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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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Do you have what it takes to start and successfully run a business? What are the skills needed? We will discuss the common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, examine the rewards and headaches that come with starting a business, and find resources to make the process easier.
Speaker: Harry Ponder

Business Basics

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
One of the most important decisions a business owner can make is incorporation. There are two commonly used business structures, subchapter ‘S’ corporations and single-member LLC’s, that are used by small businesses. This seminar will show you the advantages and benefits for each type and provide you with the forms and information you need to create your preferred business entity.
Speaker: Harry Ponder

Managing a Business

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
What does an artist need to know to be successful in the wholesale market? What products sell well in a wholesale environment? We will discuss the wholesale environment, pricing for wholesale, finding customers, contract terms and conditions, and much more.
Speaker: Saralyn Collins
Thursday, June 04, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Businesses have to be managed to be successful. Do you know what your management weaknesses are? Can you find ways to overcome them? This seminar will show you ways to quickly identify weak spots in your management skills and show you simple ways to successfully overcome them and more effectively manage your business.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A successful business owner needs well-established professional relationships. One of the most important of these is with your banker. We will discuss the differences in the banking relationship between a personal banker and a professional banker. We will also discuss how this relationship can affect your ability to obtain loans, lines of credit, business contracts, and other important issues.
Speaker: Harry Ponder

Customer Relations

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Do you like visitors in your studio, but do not know how to engage them? Do you want to participate in local studio tours, but do not know how to prepare your studio for customers? This seminar will prepare you to open your workspace to customers and give you useful questions to ask a potential customer to prepare them to buy. Sponsored by Handmade, TRAC and SBC.
Speaker: Linda LaBelle
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Do you like having visitors in your studio, but do not know how to engage them? Do you want to participate in your area's studio tours but wonder how to prepare your studio? Do you know questions to ask a customer to get them to buy? In this interactive workshop, we will role-play artist and visitor. If you have photos of your studio, please bring them either on your laptop/tablet/phone or the actual photos. Sponsored by Handmade, TRAC, and SBC.
Speaker: Linda 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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