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Richmond CC Small Business Center
Small Business Incubator Center (SBIC)

Phone: 910-506-4402
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Richmond Community College’s Small Business Center supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of counseling, training, and resource information.  Our professional staff helps to find solutions to challenging business questions, assistance in the creation of a business plan and other areas that would generate growth/expansion of existing businesses. No question is too simple or complicated. Whether you have a desire to start a new business or want to take a professional development courses, the Small Business Center has something to offer you.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Owning and running a small business can be one of the most stressful experiences in our society. Trying to manage yourself and others, find sales, deal with customers/government regulations/the marketplace can all be stress creators. How do you deal with it all? Do you sweat, grind your teeth, rant and rave or yell? Or do you suffer quietly and let the stress eat away at your life? In "STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS " you will learn how to deal with your stress. The program will focus on: - Understanding Your Stress Quotient - Pinpointing Your Causes of Stress - Deciding What You Can and Cannot Change - The Big Three: Alter, Accept, Avoid - How To Deal With Difficult People - How to Bring More Enjoyment Into Your Life - Practical Suggestions for Lowering Stress - Why Balance in Life is a Lifesaver All of us who own businesses pay a constantly growing price for the physical and emotional problems we face in our work. Come to "STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS " and learn the keys to managing stress in your business. PRESENTER: Mike Collins, president of The Perfect Workday, and author of The Perfect Workday Book, has been a small business owner for 30+ years. He presents seminars for organizations such as IBM, American Express and a wide range of associations and government agencies.
Speaker: Mike Collins

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The objective of this three (3) hour workshop is to present participants with the required information that anyone who wants to enter into the drone services industry needs to know. Participants will learn about setting up a successful and legal (regulatory: Federal and State) drone business, what it takes to obtain a FAA-Part 107 'Commercial Drone Pilot' license, the different types of drone equipment available, and the various market 'verticals' that are profitable. The worldwide market for drones is estimated to top $127 Billion USD within the next two to three years. How much of that market share will you be ready to share in? Probyn ‘Probe’ Thompson is President and CEO of Air Probe LLC and will be conducting the seminar. Probyn has over thirty years of demonstrated expertise in planning and executing operations globally for both military and private sector business operations. Probyn retired from active duty US Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after completing over twenty-three years as a fixed wing combat aviator, Attaché, Weapon School / Instructor Pilot, and Air Liaison Officer (ALO) to the US Army. Probyn trained and deployed to Afghanistan as a private contractor to manage flight operations as a UAV Detachment and Mission Commander supporting US military combat ground operations. He then returned to work in the UAS industry for a UAV manufacturer for four years before founding Air Probe LLC, d.b.a. Air Probe UAV.
Speaker: Probyn 'Probe' Thompson III
Monday, February 12, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Starting a small business requires determination, motivation, planning and know-how. One of the safest ways to start a new business is to start out working from home. Not only will your overhead be low, it gives you an opportunity to try out your idea before plunging in. This seminar is designed to help you determine if you are ready to start your own business, and if so, learn just what it is going to take. You will also learn methods to determine just what types of businesses are right for you.
Speaker: Ed Ormsby


Monday, February 19, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
You have decided that your idea is sound, but you need money to get started; or, you might need additional capital to finance growth. The business plan will tell you how much you need, and for what it will be used. This seminar is designed to show both prospective and existing small business owners how to determine how much they need, plus how and where they might get it.
Speaker: Ed Ormsby

Managing a Business

Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The recent security breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit bureau, has everyone talking about credit reports and credit scores. During this seminar, Bob Moore will discuss the implications of this breach and the steps you can take to protect your credit and identity. A very good credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. Should you have one credit card or four? Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance? Should you keep a credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan for your business or to obtain a personal loan. Your credit score is also important in determining the interest rate of your loans, your insurance premiums and deposits required for phone and utility services. As of October 1, 2005, every adult in North Carolina has been able to receive a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus. Do you understand these reports and how to read them? In this three-hour seminar we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. You will learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score simply by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry balances. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. Make plans to attend now!
Speaker: Bob Moore

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
.Get.It.Done. Hands-On Workshop. It's time to tell your company's story using videos. In this workshop, we will provide you with tips and tricks on how to use YouTube to market your business effectively. Participants will have the opportunity to setup their YouTube accounts, upload a video, and learn how to add captions, tag lines, and descriptions that will help market their videos and promote their company.
Speaker: Renae Simon


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
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