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Johnston Community College
Johnston County Workforce Development Center

Phone: 919-209-2572
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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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Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
There is a tremendous interest coming from our communities of wanting to know how to form a non-profit business. Careful consideration should be given to this quest and much attention needs to be given to the proper steps to take. Failure to do so could result in with serious consequences for individuals as well as becoming detrimental to the original cause for which the non-profit was designed. If you are considering stating a non-profit business, please plan to attend this very informative seminar. Participants will discover. • Basics on what a non-profit business is • Define the definition of a non-profit • Issues to consider before starting a non-profit • Key steps in forming a non-profit • Forms and Documents needed to be filed • What takes place at the first board meeting • Do you need an attorney?
Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Articles of incorporation is a legal document that is filed with the state to create a corporation. Nonprofit articles contain the organization’s basic information (name, registered agent, office address, etc.) and important tax exemption information. Since your situation may differ from any samples you may find on the internet, we recommend that you find a qualified nonprofit consultant or attorney when creating your own organization’s articles of incorporation. Bylaws define how a nonprofit organization will be managed and how it will run. They determine which staff and board members have authority and decision-making responsibilities and how those responsibilities should be carried out. They create a framework for the organization, and aid in resolving internal disputes. They also describe the rules for calling board meetings, and how and when board members are elected. The bylaws that you set up for your nonprofit organization need to be unique to you. Looking at other nonprofit bylaws can be helpful but to simply cut and paste them and use them for you could be very harmful. You need the expert guidance of a consultant or an attorney to make sure all the provisions needed and that your unique DNA is represented. Both your Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws will be sent to the IRS and they will carefully screen them to assure that all the proper provisions are in place. Additionally potential funders may also want to see your bylaws to give them some assurance that your organization has the functional structures needed to help you reach your full potential.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Learn the beginning steps of how to start a business, plus some resources that might be available to veterans.

Managing a Business

Thursday, April 09, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
A NCDOL agent will discuss labor issues that can occur in your small business including the difference between the hourly employee and contracted labor.
Speaker: NC Department of Labor

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Post! Comment! Share! Hashtag! Tagging! All these words can be confusing in the world of Social Media. Learn how to utilize these FREE services to boost Google ratings and much more at this 2 hour seminar. - You will learn the basic vocabulary and why it is important in today’s business market. - Increasing your small business online presence is more essential than ever before. Most people under the age of 40 search for companies through social media and rely on social media for buying decisions. - Is your small business relevant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? - Are you speaking to your key demographic? Be sure to bring your laptop, tablet or i-pad!

Government Contracting

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Learn how to grow your small business with government contracts for your products and services. The instructor will give information on marketing your small business to the government as well as how to sign up to bid on contracts.
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