Craven Community College
Brock Administration Building, Suite 114
New Bern Campus
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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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Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity.
Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.
Speaker: Wanda Bennett
Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An effective business plan is vital to the success of a small business. By committing your idea to paper, you face tough questions and identify strengths and weaknesses. Business plans are not just for financing purposes; they are working documents to guide your business. For new and established small business owners, the course will start you down the path of small business success. This class will discuss tools necessary to write a business plan that will help raise capital and serve as a guide for your business. You will leave with a document that you can begin using immediately and build on in the future.
Speaker: Wanda Bennett
Thursday, February 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Running a business takes capital. Discover traditional and government loan programs available to business owners. Get what you need to know about obtaining credit through the government, how is credit reviewed, and your up-front costs as an owner.
Speaker: Don Spry
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Market research isn’t just for startups; it’s an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires an up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and identify potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn marketing strategies for small businesses to win over and keep your customers. During this comprehensive seminar you will: discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available; gain insight to understand and reach your customer; analyze your industry and business environment; differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques; and explore the components of an effective marketing plan.
Speaker: Mike Collins
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.
800 College Court
Brock Bldg. Room 125
New Bern NC 28562