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Sylva

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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 t_henry@southwesterncc.edu or 828-339-4211.

Online Request for Counseling

Events

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 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.
Speaker: SBC and SBTDC
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 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.
Speaker: The Support Center
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
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447 College Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
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