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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

Managing a Business

Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Ponder This: How to use questions to discover deeper answers in business (and life) Date: Thursday, June 29 Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Location: Blue Ridge Community College Flat Rock, NC Building: Continuing Education Room: 122 Cost: No charge due to sponsor support Ponder This: How to use questions to discover deeper answers in business (and life) In a standard business class, we start with a problem and ask questions to come up with solutions. In this course, we'll use a new book,Ponder This: How Everday Experiences Deliver Unexpected Insights in Business and Life to answer questions we might not even know to ask. Using a round-robin format, we'll let questions lead us through an informal yet very impactful conversation on business ownership, life leadership, organization, productivity, time management, happiness, work/life balance, transformation, and more. By the end of class, based on the questions and participant's individual answers, each participant will the opportunity to put together a mini-action plan on one or more of the issues that came to light during the discussions (because information without action can lead to frustration). A copy of the book by the same name is included with this class (a $14.95 value).
Speaker: Angie Mattson Stegall, Owner of your Organized Guide and business organization author

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Company Exhibiting - 8/22/2017 - Tuesday BRCC Continuing Ed Building Room 122 8:00-10:00am Business Exhibiting is designed for business owners that want to improve their ability to promote their company at public events through exhibiting to create more business. The program will help to better define exhibiting goals: Collect qualified leads from prospective customers; Launch new project or relaunch existing products; Meet with current customers; Building relationships and/or write orders; Conduct research among your target audience; or Find partner organizations. The program will help you review and improve visual techniques to attract more people to your booth display. The program will also help with what promotional tools you incorporate in your booth display such as computer monitor displaying an info-commercial; Flyers; Brochures; Handouts; Rackcards; Business Cards; "Ice breaker" such bowl of candy or healthy snack; or Prize drawing. Program is offered at no cost due to sponsor support
Speaker: Ben Kish
Thursday, September 07, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Company Exhibiting - 9/7/2017 - Thursday BRCC Continuing Ed Building Room 122 3:00-5:00pm Business Exhibiting is designed for business owners that want to improve their ability to promote their company at public events through exhibiting to create more business. The program will help to better define exhibiting goals: Collect qualified leads from prospective customers; Launch new project or relaunch existing products; Meet with current customers; Building relationships and/or write orders; Conduct research among your target audience; or Find partner organizations. The program will help you review and improve visual techniques to attract more people to your booth display. The program will also help with what promotional tools you incorporate in your booth display such as computer monitor displaying an info-commercial; Flyers; Brochures; Handouts; Rackcards; Business Cards; "Ice breaker" such bowl of candy or healthy snack; or Prize drawing. Program is offered at no cost due to sponsor support
Speaker: Ben Kish

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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Location

180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731
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