The Small Business Center at Mayland Community College
Office: Room G-211, Gwaltney Hall
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
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
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
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Thursday, August 27, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
What do you need to know to open a business? What do you have to do and in what order? This seminar will show participants what steps to take, who to contact, and any costs that are involved. We will cover business licenses, zoning, property taxes, reviewing lease agreements, advertising, and much more.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Thursday, September 17, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Many people dream of starting a business in their home, but what works best? We will look at many types of successful home-based businesses in this three-hour seminar. Participants will learn how to evaluate their home for their business idea, research zoning and deed covenants that could affect business feasibility, and cover permit and licensing issues.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
What does a small business owner need to know about contract law? This seminar will give participants the chance to discuss common legal issues for a small business. We will look at contracting for product and service delivery, pricing and terms, and contract completion. We will also look at legal remedies for non-completion.
Speaker: Nancy Schleifer, Attorney At Law
Managing a Business
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 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 Handmade, TRAC, and SBC.
Speaker: Matt Tommey
Thursday, October 01, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
How you choose to own your business can affect its ability to secure contracts, obtain credit, and your tax liability. Participants will learn the difference between sole proprietorships, corporations, Limited Liability Partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies and the advantages and disadvantages of each for your business.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Thursday, September 03, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
One of the challenges for a new business is calculating and paying federal and state employee payroll taxes. We will show you how in this three-hour seminar. Topics covered will include subcontractor vs. employee, what forms are required, and when taxes need to be filed and paid. We will also include the forms and a checklist.
Speaker: April Lambert
Marketing and Sales
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
In this workshop, you will learn the importance of Social Media for business marketing. We will cover Facebook™, Instagram™, Twitter™, and Pinterest™, and their use to market your business. We will also cover scheduling a Facebook post, reading and interpreting Facebook Analytics, how to boost a post, and how much time to spend on Social Media. Sponsored by Handmade, TRAC, and SBC.
Speaker: Linda LaBelle
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.