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Small Business Center
North Building

Phone: 910-592-8081 ext. 2032
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Amanda Bradshaw
Small Business Center Director
Sampson Community College
PO Box 318/Hwy 24
Clinton, NC 28329
Small Business Center is located in the North Building on Sampson Community College
910-592-7176 ext. 2032 (phone)
910-592-8048 (fax)

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. Our Small Business Center is here to assist you by offering one-on-one confidential business counseling plus workshops and seminars on a variety of business topics. 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!

The Sampson Community College Small Business Center is located in the North Building on the campus of Sampson Community College. The Center’s mission is to support the entrepreneur in starting a business and to provide assistance to business owners in being more successful. Seminar trainings, confidential counseling sessions, and general information is offered to the public at no charge! The Small Business Center works with the local Chamber of Commerce, professional organizations and other governmental agencies to provide training at a low or at no cost to the general public. Schedule your appointment for a confidential counseling session by calling 910-592-7176 ext. 2032.



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Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, January 16, 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.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. 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 your 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.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry, and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Market research is not just for startups; it is an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Speaker: Steve Carver

Business Basics

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Join us a Wednesday of each month for a new and exciting networking event. This opportunity provides a neutral and supportive space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face as a business owner. This new initiative is in partnership with Sampson Community College, local business owners, and business associates from each community. To inquire about becoming a panel member or presenter, please call 910-592-8081 ext. 4006.
Speaker: Local Business Owners & Associates

Customer Relations

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Entrepreneurs, business owners and agency directors often wonder why a few stores with similar products and services vastly outsell others. The answers are found in the strategies, methods, planning and determination of the owners of the more successful stores use to enjoy a larger market shares than the competition. However, most often; the primary reasons are what standards of customer service and hospitality are maintained. Steve Carver, public speaker, business owner and management trainer will share over 45 years’ experience in developing 'Dazzle Factors" of customer service that produce not only devoted customers but raving fans as well.
Speaker: Steve Carver


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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