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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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Monday, November 27, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
“Parliamentary Procedure Made Easy” - FREE Parliamentary procedure is a term that many believe is limited to government associations; however, corporations, nonprofits, faith based organizations, schools, civic clubs, etc. all use parliamentary procedure to conduct business meetings. The courts have held that these organizations are subject to the principles of parliamentary law if they do not have procedural policies of their own. As a result, ignoring or incorrectly applying parliamentary procedure can lead to embarrassment and lawsuits. This presentation will include the following: 1. Parliamentary Procedure-Its Purpose, Use, and General Principles 2. Transacting Business at a Meeting 3. Summary of Steps in Handling a Motion 4. Types of Motions-Definitions, Examples and Precedence of Motions 5. Other Rules Governing the Consideration of Motions 6. Tips on Parliamentary Procedure 7. Committees and Elections This seminar will make reference throughout the presentation on the role of the moderator/chairperson/president. Sam Gore, Resource Specialist and Member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians will present this informative seminar. Whether you are a chairperson, board member, or a person who regularly attends public meetings, you will find this seminar to be invaluable. Make plans now to attend this seminar before your next meeting. Please register for this seminar by clicking the register button above. If you do not have internet access, call 910-272-3631 to register. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. M 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 11/27/17 WDC Sam Gore
Speaker: Sam Gore
Monday, December 04, 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 clicking the register button above. If you do not have internet access, call 910-272-3631 to register. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. M 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 12/04/17 WDC Sam Gore
Speaker: Sam Gore


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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