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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. 
Thursday, July 07, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Having the right computer programs tailored to your small business can save time and increase productivity. In this seminar, learn programs that will allow you to manage your business on the go. Optimize your email to keep you informed and build accounting systems that allow for easy management. Know the latest technology and some handy tips to keep you at the forefront in your small business management.
Speaker: Anderson
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
If you do not take credit card payments, you are losing customers. In today’s world of plastic, being able to slide a card is directly tied to better sales. Learn how to take a payment via credit card using your smart phone or tablet. This course will cover setting up credit card payments and walk you through the process. Bring your smart phone or tablet. Mayland computers also available. Walk away with another way to collect payment!
Speaker: Morris
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
To keep pace in an increasingly competitive world, your business needs to run as efficiently as possible. Learn 7 tips for using technology to help your business work more efficiently and stay ahead of the competition.
Speaker: Morris
Thursday, July 14, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 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, July 14, 2016 7:00 PM to 8:00 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
Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn how to define your competitive advantage as it pertains to your art, product, or service. This seminar will help attendees identify strengths and weakness as they pertain to sales.
Speaker: Saralyn Collins
Monday, August 01, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
In the world of business, a legally binding contracts are essential. Whether you are selling an agricultural or forestry product, placing an order for your store, or forming a business agreement, a proper legal contract will lower your risks of doing business. Learn from a lawyer, the components of a strong contract that will keep you and your business covered.
Speaker: Schliefer
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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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