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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.  

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; PINE KNOLL SHORESFridays 8-9 am - Public Safety Building, upstairs.  Sponsored by the Carteret County Small Business Resource Alliance

REAL Entrepreneurship  - 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.  From creating your business plan, marketing, pricing, to basic bookkeeping; this class will help you develop your entrepreneurial talent through action learning and foster sustainable enterprises.  Participants completing all six classes will receive a REAL Entrepreneurship Certificate of Completion.  This course uses the Rural Entrepreneurship Through Action Learning (REAL) curriculum.  Course Fee: $70 (Scholarships available) .  Call 252-222-6123 for more information.

October 13-November 17, Thursdays 5:30-9:30 PM

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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM #112- 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: NC Rural Economic Development Center
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
BRYANT STUDENT CENTER 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM- Pricing is a process of business analysis and record keeping. Learn pricing terminology and the approach to pricing a product or service. Identify costs which must be considered in developing a pricing strategy.
Speaker: Brian Kraus
Friday, October 28, 2016 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
Dutch Treat Lunch & Learn
Speaker: SCORE
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
NEW LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 329. This workshop is aimed at small business owners that have a Facebook page in place and could use a deeper understanding of how to use their page. We'll review set-up best practices, dive into posting do's and don'ts, how to use hashtags, social media policies and terms of use, as well as content creation. Taking the Social Media Marketing Workshop is highly recommended prior to attending this workshop.
Speaker: Jim Fuhs
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM #112- The NC Rural Economic Development Center will offer a free seminar that will assist small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs with resources available for small businesses, including the programs and services provided by the Rural Center. Learn how to best access services as you start, grow and manage your business.
Speaker: NC Rural Economic Development Center
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM. Did you know that Veteran businesses succeed 250% greater than non-veterans? The SBA provides veteran entrepreneurs with an honorable discharge with special benefits they are automatically eligible for when starting or growing their small business. Veterans can gain startup or expansion capital or to purchase and occupy commercial real estate property. SBA provides opportunities for veterans contracting with the federal government. Take advantage of your veteran benefits through the SBA available to you and your current spouse (or a widowed survivor).
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA
Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM - According to the SBA, 81% of small businesses do not manage their cash flow on even a monthly basis! Cash is king. Cash flow is the pulse of your business. Managing cash flow effectively means the difference between success and failure. You can show a profit and still be running out of cash! In this seminar, learn the trends and processes of cash flow management; when to use an accounting or bookkeeping service; the pros and cons of doing the books yourself; and how to position your company for strategic profit through good cash flow management.
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA
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Mailing Address: 3505 Arendell St
Physical Address: 3615 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557
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