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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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Events

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, August 15, 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
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don'ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Speaker: Wanda Bennett
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Attend this informative session and learn your options for the best ways to legally structure your business to protect your business, yourself and your assets.
Speaker: Lee Hodge, Ward & Smith P.A.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Running a business takes capital. Discover traditional and government loan programs available to business owners from a Small Business Administration representative. Get what you need to know about obtaining credit through the government, how is credit reviewed, and your up-front costs as an owner. Additionally, learn about other loan programs funded by BEFCOR.
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA & Larry Riter, BEFCOR
Thursday, October 05, 2017 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM
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

Financing

Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
If you are seeking capital to start or expand your small business, this seminar is for you. In this session, you will be provided with an insider's view of how best to prepare when seeking a business loan or finding ways to self-finance your business. Learn the tips on the key ingredients for a successful loan package, and even more importantly, mistakes to avoid when working with a lender, will be discussed. Work hand in hand with experienced business minds that can help you navigate through the world of start-up and small business lending. Additionally, learn about the resources to different lenders located here in NC.
Speaker: Roxanne Reed

Business Accounting and Budget

Friday, September 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
As a small business owner, your books will be your day-to-day compass to success. Learn the fundamentals of bookkeeping so you can move forward with confidence keeping your books or asking the right questions from your accountant!
Speaker: Kelly Michaud, Solid Rock Accounting
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Location

800 College Court
Brock Bldg. Room 125
New Bern NC 28562
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