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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 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
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
All businesses have intellectual property that needs to be protected. This can be the business name, a logo, or advertising tag line. You may even have an idea for something new and different that has value. How do you protect your intellectual property? We will show you how to use trademarks and service marks and discuss the process of filing a patent
Speaker: Branch
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Every small business needs to be found on the Google Map. What the yellow pages were to locating businesses in the past, Google search is now! If your business can’t be easily found online by customers, you are losing sales. Let Small Business Center Director and Google Maps Partner, Allen Cook assist you with getting your business on the Google map! Just walk in during the appointment time frames below and we will get to work on setting you up! Get more business! Get found by your customers! Check out our various locations!
Speaker: Sturm
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Who better to teach a class geared towards artists than an artist! Local artist Zen Wildkitty will teach you how to market your small business or studio online. In this class, you will thoroughly investigate marketing trends with YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, Snap Chat, etc. and why you and your business need to be utilizing social media marketing now.
Speaker: Zen Wildkitty
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
This seminar will focus specifically on online branding, keyword research, onsite SEO and content marketing. Learn easy and applicable tips to build your web presence and increase online sales. If you implement the strategies in this seminar, your business website will receive more traffic and attain better search rankings. You will also gain a big picture outlook of how to incorporate your online strategy into building your business brand. Prerequisites: You must have login access to your website (Wordpress, Weebly, Wix, Squarespace, etc.). Bring your computer. Wi-Fi available.
Speaker: Tommey/Ashburn
Thursday, August 25, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Find your customers by getting to know your customers. Learn ways to identify your target market. Learn how to connect with your customers. This session will help you identify and find those who are most likely to purchase your goods or service.
Speaker: Saralyn Collins
Monday, September 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business
Speaker: 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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