Mayland Community College Small Business Center
Office: Room G-211, Gwaltney Hall
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
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
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
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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
Monday, September 19, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. Learn how to describe your business idea on paper so that others have an understanding. You will also learn to introduce yourself and your business with confidence and clarity with your personal "Elevator Speech".
Monday, September 26, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This class discusses how to build your customer base. Business location, facade and interior design and layout, signage, pricing, service, traditional and social media, direct marketing, promotional material, trade shows - most every form of communicating with your audience will be discussed to help entrepreneurs understand how to effectively use the available tools, tips, and tricks of the trade to succeed. Learn to fairly price your product by determining the true cost. Business Plan and Elevator Speech Review.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn how to effectively market your business using the latest tools and technology. Learn the different strategies that work. Find out what strategies are best for you and how you can accomplish them.
Speaker: Saralyn Collins
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
World renowned basket maker and marketing expert, Matt Tommey, started out building baskets for fun from Kudzu. Merging his love for art with his knowledge of marketing, Matt went full time into the business of making baskets. He made his passion his job and now owns a lucrative studio on the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. Hear Matt’s story about how he launched his business and made it profitable. Learn tips from the pros!
Thursday, October 06, 2016 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
If you own a small business, having a Facebook page lets you reach individuals who are likely to be interested in your company. Your interaction on the social network gives customers the sense that they know you and your business, which can increase loyalty and make them more likely to recommend your products or services. Let us help you get started! Use a Mayland computer and we will walk you through the process of building a business Facebook page.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Ready to market your brand on Instagram and Pinterest? Before you start pinning and posting, make sure know how to properly use the social networks. Learn how to build a business social media strategy, set up your account, and best practices for Instagram and Pinterest. Bring your own computer or use one of ours!
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.