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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. 
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
If you own a small business, having a Facebook page will get you more customers. A Facebook page provides an avenue to interact and market to individuals who are likely to be interested in you and what you sell. 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 buy your products or services. With a little help you can make your own business Facebook page for free. Let us help you get started! Instructor and merchant Linda LaBelle will help you get a log in and business Facebook page started in this free workshop! She will also share tips on what makes an effective Facebook page for business.
Speaker: Linda LaBelle
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Lots of people think about starting a retail business but few make the leap. This seminar will show you how to successfully start a retail business. We will discuss picking and registering a trade name, how to find vendors, and the vendor/retailer relationship. We will discuss financial matters like factoring, delivery terms, and discounts. We will also present a basic retail inventory management system.
Speaker: Branch
Thursday, June 09, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Having an effective window display will increase customer traffic to your business. Design an arrangement to lure in those potential customers by learning what appeals to customers and their buying habits. Learn what works and what does not work when setting up visual marketing. Whether you are a seasoned merchant looking for some new tips or an emerging small business, this seminar will equip you to increase traffic and sales to your business.
Speaker: Linda LaBelle
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
It is essential to be aware of and properly address discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. In this free seminar, learn business requirements as they relate to state and federal laws. Harry Ponder with Carolina Business Services will discuss policy implementation, tips to stay compliant, and address red flags common to many small businesses. This seminar is a must for small business owners and business managers.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Master basket maker, Matt Tommey, started out weaving baskets from kudzu. Pursuing his dream of becoming a sculptural basket artist, Matt left his job and set out to start his own business. Early on, one of his biggest challenges was finding customers. Finding and cultivating buyers is simply the difference in success and failure of your arts/crafts business. Learn how Matt built a successful business doing what he loves. Get take-home tips that will work for you! Questions welcome!
Speaker: Tommey
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Everybody's got to eat, so a restaurant is a good business to start, right? This seminar will cover the steps needed to successfully start a restaurant. We will look at location issues. We will talk about menu selection and pricing. We will also cover the permits necessary and who you need to work with to obtain them. We will also briefly discuss staffing needs and their related costs and requirements.
Speaker: Branch
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
When someone buys your art or craft they are interested in not only the art but the story behind it. A properly written artist biography builds your brand and sells your work. Learn the elements of an effective artist biography. By the end of this class you will be writing your own bio!
Speaker: LaBelle
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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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