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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. 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Are you in the Agriculture Business or an Agriculture Service Provider and looking for a place to connect with others, learn about different markets and find resources available in your county? Join experts from AgriVentures in a full day, comprehensive workshop that will provide an overview and discussion of resources in a variety of areas, including: • Land assessments and Land trusts • Animals, including mountain livestock • Training programs • Specialty emerging markets, such as high tunnels, truffles, hops, forest herbs, organic/alternative crops and bees • Lending Options and Business Planning • Talk one-on-one with local service providers *A Resource Guide will also be provided to all participants.
Speaker: Mountain BizWorks, Organic Growers School, NC Cooperative Extension, Smoky Mountain High Tunnel Initiative, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, Land of Sky, and many others
Thursday, May 26, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
In the business world, “Rainmaking” is any business strategy one could use to start and grow a successful business. The topics for Art/Craft Rainmaking Roundtable will be the specific steps you need to take as an artist to move from a “hobby” artist to a “Professional” artist and build a strong, profitable business. A specific business topic is covered each month. Topics for discussion will include: • Importance of knowing what you want/need to accomplish with your business and how to set AND achieve specific goals. • How to prepare yourself and your work space for success. • How to set up smart, simple financial techniques – developing a budget, lessen your costs and increase your income. • How to design a simple but effective marketing plan and how to accomplish all your strategies. • Selling skills • And many more topics that are vital to your potential success.
Speaker: Saralyn Collins
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
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
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Do you use LinkedIn to market your business? Interested in setting up a company page? LinkedIn Company pages help build brand awareness by providing a channel to promote your products and services to customers and prospects. In this Quick Course you’ll find out how to create a LinkedIn company page to promote your business.
Speaker: Morris
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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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