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Mayland Community College Small Business Center
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 pre-register or request more information about any of our classes on our college's web page.

Classes are held at the Main Campus in Spruce Pine, as well as at our Burnsville Campus, Newland Campus, and at Town Center in Burnsville. 

The mission of the Small Business Center (SBC) is to help increase the number of small businesses and their success rate in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties. We provide business owners and prospective owners with information, training, business counseling, and referral for service.

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 classes starts below.  Click the 'Register" link for each class to send a preregistration request to our office.  All classes are offered at no cost to the students.  Handouts and other useful materials are supplied by the instructor for each class. 
Thursday, April 02, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
What are the requirements for food product labeling that you must meet to sell food to the public? What resources are available to help you determine nutritional content and ingredients, and create a label for your product? We will show you what are the steps to have your products tested and how to create a label.
Speaker: Allyson Grindstaff

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn the basic steps for starting a business in Avery, Mitchell Campus, or Yancey counties. Find out about how to research a business idea, secure permits and licenses, evaluate forms of ownership, find sources of capital, and deal with taxes. 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, April 08, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 3 sessions ending Wednesday, April 15
Adobe InDesign allows you to integrate designs with other products quickly and effectively. Learn how to create advertising flyers, business cards, letterheads, ads, brochures, and newsletters. Create your own marketing materials for a small business. The class is suitable for Macintosh or Windows users. Attendees will need basic computer skills.
Speaker: Beth Morris
Thursday, April 16, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
How do you sell your product to a company like Ingles? This class will show you the resources available locally to help place your food products, orient you to the packaging requirements these companies have, and show you how to obtain a bar code for your products.
Speaker: Allyson Grindstaff
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
What are the issues that a commercial cook must deal with to be able to sell food products made at home? Our seminar will cover state and federal regulations affecting food sales, building and sanitation code, and insurance issues.
Speaker: Allyson Grindstaff


Tuesday, April 14, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
How do you predict how much money you need for your business? Where do you find it? How do you get it? This class will examine how to access capital. We will also 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 of interest.
Speaker: Robert Branch
Thursday, April 30, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Eventually, all businesses have to borrow money. There are many differences between a commercial loan vs. a personal loan and business owners need to know the difference to apply successfully for financing. This class will cover the application process for a commercial loan and show you how to prepare for it.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
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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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