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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.

Small Business Center Director
Laurie Brintle-Jarvis

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Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, September 26, 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: Mike Tucker
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
In order to be successful, a non-profit should always have a detailed strategic plan. Participants will learn key components in the strategic planning process and how to engage the appropriate board members, staff, volunteers, and/or stakeholders in the process. This workshop offers a road map for nonprofits who want an overview of strategic planning from start to finish in addition to some practical tools to use along the way.
Speaker: Amanda Pearce & Marie Palacios


Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from "Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me?" to "How will this business make money and will it be enough to repay a loan or attract an investor?" This seminar gets to the heart of business financing and reveals answers to these common questions. Participants will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of funding sources in order to determine which is right for them.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
This seminar will offer emerging entrepreneurs simple steps to take to improve their credit score before applying for a business loan. The instructor will share credit score facts and fallacies in addition to easy tips to repair personal credit.
Speaker: Tasha Rountree & Debbie C. Smith

Managing a Business

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
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Survival of the Fittest shares secrets of success for small business owners by discussing some of the common causes of failure. What are the warning signs a business is in trouble? What can be done to avoid becoming a part of this statistic? What is the Value Discipline? What are the seven secrets of small business success? This seminar helps business owners know what's important to survive and how to take corrective action when needed.
Speaker: Herman Metzler

Business Accounting and Budget

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This workshop reviews accounting basics and takes participants through the online version of QuickBooks. It is perfect for anyone who wants to gain bookkeeping skills for their business.
Speaker: Madelyn Hjertmann
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