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Haywood Community College Small Business Center
144 Industrial Park Drive
Waynesville

Phone: 828-627-4512
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The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College actively serves Haywood County, the “First Certified Entrepreneurial Community in the Nation.” http://www.awcec.com/find-a-cec/haywood/

This designation by AdvantageWest means that we are entrepreneurial friendly and have mechanisms in place to help a business to start, to grow and to thrive!

The Haywood Community College Small Business Center is now located in the heart of the community! Located beside the college's Regional High Technology Center off of Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville, the new center location offers endless opportunities to promote small business and economic development in our community. 

Haywood’s Small Business Center link sbc.haywood.edu contains information about our business counseling, free business seminars, a wealth of business books and audio CD’s available for loan, the most current Guide for New Business in Haywood County, as well as, Success Stories of those business owners who have used our resources. Again, visit The Small Business Center online as an introduction to how we can guide you through the steps of starting a business, expanding a business, improving efficiency of an existing business, or simply helping you not make a business mistake.


Thinking about starting a business in Haywood County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services and resources provided by the Small Business Center. 
The NC Community College's Small Business Center Network assists in starting an average of more than 600 businesses each year. Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all NC Counties each year, helping to create and retain nearly 3,000 jobs annually.



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Events

Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Are you a female small business owner or have an idea for a new business? If so then this luncheon is the perfect opportunity to step away from the office and network with fellow women entrepreneurs! Leave inspired and renewed with the comfort of knowing what resources are available to you and your business. Lunch will be provided.
Speaker: The Western Women’s Business Center at The Support Center
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topics will include eBay features and policies, registering an account, choosing formats and categories, writing descriptions that sell, setting up an account, listing items for sale, taking payments and shipping, taking and submitting photos, feedback, using PayPal, and shipping tips.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This session is for individuals having knowledge/experience of selling on eBay who want to establish a continual retail presence on eBay. Plus, learn those 'tricks of the trade' that you have to know to become an eBay PowerSeller!
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Monday, November 28, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Get up and running fast with this certificate program. This new series will provide you with the basic knowledge and tools needed to launch your business. Using a hybrid approach, you will have access to live webinars, discussion forums, and activities that will help you to develop your business concept and evaluate the feasibility of your idea. Develop marketing strategies to effectively reach customers, learn the secrets to financial analysis, and experience firsthand the power of relationships and networking. In-class sessions will include powerful peer exchanges and instructor feedback that will help you develop a viable business model and a strategy for success.
Speaker: tenBiz
Location: Online

Business Basics

Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 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: Russ Seagle
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Setting the correct price point to make a profit and compete in your market is often difficult for the novice and seasoned business owner. This workshop will examine pricing methods and help the owner learn how to develop sales forecasts and measure market potential. Participants will learn how to: identify strategies used to price products and services; evaluate different pricing methods for sample businesses; identify connections between pricing and sales forecasting; identify financial concepts (overhead costs, cost of goods sold, profit contributed per sale, and breakeven point); identify factors involved in developing good financial assumptions; and learn how to calculate the break-even point for a sample business.
Speaker: Dean Kanipe
Monday, November 07, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Get up and running fast with this certificate program. This new series will provide you with the basic knowledge and tools needed to launch your business. Using a hybrid approach, you will have access to live webinars, discussion forums, and activities that will help you to develop your business concept and evaluate the feasibility of your idea. Develop marketing strategies to effectively reach customers, learn the secrets to financial analysis, and experience firsthand the power of relationships and networking. In-class sessions will include powerful peer exchanges and instructor feedback that will help you develop a viable business model and a strategy for success.
Speaker: tenBiz
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Location

144 Industrial Park Drive
Waynesville, NC 28786
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