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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 (January through June 2017)
See below for detailed information & online registration for each seminar

Customer Relations

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
These days businesses will not survive, for long, without great customer service. Find out what you need to do to keep your current customers happy, attract new ones and keep both groups coming back. This seminar will highlight some of the typical reasons customers leave and what you can do to increase customer retention, discuss customer service from different perspectives and share stories - the good, the bad and the ugly. You'll leave with skills to improve customer relationships, build customer loyalty and increase sales.
Speaker: Emily Ballance

Business Accounting and Budget

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar will cover the basics of setting up a small company’s financial records using QuickBooks. We’ll start with the company profile, set up the type of records the company will need, create customer and vendor accounts. From there students will learn how to record basic business transactions, including cash sales, sales on account, cash purchases, purchases on account, and inventory transactions. Finally, students will create financial statements and schedules for management.
Speaker: Cynthia Roberts
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar is designed for beginner to intermediate users of any of the QuickBooks accounting software products, including but not limited to Pro, Premier, Enterprise, Non-Profits, Manufacturers, etc. Whether you attend to simply learn best practices or you are a complete newbie to the software, it doesn't matter. You will learn how to use the software to complete the accounting cycle of day-to-day transactions. Regardless of experience, you will gain a greater understanding to successfully utilize the program. Entrepreneurs, accounting professionals, office managers, and administrative assistants are just a few whom will benefit from this seminar. You will learn how to: • Create a company fie • Navigate QuickBooks • Create a chart of accounts and add the accounts you need • Set up customers, vendors and the products you sell • Create and send invoices and sales receipts • Enter and pay bills • Make journal entries • Track expenses and income • Manage your account receivable and payable • Connect to your banking institution through QuickBooks • Create budgets, run reports and much, much more.
Speaker: Cynthia Roberts

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This class is a dynamic overview of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Youtube, Blogging and free on-line directories. Learn how to get started with free Social Media platforms and web-based directories, and understand which marketing approaches are best for your business. This class will give you real-world examples of small and micro businesses that are successfully using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Yelp and other sources. You will take away an easy-to-implement grassroots marketing strategy to give your business the edge it needs to compete in today’s fast-moving online world.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Downtown Events are an excellent opportunity for local businesses to showcase themselves for existing and new customers. In this workshop small business owners will: • Learn ways to advertise/market their business prior to the event • Partner with event organizers or vendors for greater exposure before and during the event • Set staff, amp up merchandising, and other ways to appeal to event attendees • Develop a method to collect contact information from event attendees • Create a follow-up system for continuing the contacts made during the event
Speaker: Melanie Diehl & Jeanne Eury


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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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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