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Johnston Community College
Johnston County Workforce Development Center

Phone: 919-209-2015
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The objective of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners which will lead to job creation and retention. Our Small Business Center is here to assist you by offering one-on-one confidential business counseling plus workshops and seminars on a variety of business topics. We are a community-based provider of education and training, counseling, networking and referrals.  All of our services are free!  Let our Small Business Center help you develop a plan of action to turn your dreams into a reality!

The Johnston Community College Small Business Center is located at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center in Clayton. The Center’s mission is to support the entrepreneur in starting a business and to provide assistance to business owners in being more successful. The Center does this by offering training, counseling and information services to the general public at no charge. The Small Business Center works with the local Chambers of Commerce, professional organizations and other governmental agencies to provide training at a low or at no cost to the general public. Counseling is by appointment and is provided at no charge by calling 919-209-2015.

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The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College is one of 58 centers throughout North Carolina that supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community based provider of training, counseling, and resource information.

We offer a variety of services that include:

  • resource center
  • research assistance
  • counseling
  • referrals

Increase Your Knowledge Through Training

Owning a small business can be both rewarding and challenging.  Get ahead in the game by letting us help you plan for success!

High Quality Training is available for you!  Many of our seminars are designed to instruct the entrepreneur in topics related to operating a small business.  Others serve as professional development opportunities.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
By now you’re realized that social media is here to stay. It has become something many consumers interact with on a day-to-day basis and how small businesses and non-profits stand out and compete in today’s marketing landscape. However, managing social media activity can be daunting to time-starved business and non-profit owners who cannot afford to live on social media all day nor ignore it. Luckily, there are tools out there designed with people like you in mind to help manage the daily tasks of participating and managing social media activity for your brand. We’ve put together an advanced social strategy for you in this seminar that will help you save time on social media marketing and find extra time for you.
Thursday, June 02, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Forget the hard sell – no one likes high pressure. But you have to sell to be successful in any small business! This session will help you sell without being pushy. It begins with an overview of marketing and the important role of direct selling. Then you’ll get tons of ideas for generating leads/prospects, effective networking, establishing rapport with prospects, handling objections, and closing the sale.
Monday, June 06, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This seminar will focus on four areas: How to create a small business idea that fits you, Small businesses you can start for under $100, “Hot” small businesses that will grow in coming years, and 5 easy-to-use steps to starting a small business. If you think the time is right for you to start a small business – you’re right. Each student/attendee must register separately with their own email address.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
In this seminar, you will learn the fundamentals of networking for your small business. Attendees will learn how to determine their networking mission and how to integrate networking with their ongoing marketing. The instructor will explain how to create the most effective type of booths and exhibits, when or when not to offer prizes, and much more. Each student/attendee must register separately with their own email address.


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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