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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

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
Monday, September 28, 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

Business Basics

Tuesday, September 29, 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
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Canva is a free graphics program that is simple and easy to use. This seminar will show participants how to create flyers, business cards, web postings, and more. Please bring a laptop PC, Mac, or iPad (with power adapter) to class! Sponsored by Handmade, TRAC, and SBC.
Speaker: Linda LaBelle
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Choosing a location for your business is one of your most critical decisions. How do you evaluate a rental contract? What are the responsibilities of the property owner or leaseholder? What remedies are available to you when problems occur? These issues and more will be covered in this seminar.
Speaker: Nancy Schleifer, Attorney At Law


Wednesday, November 18, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Grant opportunities exist for individual artists, but the application process often seems intimidating, time-consuming, and overwhelming. This seminar will clarify the process of grant applications and help the participant understand how to draft a compelling proposal. Sponsored by Handmade, TRAC, and SBC.
Speaker: Chris Sacco

Managing a Business

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
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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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