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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.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER, 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM - In 2013 over 25% of all startup small businesses were home based businesses. This course 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. 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
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER, 1st FLOOR MEETING ROOM - Cash flow is the life blood of your business. Learn specific ways to controlling your cash flow by understanding the financial numbers of your business. Business analysts report that poor management is the main reason for business failure. Poor cash management is probably the most frequent stumbling block for entrepreneurs. Understanding the basic concepts of cash flow will help you plan for the unforeseen eventualities that nearly every business faces. This seminar will give you the tools and knowledge to understand budgeting and learn how to practice good cash flow management in order to keep your small business running at a healthy pace.
Speaker: Kim Beauchamp
Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
LOCATION: TBA - A good-to-excellent personal credit score is vital for every small business. Can you qualify for a commercial business loan? The lender decision is based on personal credit score. Good credit is a cherished asset to protect and maintain. The course focuses on how to build good personal credit AND establishing commercial credit for your company. Commercial credit is key for those companies needing short term credit for their cash flow management. Good commercial credit becomes a tangible asset of your business. Learn about the factors of credit scoring; how to overcome negative credit issues; the hidden costs of bad credit; how to minimize the risk of identity theft; how to rebuild negative credit reports, and how to engage creditors successfully.
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA
Thursday, February 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST #116- We will discuss the truth about owning and operating a Restaurant, a Food Truck or a Catering Business. This workshop will help you navigate through the process of opening your own business
Speaker: Shana Olmstead
Monday, February 22, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER, 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM- In this module participants develop an understanding of personal budgeting and its relationship to business planning. Exercises identify the kinds of data needed to project the revenue, start-up, and operating costs of a business, and the module introduces break-even analysis as a tool to assist the entrepreneur in measuring financial feasibility. Participants will: use personal assessment tools to help assess the "fit" between themselves and their business ideas; identify financial concepts (overhead costs, cost of goods sold, profit contributed per sale) to measure financial feasibility; and, practice using personal budgeting and break-even analysis for a sample business.
Speaker: John Smith
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
NEW LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM #329- This workshop is aimed at small business owners interested in creating a Facebook page. We'll cover why a Facebook page is important vs. using a personal Facebook profile for business, how your page works, and all the settings to get your page up and running by the end of the workshop. Taking the Social Media Marketing Workshop is highly recommended prior to attending this workshop.
Speaker: Trish Forant
Thursday, February 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST #102- How to research mission-focused grant opportunities, write a goal-focused application, and provide a budget that covers all your expenses. Also included: how to keep from getting starry-eyed at grants that will cost you more than they give you.
Speaker: Devra Thomas
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Mailing Address: 3505 Arendell St
Physical Address: 3615 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557
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