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Mayland Community College Small Business Center
Office: Room G-211, Gwaltney Hall
Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Phone: (828) 766-1295
Email: Send

Web Site

Click the "Web Site" link to register for a seminar or request more information about any of our seminars on the college's web page.

The mission of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and numbers 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.  The Small Business Center Network is unique to the State of North Carolina and is part of a comprehensive strategy of economic development.  The Small Business Center Network is funded by the Legislature of North Carolina and is administered by the North Carolina Community College System.  Each Small Business Center serves its host College's service area. 

Each Small Business Center offers the following services:

1. Free seminars on topics that address local business needs.  These topics include

    How to Start a Business
    How to Write a Business Plan
    Marketing Your Business
    Financing Your Business
    How to Find Your Customers
    Business Taxes
    Basics of Bookkeeping

Other topics are offered each semester.  Please consult our Seminar Schedule for current class offerings and registration information. 

2. Free confidential business counseling services. 
3. A lending library of reference materials.  Our library is housed in the college's Learning Resource Center at our Spruce Pine Campus.

All Small Business Center services are offered at no cost to participants. 


SBCN-sponsored seminars are usually held at the Main Campus in Spruce Pine, as well as at our Burnsville Learning Center and Newland Learning Center. Other locations are also occasionally used.  Be sure to check the seminar description for the class location and directions. 

Free, confidential business counseling services are available through our center.  We can help you identify and solve problems related to your startup or existing business.  Click the link below to send a "Request for Counseling" to our Center. 

Online Request for Counseling

Events

Our current list of available seminars starts below.  Click the 'Register" link for each class to send a registration request to our office.  All seminars are offered at no cost to participants.  Handouts and other useful materials are supplied by the instructor for each seminar. 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn how to effectively market your business using the latest tools and technology. Learn the different strategies that work. Find out what strategies are best for you and how you can accomplish them.
Speaker: Saralyn Collins
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
World renowned basket maker and marketing expert, Matt Tommey, started out building baskets for fun from Kudzu. Merging his love for art with his knowledge of marketing, Matt went full time into the business of making baskets. He made his passion his job and now owns a lucrative studio on the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. Hear Matt’s story about how he launched his business and made it profitable. Learn tips from the pros!
Speaker: Tommey
Thursday, October 06, 2016 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
If you own a small business, having a Facebook page lets you reach individuals who are likely to be interested in your company. Your interaction on the social network gives customers the sense that they know you and your business, which can increase loyalty and make them more likely to recommend your products or services. Let us help you get started! Use a Mayland computer and we will walk you through the process of building a business Facebook page.
Speaker: Morris
Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Ready to market your brand on Instagram and Pinterest? Before you start pinning and posting, make sure know how to properly use the social networks. Learn how to build a business social media strategy, set up your account, and best practices for Instagram and Pinterest. Bring your own computer or use one of ours!
Speaker: Morris
Thursday, October 27, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Selling your art/craft is often a very tough task. Learn selling tips that make it easier for you to get customers to buy your product. Hone up your sales pitch and learn what not to do. At the end of the day, a business must sell in order to survive. Learn tactics to close the deal.
Speaker: Saralyn Collins
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
What characteristics identify a professional artist? We will cover these beginning with creating an effective business name, obtaining professional-looking business cards, and developing an artist portfolio. A step-by-step checklist will be provided to assist you to launch your business or take it to the next level. Sponsored by TRAC and SBC.
Speaker: Tommey

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Branding is a marketing strategy that involves creating a differentiated name and image - often using a logo and/or tag line - in order to establish a presence in the consumer’s mind and attract and keep customers. Learn strategies and tips to create and market your brand.
Speaker: Morris
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Location

200 Mayland Drive
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
We are on the second floor of Gwaltney Hall.  Gwaltney Hall is the right-hand building you see when driving into our campus.  Parking is behind the first two buildings that you see.  Come into the main lobby entrance, walk down the hallway to the elevator and take it to the second floor.  The SBC office is across from the elevator on the second floor. 
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