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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. 

Business Basics

Monday, October 19, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Choosing a location for your business is one of your most critical decisions. How do you evaluate a rental contract? What are the responsibilities of the property owner or leaseholder? What remedies are available to you when problems occur? These issues and more will be covered in this seminar.
Speaker: Nancy Schleifer, Attorney At Law


Wednesday, November 18, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Grant opportunities exist for individual artists, but the application process often seems intimidating, time-consuming, and overwhelming. This seminar will clarify the process of grant applications and help the participant understand how to draft a compelling proposal. Sponsored by Handmade, TRAC, and SBC.
Speaker: Chris Sacco

Managing a Business

Thursday, November 12, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
How much do you need to charge for your product or service to make a living? This seminar will show you the difference between direct and indirect cost, how to calculate your breakeven point, and how to calculate the proper selling price to create the profit you need. We will also examine ways to find the appropriate selling price for products and services by industry.
Speaker: Harry Ponder

Customer Relations

Monday, November 02, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Managing your image is important. Managing it online is critical to business success. This seminar will show you how to effectively manage customer contact and communications, monitor your reputation online, and take corrective measures if problems occur.
Speaker: Beth Morris

Cash Flow Management

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Dealing with your inner creativity often does not leave time to manage your business. Discover how to create a budget that will show you how to have a sustainable business. Learn how to create a budget and how to document your expenses and income. This will be done as a class exercise on paper. The instructor will e-mail an EXCEL file after the class to participants who want one to manage their budget. Sponsored by Handmade, TRAC, and SBC.
Speaker: Saralyn Collins
Thursday, October 29, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Your business will tell you how it wants to be managed, provided you know how to listen to what it is telling you. Your financial statements are the way your business talks to you! Participants will learn how to prepare an income statement, balance sheet, and Profit and Loss Statement and understand how to interpret the numbers and use them to manage your business.
Speaker: Harry Ponder

Tax Planning

Thursday, October 15, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
One of the challenges for a new business is calculating and paying federal and state employee payroll taxes. We will show you how in this three-hour seminar. Topics covered will include subcontractor vs. employee, what forms are required, and when taxes need to be filed and paid. We will also include the forms and a checklist.
Speaker: April Lambert
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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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