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South Piedmont CC Small Business Center
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Your small business isn't small to you.                                        

Every day is a challenge for an existing business owner or those wishing to start their own business.   Learn how to write a business plan and secure startup capital through classes.  Gain knowledge of demographics and regulations in your industry.   

The Small Business Center at South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) offers help with finances, marketing or other day-to-day hurdles of running a company.                                                                                             

Starting a small business is a huge job.

Its hard to know where to start. Click here and learn how to write a business plan and secure startup capital. Gain knowledge of demographics and regulations in your industry.

Small Business Center at South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) offer seminars, resources and free counseling that will jump start your startup.

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!

South Piedmont Community College's Small Business Center, located in Building A at the Old Charlotte Highway Campus, Monroe, NC and the Lockhart Taylor Center, Wadesboro, NC provides many resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses, including: 

  • Free, confidential, one-to-one counseling;
  • Free seminars, workshops and programs on critical aspects of starting a new business and managing a small business;
  • Business plan and feasibility study development;
  • Marketing strategies and tactics;
  • Licensing, permit, and tax requirements;
  • Review and analysis of financial performance;
  • Financing options and opportunities for small businesses; and
  • Resources (books, videos, on-line publications and research tools) to help you successfully start and grow your business

For more information contact:

Lisa L. Rolan, Small Business Center Director

Online Request for Counseling


On Demand, available until April 20
What sets you apart from your competition? Learn how to get a competitive advantage with this course. Learn how to brand, study your competition, identify customers and their preferences, create pricing strategies and much more. Leverage the uniqueness of your business to create a real competitive advantage. Understand why your small business needs to have competitive advantage and how to develop a winning strategy to ensure competitive advantage in the market. This course helps in: • Identifying the challenges • Building a strategy • Implementing your strategy, and • Remaining unique
Speaker: Lisa L Rolan and guest speaker SBA
Location: Online
On Demand, available until April 21
This introduction to small business planning is directed to women over the age of 50 who are interested in pursuing a second career and launching their own business. At the end we will help you identify strengths to help you on your entrepreneurial journey. Discover how to turn your Entrepreneurial idea into a business reality. Define and describe components to forming a new business. Share real life accounts of female seniors who have started businesses. Share resources to help your new business succeed.
Speaker: Lisa L Rolan and guest speaker SBA
Location: Online
On Demand, available until April 21
You may have heard a lot about corporate or company values lately. Consumers are becoming more and more interested in how the companies they support through purchases conduct business. Values can help you establish a shared societal value that makes your business more appealing to potential consumers. The values and culture of your small business may have a direct effect on your employees, customers and ultimately your bottom line. What are you doing to establish, cultivate and grow this precious commodity? This course will introduce you to the processes of implementing company values for your company by including input from stakeholders and customers. Learn about the steps in the planning process, potential problems you may face, and how to implement your company’s values using a strategic plan.
Speaker: Lisa L Rolan and guest speaker SBA
Location: Online
Monday, March 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Do you know that 94% of Small Business owners use social media as a marketing tool and that over 57% of small businesses increased their social spending over this past year? You may feel like social media will not be beneficial but it is proven that if you have defined digital presence as well as realistic expectations than you can connect with strong social influencers and open new doors for your small business. Come learn how to utilize social media so that it can heighten one’s visibility, broaden reach, and engage current and future customers. Learn how it can for you when you use it strategically. Our presenter is Shane Fraser who has an MBA and started SNA Today in the fall of 2011. Since starting his business, he has had the opportunity to work alongside a number of different small business owners to enhance their use and understanding of the various social platforms. Shane has a passion for working with businesses, organizations and individuals to bring them up to speed with the fast paced market of social media. Over the past two years, Shane has had the privilege to train more than 300+ business owners and professional individuals. Through these experiences he has become accustomed to working with clients who are both experienced on the social front, as well as those who are at the beginning stages. Join us on March 23rdth as he shows you how to utilize social media and networking for your small business long-term success!
Speaker: Shane Fraser
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
During this class you will learn all the tricks and tips to promoting a business on Facebook. Stay ahead of your competitors and reach your customers in a new way! Overview: In this Facebook for Business seminar/webinar you’ll learn how to setup and maximize your personal Facebook profile, fan page, events and groups. You’ll learn how to run Facebook ad campaigns and integrate Facebook into the rest of your marketing campaigns. Details: There are more citizens of Facebook than citizens of the United States, but will Facebook really help grow your business? For many businesses the answer is yes, but how to achieve success may not be clear. Attendees will learn: How to setup and maximize your Facebook profile How to setup a Fan Page for Business, and build a community How and when to use Groups to your advantage How to maximize event marketing on Facebook How to run an effective Facebook ad campaign How to integrate Facebook into your overall marketing plan
Speaker: Shane Fraser
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 12 sessions ending Thursday, May 04
A hands-on course that develops entrepreneurial traits, knowledge and skills. The course guides participants through the process of planning, creating, and operating small business of their own design. You will learn to be entrepreneurs by doing the things that successful small business owners do with challenging and interesting cases, simulations and videos. Topics covered include: self assessment; breakeven analysis; marketing product/service; business operations; cash flow; goals; financial analysis; profit/loss; creating a business idea; and completing your business plan.
Speaker: Al Johnstone and Lisa L Rolan
Friday, April 07, 2017 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
If you have ever dreamed of starting a business, we can prepare you for success. Small Business DON'T just happen. Learn the entrepreneurial traits, knowledge and skills you need to be a success. Find out about the process of planning, creating and operating your small business.
Speaker: Al Johnstone
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