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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 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
LOCATION: MICHAEL J. SMITH LIBRARY- 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. Learn all this and more at your local library.
Speaker: Eva Earles, Reference and Instruction Librarian at CCC
Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST #112- Cover everything from what makes a nonprofit a nonprofit to necessary paperwork to budget/revenue development to crafting your business culture. Also included: do you really, really, truly want to be a nonprofit?
Speaker: Devra Thomas
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST #221- Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, "Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me?" to "How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor?" Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
Speaker: Amanda Sorrells, NC Rural Economic Development Center
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Speaker: Joan Lamson
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM- When you start or expand a business, you must decide whether it will be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company (LLC). Which of these forms is right for your business depends on the type of business you run, how many owners it has, and its financial situation. No one choice suits every business: Business owners have to pick the structure that best meets their needs. This workshop introduces several of the most important factors to consider, including: the potential risks and liabilities of your business, the formalities and expenses involved in establishing and maintaining the various business structures, your income tax situation, and your investment needs.
Speaker: Patrick Newman, Attorney at Law
Monday, June 27, 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
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
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Physical Address: 3615 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557
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