Carteret Community College Small Business Center
Commerce Development Center
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 CARTERET: Tuesdays 8-9 am - Cedar Point Town Hall; MOREHEAD CITY: Wednesdays 8-9 am - Bryant Student Center - Carteret Community College; BEAUFORT: Thursdays 8-9 am - Subway Restaurant; PINE KNOLL SHORES: Fridays 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.
August 8 - September 29, Thursdays 5:30-9:30 PM
October 13-November 17, Thursdays 5:30-9:30 PM
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST, ROOM 317- Amazon is the leading e-commerce website in the United States with more than $74.45 billion dollars in 2013 net sales. Amazon has more than 237 million active customer accounts worldwide. In this fast paced class you'll learn how to register online, choose the account that fits your goals, and list an item on Amazon to maximize your probability. You'll learn how to ship your items and minimize your expenses. Learn how to make the most money with every sale. Amazon is the fastest ways to start selling online. Sell just a few items and pay no monthly fee with the Individual plan or choose the Small Business subscription for unlimited selling.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST, ROOM 317- Etsy is a rapidly growing online marketplace for selling handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies. With more than 30 million members, there's no better place to launch your own creative small business. In fact, sellers took home over 860 million in sales in 2012 alone. Attend this class to learn how to sell your art work, jewelry, crafts, and vintage items in this easy fast paced class!! See just how easy it is to Grow Your Brand with a wealth of new customers and promotional tools. Learn how to register and start selling on Etsy. Share the story of your craft in your profile, item photos, and shop banner. Escape the 9-5 grind and focus on your passion. You will be guided through planning the basics of your small business strategy and given an in-depth look at Etsy's tools to help you succeed online.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Thursday, June 30, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM #317- Looking for a free, powerful tool to quickly attract clients, market your small business, and grow your brand? In this free seminar you will learn everything you need to know about harnessing the power of Pinterest. This course shows you everything you need to get results from Pinterest (without spending TONS of time on it). Pinterest is an easy, visual way to get your product in front of your audience and drive traffic to your website or with the new "Buy It" pin you can sell directly from Pinterest. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to create a compelling, dynamic Pinterest business presence that will drive sales, spark conversation, and attract loyal customers.
What You will Learn:
1. Understand what Pinterest is and how people use it
2. Create a plan to effectively and strategically use Pinterest for your business marketing
3. Increase website traffic and sales by optimizing your content for Pinterest
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 220 - Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. If you're a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you.
Speaker: Kim Beauchamp
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM #112 - This workshop will give you an excellent overview of the hottest social networks from Facebook to Google Plus! Learn which social networks best fit your business or industry, compelling statistics you can't ignore, along with how you can use each social network for your business. This workshop is a must-have if you're interested in getting started with social media marketing and content creation.
Speaker: Trish Forant
Monday, July 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM - 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: Wanda Bennett
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST #317- Also called search engine optimization (SEO), website optimization is a phrase that describes the procedures used to optimize a website to rank well in search engines. Learn processes such as adding relevant keyword and phrases on your website, editing meta tags, image tags, and optimizing other components of your website to ensure that it is accessible to a search engine and improve the overall chances that the website will be indexed by search engines.
Speaker: Trish Forant
Mailing Address: 3505 Arendell St
Physical Address: 3615 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557