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Carteret Community College Small Business Center
Commerce Development Center
Morehead City

Phone: 252-222-6123
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Welcome to the Small Business Center at Carteret Community College

The Small Business Center is a community-based provider of education and training, counseling,
referral and information.  We
exist to increase the success rate and the number of
viable small businesses in Carteret County, and do this by providing high quality assistance
to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention.   
We look forward to partnering with you for Business Success.  

Director:  Wanda W. Bennett        252-222-6127
Staff Assistant:  Amber Buster 252-222-6381 

The Carteret Community College Small Business Center also offers FREE confidential one-on-one counseling. Click HERE to request an appointment.

Small Business Roundtables

Wednesdays, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Location: Bryant Student Center 1st Floor Meeting Room
Carteret Community College SBC, Bryant Student Center, Morehead City, NC
Join us for an informal discussion. You will get an opportunity to meet other local small business owners and future entrepreneurs and draw from the experiences of those participating to help find solutions to problems you might be facing. Step back and work ON your business rather than IN it. 

For a complete list of Carteret Small Business Center Workshops  CLICK HERE

 HP LIFE Online Entrepreneurship Training at No Cost  

On Demand, available until December 31

Online Request for Counseling


Upcoming workshops and seminars are listed below.  


You can access more workshops by scrolling down to the bottom of the list, and clicking on "Find More Events...". Make your date selection under "Time Range".  

Contact us if you have any difficulty with registration.

Monday, October 12, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER 1ST FLOOR MEEETING ROOM - Market research isn't just for startups; it's an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Smith Building, Room 318 - This informative workshop encompasses basic details applicable to all branding materials, including all printed materials, advertising, labeling, websites, brick and mortar storefronts, interiors, and even food truck decors. No matter if you are already in business or just starting a new business, understanding and implementing the basic steps used in creating effective business cards will give you the necessary foundation to create your logo, build, and refresh your brand, and ultimately help your business grow and drive revenue to your door. Join us and begin building and refreshing your brand by learning the basics of creating effective business cards and how to send a positive message.
Speaker: Margaret Volney, MFA, Design Specialist
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 220 - Small business payroll is a highly regulated area involving everything from employee personal information to federal governmental legal requirements. This is an area of business that, if not done properly, can reap harsh consequences. Implementing the best payroll system and having a set payroll processing sequence and understanding the payroll tax rules and regulations that exist---all combine to assure one's success in handling this area properly, effectively and efficiently. Timeliness and adherence to details are imperative. –Learn about the human resource management (HRM) business activities and the payroll cycle business activities. – Responsibilities of Human Resource Management – Payroll Tax Agencies, and your Responsibilities – Learn How To Calculate Manual Payroll – Learn How To Calculate Payroll Tax Payments for appropriate Agencies
Speaker: Kim Beauchamp
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 219 - The seminar, sponsored by the NC Rural Economic Development Center, is designed to help small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. It will review the six basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions and provide an overview of the resources available in NC for small businesses. Finally, the seminar will cover the Rural Center's Microenterprise Loan Program and provide details about its lending criteria and application process.
Speaker: Amanda Sorrells
Thursday, October 22, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 102 - If your business is stagnating, or not growing the way you think it should be, it DOES NOT have to be that way. This course has two themes: (a) develop a business plan to capitalize on the marketing opportunities in your area and your industry and (b) focus on developing other revenue streams from your existing product and service lines. Learn how to enhance marketing and outreach effectiveness, lower operational costs, incentivize your customers to grow your business, make use of low cost or no cost technologies to market to customers and prospects, and successfully build your brand equity through leveraged word of mouth marketing. Learn about SBA case studies of real-world area small business success stories that reinvented their business model.
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA
Thursday, October 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 318 - LinkedIn is the social networking resource for professionals and an instrumental tool in developing your personal brand and creating an online identity for your organization. Use LinkedIn to promote your business, share employment opportunities, identify new employees, increase sales and more. In this workshop you will learn the basics of LinkedIn: how to sign up, build your profile and connect with other professionals, reach out to new contacts, make introductions, contribute to ongoing discussion groups and get advice on how to use recommendations to showcase your skills and build your reputation.
Speaker: Trish Forant
Monday, October 26, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER MEETING ROOM, 1ST FLOOR - Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.
Speaker: John Smith
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Mailing Address: 3505 Arendell St
Physical Address: 3615 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557
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