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Robeson Community College Small Business Center
Workforce Development Center, Building 18
Lumberton, NC

Phone: 910-272-3700
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About The Small Business Center

The objective of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and the number 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. Small businesses are vital to Robeson County and North Carolina. More than 97 percent of all North Carolina businesses employ less than 100 people and over 80 percent of all North Carolina businesses employ 20 workers or less. The SBC helps current and prospective small businesses by offering assistance through useful information, education and training, counseling and referral.

Some of our services include:  

Seminars and workshops for business owners and employees
Direct one-to-one assistance for small business owners and prospective owners
Networking opportunities
A resource and information bank
Partnerships with state agencies and other groups
Training and upgrading for the employees of small businesses

Our Small Business Center is here to assist you.  We are a community-based provider of education and training, counseling, networking and referrals.  All of our services are free!  Let our Small Business Center help you develop a plan of action to turn your dreams into a reality! 

For more information about our services and how we can assist you, please call 910-272-3631 or email  Thank you.

Bob Moore
Director, Small Business Center

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Food Entrepreneur Series - Guerilla Marketing for Your Business The term was coined by Jay Conrad Levinson in 1984; he described unconventional, cost - effective marketing strategies that small businesses could use to get their brand noticed. Each of these non - traditional advertising activities are designed to get your company and your brand noticed by grabbing the public's attention. This series is designed to explore food business opportunities and provide education on how to become a successful Food Entrepreneur. This series is also to assist local farmers seeking a niche market, value - added processors and those in the food service business. Attend three (3) or the four (4) sessions offered and receive a "Food Entrepreneur" certificate of completion. Presenters will be Kathleen Bryon and Director of Good Food Sandhills, Fenton Wilkinson. This seminar is free and open to the public.
Monday, May 01, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
**NEW** Getting Your Business on the Internet -(FREE) During this seminar, you will learn how to promote your small business by having it appear on the Internet. This seminar will cover the basics of how to get your business on the Internet and much more. Topics will include selecting and registering your domain name, software tools for website creation, site design tips, and optimization methods to improve rankings in Google and other search engines (SEO). Please register for this seminar by following the instructions on page 19. If you do not have internet access, call 910-272-3631. Walk-ins are allowed. M 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 05/01/17 WDC Todd Lyden
Speaker: Todd Lyden
Monday, May 08, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
**NEW** Guerrilla Marketing for Small Businesses - (FREE) Creating a low cost effective marketing plan often becomes a struggle for the small business owner. During this informative seminar, Mike Collins will reveal multiple low-cost effective marketing ideas and he will also present a format for developing your own customized marketing plan. If you want to insure that you will have a steady stream of new customers now and in the future, you must have an effective marketing plan in place. Mike Collins is one of the most frequently featured business seminar presenters in the Southeastern United States. He is also the author of four books and hundreds of business articles in publications such as Newsweek, American Banker, and Business: North Carolina and Triangle Business Journal. Please register for this seminar by following the instructions on page 19. If you do not have internet access, call 910-272-3631. Walk-ins are allowed. M 6:30 pm-8:30 pm 05/08/17 WDC Mike Collins
Speaker: James Michael Collins
Monday, May 15, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
How to Start a Group Home -(FREE) Successful new business owners are well informed from the beginning! They know the startup process, their industry, and the market. The idea of a group home is unique. For a specific population, it provides the comfort and support of a homelike environment. More importantly, it assists residents with the use of available social programs and services. These homes offer shelter for people who years ago, would have found themselves homeless or in a state-run institution with limited services. This seminar is designed to give you basic knowledge of starting a group home and help you avoid many of the bureaucratic roadblocks and frustrations. The following will be covered: • How to work with state and local governments • How to find a suitable location and how to evaluate a house as a group home • How to locate start-up money • What to expect in the licensing and relicensing process • Various inspections your group home will be subject to • How to identify staff including your social worker partner • How to work with the residents’ families and guardians Please register for this seminar by following the instructions on page 19. If you do not have internet access, call 910-272-3631. Walk-ins are allowed. M 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 05/15/17 WDC Sam Gore
Speaker: Sam Gore
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Credit and Banking Basics for the Small Business Owner (Spanish Only) Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM This course will provide an introduction to credit, credit agencies, and credit scoring methodologies. It will cover the importance of credit in lending, utility services, merchant services, and vendor relationships. The student will learn how to establish and/or improve credit scores as well as business banking products and services. Merchant services, both commercial and emerging (Square, Apple Pay, etc.) will also be covered, making this ideal class for not only potential, but also, current business owners. Note: This class will be taught entirely in Spanish. Conceptos básicos de crédito y banca para el propietario de una pequeña empresa. Martes, 16 de mayo de 2017 De 6:00 pm a 8:00 pm Este curso proveerá una introducción a el crédito, agencias de crédito y metodologías de puntaje de crédito mientras se prepara para trabajar con una institución de crédito. Cubrirá la importancia del crédito en préstamos, servicios públicos, servicios comerciales y relaciones con proveedores. El estudiante aprenderá a establecer y / o mejorar los puntajes de crédito, así como productos y servicios bancarios de negocios. Los servicios para comerciantes, tanto comerciales como emergentes (Square, Apple Pay, etc.) también serán cubiertos, convirtiendo esta clase ideal no sólo en potencial, sino también en dueños de negocios actuales. Nota: Esta clase se impartirá íntegramente en español.
Speaker: J. Scott Keen
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
How to Purchase and Rent Your Own Property (Free) This seminar is designed to assist the beginning investor as well as the individual buying a home for the first time. Learn how you can locate and purchase foreclosed properties using several creative, proven methods and why investing in real estate can provide immediate and future returns. Whether you are seeking part-time income from rental properties you own or a career in real estate investing, this seminar will guide you towards your success. This presentation is open to the public and provided FREE of charge due to special funding arrangements for the Small Business Center and Robeson Community College. Please register for this seminar by following the instructions on page xx. If you do not have internet access, call 910-272-3631. Walk-ins are allowed. Th 6:30pm -8:30pm 06/06/17 WDC Dennis Watts
Speaker: Dennis Watts
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Google Business Apps for Today's Entrepreneur (Spanish Only) Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM This workshop is designed to teach the basics of the various free Google business applications, including Gmail, Google Docs, Drive, Alerts, and Calendar. Also, practical instruction and setup of Google MyBusiness will literally put your business on the map and provide an introduction into how better be found by customers wanting to spend money on your products and services! This class is a must in today's mobile and search-driven society. Note: This class will be taught entirely in Spanish. Aplicaciones empresariales de Google para el empresario de hoy. Taller en español. Martes, 13 de junio de 2017 6:00 pm a 8:00 pm Este taller está diseñado para enseñar los conceptos básicos de las distintas aplicaciones empresariales gratuitas de Google, como Gmail, Google Docs, Drive, Alertas y Calendario. Además, la instrucción práctica y la configuración de Google MyBusiness literalmente pondrá su negocio en el mapa y ofrecer una introducción a la mejor manera de ser encontrado por los clientes que quieren comprar sus productos y servicios! Esta clase es una necesidad en la movilidad de hoy en día y la sociedad de búsqueda de unidad. Nota: Esta clase se impartirá íntegramente en español.
Speaker: J. Scott Keen
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