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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

Friday, May 29, 2015 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
How to Start a Business in 2015 Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: Friday May 29, 2015 Time: 8:00am-12:00pm Building: Continued 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. 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

Business Basics

Friday, June 05, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Create a Business Plan Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: Friday June 5, 2015 Time: 8:30am-5:00pm Building: Continued 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. 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, June 04, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, 4 sessions ending Thursday, June 25
Taking Your Business to the Next Level Location: Biz 611 - 611 North Church Street, Hendersonville NC 28792 Date: Starts on June 4th and goes 4 weeks on Thursday morning, ending June 28th 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

Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
2015 Business Technology Summit Date: May 28, 2015 Location: Blue Ridge Community College Henderson County Campus Building: BRCC 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, JB Media and U.S. Cellular Co-Sponsors: ACTIVATE Business Solutions, Channel 70 Productions, ETS Networks Inc., Spectra3D Technologies Agenda 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Opening Comments 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 2015 Update on 2015 Business Technology and Trends Update by Ed Tatsch founder of ETS Networks Inc. 9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break & Spotlight on Exhibitors 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Online Advertising and the Technology Behind the Facebook and Google Advertising Platforms by Justin Belleme founder JB Media 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break & Spotlight on Exhibitors 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m. (select one) a. Using Technology and a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to Connect with Customers by Gary Heisey BRCC SBC Director b. Engaging Your Lists & the Market with Surveys and Polls with Aaron Wesley Means owner of ACTIVATE Business Solutions c. “Future Proof Your Business - Improving your bottom line with 3D printing.” By Steven Schain President of Spectra3D Technologies 12:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Choose One Topic A - Update on LinkedIn Best Practices and use of Video and YouTube by Brooks Norman Channel 70 Productions Topic B - Creating, Editing, and Sending Beautiful Email Marketing in Minutes with Aaron Wesley Means owner of ACTIVATE Business Solutions Topic C - Data Breaches and Cyber Liability? By Terry L. Robinson with Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc 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 - Update on Facebook Business Page and use of Video and YouTube by Brooks Norman Channel 70 Productions Topic B - Growing Your Social Media with Engagement, Offers & Promotions with Aaron Wesley Means owner of ACTIVATE Business Solutions Topic C - Introduction to Apple iOS Devices (iPad and iPhone) by Thom Kaczmarek 3:15 p.m. – 3:30p.m. Break & Spotlight on Exhibitors 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Choose One Topic A -Update on Website Best Practices and use of Video and YouTube by Brooks Norman Channel 70 Productions Topic B - Powerful Event Marketing & Management Tools & Techniques with Aaron Wesley Means owner of ACTIVATE Business Solutions Topic C - iOS Productivity Apps You Can’t Live Without by Thom Kaczmarek
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Marketing Materials Workshop: Creative Design Process Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: Wednesday June 3, 2015 Time: 2:00-5:00pm 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. Marketing Materials Workshop: Creative Design Process Designed for pre-start and start-up business owners that want to learn more about visually branding their business and what digital tools and resources are available for that process. This is the first in a series of workshops that can be taken together or alone. We will begin by exploring your business and business name to see what kind of visual branding is best for you. We will look at some basic tips, guidelines and things to consider for logo creation and explore the tools available to begin the creative process. Whether you decide to continue creating your logo yourself or work with a professional you will be better prepared to direct that process and know what the results should be. In the workshops that follow we will create materials that use and/or are aligned with your recently created brand image or desired aesthetics. Come prepared to use your right brain and explore your own creativity to propel your business forward 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: Pamela Brett Woods
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Business Card Workshop: Tips to Reviewing or Creating a Business Card That Promotes Success Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: Wednesday June 10, 2014 Time: 2:00am-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. Designed for pre-start and start-up business owners that want to learn more about what tools resources are available: Tips to Reviewing or Creating a Business Card That Promotes Success 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: Pamela Brett Woods
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Rack Card /Brochure Workshop: Tips to Reviewing or Creating to Promote Success Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: Wednesday June 17, 2014 Time: 2:00am-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. Designed for pre-start and start-up business owners that want to learn more about what tools resources are available for creating Rack Card and Brochures to Promote Success 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: Pamela Brett Woods
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Flat Rock, NC 28731
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