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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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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Speaker: Susan Crews
Location: Novozymes
Thursday, January 18, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment, and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Your soft skills, when used properly, will make people want to pay you, tip you, and book again every time, with great service. You will be taught the following: consulting clients and setting expectations for their best experience; providing easy ways for customers to book and pay you; and up-selling customers with products to make addtional sales.
Speaker: Steve Carver

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, December 05, 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 Franklin Campus.
Speaker: Jess McLamb

Business Basics

Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The most important task in starting a new business or growing an existing business is the business plan. No lender will discuss financing without one. Without a well thought­ out , written business plan, many small businesses may be doomed to failure. This seminar is designed to explain exactly w hat goes into a business plan, why , and how to properly manage from it. Research techniques are also covered . For those who decide to continue, your Community College Small Business Center counselor will work with you on on-one basis until the plan is complete.
Speaker: Ed Ormsby
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn step-by-step tasks and details to start, grow, or expand a commerical or residential cleaning business. Start writing a business plan and get tips and strategies about marketing and pricing prospective jobs. Discussions will include making initial presentations to customers, where and how to advertise, naming your business and website, surverying and where to find customers. Do's and dont's for new business owners will be shared.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Tuesday, March 27
The NC REAL Agricultural Entrepreneurship program is designed for those growing crops, trees, raising livestock, making sauces, pickles or jams with items from a garden. . Have You Ever Wanted To: Own a small business; or - Develop your skills to increase your success as an agricultural entrepreneur? This seven-week interactive course is designed to strengthen the business savvy of community farmers and budding agricultural entrepreneurs to help them develop and manage a profitable, environmentally sound small farm or agricultural business. Students who participate in this program should have one goal in mind, which is to operate effectively in order to gain the highest profit margin possible. - How do you know what prices the market can bear? - How can you determine the best logistics to get your product to the market? - What is your best market? - What can you do between growing seasons to still receive income? Each class is once every week for seven weeks (3 hours each class). You will also discover the nuts and bolts to business development and management, finance and regulatory requirements, quality and safety standards and more. You will also be introduced to resources and contacts you need to run your business more efficiently and effectively. Finally, you will become a client of the Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center, where you will take your idea to the next level of business planning. This is a hands-on, interactive program, beneficial to farmers or anyone who grows a marketable agricultural product, who wishes to start a business or has been in business 0-3 years. Ultimately, this course will give participants opportunities to develop skills which will increase their likelihood of success as an agricultural entrepreneur. Program Curriculum: Class 1 – Introduction to Business Planning Class 2 – Exploring Agricultural Business Ideas: Self Assessment & Farm Assessment Class 3 – Marketing Class 4 – Business Operations Class 5 – Introduction to Business Financials Class 6 – Business Financials Class 7 – Pulling It All Together: Business Proposals Additional program requirements: VGCC Small Business Center One-on-One Confidential Counseling. This program will be held at the Vance County Farmers Market, 210 Southpark Drive, Henderson. Tuition is $70. Book for course is $25. Space is limited to 20 students.
Speaker: Carrie Harvey, Harvey Hills Farm

Managing a Business

Monday, February 12, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Mobile Food Truck Entrepreneurship Series is a program dedicated to three seminars learning about the food truck/cart business: Seminar 1 (February 12): Preparing for Success: Concept & Design: Attendees will learn about federal, state and local regulations, zoning, licenses, and permits needed to operate a food truck/cart. Seminar 2 (February 19): Administrative Necessities: Permits, Costs & Budgeting: Attendees will learn how to work on the design, cost and budgeting for a mobile food unit. Seminar 3 February 26): Marketing for Success: Social Media/Advertising: Attendees will learn how to market a food truck/cart through website and social media outlets. Attendees of the program will also be required to become a client of VGCC's Small Business Center. Additional requirements: Attendees will need to take The Art of the Food Truck on February 5, 2017- an introductory program offered by VGCC's Personal Enrichment Department. Call 252-738-3385 to register. Attendees will also be required to complete the ServSafe program. Attendees will automatically be enrolled for the seminars offered on February 19 & 26.
Speaker: Ray Chow, Hibachi Xpress Food Truck & Catering Specialist
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