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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


Thursday, October 27, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
As funding becomes more difficult to secure, non-profit organizations face significant challenges to fulfill their missions. This 3 hour seminar reviews the questions non-profits need to answer prior to searching and applying for grant funds, outlines the 7 basic elements of most proposals, and shows participants how to match their needs to funder priorities. Participants focus on the major questions that need to be answered prior to a grant application and incorporating these answers into research and ultimately a competitive proposal.
Speaker: A. Pearce
Thursday, October 27, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This seminar will give you real world knowledge that you can use today to increase social media engagement and expand your market. Learn how to establish yourself as an authority in your field, how to create a post with marketing in mind,and how photography for Social Media is one of the best ways to get more engagement from you customers. Understand how creating and using hashtags can increase followers and likes. We'll show you how commenting, sharing, following and liking can lead to more followers,and how to generate qualified leads. You will also go through a variety of examples to learn some of the do's and don'ts regarding social media engagement including Facebook promoted posts and advertising. You'll also get tips on how to tell If your social media activity is working.
Monday, October 31, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? How will this business make money and will It be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing In this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Identify Internal and external factors to consider in setting prices for products and services and learn to estimate potential market share. Business examples demonstrate how to evaluate pricing methods, develop sales,forecasts,and measure market potential.The seminar introduces break even analysis as a tool to assist the entrepreneur in measuring financial feasibility. Activities identify the kinds of data needed to project the revenue,start-up,and operating costs of a business.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This business planning seminar will cover a number of specifics that must be considered in your journey to starting a business. Come and learn how to assess your business ownership skills; how to assess the feasibility of your business idea; the parts of a business plan; the different types of business formations; the licenses that are required;and the financing options that are available. The goal of this seminar is to give those who attend the information that they need to make better decisions which should also give their business ideas a better chance of success.
Monday, November 07, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Are you a female small business owner or have an idea for a new business? If so then this luncheon is the perfect opportunity to step away from the office and network with fellow women entrepreneurs! Leave inspired and renewed with the comfort of knowing what resources are available to you and your business. Lunch will be provided. Event is co-sponsored by The Western Women’s Business Center at The Support Center.
Monday, November 07, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Gain tools needed to better communicate with employees, customers and all those you work with on a daily basis. Become a better communicator so that people will be motivated and inspired by you and want to be a part of your business.
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