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Isothermal Community College Small Business Center
Foundation Building
Spindale N.C.

Phone: 828-395-1667
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The objective of the Small Business Center is to increase the success rate and the number of small businesses in Rutherford and Polk counties.

The Small Business Center at Isothermal Community College is a community-based provider of education and training, counseling, information, and referral for persons who are currently in business or those seeking to start a new business in Rutherford and Polk counties. Available on an as-needed basis, our counselors are here to listen, brainstorm, counsel, and provide resources all free of charge. Our professional staff will help you find solutions to your challenging business questions.  No question is too simple of too complicated.

Faye Bishop, SBC Director

Online Request for Counseling



Start-up Assistance

Thursday, May 05, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A well thought out public relations effort can be worth its weight in gold. We’ll walk through the steps to creating an effective plan, evaluate local media channels, and test your skills at writing a press release. This session will be a highly interactive, so bring your questions and challenges to our team and let’s have some fun.
Speaker: Beth Rounds & Clare O'Sheel
Thursday, June 02, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Buying or Selling a business will probably be the largest financial decision you will ever make. This workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to make this purchase or sale a smooth and rewarding process.
Speaker: Mike Frye & Bill Kerns
Thursday, July 14, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Based on more than 40 years’ experience as an advertising copywriter, art director, photographer, creative director and agency owner, I will share such specifics as how to write a headline, subhead, first line of copy, and a call to action; how to control the eye with layout; how to shoot your own photographs following the 6 C’s.
Speaker: Vince Verrecchio

Business Basics

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar will help a business owner or a potential business owner understand the different entities or legal structures of a small business. It will also help them know which structure might be the best for their business and the disadvantages and advantages of each. Some of the topics to be discussed will be: *What are the different entities/structures of a small business? • Sole Proprietor • Partnership • Corporation (C and S) • Limited Liability Company (LLC/LLP) *What are the advantages/disadvantages of each type of structure? *How do I determine which structure will be best for my business? How do I set up the structure I want my business to have? *What liabilities do I have with each structure? *What are the legal issues associated with each structure? *Where do I begin?
Speaker: Harry Ponder

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Emerging Markets, Funding and other Resources for Agriculturally Based Businesses and Service Providers Are you in the Agriculture Business or an Agriculture Service Provider and looking for a place to connect with others, learn about different markets and find resources available in your county? Join experts from AgriVentures in a full day, comprehensive workshop that will provide an overview and discussion of resources in a variety of areas, including: Land assessments and Land trusts Animals, including mountain livestock Training programs Specialty emerging markets, such as high tunnels, truffles,hops, forest herbs, organic/alternative crops and bees Lending Options and Business Planning “Speed Dating” Round-talk to local service providers or sign up for more in-depth discussions Hear from experts from Mountain BizWorks, Organic Growers School, NC Cooperative Extension, Smoky Mountain High Tunnel Initiative, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, Land of Sky, and many others. *A Resource Guide will also be provided to all participants
Speaker: Mountain BizWorks, Organic Growers School, NC Cooperative Extension, Smoky Mountain High Tunnel Initiative, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, Land of Sky, and many others


On Demand, available until June 30
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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286 ICC Loop Road
P.O. Box 804
Spindale N.C. 28160-0804
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