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SBC Elizabeth City Campus
John Wood Foreman Center
Elizabeth City NC

Phone: 252.335.0821 x 2370
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Small Business Center

Confidential Business Counseling

COA Small Business Center (SBC) is a state funded organization that is part of the Small Business Center Network. The SBC provides small business owners with information they need for success, including advice on marketing, sales, bookkeeping, and management. We offer, at no cost, the following services:
• Confidential counseling to help you deal with your business needs;
• Training and technical assistance in starting your business;
• Business skill seminars, workshops, and courses;
• Resource and referral services - your one stop entrepreneur's shop; and
• A library with small business publications and literature.

Counseling

Free one-on-one confidential counseling for your small business and startup venture. To schedule an appointment please complete and submit a Request for Counseling Form and the Small Business Center Director or Assistant Director will contact you.

Small Business Resources and Business Plan Assistance

The Small Business Center provides a physical resource center located onsite with access to books, videos, and business planning assistance. Additional resources can be found at the following:

 

As a comprehensive community college, we offer the business owner opportunities to improve customer service, or the entrepreneur guidance in developing their dream business. We assist those individuals who need to earn a high school credential or its equivalent. We offer career opportunities for individuals who desire to learn a skill or enhance their current knowledge base for job advancement. We provide an excellent academic pathway for individuals who want to eventually transfer to a four-year university. We even provide you the opportunity to take a personal enrichment class - just for fun! Whatever you aspire to achieve, we know that the opportunity of learning changes everything!


And just for fun take a leisurely stroll down our boardwalk that surrounds the beautiful Pasquotank River flowing directly behind our campus location and easily accessible behind the John Wood Foreman center, home of the small business center!  


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Events

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This 5 week series introduces you to event planning and is packed with the knowledge you will need to start and build your event planning business. Tuesday Nights 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Session One: October 3rd, 2017 Session Two: October 10th, 2017 Session Three: October 17th, 2017 Session Four: October 24th, 2017 Session Five: October 31st, 2017 What You Will Learn: * Skills essential to becoming a successful event planner * Who your ideal clients are, where to find them and how to connect with them * Understanding pricing and how to get sales * How to create a strong brand that resonates with your ideal client * Common mistake to avoid
Speaker: Sandra Sutton
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This 5 week series introduces you to event planning and is packed with the knowledge you will need to start and build your event planning business. Tuesday Nights 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Session One: October 3rd, 2017 Session Two: October 10th, 2017 Session Three: October 17th, 2017 Session Four: October 24th, 2017 Session Five: October 31st, 2017 What You Will Learn: * Skills essential to becoming a successful event planner * Who your ideal clients are, where to find them and how to connect with them * Understanding pricing and how to get sales * How to create a strong brand that resonates with your ideal client * Common mistake to avoid
Speaker: Sandra Sutton
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This 5 week series introduces you to event planning and is packed with the knowledge you will need to start and build your event planning business. Tuesday Nights 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Session One: October 3rd, 2017 Session Two: October 10th, 2017 Session Three: October 17th, 2017 Session Four: October 24th, 2017 Session Five: October 31st, 2017 What You Will Learn: * Skills essential to becoming a successful event planner * Who your ideal clients are, where to find them and how to connect with them * Understanding pricing and how to get sales * How to create a strong brand that resonates with your ideal client * Common mistake to avoid
Speaker: Sandra Sutton

Managing a Business

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn how to write winning proposals and obtain the grant funding you need. Part one in the three part series. One Time Fee includes all three sessions and dinner on 9/13/2017. Registration is required. Introduction to Grant Writing, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (light dinner) Topics To be Covered: Fundamentals of grant writing, Step-by-step instruction on the grant writing process & Discussion on the different components of a grant proposal from preparation through submission.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson
Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn how to write winning proposals and obtain the grant funding you need. Part two in the three part series. Registration is required. Topics to covered: Grant Writing 101: Funding sources are provided as a foundation for the participant to expand upon, Discussion on research tools & Traits of a professional grant writer.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson
Thursday, September 14, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn how to write winning proposals and obtain the grant funding you need. Part three in the three part series. Registration is required. Topics to covered: Grant Writing 102, Reflect and apply what was learned in 101, Write various components of a grant, & Proposal...Interactive, educational, and fun!
Speaker: Calvin Patterson

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The internet is all about sharing content inquick, readily accessible formats. Customers like information presented in video or images. What better way to reach your target audience than through Slideshows. This will be a 3 session series. *Classes 1 & 2-September 14th , 2017 Discover Slideshow Software: See how other business are using Slideshows Software to market their business. Get business ideas on why you should use Slideshows. Get tips on what makes ath great Slideshow and why your customers need you to create them. You will create a Slideshow Marketing plan and begin to create show to post online. We will explore several different Online, Free Slideshow Software programs. *Class 3-September 21st, 2017 Promote on Slideshare: Promote on Slides. Learn all about the online presentation system, Slideshare. Slideshare is "the world's largest community for sharing presentations." Discover why you should be promoting your business through shows and why Slideshare will create more business. Create a Free account, learn what people are looking for, tips to promote your business and upload/post a show. *Class 4- September 28th , 2017 Market your Shows across other Social Media Channels: Now that you've created a variety of Slideshows, what else can you do with them? See how you can promote your shows across other Social Media Channels such as Facebook and YouTube. Turn your Slideshows into videos to reach even more potential customers. Also, discover other ways to use your Slideshows, such as vendor shows, email marketing and much more.
Speaker: Christina Williams
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Location

1208 N Road Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
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