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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, December 03, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Let's face it, before social media and Yelp, Google+ Pages, TripAdvisor, Angies List, and Amazon, most unhappy customer's complaints didn't reach thousands of people. Now, they do. How your business chooses to respond to these reviews can either help or damage your business' reputation. This class shows you how to handle those situations. Two-thirds of all consumers use review sites to search for business services and 86% said buying decisions were impacted by negative reviews. It’s your reputation! Don’t ignore what they are saying about you. Presenter for the course is Martin Brossman. Martin has a passion for helping small businesses micro businesses, associations and other organizations, work smarter, utilize the resources of the Internet, and integrate their online marketing efforts with their traditional marketing. Social Media is a big part of that.
Speaker: M. Brossman
Thursday, December 03, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Customer’s care more about reviews online today, are you ready? More and more customers are looking up the review of a business on their mobile phone before the website or their Facebook page. Your next customer is looking for reviews of your business online from sites like: Yelp, Google Maps (Google+), TripAdvisor and others. This is a limited seating hands-on classroom class to get you on Google Maps and Yelp correctly. We will also explain how to get on other directories that are important for your industry. We will also teach you how to avoid common scams related to being “number one on Google” and “updating your Google listing” Why is it so important to get your business on the directories? People today often care more about what anonymous people have to say about your business on other directory sites than your marketing material. The businesses that understand how to work with these directories will have a great advantage attracting new business over the ones that do not. Why Google Maps and Yelp? If you speak into an Android phone for a restaurant in town it will go to Google maps and if you ask Siri on the iPhone the same question it will go to Yelp.
Speaker: M. Brossman
Monday, December 07, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn how to sell on eBay the right way? Find out how to do research and create listings that will attract buyers; how to use descriptions and photography; setting pricing to maximize your profits and MUCH more!
Speaker: N. Hawks
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
For entrepreneurs who have attended “eBay for Beginners.” Learn how to make eBay a primary marketing tool for your small business. Discover best practices to use when setting up an account, advertising items for sale, accepting payments through PayPal, and shipping procedures.
Speaker: N. Hawks
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Get a step-by-step approach so you can optimize your eBay store. Find out how to market your eBay store more effectively and list items in your store. Prerequisite: eBay for Beginners and BEYOND the BASICS.
Speaker: N. Hawks
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Tuesday, March 01
Appalachian Farm School will be offering an eight week series training for new and existing small to medium-sized farms. Turn your interest in growing vegetables, fruits, herbs, other crops and livestock into a sustainable agricultural-based business. This Ag-Entrepreneurship training gives farmers the tools to create a new or revised business plan for an economically sustainable farm enterprise. This practical, hands-on, common sense approach gives you the skills needed to create and strengthen a successful business venture. Session topics to 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. In partnership with NC Cooperative Extension and NCDA Swain Campus
Speaker: The Support Center
Monday, January 25, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Thinking of starting a business? If so, you need to equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible. Starting a business can be a challenge but with the right guidance and knowing what resources are available, you will increase your chance of success.
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