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Wilkes Community College Small Business Center
Wilkes Campus-Beacon Hall
Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Phone: 336-838-6166
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The Small Business Center at Wilkes Community College is a member of the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina (SBCN).

The Mission of the SBCN is to increase the success rate and the number 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 Center provides small business owners, both new and existing, with the information they need for starting or expanding a small business through confidential, one-on-one business coaching along with a wide variety of seminars, workshops and a resource center all at little or no cost.

336-838-6166
lsbrintle336@wilkescc.edu
Small Business Center Director
Laurie Brintle-Jarvis


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Events

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Participant will learn the basics of starting a business while taking their idea to opportunity. Key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, and operations will be covered. Student will also realize the importance of self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of their business idea.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
Monday, August 14, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This workshop will offer a comprehensive checklist of things that must be done in the first three years to lay a foundation for a successful non-profit. Participants will walk away with resources to ensure that their organization is in compliance with state/federal laws as well as a greater understanding of the key components of development that impact sustainability.
Speaker: Amanda Pearce and Marie Palacios
Thursday, September 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches participant the important components of a business plan and helps lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners. Seminar will be televised live at the Ashe Campus and Alleghany Center from the Wilkes Campus seminar.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzalez
Thursday, September 21, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Participant will learn the basics of starting a business while taking their idea to opportunity. Key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, and operations will be covered. Student will also realize the importance of self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of their business idea.
Speaker: Matt Rudisill

Business Basics

Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
The process of selecting a business structure has important legal and tax implications for potential business owners. In this seminar participants will compare and contrast the different types of legal entities and learn various tax differences between the following entity types: Sole Proprietorship, Single Member LLC, Multi Member LLC/ Partnership, S Corp, and C Corp. Participants will leave the seminar feeling prepared in selecting the best business structure to meet their needs.
Speaker: David McClure, CPA, P.A.

Managing a Business

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Many financial institutions require information about a business owner’s personal financial data. This seminar will help participant prepare both a personal and business financial statement and help clarify what banks are looking for when applying for a business loan.
Speaker: Tasha Rountree
Thursday, October 05, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Co-author Gary Chapman of “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People” will be presenting how to apply his love language concept to the workplace. As a business owner or a prospective business owner, managing employees can be a daunting challenge. In today's workplace, it is crucial for employees to feel valued. But that is a challenge when business owner and employees communicate appreciation differently. In this seminar, participants will discover what employees want most and how to increase loyalty and decrease turnover with employees/volunteers, reduce cynicism and create a more positive work environment. Chapman discusses ways to elevate employee engagement by making staff feel truly valued and replace ineffective employee recognition with authentic appreciation.
Speaker: Gary Chapman
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Location

1328 South Collegiate Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
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