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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, March 03, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn the basic steps for starting a business in Avery, Mitchell, or Yancey counties. Find out how to research a business idea, identify permits and licenses needed, and evaluate forms of business ownership. A copy of Getting Started: Starting a Small Business in Avery, Mitchell Campus, or Yancey County will be provided.
Speaker: Robert Branch

Business Basics

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
What characteristics identify a professional artist? We will cover these beginning with creating an effective business name, obtaining professional-looking business cards, and developing an artist portfolio. A step-by-step checklist will be provided to assist you to launch your business or take it to the next level. Sponsored by TRAC and SBC.
Speaker: Matt Tommey
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Have you always wanted to know how to write your own business statement? A business statement is a concise paragraph about your business that is used for social media profiles, your website, advertising and more. What should be included in it? How long should it be? Why do I need a business statement? If you have asked yourself any of these or other questions relating to the Business Statement, then this class is for you! In this hands-on workshop you will begin to write your statement as a part of the class exercises and walk away with a clearer understanding of what your statement should be.
Speaker: Linda LaBelle
Thursday, April 28, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Incorporation is an essential tool to decrease income tax liability and protect your personal assets. This seminar will show you how to incorporate your business in North Carolina. We will cover the incorporation process, cost, and what happens after your charter is approved. We will also discuss the corporate types commonly used by small businesses including single-member Limited Liability Companies and Subchapter S Corporations.
Speaker: Robert Branch
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Don’t have much time? Try a quick course! Business quick courses cover essential business topics in about an hour. Taught in an easy to understand fashion, the quick course covers items important to starting and building business. In Business Checklist, learn how to clearly define your business, identify goals, challenges and think through issues that you may not otherwise consider. Get tips that will help you land that needed business loan.
Speaker: Allen Cook


Thursday, March 31, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where do you find the money you need for your business? This class will examine how to find financing. We will discuss the differences between traditional and non-traditional lenders, equity vs. debt financing, how forms of business ownership affect financing possibilities, and many other topics.
Speaker: Robert Branch
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Everything you need to know about financing in a format that does not take up all your time. Learn the different types of financing. Find out what documentation a borrower will need when applying for financing. Learn what questions will the bank ask and how personal finances are connected when applying for financing. If you are thinking about growing a business this quick course will help out with the financial end of things.
Speaker: Allen Cook
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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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