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Coastal Carolina Community College Small Business Center
Melton Skills Center

Phone: 910-938-6322
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Anne Shaw
Small Business Center Director
Coastal Carolina Community College
444 Western Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC  28546
SBC office is located on the main CCCC campus in the Melton Skills Center
910-938-6319 (phone)
910-938-6318 (FAX)

The Small Business Center at Coastal Carolina Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is one of 58  Small Business Centers throughout the state.  We offer support to those who want to start a small business or those who want help with an existing business.  We are your local community provider of entrepreneurial training, counseling, and resource information.  Our services are offered free of charge or for a minimal registration fee.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Strategically planned for women veterans, active duty personnel and military spouses, who want to explore entrepreneurship, this one day event is designed for your new mission: Your Business. Be empowered and equipped by “stories from the front lines”- a group of military women business owners who share their secrets of entrepreneurial success. . Learn about resources for growth, enjoy power networking and then ignite your entrepreneurial future with keynote speaker, Becky Sheets, author of Sun Tzu for Women: The Art of Winning in Business.

Start-up Assistance

Monday, May 01, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
As a prospective or new small business owner, you’re faced with a laundry list of legal concerns. This session will provide information on business formation issues, business leases, and other typical business legal issues.
Speaker: Pete Ellis, Jr.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An excellent credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. Should you have one credit card or four? Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance? Should you carry a credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan for your business or to obtain a personal loan. Your credit score is also important in determining the interest rate of your loans, your insurance premiums and deposits required for phone and utility services. As of October 1, 2005, every adult in North Carolina has been able to receive a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus. Do you understand these reports and how to read them? In this three-hour seminar we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. You will learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score simply by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry balances. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. Make plans to attend now!
Speaker: Bob Moore
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, 1 sessions ending Thursday, May 04
This class will provide participants with an introduction to business ownership and guide them through the start-up process. Topics include: entrepreneurship assessment, business feasibility, the business plan, understanding your market, business legal structure, and sources of funding. Participants will be provided with a number of resources and tools to compliment the training topics. This is a special program offered by the Small Business Administration and the Department of Defense in cooperation with Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station for active duty military, veterans, and their immediate family members only.
Speaker: Steve Gill & Pete Ellis, Jr.
Monday, May 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
If you are seeking capital to start or expand your business, this seminar will provide you with an insider’s view of how best to prepare when seeking a business loan. An experienced small business lender will share insights about the types of loans available through traditional lenders and what you should know before you make that all-important loan proposal. Tips on the key ingredients for a successful loan package, and even more importantly, mistakes to avoid when speaking with the lender, will be discussed.
Speaker: Pete Ellis, Jr.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This seminar is geared for the startup or those small businesses still seeking the basics of how to start, market, manage, and grow their small business. Discussion includes: elements of the business plan, putting the business plan to work and assessing its results; developing the marketing plan; conducting a needs assessment; types of legal structure; strategic small business investment strategies; and developing customer outreach initiatives with win-win customer metrics that synergize sales and marketing success. Learn about SBA case studies of real-world area small businesses success stories that reinvented their business model.
Speaker: Don Spry
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Are you thinking about starting your own business? Not sure what steps to take or which ones to take first? This seminar is designed to provide basic information to individuals who are thinking about starting a business. This information includes critical ingredients for start-up success such as: feasibility study; market demographics; funding sources; and business owner support. Come prepared to engage in a practical exercise of using these tools. This class is open to all active duty military, veterans, and their immediate family members only.
Speaker: Steve Gill
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