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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, November 01, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Small Business 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


Wednesday, November 02, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Do you really and truly want to be a nonprofit? Join us to learn from Devra Thomas as she will help you answer that question and cover what makes a nonprofit a nonprofit, necessary paperwork, budget/revenue development, and crafting your business culture. Bring all of your nonprofit ideas and questions!
Speaker: Devra Thomas
Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Receive helpful tips in planning your next project and how to find various funding sources. Learn to navigate the Request for Proposal (RFP) from federal and foundation grant announcements. Learn to identify eligibility, allowable costs and reporting requirements. Obtain basic tips on constructing a budget, organize content and start writing.
Speaker: Monica Minus
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn the basics about how to create a mixed and balanced income channel that will provide financial stability for your organization from year to year. Learn the characteristics of 21st Century donors. Obtain an understanding of how your fund development plan connects to your case statement. Learn how to evaluate the previous years’ activities and plan for the next fiscal year.
Speaker: Monica Minus
Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn how to build collaborative partnerships for success both within and outside the organization. What does true collaboration really look like? Understand the ABC's of positive and effective collaborative behavior so your non-profit can avoid negative conflict in its board and managerial structure. Understand creative collaborative partnerships between non-profits, between non-profits and public entities, and between non-profits and for-profit businesses. Collaboration as a social responsibility.
Speaker: Tharesa Lee
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn from Dawn Morriston as she will inspire grant seekers and give them the basic skills to begin exploring grant funding sources and outlining grant proposals. This seminar is a fast-paced, 3-hour crash course in grant research and proposal structure. After taking this seminar, you will have explored sources of grand funds and how to choose appropriate funding sources; identified the basic components of grant applications; practiced writing basic components of grant applications; and identified reasons grant proposals are denied and how to avoid them.
Speaker: Dawn Morriston
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