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Western Piedmont Community College SBC
Foothills Higher Education Center
Morganton, NC 28655

Phone: 828-448-6719
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Welcome to Western Piedmont Community College's Small Business Center!

 The mission of the Small Business Center is to increase the number and success of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners which will lead to job creation and retention. Our Small Business Center is here to assist you by offering one-on-one confidential business counseling plus workshops and seminars on a variety of business topics. We are a community-based provider of education and training, counseling, networking and referrals.  All of our services are free!  Let our Small Business Center help you develop a plan of action to turn your dreams into a reality!


Western Piedmont Community College's (WPCC) Small Business Center, located in the Foothills Higher Education Center in Morganton, provides many resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in Burke County, including:

  • Free, confidential, one-to-one counseling; Click Here Free One-on-One Confidential Business Counseling
  • Free seminars, workshops and programs on critical aspects of starting a new business and managing a small business
  • Business plan and feasibility study development
  • Marketing strategies and tactics
  • Licensing, permit, and tax requirements 
  • Review and analysis of financial performance
  • Financing options and opportunities for small businesses
  • Resources (books, videos, on-line publications and research tools) to help you successfully start and grow your business


Send us your requests and we will provide answers!   

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SBC Director - Eddie C. McGimsey
Phone 828-448-6719
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Online Request for Counseling


On Demand, available until June 30
This webinar provides small business owners with the basics for effective conversations with their accountants, they will learn more about legitimate tax opportunities that are available to them. Online with 60 minutes of content plus additional resources.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Success! Buy and Sell on the Internet Learn how to create eBay, Amazon, and other seller accounts, create successful listings, load pictures, and accept credit card payment with PayPal. the course covers selling tips, tricks and traps, market analyses, and best ways to determine shipping costs. Also, discover where to get free shipping supplies, how to print shipping labels from your home computer, and get free home pickup. Please have at least a year experience navigating the web and a functional home operating system. A home printer/scanner is an added advantage, but not necessary.
Speaker: Nick Hawks

Start-up Assistance

On Demand, available until June 30
The Entrepreneurial Strategies This course describes the available entrepreneurial strategies and how they are applied in the marketplace. For anyone starting or growing a business venture, the knowledge and skills underlying the entrepreneurial strategies are an essential part of any entrepreneur's toolkit. Besides presenting the available strategies and their application, this course presents the sources of innovation and an overview of how decisions are made and how those decisions change over the course of a venture's life-cycle. Topics covered by this course include: What is entreprenuerial strategy? Begin first with the most Hitting them where they ain't Occupying a specialized niche Changing the economic characteristics Sources of innovation What makes an entreprenuer How entreprenuers craft strategy Strategic entreprenuerial decisions Social entreprenuership and innovation
On Demand, available until June 30
This course provides the advice and strategies of the some of the leading entrepreneurs concerning what it really takes to start a new venture. Starting A New Business moves you through the important tasks of building a strong foundation for a business to the more tactical aspects concerning marketing, managing, and money. This course will also show you how to protect your ideas, how to hire employees, how to find out what licenses and regulations may apply, as well as, provide more than 50 resources of free information that are available to you in making your new business a reality. Topics covered by this course include: Defining the mission, vision, and goals Understanding the management trinity Determining feasibility and risk Marketing products and services Managing and operating the business Handling the money and the finances Hiring and managing employees Getting licenses and permits Protecting your ideas Growing by adaptation and experimentation Course Objectives To assist in the development of a mission, vision and set of goals for starting a new venture. To present the necessary tasks you must accomplish and what aspects of risk you need to consider. To understand the management trinity: money, marketing, and management. To present the legal aspects of obtaining licenses and permits and how to hire employees. To show how to protect your business ideas. To demonstrate how successful entrepreneurs grow their businesses by adaptation and experimentation. Course is approximately 3.0 hours to 3.5 hours in length and provides over 192 animated slides complete with voiceover narration.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Don't miss the opportunity to learn the basics of starting a small business. Are you thinking about getting into business for yourself? This course covers the issues that an individual should consider before thinking about opening the doors. In other words, this course is the starting point on your journey into business ownership. Learn how to identify critical issues and make the right decisions as you prepare to start your business. Topics include business structures (sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations), licensing and zoning, trademarks, copyrights, patents, insurance, financing alternatives, record keeping, and taxes.
Speaker: Eddie McGimsey

Business Basics

On Demand, available until June 30
USPTO Webinars and IP E-Learning Modules IP E-Learning Modules The Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) has produced six modules on intellectual property protection and enforcement in five languages. The languages include English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Russian. These modules listed below cover all areas of intellectual property protection which include patents, copyrights, trademarks, geographical indications, enforcement and trade. Register Free with the WPCC SBC or go directly to the USPTO website for Free Access.
On Demand, available until June 30
This course is about the craft of creating a plan for your business. The business plan is the essential document used to raise money for a business and communicate your business vision and strategy to your management team, suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders. This ten-part course walks you through the details and tactics of creating a comprehensive plan while helping you avoid the critical planning mistakes that plague most business plans. Topics covered by this course include: What is a business plan? The questions you must answer Determining your audience Crafting your mission and vision Setting goals and objectives The structure of your business plan Industry aspects and considerations Sources of research information Bringing the plan together The most common mistakes Course Objectives To help you understand exactly what a business plan is. To help you decide if you need a formal, written business plan and how to cater it toward different audiences. To give you an understanding of what questions a business plan must address. To illustrate the content and structure of a well-developed plan. To help you avoid the common mistakes most business plans make.
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