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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


Wednesday, May 04, 2016 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.
Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Session #1 - Explore how different types of businesses are set up in QuickBooks and the different types of accounts that should be associated with your business. You will learn how to properly set up QuickBooks, a good plan for data entry and how to reconcile your different accounts. In addition, the basics of bookkeeping will be reviewed so that you have a clear understanding of how QuickBooks can be a tool for better management of your business. Sessions to continue each Thursday evening in May.
Monday, May 09, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
How much time do you spend in your business doing things that don't contribute to your success? Effectively managing your time can produce results you never thought were possible before. This seminar will give you tools to prioritize, set goals, manage interruptions and use time blocking and to-do lists to avoid procrastination and get the most out of your day.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Change the way you think about traditional business idea development and create your blueprint for successful innovation! This hands-on seminar will provide an introduction to the creative process for generating and validating new business concepts, known as Ideation. Attendees will walk through the ideation process and receive an introduction to the Business Model Canvas, a unique method of describing and thinking through the business model of your organization, your competitors, or any other enterprise. Join us as we challenge traditional assumptions and create original value propositions to meet new, unknown and unsatisfied customer needs.
Speaker: K. Gould
Thursday, May 12, 2016 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Emerging Markets, Funding and other Resources for Agriculturally Based Businesses and Service Providers Are you in the Agriculture Business or an Agriculture Service Provider and looking for a place to connect with others, learn about different markets and find resources available in your county? Join experts from AgriVentures in a full day, comprehensive workshop that will provide an overview and discussion of resources in a variety of areas, including: Land assessments and Land trusts Animals, including mountain livestock Training programs Specialty emerging markets, such as high tunnels, truffles,hops, forest herbs, organic/alternative crops and bees Lending Options and Business Planning Talk One-On-One with local service providers or sign up for more in-depth discussions Hear from experts from Mountain BizWorks, Organic Growers School, NC Cooperative Extension, Smoky Mountain High Tunnel Initiative, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, Land of Sky, and many others. *A Resource Guide will also be provided to all participants *Lunch will be provided Schedule Outline 9-10:30am Intro and Self Assessment with Organic Growers School 10:30-11:15 Land Assessment 11:15-noon Animals 11:15-noon Forest Certification Noon-12:30 Lunch 12:30-2:00 Specialty Emerging Markets: truffles and hops, forest herbs and organic/alternative crops (Jeanine) 12:30-2:00 Specialty Emerging Markets: High Tunnels, Bees 2:00-3:30 Lending and Business Planning (Matt, Jane and Erica) 3:30-4:30 Talk One-On-One with Local Service Providers
Speaker: Mountain BizWorks, Organic Growers School, NC Cooperative Extension, Smoky Mountain High Tunnel Initiative, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, Land of Sky, and many others
Thursday, May 12, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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