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Entrepreneurs, both currently in business and contemplating starting a business, have found the Small Business Center of great value. No-fee services provided include counseling and assistance with business plans, marketing, production and accounting controls, and a variety of other business issues. Additionally, the Small Business Center regularly schedules FREE business seminars and maintains a host of reference materials for use by business owners. Seminars are offered on a scheduled and customizes basis in the three county area.

To meet with a business counselor, complete an Online Request for Counseling at the link below
, and a counselor will contact you to set an appointment. 

For additional information, email or call Tiffany Henry at or 828-339-4211.

Online Request for Counseling


Tuesday, September 01, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Learn more about The Support Center, the Small Business Center and other resources available to you and your business. You will have the opportunity to network with other business owners over lunch that will be provided. This event is for women entrepreneurs only.
Speaker: Sharon Oxendine
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn to recognize the various sections of a business plan and what makes them work. Sample business plans will be available to study and further understand what makes a good plan. Participants will have an opportunity to use several business plan evaluation tools.
Speaker: The Support Center
Thursday, September 03, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Attend this seminar to find out if your small business can make money through government contracting. Learn about the internet-based procurement systems launched by the Federal and North Carolina Governments. Follow the procurement process, from the registration and certification requirements to finding out what and where the government is buying. Learn about contract preference programs, who they benefit, and how they work. Get contacts and resources for further advice and assistance should you decide to pursue government business. This seminar will de-mystify government procurement so you can make an informed decision on whether to enter this important market.
Speaker: N. Robins, PTAC, T. Bouchonnet, NCMBC
Thursday, September 03, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
SAM is the official free, government-operated website – there is NO charge to register or maintain your entity registration record in SAM. Businesses interested in being eligible for government contracts must be registered through this system. Participants during this seminar will learn how to register their business in order to be eligible for CONTRACTS in SAM
Speaker: N. Robins PTAC, T. Bouchonnet NCMBC
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn the value of a marketing plan including the importance of market analysis in projecting sales. Market research for a sample business will demonstrate the connection between a marketing plan and a cash flow statement. Identify market tools and prepare a marketing plan for a sample business.
Speaker: The Support Center
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
This three part series will pull together the key components of how a craft artist presents themselves to the world. Participants will develop their own professional material for an artist portfolio. Part one will focus on creating a curriculum vitae (CV) that participants can use to generate more specific resumes. Part two will use the CV as a foundation to create a bio and artist statement Part three will focus on photographing work and how to organize an artist portfolio. At the conclusion of this series, participants will have the tools to create a professional portfolio they can use to approach a gallery, apply to join a craft guild or show, as well as many other opportunities.
Speaker: J. Marley
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
How do you predict how much money you need for your business? Where do you find it? How do you get it? This class will examine how to access capital. We will also discuss the differences between traditional and non-traditional lenders, equity vs. debt financing, how forms of business ownership affect financing possibilities, and many other topics of interest.
Speaker: The Support Center
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