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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
910-296-2431
leewoodard@jamessprunt.edu

Tammy Thigpen
Administrative Assistant, Small Business Center at JSCC
910-296-2430
tthigpen@jamessprunt.edu

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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Events

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

Financing

Wednesday, March 29, 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
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An excellent credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. Should you have one credit card or four? Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance? Should you carry a credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan for your business or to obtain a personal loan. Your credit score is also important in determining the interest rate of your loans, your insurance premiums and deposits required for phone and utility services. As of October 1, 2005, every adult in North Carolina has been able to receive a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus. Do you understand these reports and how to read them? In this three-hour seminar we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. You will learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score simply by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry balances. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. Make plans to attend now!
Speaker: Bob Moore

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, April 05, 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
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

Tax Planning

Wednesday, April 12, 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
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Location

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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