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Craven Community College
Brock Administration Building, Suite 114
New Bern Campus

Phone: 252-638-1088
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The objective of the Small Business Center is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in Craven County. If you are interested in starting a small business or currently operate or work at a small business, we offer a variety of resources and workshops. A list of upcoming workshops is listed below.

Please contact the Small Business Center if you have any questions. 


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Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Defining your optimal Target Market and identifying the ideal prospective personas will help you streamline the effectiveness of your marketing, shorten the sales cycle and close more sales. No matter if you are in the preliminary, conceptual stage of a new business plan, already a new start-up, or even if you have been in business for a while, this workshop will help you increase sales. After taking this workshop, small business owners will understand what a Target Market is, why it is so important to the survival of your business, and how you can use your Target Market to increase traffic and close more sales.
Speaker: Margaret Volney, Blue Envelope Designs
Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Your business's website is a gateway for your customers to learn more about the services/products you offer. An effective website design is crucial for continued success. During this session, you, as a small business owner, will be provided with tools and tips for the development of your website.
Speaker: Jeremy LeRay, New Bern Web Design
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
As a small business owner, you know that you need to post on Facebook and all of the other social media networks -- that's a great start. Now here's the question: WHAT are you supposed to post there? Local photographer, Bob Mackowski, will help you answer that question and more. You'll learn about what content marketing is, how you create and distribute content, and you'll even leave with an action plan on how to get it all started.
Speaker: Bob Mackowski, Open Aperture Photography
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Social Media Myths.... & Solutions!
Speaker: Breanna Kusnierczyk, Paperless Marketing
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Email Marketing: A Crash Course is a hands-on workshop where small business owners will learn tips, techniques, and strategies to guide them through the tools and features for basic email marketing in Constant Contact. This workshop is great for beginners who want to learn how to start creating email marketing campaigns for their business or for email marketers who aren’t getting the results they expect. In this workshop, you will: • Design a custom email template • Create stand out subject lines and creative content • Grow and segment your list • Measure your marketing and analyze your results
Speaker: Melanie Diehl, Your Social Media Gal


On Demand, available until December 31
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online
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Brock Bldg. Room 125
New Bern NC 28562
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