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

Phone: 252-638-1166
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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. 

Rebecca Moorer, Director (252) 638-1166

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Defining your optimal Target Market and identifying the ideal prospect personas will help you streamline the effectiveness of your marketing, shorten the sales cycle and close more sales. If you are in the preliminary, conceptual stage of a new business plan, or already a new start-up, or even if you have been in business for a while, then this workshop is for you. After taking this workshop, you 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
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Everybody wants to know ways to market their business for free (or nearly free). This is one of them! Join local business owner Bob Mackowski from Open Aperture Photography and East Carolina Bride as he teaches you about content marketing and how to use it to establish your branding and make profit. By the end of the class you'll be able to decide if this is a viable option for you and come out with a real content marketing plan.
Speaker: Bob Mackowski, Open Aperture Photography
Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
If you find yourself constantly being asked to prepare meals for family and friends or if you've always dreamed of starting your own restaurant or catering business this seminar is for you. We'll start from scratch for the freelancers out there and discuss basic food pricing strategies, food safety tips, and how to sell goods as a vendor in NC. Then we will jump into the business side of food service and explore the pros and cons of the industry, different types of food service businesses, and how to get started. Participants will leave with a foundational knowledge of the industry and ready to start their business plan.
Speaker: Renae Simon
Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This workshop is designed for the individual thinking of opening a new business as well as existing entrepreneurs who seek the inside secrets of how to make their business better.
Speaker: Bob Moore

Business Basics

Thursday, May 05, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dan will share his past experiences in learning and growing during this thing we call Entrepreneurship. He will touch on the hard to think about topics like "it will be more work than any full time job" and other things you don't realize when you are excited about starting a new business. Dan will share tips and tricks on ways to navigate the road ahead of you, including how to avoid pitfalls and cope with setbacks.
Speaker: Dan Spangler
Thursday, June 02, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
You have an idea, a business plan and big dreams, now what? Dan will share with the class the top things that new business owners may not know or be thinking about in the beginning. He will show you have life lessons have a big part in how your business thrives while you are surviving.
Speaker: Dan Spangler
Thursday, July 07, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This workshop will cover why your business doesn't need to be on every social media platform and how to select the ones that your clients are using. The class will cover time saving tips, tricks and ways that you can create additional streams of revenue to compliment your business.
Speaker: Dan Spangler
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