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Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center
Henderson, NC

Phone: 252-738-3240
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The Small Business Center at Vance-Granville Community College was created to provide the small businesses of the community with a focal point for training, education, counseling and referral. The Small Business Center addresses the continuing need for updated information, refinement of management skills and the improvement of profit advantage in risk-taking. Special attention is given to the critical areas of capital formation and prevention of business failures. The Small Business Center program offerings and services include the following:

  1. Seminars and short courses designed to provide small business owners with updated information on various business topics.
  2. Counseling services to new and existing small businesses provided by Small Business Center.
  3. Referrals to appropriate agencies.
  4. Maintaining a network of linkages with Chambers of Commerce, Small Business Administration, economic development agencies, related educational and development agencies, business volunteers, Department of Economic Development, banks and other financial institutions.
  5. A resource and information center provided for use by new and existing small businesses.

For more information on the Small Business Center, its programs and class schedule, visit our website by clicking here.

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Saturday, September 09, 2017 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Saturday, November 18
Opening a business takes a lot of energy and planning. For those that have a great idea and want to turn it into a business to make money with immediate results they need a program that is geared to go from “Idea to Open” in a short amount of time. The Business Accelerator is a specially designed Bootcamp Style course to get serious entrepreneurs ready to open. Each class is 4 hours long and in 6 short weeks attendees can expect to have a completed strategic, financial, marketing, and business plan. This program is unique as attendees will have one on one access with professionals in the legal, accounting, insurance, financial sector, graphic design, and marketing industries to complete their business vision. Attendees will receive a Business Accelerator Certification upon completion. Flash drive required. Bring your lunch. Week 1. The Lean Startup Determining your Legal Needs. Choosing Your Business Identity. Business Development from the ground up with State and City Requirements. Week 2. The Visual Brand Creating the aesthetic look, feel, and design of your business. Development of marketing materials and Graphic Design Consultation. Week 3. Creating Your Customer Creating a tangible message and client profiles. Use of demographic information to target your client. Business Needs: Brick and Mortar vs Online vs At Home. Week 4. Show Me the Money Financial planning and capital to run the business. Assessing the business needs, supplies, and budget designed for solvency. Week 5. Strategic Marketing & Promotion Developing your social media & website presence for your brand. Creating a strategic plan for your products and services. Week 6 Open For Business Putting your business plan together and leaving with a tangible document. Actual class meeting dates are: September 9 & 16 and October 14 & 21; and November 11/4 & 11/18. Minimum of 8 attendees needed in order for class to make.
Speaker: Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, Lady Bizness CEO
Monday, September 18, 2017 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cosmetology and bookkeeping seem to have little in common, but the reality is that all business need to keep records of their financial information, with a cosmetology business being no exception. This seminar will cover the fundamentals of accounting with the newcomer in mind. Specifically the seminar addresses the types of records that should be kept; filing taxes; what type of record keeping system to use; and much more. It will guide attendees to learn how to read financial statements properly and how to grab meaningful information from your records.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
When your general health status falls, everything around you is affected. For small business owners, this can include your business. While it is not always possible to avoid getting sick, taking preventative measures can help to lower your downtime and can ultimately increase your businesses productivity. In this seminar, you will discover foods that will optimize your nutrition and boost your energy. Small business owners are known to run themselves ragged, so keeping good health is so important. You will learn how to avoid toxic food ingredients and discover how to eat healthy and stock up on the foods you love. This seminar is an excellent opportunity to learn how great health can positively affect your small business.
Speaker: TBD
Location: Novozymes
Thursday, September 21, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn how to effectively use Instagram to stay top of mind with current customers and attract new customers. Make sure to bring your mobile device.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
SnapChat is capturing the attention of millennials with it’s disappearing photos and messages, filters and lenses, and private messaging. Businesses have an opportunity to reach millennials not only with their engaging stories but by encouraging your customers to include your business in their special moment. Make sure to bring your mobile device.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, October 05, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Coaching is the activity of developing the abilities of others. A successful coach will not only stimulate others to define challenges, but to develop their own options for meeting them---and become effective leaders themselves. In this free seminar, small business owners will learn the techniques for successfully developing their employees' confidence and performance.
Speaker: E. Ormsby

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar covers what you should know before you commit yourself and financial resources to starting your small business. The information discussed in class should help participants make a feasibility assessment and understand the minimum start-up requirement, licensing, market and financial and tax requirements. This seminar will be held on VGCC's Main Campus, Bldg 7, Room 7109.
Speaker: Jess McLamb
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