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The Small Business Center is designed to serve the educational and training needs of the small business community, as well as those individuals Interested in starting a business. The Center offers a wide variety of courses, seminars, and workshops throughout the year. One-on-one consultative assistance is also provided, as well as referrals and resource materials relating to small business occupations.  Call 252-862-1279 for additional information or to schedule an appointment

Small Business Center Entrepreneurship Seminars

All seminars are FREE


How to Start a Business
Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity.  Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more.  Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea.  Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.

Financing Your Small Business
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 pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions.  Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs.  Discover the keys to financing success.

How to Write a Business Plan
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you 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.

How to Find Your Customers
Market research isn’t just for startups; it’s an important ongoing process for every small business.  Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers.  Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.

Basics of Bookkeeping
Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business.  Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions.  If you’re a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you.

Your Small Business Taxes
Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business.  Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes.  Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line.  This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.

Marketing Your Business
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.  Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.

Spring 2016 Seminar Schedule PDF