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Guilford Technical Community College Small Business Center
Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship
Greensboro

Phone: 336-334-4822 ext 62001
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The mission of the Small Business Center is to increase the number and success of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners which will lead to job creation and retention. Our Small Business Center is here to assist you by offering one-on-one confidential business counseling plus workshops and seminars on a variety of business topics. We are a community-based provider of education and training, counseling, networking and referrals.  All of our services are free!  Let our Small Business Center help you develop a plan of action to turn your dreams into a reality!

Guilford Technical Community College's (GTCC) Small Business Center, located in the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro and at the Chamber of Commerce in High Point, provides many resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in Guilford County, including:

  • Free, confidential, one-to-one counseling;
  • Free seminars, workshops and programs on critical aspects of starting a new business and managing a small business
  • Business plan and feasibility study development
  • Marketing strategies and tactics
  • Licensing, permit, and tax requirements
  • Review and analysis of financial performance
  • Financing options and opportunities for small businesses
  • Resources (books, videos, on-line publications and research tools) to help you successfully start and grow your business

GTCC SBC Video - Check out a great video about why you need to attend our free seminars!

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hagenbuch, Director - 336/334.4822 ext. 62003 (Greensboro) / 336/878.3923 (High Point)  mthagenbuch@gtcc.edu

Vacant, Administrative Assistant - 336/334.4822 ext. 62001   sbc@gtcc.edu



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Events

On Demand, available until June 30
Buying A Business is a comprehensive course on how to buy the right business at the right price. Developed by entrepreneurs who buy businesses for a living, this course offers advice and wisdom in such areas as: the key questions to ask of any seller, the due diligence process, valuing a business and determining the offer, negotiation steps and tactics, and sample legal agreements.
Speaker: SmallBizU
Thursday, June 01, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Attorney Ryan Luft will talk about legal considerations for startups, including entity selection and more. Join us if you are contemplating a business startup. Program will take place in Room 204
Speaker: Ryan Luft, Attorney
Friday, June 30, 2017 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Let's Put Our Cities on the Map is an initiative to help local businesses increase their presence online. We're working with business owners, city officials, and lovers of all things local to spread the word about the importance of getting local business information on Google Search and Maps. To get started, businesses just need to create an online listing and verify their business for free with Google My Business. Local businesses are vital to America's economic future in fact, small businesses comprise half of the US GDP and create two thirds of all new jobs. And although nearly all consumers look online for products and services, many small businesses do not have any web presence at all. We believe every small business should be found online and we offer the ability to do this through Google products like Google Maps-for free. REQUIREMENTS BEFORE REGISTRATION - 1. Your business MUST have a Gmail (email) account and be verified with Google 2. To check if your business is verified or need assistance with verification –please contact Vonda Wingate – City of Greensboro Economic Development & Business Support @ 336-373-2995 via email at Vonda.wingate@greensboro-nc.gov GET FOUND ON GOOGLE SEARCH AND MAPS This workshop will explain how to setup Google My Business–your one-stop-shop for managing business info as it appears across Google Search and Maps, and helping potential customers find important info, like your phone numbers, hours of operation, and driving directions. The workshop focuses on setting up a Local business listing in Google My Business. This type of listing can appear on both Search and Maps. Businesses with storefronts open to customers —and those that meet with customers in local service areas— can appear on Google Maps.
Speaker: Vonda Wingate, Arnetta Girardeau, Janice Ponson, Jan Szelkowski and Arnetta Girardeau
Friday, June 30, 2017 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Let's Put Our Cities on the Map is an initiative to help local businesses increase their presence online. We're working with business owners, city officials, and lovers of all things local to spread the word about the importance of getting local business information on Google Search and Maps. To get started, businesses just need to create an online listing and verify their business for free with Google My Business. Local businesses are vital to America's economic future in fact, small businesses comprise half of the US GDP and create two thirds of all new jobs. And although nearly all consumers look online for products and services, many small businesses do not have any web presence at all. We believe every small business should be found online and we offer the ability to do this through Google products like Google Maps-for free. GROW YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE This Workshop covers three things you can do right now to grow your business online. This workshop will cover how to be found by local customers, how to connect with local searchers using Google My Business, how you can be found everywhere, on all devices and how to be found with online advertising. This workshop will also show you how to promote your products and services on Google and partner websites. REQUIREMENTS BEFORE REGISTRATION - 1. Your business MUST have a Gmail account and be verified with Google 2. To check if your business is verified or need assistance with verification –please contact Vonda Wingate – City of Greensboro Economic Development & Business Support @ 336-373-2995 via email at Vonda.wingate@greensboro-nc.gov
Speaker: Vonda Wingate, Arnetta Girardeau, Janice Ponson, Jan Szelkowski and Arnetta Girardeau
Friday, June 30, 2017 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Let's Put Our Cities on the Map is an initiative to help local businesses increase their presence online. We're working with business owners, city officials, and lovers of all things local to spread the word about the importance of getting local business information on Google Search and Maps. To get started, businesses just need to create an online listing and verify their business for free with Google My Business. Local businesses are vital to America's economic future in fact, small businesses comprise half of the US GDP and create two thirds of all new jobs. And although nearly all consumers look online for products and services, many small businesses do not have any web presence at all. We believe every small business should be found online and we offer the ability to do this through Google products like Google Maps-for free. SET GOALS WITH GOOGLE ANALYTICS An introduction to Google Analytics and Analytics Goals A discussion of what you can track as a goal A step-by-step demonstration for setting up goals in your Google Analytics account. REQUIREMENTS BEFORE REGISTRATION - 1. Your business MUST have a Gmail account and be verified with Google 2. To check if your business is verified or need assistance with verification –please contact Vonda Wingate – City of Greensboro Economic Development & Business Support @ 336-373-2995 via email at Vonda.wingate@greensboro-nc.gov
Speaker: Vonda Wingate, Arnetta Girardeau, Janice Ponson, Jan Szelkowski and Arnetta Girardeau

Start-up Assistance

On Demand, available until June 30
Every new venture has to work the complex decision of what legal structure to choose for the business. This course breaks down this decision into its essential characteristics simplifying the decision -making process. An in-depth discussion is presented about the pros and cons of such structures as the sole proprietorship, partnership, "c" or "s" corporation, and the limited liability company (LLC). As part of this course, a legal structure wizard ranks the best structure to choose for your business based on a series of questions that account for risk, complexity, types of ownership, and so forth. Once you have selected the best structure, the course then presents each of the forms that are necessary to file and set up your business from a legal requirements perspective. A final section of the course deals with employees and the legal implications surrounding this important responsibility. Each of the forms needed to successfully hire and manage employees is presented.
Speaker: SmallBizU
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1451 South Elm Eugene Street
Suite 1201
Greensboro, NC 27406
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