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CFCC Downtown Campus
Continuing Education (Building U - Union Station)
Wilmington

Phone: 910-362-7216
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The Small Business Center at CFCC provides free and confidential counseling to people who are exploring the opportunity to open their own business. We also provide counseling and advice to existing small businesses at their request.

In addition, we offer 60-70 free seminars on many varied business topics targeted towards potential or existing entrepreneurs.

Our web site, www.cfcc.edu/sbc allows you to request counseling (or see link below), as well as see and register for all of our upcoming seminars.  

There are also links to many helpful business topics and other resources for your use as well. 













Online Request for Counseling

Events

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, June 01, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room L-107 Can you still start a business on a limited budget? Could you start a business for $100? Could a limited budget business lead to bigger dollars, more fun and, maybe, a new future? YES! There are lots of small businesses you can create without having a lot of startup dollars. Tons of business ideas are right in front of you; in your home, yard, hobbies, or past or current work experiences. In this seminar participants will discover: • How to find the business that fits you • Where to find resources to get started (easy ways to get a little bit of money) • How to plan your small business like a big business • The Five Resources everyone has to work with • How to turn your little business into a bigger business
Speaker: Mike Collins
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room S-002 This workshop will introduce you to the emerging technology industry of Drones (UAV) and to learn what specific actionable steps must be taken to enter and start a business in this new multi-billion dollar (projected) industry. This workshop will introduce you to: • Brief introductory history of UAS aviation • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – UAV Unmanned Aircraft Systems – UAS o Types of UAV by design and capabilities o Intro to understanding the technology • Types of payloads and data collected • Introduction to understanding ‘Backend Data analysis’ requirements • Current and future civil and commercial applications of UAV • Current FAA regulatory requirements for UAV operations by both civil and commercial applications in the National Aerospace System (NAS) o Hobby vs. Commercial vs. Civil o Section 333 exemptions o COAs o FAA Part 107 o NC DOT UAS requirements • What to do now to get started in this multi-billion dollar industry. The course will be introductory in nature and will not require previous subject previous course instruction or experience.
Speaker: Probyn Thompson, Air Probe LLC
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room SA-124 In 2016, over 25% of all startup small businesses were home based businesses. This seminar is designed to provide start up entrepreneurs with the flexibility they seek in career options by exploring the availability of a home based small business career. Offered by the US Small Business Administration, topics will include developing the key processes for a home based business such as; the startup requirements; the business plan; the marketing plan; the financial plan; and how to obtain alternative lending for your home based small business. SPECIAL OFFER: A 200+ page E-book of all 50 Home Based Business ideas is provided for students attending the seminar that take you through how to jump start and grow that home based business!
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room SA-124 This workshop will introduce you to the emerging technology industry of Drones (UAV) and to learn what specific actionable steps must be taken to enter and start a business in this new multi-billion dollar (projected) industry. This workshop will introduce you to: • Brief introductory history of UAS aviation • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – UAV Unmanned Aircraft Systems – UAS o Types of UAV by design and capabilities o Intro to understanding the technology • Types of payloads and data collected • Introduction to understanding ‘Backend Data analysis’ requirements • Current and future civil and commercial applications of UAV • Current FAA regulatory requirements for UAV operations by both civil and commercial applications in the National Aerospace System (NAS) o Hobby vs. Commercial vs. Civil o Section 333 exemptions o COAs o FAA Part 107 o NC DOT UAS requirements • What to do now to get started in this multi-billion dollar industry. The course will be introductory in nature and will not require previous subject previous course instruction or experience.
Speaker: Probyn Thompson, Air Probe LLC

Business Basics

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room U-528 This is a 3-part series. Each session is a stand alone seminar. Please register for each session in the series SEPARATELY. Session 1 - OPERATE: Learn strategies for business funding and operations Owning and operating a small business can be overwhelming and frustrating. But with the help of SCORE mentors, the Small Business Center and your peers, you will see it can also be rewarding and successful. Join your fellow small business owners in this series of three educational sessions (Operate, Navigate, and Communicate) and follow up with peer-to-peer learning Roundtables where you decide the topics.
Speaker: Jim Poppe, SCORE
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Room SA-124 This course is geared for the startup, or those small businesses still seeking the basics of how to start, market, manage, and grow their small business. Discussion includes: Elements of the business plan, putting the business plan to work and assessing its results; developing the marketing plan; conducting a needs assessment; types of legal structure; strategic small business investment strategies; and developing customer outreach metrics that synergize sales and marketing success. Learn about SBA case studies of real-world area small businesses success stories that reinvented their business model.
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room U-528 This is a 3-part series - each session is a stand alone seminar. Please register for each session in the series SEPARATELY. Session 2 - NAVIGATE: Discover how to take the time for planning and strategic thinking. Owning and operating a small business can be overwhelming and frustrating. But with the help of SCORE mentors, the Small Business Center and your peers, you will see it can also be rewarding and successful. Join your fellow small business owners in this 2nd of a series of three educational sessions (Operate, Navigate, and Communicate) and follow up with peer-to-peer learning Roundtables where you decide the topics.
Speaker: Jim Poppe, SCORE
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Wilmington, NC 28401
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