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Central Carolina Community College Small Business Centers
Sanford, Pittsboro, Dunn

Phone: 919-718-7544
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"Serving Central Carolina's Business Economy One Business at a Time"

Starting and managing a small business can be a difficult task. However, the CCCC Small Business Centers are here to help you navigate through the jungle with information, education, and assistance.

The SBC offers confidential, one-on-one counseling along with various seminars, workshops, and classes at no cost or minimum cost to you. We also provide resource materials including specific market information. We are dedicated to helping you start, grow, and succeed in all the business life cycles. We are your partner in business success.

CCCC Small Business Centers are located in three counties for your convenience:

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
What are the key elements of an effective website that’s good for business? Join professional copywriter Stella Orange and discover 3 techniques any business can use to increase customer engagement and delight. Learn why most businesses websites don’t increase their customer base, the simplest way to win quality leads from your website, and how to position your product or service as a cut above. Even if you aren’t a writer!
Speaker: Stella Orange
Location: Online
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
This is a three-part webinar series that is designed to help businesses sell online, either as a startup or as a business that is already selling online and wants or needs to improve their online performance. For all businesses selling online, they have to create visibility for their business, brand, product, service or other offering. It is not enough for a business to have a website out on the internet as the consumer is not going to be able to find the business unless they have considerable visibility. It is critical that there be a system in place that is designed to bring the online consumer to the business and that once that consumer finds the business, they are presented with sales information that informs them about what the business has to offer and how the consumer can take advantage of what is being offered. The consumer has to then be "nurtured" to the point where, if they haven't purchased something already, they will be more likely to buy from that business when they're ready and if they have already purchased something, they will be more likely to want to buy something else from that business. This three-part webinar series discusses the three main components that make up this system: (1) traffic, (2) sales pitches, and (3) follow up email communications. In this second of this three-part series, we discuss "ONLINE SALES PITCHES". In this webinar, we look at how we "talk" to the consumer and the methods used to most effectively communicate what we're wanting to sell to them. We look at "sales funnels" and how they're used to create opportunities to capture leads or generate sales throughout the process of "selling" to the consumer. We look at the use of what are called "lead magnets" as a means of capturing consumer email addresses for further follow up and marketing. We look at how "sales funnels" are "built" using a specific "platform" that makes it really easy for a small business to get up and running with their online selling efforts and explore the many ways that these funnels can be used to create productive results for the business.
Speaker: Dr. Arlene Battishill
Location: Online

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, August 03, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Is your company name important to you? Did you spend time and money developing a logo or a slogan? Small business owners that answer yes should consider registering for a trademark as a way to protect the business brand. North Carolina’s trademarks registry is administered by the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office, while federal trademarks are overseen by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This seminar focuses on various aspects of trademarks – from choosing between a federal or a state trademark or both to filing for one. Attendees can expect to get an overview of the costs, benefits and pitfalls of trademarks.
Speaker: Leo John
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Every small business owner must make sales to stay in business, but for many owners, sales conversations feel uncomfortable and inauthentic. During this interactive webinar, you’ll learn the keys to overcoming the fear of rejection, the mindset shift needed to improve your sales approach and generate more revenue, how to create a steady stream of paying clients, and how to say goodbye to cold calling and have clients calling you instead.
Speaker: Dr. Nadia Brown
Location: Online
Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Many people find working at home is the “ideal arrangement” and decide to formally set up businesses in their homes. Topics of discussion will include getting started, legal requirements, developing a business plan, and an overview of small business resource providers who can assist in your new venture.
Speaker: Melissa Terrell
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Building and understanding your business model is a critical first step in the business planning process. Learn how to design and analyze your business model. We present several business model concepts that you will then use to develop your individual business model.
Speaker: Carl Baumann
Monday, September 11, 2017 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Things to consider when Starting a Barber Shop / Salon. This seminar provides you with a step by step guide for starting your own Barber Shop / Salon, along with tips for success. How to start, grow and expand a salon, beauty shop and/or barber shop. This workshop will help anyone desiring to start a salon, beauty shop, spa and/or barber shop. Training includes: insight, benefits and strategies to help plan a business opening. Discussions to include: What skills and funds will be needed to start the business. How to survey your marketing region to find potential long term customers, creating many profit centers (revenue generators) for the new business. How to create business and marketing plans while using the guidelines booklet provided at the seminar. What is the cost of minimum shop furniture, tools, shelving and materials needed to star
Speaker: Steve Carver
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5910 Clyde Rhyne Drive
Sanford, NC 27330

Harnett Small Business Center
600 S. Magnolia Avenue
Dunn, NC  28334

Chatham Small Business Center
764 West Street
Pittsboro, NC  27312

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