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James Sprunt CC Small Business Center
Boyette Building, Room 109
Kenansville, NC

Phone: 910-296-2430
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Simply put, our mission is economic development & job creation ... from a Main Street perspective. We work to both increase the number of profitable small businesses in Duplin County & the surrounding areas as well as increase the success rate of existing small businesses.

The JSCC Small Business Center provides free and confidential counseling & workshops to prospective & existing business owners to help ensure their success.

For more information about the Center, call or email us.  You can also check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Lee Woodard
Director, Small Business Center at JSCC

Tammy Thigpen
Administrative Assistant, Small Business Center at JSCC

The Small Business Center (SBC) at JSCC is one of 58 Small Business Centers throughout North Carolina.  Our objective is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small business in Duplin County and the surrounding areas by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners which will lead to job creation and retention.  We are a community-based provider of education and training, counseling, mentoring, information resources and referrals.  Assistance is available to anyone currently operating a business or planning a business start-up.  There is no charge for our services, but appointments for counseling sessions and advanced registration for seminars and workshops are strongly recommended.

Workshops & Seminars
Knowledge ... Making a Living & a Life
We offer a variety of seminars in the areas of starting a small business, writing business plans, financial & cash flow management, using QuickBooks to manage your business, critical metrics for a small business, why some business are successful, creating a web page for a small business, using social media, improving credit scores & loan availability, and many others. Check often for our seminars throughout the year. Use the link below to register for our seminars.

Confidential Counseling
One-on-One Coaching & Mentoring
We offer confidential one-on-one counseling for the prospective or current business owner. These sessions typically identify the goals of the business owner & then help them develop a plan to succeed. If needed, referrals are made to other resources as appropriate.

We also have extensive networking & relationships with a variety of services & agencies, including the State Department of Commerce, Small Business Administration, State Business Licensing Information Office, Duplin County Economic Development Commission, Local Chambers of Commerce, NC Small Business Center Network, NC Small Business & Technology Centers, SCORE, & many other public & private sources of assistance.  
We are located in office 109 in the Boyette Building on the JSCC campus in Kenansville, NC.  We look forward to working with you.

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Upcoming Seminars At a Glance (September through December 2017)
See below for detailed information & online registration for each seminar


Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 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: Steve Carver

Business Basics

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 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: Steve Carver


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
Speaker: Steve Carver

Customer Relations

Wednesday, October 18, 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 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 potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Speaker: Steve Carver

Business Accounting and Budget

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. If you’re a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you.
Speaker: Steve Carver

Tax Planning

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Steve Carver

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.
Speaker: Steve Carver
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133 James Sprunt Drive
Kenansville, NC 28349
James Sprunt Community College
133 James Sprunt Drive
Boyette Building, Room 109
Kenansville, NC  28349
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