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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:  1. Education & Training  2. Counseling  3. Referral &  Information.  The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible 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 

Register for FREE Confidential Business Counseling here
Register for FREE seminars here
Register for HP LIFE FREE Entrepreneurship training here

Small Business Roundtables 
Join us across the county for an opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs, small business owners, and small business advocates, to share strategies, successes, and challenges with like-minded people.  WESTERN CARTERETTuesdays 8-9 am - Cedar Point Town Hall; MOREHEAD CITYWednesdays 8-9 am - Bryant Student Center - Carteret Community College; BEAUFORTThursdays 8-9 am - Subway Restaurant; PINE KNOLL SHORESFridays 8-9 am - Public Safety Building, upstairs.  Sponsored by the Carteret County Small Business Resource Alliance

Entrepreneurship Academy  - Join us for this six session classroom setting. 
If you are a budding entrepreneur or leader of a startup or early stage business looking for support to take your business to the next level, this interactive, hands-on course is designed for you. Learn core business-related information including How to Start a Business, Financing Your Small Business, How To Write a Business Plan, How to Find Your Customers, The Basics of Bookkeeping, Your Small Business Taxes, and Marketing Your Business. Participants completing all six classes will receive an Entrepreneurship Academy Certificate of Completion. This course uses the Rural Entrepreneurship Through Action Learning (REAL) curriculum. Scholarships are available. 
Call 252-222-6123 for more information.  Course Fee: $70 (Scholarships available) Check back for next class date.

Local Source for Micro-grants

The Stardust-Startup Factory provides micro-grants up to $2k for emerging innovatorsinventors, and entrepreneurs who want to make a positive social and environmental impact in the areas of sustainability, mental and physical health, and learning. Learn more here:



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Upcoming workshops and seminars are listed below. These are sponsored by the SBC and offered to you at NO COST.  
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.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST #317- Learn why your business should have a blog as part of your website, how to find content to blog about, and how to promote your blog.
Speaker: Trish Forant
Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER, 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM - The US Small Business Administration provides a variety of resources to assist small businesses. This course will help you gain knowledge that may help you grow your own small business opportunities through SBA programs and partnerships in your area. In this overview of the SBA, learn about SBA alternative capital lending programs, how to qualify for lending assistance, natural disaster preparation and lending, take advantage of the SBA managed procurement programs (HUBZONE and 8a) to help market your business to the federal government for women, minority owned, disabled veterans, and those lacking net worth under $250k.
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER, 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM-What is the first impression you give when they see you in their email inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do?This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing: What it really is (and isn't); What it can do for your business; And the five easy steps you must take to harness the power of the inbox! From revealing why regular email doesn't work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don't!), this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective marketing you can do: email marketing. Join us!
Speaker: Maria Semple, Principal of The Prospect Finder LLC, is an author, experienced researcher, trainer, and frequent speaker. Her topics include email marketing, simple social media strategies, and prospect research. She consults with nonprofit organizations, financial services firms and small businesses interested in finding their best prospects for long-term business relationships. Maria's firm is an Award-Winning Master Certified Constant Contact Solutions Provider, assisting small business owners and nonprofits with their email marketing needs and social media strategies. For additional information, visit
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Speaker: Trish Forant
Monday, May 16, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM- Many customers assume businesses can provide credit, especially for large ticket items. This workshop will examine why, and why not, to extend credit to customers. If you do provide credit, learn the steps to developing a credit policy, collection guidelines and remaining within the law.
Speaker: John Smith
Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM - Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.
Speaker: Mike Collins
Monday, May 23, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER, 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM - 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 interrelated. 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 new and established business owners.
Speaker: Wanda Bennett
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Physical Address: 3615 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557
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