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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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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
*This seminar has been cancelled and will rescheduled for a future date* Think consumers are the only victims of fraud? Think again! Every year, thousands of small businesses find themselves targets of scams and deceptive sales practices. Scams include phony invoices for unordered products to fake online advertising. Scammers go to great lengths to duplicate letterhead and create phony websites in efforts to scam small business owners. Learn how to identifying suspicious activity, ask the right questions, and do your research. Security breaches can affect customers and the small business. A speaker from the Better Business Bureau will discuss popular small business scams and the importance of protecting sensitive information.
Monday, May 01, 2017 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Join this ONLINE SEMINAR to learn the steps to get your business on "Google My Business" and optimize your Google listings. MODULES INCLUDE: Explanation of the importance of optimizing Google listings, Online search for your business, Instructions for setting up your profile and completing the process, Optimization of your listing, Reviews & Best Practices, and a live Q & A call to follow up the class. Also included is a special expedited verification procedure! This seminar is open to all entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! It is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. **Please wait up to 1 business day for the webinar link. If you do not receive the link, please contact the SBC at**
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 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. Each student/attendee must register separately with their own email address.
Monday, May 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This session is an introduction and overview to QuickBooks, one of the most widely used accounting packages for small businesses today. The two part session will show how you can use QuickBooks in a small business. Students/attendees should have computer skills, keyboard and mouse skills. Students/attendees please register for each seminar separately.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar is a continuation of 'Intro to QuickBooks Part 1' and is an overview and introduction to QuickBooks. As a small business owner or potential owner, you will learn how this system can be used in your small business. Some of the changes between version 2014 and 2015 will be discussed. Attendee should have computer skills, keyboard, and mouse skills. (It is highly recommended that students pre-register and attend ‘Intro to QuickBooks Part 1' before attending this seminar). Student/attendee must register for each seminar separately.
Monday, May 15, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Rules, regulations, and ServSafe are confusing. This seminar will give an overview of these subjects as well as information on the business aspects of this industry. Presented by the Small Business Center and Johnston County Environmental Health. The seminar is a must for any mobile food business.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
There are so many schemes that supposedly raise money to start or run a small business. Hear from the expert, what is legal and how to research financing options for a small business. Learn the N.C. rules on investors as well as internet crowdfunding such as the Go Fund Me sites.
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