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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


On Demand, available until December 31
If you are a self-employed person, be sure to view the IRS webinar “Business Taxes for the Self-Employed: The Basics.” Here are some topics included in the webinar or on that you should know: • Accounting Method. An accounting method is a set of rules about when to report income and expenses. Many small businesses use the cash method. Under the cash method, you normally report income in the year that you receive it and deduct expenses in the year that you pay them. Find out more in IRS Publication 538, Accounting Periods and Methods. • Business Taxes. There are four general types of business taxes. They are income tax, self-employment tax, employment tax and excise tax. You may need to pay self-employment tax as well as income tax if you make a profit. Self-employment tax includes Social Security and Medicare taxes. With estimated tax payments, you pay taxes at various times during the year to ensure you don’t have a large tax bill when you file your tax return. Use IRS Direct Pay, the fast, easy and secure way to pay from your checking or savings account. • Tax Forms. There are two forms to report self-employment income. You must file a Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business, or Schedule C-EZ, Net Profit from Business, with your Form 1040. You may use Schedule C-EZ if you had expenses less than $5,000 and meet other conditions. See the form instructions to find out if you can use the form. Use Schedule SE, Self-Employment Tax, to figure your SE tax. If you owe this tax, make sure you file the schedule with your federal tax return. • Allowable Deductions. You can deduct expenses you paid to run your business that are both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your industry. A necessary expense is one that is helpful and proper for your trade or business. View the webinar “Small Business Owners: Get All the Tax Benefits You Deserve” to learn more. • Business Use of a Vehicle. If you use your car or truck for your business, you may be able to deduct the costs to operate the vehicle for the business use. Refer to IRS Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses for details.
Location: Online
Thursday, January 05, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Starting a business in farming or agribusiness can be challenging and frustrating. Whether your agribusiness is new or established - or you're just cultivating the seed of a great idea, success depends on getting the assistance you need, when you need it. Learn about programs and resources available to you, the small to medium sized farmer.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 8 sessions ending Tuesday, February 28
In partnership with NC Cooperative Extension, NCDA, CEFS, SCC's Small Business Center is offering it's third annual Appalachian Farm School. This 8-week series for new & existing small to medium farms. Turn your interest in growing crops and livestock into a sustainable agricultural-based business. This Ag training gives farmers the tools to create or revise business plans for an economically sustainable farm enterprise. Session topics include: -Farm evaluation & goal setting. -Gain insights on the marketing of your product -Easy ways to understand the important numbers. -Hear about current issues facing small agribusinesses. -Understand rules and regulations and learn about funding options and other resources. Tuesdays 1/10-2/28
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
QuickBooks is the software of choice for the small business owner. It allows the owner/manager to account quickly and accurately for business dollars. During this session, you will 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.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you wanting to apply for grant funds to help support your non-profit, but are having a hard time finding the grants? This is the workshop for you!
Speaker: M. Pearce
Monday, January 23, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Change the way you think about traditional idea development. This seminar will feature 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. Attendees will walk through the introductory ideation phase, the One Page Business Plan, and the Opportunity Discovery Process creating a blueprint for successful innovation and idea development.
Speaker: K. Gould
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 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. Sponsored by Western Women’s Business Center at Carolina Small Business Development Center. Lunch will be provided.
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