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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


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

On Demand, available until December 31
Get advice and strategies from leading entrepreneurs concerning what it really takes to start a new venture. “Starting A New Business” moves through the important tasks of building a strong foundation for a business to the more tactical aspects like marketing, managing, and money. This course will also show you how to protect your ideas, how to hire employees, and how to find out what licenses and regulations may apply. More than 50 resources provided.
Speaker: Small BizU


On Demand, available until December 31
Gain comprehensive tactics of raising money for small business formation. The course examines the sources of available capital and provides an overview of the difference between debt and equity. Learn financial terms and tactics necessary to successfully identify and secure money for a new business venture.
Speaker: Small BizU

Managing a Business

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
So you are growing and need to hire employees? Get answers to the following questions: When do you pay your employee taxes? What taxes are due? How do I set-up payroll? What are my tax requirements for part time vs. full time employees? Bring questions! Our CPA instructor can set you up!
Speaker: Sisk-Morris

Tax Planning

On Demand, available until December 31
Learn at your home computer at your convenience! This free online seminar covers how to use your home as your business. Learn the regulations and tax deductions that come with using your home as a business.
On Demand, available until December 31
Learn on your schedule at your convenience with this free online webinar. This current and informative webinar covers the major tax issues faced by your small business. Topics discussed include selecting a business structure, understanding business taxes, IRS recordkeeping requirements, and IRS help available to you. Email me, Allen Cook, at if you would like a copy of the accompanying power point to this webinar or would like to schedule free confidential business counseling.
Speaker: Online Webinar
On Demand, available until December 31
Learn on your schedule at your convenience with this free online webinar. Learn about tax benefits available and how best to avoid common mistakes small business owners may make. Other topics in this webinar include a frequently asked questions segment which answers common questions to small business owners. Subjects include: best practices, record keeping tips, mileage/personal/business use of vehicle, IRS requirements for hiring new employees, home office requirements, and other IRS resources.
Speaker: Online Webinar


On Demand, available until December 31
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online
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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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