time: 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM Building: BRCC Conference Hall Cost: Program is offered at no charge, due to sponsor support Sponsors: Mountain BizWorks, the State of North Carolina SBCN and Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center. Mountain Bizworks assists with business planning, business coaching, and business financing through business development classes and programs. Conference Agenda: 8:00 - 8:20 AM Check-in 8:20 - 8:30 AM Welcome 8:30 - 9:30 AM Entrepreneurism in Western North Carolina 9:30 - 9:45 AM Break and meet area Economic Developers 9:45 - 10:45 AM Tips and Success Stories to Starting a Business in WNC 10:45 - 11:00 AM Break 11:00 - 12:00 PM Tips and Success Stories to Scaling up a Business in WNC 12:00 - 1:15 PM Lunch Keynote Presentation TBA (Mountain BizWorks - Lunch Sponsor) 1:15 - 1:30 PM Break 1:30 - 2:30 PM Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs - Panel of Providers 2:30 - 2:45 PM Break 2:45 -3 :45 PM Three Break-out Programs - Select One Option A - Overview of Financial Tools for Small Business Option B - Overview of Quickbooks for Small Business Option C - Legal Entity Workshop with Pisgah Legal Start Grow Thrive Conference Bonuses: 1. Complimentary Lunch 2. Participants can bring business cards, brochures or rack cards to have on display to market their business
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180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731
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