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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 bmoore@robeson.edu.  Thank you.

Bob Moore
Director, Small Business Center

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Events

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Eleventh Annual Entrepreneur Academy - (FREE-See Below) (A Certificate will be Awarded. Requirements are Listed Below) Many entrepreneurs want to start a business right away because the idea of being their own boss is a passion that must be released as soon as possible; however, before money is invested or borrowed, there are several business essentials that new business owners need to understand. The Entrepreneur Academy has been designed to give you this basic information in just nine seminars. During this series you will learn about the basics of starting a business, writing a successful business plan, funding your business, cash flow, and keeping your business legal and growing. While participating in this program, you will also learn how to: • Fairly evaluate your business idea • Write a successful business plan • Locate sources of funding • Start and grow your business • Properly license your business and select the proper legal structure • Control labor costs • Keep proper records and pay the correct taxes • Increase your credit score and correct problems with your credit report in preparation for a bank business loan You may attend as few or as many seminars as you like; however, to receive a certificate issued by the Small Business Center, you must attend at least six of the nine seminars. Each Entrepreneur Academy for the past ten years has produced multiple new business ventures! Make plans now to attend this exciting and informative series. All workshops will be held at Robeson Community College in the Workforce Development Center. These presentations are open to the public and provided FREE of charge for a limited time. Please register for each seminar you would like to attend by following the instructions on page 19. If you do not have internet access, call 910-272-3631. Walk-ins are allowed. The presenters for this series will be Dennis Watts, Tim Dannelly, and Bob Moore. SA 9:00 am-11:00 pm 02/20/17 “Financing Your Business” Who Should Attend? Inspiring entrepreneurs, existing business owners, managers of all levels, supervisors, and team leaders who own and/or manage a non-profit, for-profit, private or public organization or company. Certificate Requirements: Participants must attend at least six of the nine seminars and you must attend the entire seminar. LATE ATTENDEES OR ATTENDEES LEAVING EARLY WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR CERTIFICATION. The certification will be issued by the Small Business Center. Non-Certificate Attendance: Any person, employee or volunteer is welcome to attend any individual seminar(s); however, for certification, the above requirements must be met.
Speaker: Dennis Watts
Saturday, March 25, 2017 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
The Eleventh Annual Entrepreneur Academy - (FREE-See Below) (A Certificate will be Awarded. Requirements are Listed Below) Many entrepreneurs want to start a business right away because the idea of being their own boss is a passion that must be released as soon as possible; however, before money is invested or borrowed, there are several business essentials that new business owners need to understand. The Entrepreneur Academy has been designed to give you this basic information in just nine seminars. During this series you will learn about the basics of starting a business, writing a successful business plan, funding your business, cash flow, and keeping your business legal and growing. While participating in this program, you will also learn how to: • Fairly evaluate your business idea • Write a successful business plan • Locate sources of funding • Start and grow your business • Properly license your business and select the proper legal structure • Control labor costs • Keep proper records and pay the correct taxes • Increase your credit score and correct problems with your credit report in preparation for a bank business loan You may attend as few or as many seminars as you like; however, to receive a certificate issued by the Small Business Center, you must attend at least six of the nine seminars. Each Entrepreneur Academy for the past ten years has produced multiple new business ventures! Make plans now to attend this exciting and informative series. All workshops will be held at Robeson Community College in the Workforce Development Center. These presentations are open to the public and provided FREE of charge for a limited time. Please register for each seminar you would like to attend by following the instructions on page 19. If you do not have internet access, call 910-272-3631. Walk-ins are allowed. The presenters for this series will be Dennis Watts, Tim Dannelly, and Bob Moore. SA 11:15 am-1:15 pm 02/20/17 “How to Increase Your Credit Score to Over 740 Points” The How to Start a Non-Profit Series -$399 (FREE) Non-profits are one of the fastest growing types of businesses in America today. These two seminars have been especially created for those individuals who desire information on how non-profits are started. The presenter for these seminars will be the nonprofit specialist, Sam Gore. Certificate Requirements: A certificate, issued by the Small Business Center of Robeson Community College, will be issued showing attendees have completed four-hours of instruction in The How to Start a Non-Profit Series. You must attend both seminars (a total of four hours of instruction) to receive certification. Cost: These presentations are open to the public and provided FREE of charge.
Speaker: Bob Moore
Monday, March 27, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Eleventh Annual Entrepreneur Academy -(FREE-See Below) (A Certificate will be Awarded. Requirements are Listed Below) Many entrepreneurs want to start a business right away because the idea of being their own boss is a passion that must be released as soon as possible; however, before money is invested or borrowed, there are several business essentials that new business owners need to understand. The Entrepreneur Academy has been designed to give you this basic information in just nine seminars. During this series you will learn about the basics of starting a business, writing a successful business plan, funding your business, cash flow, and keeping your business legal and growing. While participating in this program, you will also learn how to: • Fairly evaluate your business idea • Write a successful business plan • Locate sources of funding • Start and grow your business • Properly license your business and select the proper legal structure • Control labor costs • Keep proper records and pay the correct taxes • Increase your credit score and correct problems with your credit report in preparation for a bank business loan You may attend as few or as many seminars as you like; however, to receive a certificate issued by the Small Business Center, you must attend at least six of the nine seminars. Each Entrepreneur Academy for the past ten years has produced multiple new business ventures! Make plans now to attend this exciting and informative series. All workshops will be held at Robeson Community College in the Workforce Development Center. These presentations are open to the public and provided FREE of charge for a limited time. Please register for each seminar you would like to attend by following the instructions on page 19. If you do not have internet access, call 910-272-3631. Walk-ins are allowed. The presenters for this series will be Dennis Watts, Tim Dannelly, and Bob Moore. M 6:30 pm-8:30 pm 02/27/17 “Controlling Labor Costs in Your Business” The How to Start a Non-Profit Series -$399 (FREE) Non-profits are one of the fastest growing types of businesses in America today. These two seminars have been especially created for those individuals who desire information on how non-profits are started. The presenter for these seminars will be the nonprofit specialist, Sam Gore. The How to Start a Non-Profit Series -$399 (FREE) Non-profits are one of the fastest growing types of businesses in America today. These two seminars have been especially created for those individuals who desire information on how non-profits are started. The presenter for these seminars will be the nonprofit specialist, Sam Gore. Certificate Requirements: A certificate, issued by the Small Business Center of Robeson Community College, will be issued showing attendees have completed four-hours of instruction in The How to Start a Non-Profit Series. You must attend both seminars (a total of four hours of instruction) to receive certification. Cost: These presentations are open to the public and provided FREE of charge. Certificate Requirements: A certificate, issued by the Small Business Center of Robeson Community College, will be issued showing attendees have completed four-hours of instruction in The How to Start a Non-Profit Series. You must attend both seminars (a total of four hours of instruction) to receive certification. Cost: These presentations are open to the public and provided FREE of charge.
Speaker: Tim Dannelly
Thursday, March 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Food Entrepreneur Series - Is the Mobile Food Business (Food Truck and More) a Good Fit for You? On average, food travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate.....Make your food business mobile and local! Learn about all types of mobile food businesses - food trucks, mobile produce markets, dinner at your door and so much more. 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 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, April 10, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
**NEW** How to Protect Against and Respond to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace -(FREE) Sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of discrimination and includes any uninvited comments, conduct or behavior regarding sex, gender or sexual orientation; regardless, if the offense is made by an owner, manager, co-worker, or even a non-employee such as a client, contractor or vendor. If the conduct creates a hostile work environment or interrupts an employee’s success, it is considered unlawful sexual harassment. This seminar is designed to carefully explain to business owners and employees, the laws, boundaries and definitions of sexual harassment. Being informed about these laws and the legal consequences of non-compliance is a must for any existing or future business owner. 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 04/10/17 WDC Sam Gore
Speaker: Sam Gore
Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Food Entrepreneur Series - Making Your Small Farm Profitable We all need to eat. With a growing need for a new generation of farmers to produce nourishing food on small sustainable farms, studies show there is money in small - acreage vegetable production! Explore what is possible from your vegetable patch, market garden or small farm. 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
Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Using Google Tools to Get Your Business Online - (FREE) The attendees of this seminar will learn how Google products can easily be used to address their basic startup needs including a website, phone system, Email, texting, CMS (customer management system), document storage, team management, online reputation management, video marketing, and video chat………………………. for $10 or less. In just two short hours, this seminar will help you grow your business through the use of Google products! 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. TH 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 04/20/17 WDC Todd Lyden
Speaker: Todd Lyden
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5160 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton, NC 28358
Located at the intersection of I-95 and NC Hwy 301 at Exit 22
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