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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. 


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Start-up Assistance

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
Thursday, October 05, 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, October 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn marketing strategies for your small business 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: Roxanne Reed
Thursday, October 19, 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
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Learn what you need to know from a NCDOR representative as she will cover the basics of tax compliance ranging from registering your small business, to withholding from employees, and sales and use tax requirements. Information will be provided on a program for small businesses that have fallen behind on sales and use, withholding, and other trust taxes.
Speaker: Rhonda High, NC Department of Revenue

Business Basics

Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn how to bring your business plan to life and implement the goals and strategies for optimal success, utilizing effective and trusted project management tools and applications. This seminar will provide small business owners with project management insight, via experience entrepreneurs, that will enable you to focus on the necessary steps and tasks that will propel your business towards success. This workshop is designed for established business owners.
Speaker: Roxanne Reed


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Learn and discuss The Entrepreneurial Equation Learn and discuss The Entrepreneurial Equation to identify tools and strategies to help you run your business more easily and effectively. The right equation for your business will – save you time, attract and retain employees and preserve your business for you and your heirs. Leading the roundtable will be Edward Jones financial advisor Georgiana Bowman Bircher.
Speaker: Georgiana Bircher
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