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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.


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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Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Speaker: Calvin Patterson
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Speaker: Calvin Patterson
Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Speaker: Calvin Patterson

Customer Relations

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Professional presence is a dynamic blend of poise, style, and diplomacy that positions you to convey confidence and competence. How you present yourself, interact and communicate is important in this ever-changing business arena. This workshop provides training in business etiquette and communication skills that can be put to use immediately.
Speaker: Savannah Shaw, Professional Speaker, Presenter & Coach. She has been featured guest on Charlotte Today, Fox News, Rising and Living in the Carolinas. She has also been featured in the Charlotte Observer, and many more.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Communicate, Collaborate, Connect-A Talent Optimization and Communication Workshop This workshop is for anyone who would like to understand the what and why of personality differences in the workplace and how to develop action plans to leverage these for optimal engagement and productivity. Learn how personality traits affect performance, communication, teamwork, leadership and sales.
Speaker: Savannah Shaw, Professional Speaker, Presenter & Coach. She has been featured guest on Charlotte Today, Fox News, Rising and Living in the Carolinas. She has also been featured in the Charlotte Observer, and many more.

Marketing and Sales

Monday, March 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
**This 5 part series requires the one time purchase of the manual. You do not have to attend all sessions, but must have the manual to attend any session. No fee will be charged if you are a returning client who has already purchased the manual.**This popular course has returned and has tons of updates. Learn about blogging and how to use it to grow your small business and build an online presence. This 5-week course covers all of the blogging basics including getting started and how to build, plan and schedule your content. You’ll learn about finding your audience, how to use your content to form paying relationships, how to promote your blog and how to position yourself as a subject matter expert. In addition, you’ll receive five blogging templates and strategies to make creating your content so much easier. All participants will receive a Blogger’s Planner, which is mandatory to participate in this class. Returning students will be able to use their previous planner. Session 3- 3/27/2017, Session 4-4/10/2017 and Session 5-4/17/2017.
Speaker: Shannon Baylor-Henderson
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Learn what it means to have another company host your website, what type of websites can be used for business, and what you need to know when it comes to registration, cyber-security, and how email is involved in your process. During the course we will discuss how to create a simple website manageable by the owner/employee. Session One (March 14th, 2017, 6PM-8PM): In this class we will take a business approach to setting up a website. With consideration to size, budget, and a timeline attendees can develop a baseline perspective on how to prioritize setting up their website. Some of the topics covered are as follows: * What kind of websites are there? (Carts, Blogs, DYI) * What should I consider when creating my website/domain name? * Where does a website exists & how can I get my email from the website? Session Two (March 21st, 2017, 6PM-8PM): There are many website builders available online. In session two we will look at what you need to know to find the best host for your website and the best website builder. * What are the Pros and Cons of free website builders? * Wordpress Basics * Open Cart Basics * cPanel Basics Session Three (March 28th, 2017, 6PM-8PM): During this session, attendees will explore adding embedded video to their site and linking social media to their site as well. This class is designed to demonstrate best practices for website deployment. We will also take a look at the advantages of Search Engine Optimization. * Using Youtube to embed a video * Sharing and using social media * Search engine optimization
Speaker: Jaime Baron
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