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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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Events

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 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, January 30, 2018 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, February 06, 2018 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: Roxanne Reed

Managing a Business

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Join us for this month's Small Business Roundtable for the opportunity to expand your knowledge and your network! We will discuss President Trump"s recent Executive Order, what we know and what we don’t know and especially how it impacts small business owners. Topics also covered will be: The Expansion of HRA’s, Association Health Plans, Selling Insurance Across State Lines., The Elimination of Cost Sharing Subsidies, Status of the Individual and Employer Mandate, and Tax Penalties and Obligations
Speaker: Michael Gomes, Senior Vice President, BenefitMall
Monday, December 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Get a jump start for your business in 2018 with this workshop on goal setting and goal keeping! Participants will learn strategies and tactics for setting goals, creating an action plan, and learning how to assess and adjust. This 3-hour seminar is led by Peggy Walker Barnes, certified professional organizer and life coach, whose mission is to "Strategically guide people, through organizing, coaching and speaking."
Speaker: Peggy Walker Barnes, certified professional organizer and life coach

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Why selling is the most important skill you will learn…ever! In this seminar led by mother-daughter team Chris & Kate Moore, small business owners will learn how to hone their selling skills, avoid the pitfalls that sabotage success and grow the revenue of their business. Award-winning business woman and business owner Chris Meyers Moore has received much recognition in her career including "100 Best Sales People in the US" by Advertising Age magazine. Her daughter, Kate Moore, is an accomplished marketer, salesperson and now owner of Cleaning by Kate, a 2017 Sun Journal Reader's Choice Gold Winner.
Speaker: Chris Meyers Moore & Kate Moore

HP LIFE

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