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

Phone: (828) 766-1295
Email: Send

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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


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. 

Start-up Assistance

Monday, January 11, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Start your year starting your business! If you are thinking about starting a side business or opening a full time enterprise, this seminar will get you off to the right start. Start your business correctly! Taught in an understandable format with real life examples! Topics will include business licenses, zoning, taxes, reviewing lease agreements, advertising, and much more.
Speaker: Harry Ponder

Business Accounting and Budget

Monday, January 25, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Many business owners do not understand their financial statements and their importance in making smart business decisions. This easy to understand seminar will walk you through the elements of basic business finance and help you make sense of it all. Topics will include types of financial statements, how to prepare, gathering the information, statements for taxes, and how to interpret business health based on financial statements. Whether you are a business owner or just getting started, this workshop will give you useful knowledge to help you make sense of it all.
Speaker: Harry Ponder

Tax Planning

Tuesday, December 08, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
You do not have to sell much to need to file federal and state quarterly income tax payments. We will show you how you calculate your tax liability and when and where to mail your payment. We will also discuss electronic filing and payment of your taxes. Bring a calculator to class.
Speaker: April Lambert
Thursday, December 10, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The 1040 Schedule C is the federal tax form used for sole proprietor businesses and single member LLC’s. We will show you how to organize your records, properly complete this form, and calculate your income tax liability. We will also discuss appropriate tax deductions for your business.
Speaker: April Lambert
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Taught by a CPA, this class will tell you IRS and State reporting requirements for income and payroll taxes. If you have or may have employees, the payroll tax section will be of benefit. If you are earning money from self employment or business income, the individual income tax section of the class will help you make sense of your obligations. Learn how to file and tax management strategies and best practices for your business.
Speaker: Alicia Sisk-Morris
Thursday, February 04, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tax time is just around the corner. Learn the tax requirements as they will pertain to your business. This workshop will cover everything business tax related. Learn reporting requirements, deductions, record keeping, deadlines, and strategies that will keep you covered.
Speaker: Robert Branch
Monday, February 08, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
For the health of your business or getting started correctly, businesses need to know their tax requirements. This seminar will help you understand what is required when filing taxes. Topics covered will be required record keeping, important dates to know, what forms to use, estimating and filing quarterly taxes, audits, deductions, and employee taxes.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
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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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