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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


Tuesday, October 06, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn what is required of the small business owner when filing taxes, what tax dates are important, and what records should be kept, and the actual process of filing. Learn what triggers tax audits and steps to take in order to prevent or survive an audit.
Speaker: The Support Center
Thursday, October 08, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
You're gonna love this, because "SCC TREP's " is unlike other business programs and developed especially for college entrepreneurs. Learn skills needed to create and strengthen a successful business venture. Start to think creatively and market your product or service.Find easy ways to understand the important numbers.Discover sources of funding to get your business off the ground "SCC TREP's" provides a practical, hands-on, common sense approach to developing your business idea.
Thursday, October 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monday, October 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Storyteller Training is a powerful skill set for non-profit staff, boards and volunteers. If we want donors to give more, we must first give them more. Developing robust and meaningful relationships with donors naturally gives rise to increased donor retention and giving levels over time. As fundraisers, it can be really easy to develop "asking tunnel vision". But at the end of the day, we are asking other people to part with their hard-earned money. So we must treat them like people, not just a number in the database. By taking an empathetic approach to donor relations and creating communications that donors want to hear/read/watch, you lay the foundation for fruitful philanthropic relationships with donors. I encourage non-profits to create this culture and I work with to learn their 'stories', meet their story tellers, because we all have them. Sometime we call them program participants, board members, members, clients, staff or advocates... but ultimately, they are storytellers. It is a simple way to get folks engaged on your organizations behalf... help open doors, make the path for opportunities for folks to get involved with your non-profit. By focusing on impact through storytelling, you will be able to connect with a donor, emotionally, mentally and intellectually.
Speaker: A. Pearce
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Get answers to basic bookkeeping questions. New and prospective business owners will learn about accrual and cash basis accounting, what are expenses and revenues, manual and software bookkeeping options, outsourcing, and what your business actually needs when it comes to bookkeeping.
Speaker: The Support Center
Monday, October 19, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is designed for to help you learn the details needed to begin research, to conduct successful grant research, and the skill set to help save you time in your searches so you can actually begin writing. We will cover the details needed before you can begin any research, management of research to make efficient use of your time, how to locate available grants on the local, state and government levels, how to navigate organizational websites to locate funding opportunities, grant databases and other resources that fit your specific needs, as well as pitfalls to avoid that will save you time and cut down on frustration as you work to locate funders whose priorities match your needs.
Speaker: A. Pearce
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Create a financial strategy by developing a budget, identifying financial goals, and getting control of debt. Participants will learn the steps to develop cash flow projections that are vital for start-up businesses and required to obtain any type of financing. In addition, learn how to estimate fixed and variable expenses and conduct a break-even analysis. This seminar will help you learn to stay on budget and be more prepared to manage the highs and lows of cash flow in a business.
Speaker: The Support Center
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