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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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Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, May 02, 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.
Speaker: Jess McLamb

Business Basics

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Tuesday, June 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. Tuition scholarships available for those who qualify. Tuition is $70. Book for course is $25. Space is limited to 20 students.
Speaker: Carrie Harvey, Harvey Hills Farm

Managing Employees

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
In this seminar small business owners will identify the causes of workplace conflict and how to facilitate conflict resolution. Attendees will also learn how to manage workplace relationship once conflict is resolved and how to create a culture of trust in your small business.
Speaker: Linda Jordon

Tax Planning

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Helping your agricultural business succeed is important and understanding tax issues special to the agricultural industry can be time-consuming and complicated. In this seminar attendees will learn about the following topics as they relate to an agricultural business: • Sales taxes • Sales tax exemption for purchase of inputs plus a discussion of the relatively new NC law changes • Collection and remittance on sales of farm products • Income taxes Attendees will also have the opportunity to walk through the following tax forms: • Schedule F (Profit & Loss from Farming) line by line • IRS Form 4562 (Depreciation & Amortization) and discuss the tax planning and management strategies available to farm businesses • IRS Form 4797 (Sales of Business Assets) and discussion on why it’s important to understand the context of a transaction.
Speaker: Guido van der Hoeven, North Carolina State University Extension Specialist
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The NC Department of Revenue will host a sales and use tax workshop for small business owners. The workshop will discuss the basics of sales and use taxes including registering for a sales and use tax account, learning about the most common types of sales and use taxes collected, and preparing and filing a sales and use tax return. This hands-on workshop is intended to help small business owners better understand their sales and use tax obligations and the proper procedure for filing and paying a sales and use tax return. Please note that recent Law Changes are not discussed in detail during Sales and Use Taxes 101. This class is optimal for beginner small businesses and will cover basic Sales Tax applications. At the end of the seminar, there will be a question and answer session with the presenter and networking possibilities with other business owners. Don't miss this great opportunity. Lunch provided free to the first 20 who preregister.
Speaker: Rhonda High, NCDOR

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
If you have a business where visuals are important then you want to be on Pinterest. There are ways to drive traffic to your website and other social media outlets using Pinterest. Learn how to: ~Start your Business Pinterest Page ~ Create Your own images for Pinterest Sharing ~ Build followers on Pinterest ~ Use applications to integrate Pinterest with your other marketing
Speaker: Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, MBA


On Demand, available until June 30
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online
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