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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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Monday, October 16, 2017 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Don’t let the process of writing a grant scare you away from potential funding. This basic 3 hr. course is designed to encourage and build confidence of current and potential nonprofits leaders concerning the process of grant writing. If you’re looking for a place to begin, or you want to investigate what is involved in the grant writing process, this seminar is for you. Bring your board members, or potential board members, directors and volunteers. Issues covered during our time together will include . . . 1. Planning; deciding what type of grant is needed 2. Preparation; gathering all the information needed to include in a grant 3. Introduction to a Project Logic Model used in present grant proposals.
Speaker: Sam Gore
Monday, October 16, 2017 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learning how to write a grant is not an easy task. Grant Writing 101 gives vital information on that process. Learning where and how to find a grant is another matter. This seminar is designed to demonstrate how to use the logic model, introduced in Grant Writing 101, is used to match their organization’s values, goals and objectives, with potential grant providers. This will be done by as the presenter actually, via internet, accesses a searchable database of private grant-makers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grant-makers.
Speaker: Sam Gore

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Market research isn't just for startups; it's 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
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This work shop helps men and women desiring to start a new salon, beauty shop, spa and/or barber shop business. The training includes insight, benefits and strategies to help an entrepreneur plan a business opening. Discussions will include: What business skills and funds will be needed to start the business. How to survey your marketing region to find potential long term customers, creating many profit centers (revenue generators) for the new business. How to create business and marketing plans while using the guide lines booklet provided at the seminar. What is the cost of minimum shop furniture, tools, shelving and materials needed to start.
Speaker: Steve Carver


Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn to use and blend marketing, customer service and hospitality skills and strategies to attract, satisfy and keep great customers. customer retention is one of the most important factors for the profitability of staying power of all successful businesses. How to create a customer loyalty program, data base planning, staff training sessions will be discussed.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An excellent credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. 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. 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. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. Make your plans to attend now!
Speaker: Bob Moore

Business Accounting and Budget

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. If you're a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is for you.
Speaker: Steve Carver
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