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Nash Community College Small Business Center
Continuing Education Building
Rocky Mount, NC

Phone: 252-451-8233
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The Small Business Center (SBC) at Nash Community College is one of 58 Small Business Centers throughout North Carolina. Our mission is to help launch new businesses and expand existing businesses in Nash County by being a community-based provider of high quality training, counseling, information resources, and referrals.

Confidential counseling services, seminars, and use of the resource center are free of charge. Some workshops may require a minimal registration fee. Appointments for counseling sessions and advanced registration for seminars and workshops are strongly recommended.

Office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday
                      8:0 a.m.  1:30 p.m. on Friday. 

For more information, please contact: 

Theresa Peaden, Director at 252.451.8233 or 

Schedule your appointment for free business counseling today simply by clicking on the link below.


For a complete list of seminars offered at Nash Community College's Small Business Center Click Here!

On Demand, available until December 31
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, January 18, 2018 6:30 PM to 8:30 AM
This might be the best time in decades to start a business. What would be the best small business for you to start right now? Would a business bring in extra income or provide a job? Join us and help get your questions answered. The program will focus on four areas: * How to create a business idea that fits you * Businesses you can start for on a limited budget * “Hot” businesses that will grow in coming years. The program will list over 30 types of businesses with growth potential. * 5 easy-to-use steps to starting a business If you think the time is right for you to start a business—you’re right! This program will help you get started in the right way. Presenter Mike Collins, president of The Perfect Workday Company, is one of the most frequently featured business seminar presenters in the Southeastern United States. He is the author of four books and hundreds of business articles in publications such as Newsweek, American Banker, BUSINESS: North Carolina and Triangle Business Journal.
Speaker: Mike Collins P. Killette
Thursday, February 01, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This session will help you grasp the foundation needed and steps to take in exploring the business side of owning a child care or group home. Topics covered include locating statewide and free resources available, training and technical assistance providers, determining costs and profitability, and understanding the lending process.
Speaker: Teresa Scarlett

Business Basics

Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Craft beer is a fast-growing business. Learn what it takes to develop a successful microbrewery business from two experts in the field. Attorney, John Szymankiewicz, wrote "Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know" and is the founder of The Beer Law Center. Four of John's books will be given in a drawing at this seminar! Audra Gaiziunas, co-facilitator, served as Dogfish Head's Controller and Mother Earth Brewing's CFO, until launching Brewed For Her Ledger LLC, in 2013. As a fractional CEO/CFO for craft beverage, Audra has served 110+ brewery and cider clients from coast to coast in the areas of strategic finance, accounting information systems, marketing management, and strategic operations. 70% of her clients are startups.
Speaker: John Szymankiewicz with Audra Gaiziunas
Thursday, February 08, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner needs. 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. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
After completing this module, the participants will be able to: Understand how credit reports are used in the underwriting of business loans. Apply common business practices and tools to help in proper credit reporting. Develop strategies to build or improve their business’ credit. Protect themselves from credit-related scams and know what to do if their business becomes a victim.
Speaker: Paul Licary, Small Business Specialist - AVP, Woodforest National Bank
Location: Online
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