Small Business Center

Your Partner for Business Success

Services Provided by the Small Business Center

  • Business Counseling - for business counseling, complete the SBC Counseling Application.
  • Seminars and Workshops related to small business topics.
  • Small Business Resource Center includes books and other reference materials.
  • No cost one-on-one confidential counseling for potential and current business owners.
  • Who can use the Small Business Center?
    Anyone interested in starting a business or currently operating a small business.
    You do NOT have to be enrolled at Wilson Community College to use the services.
  • The Wilson Community College Small Business Center is part of the North Carolina Community College System Small Business Center Network.
  • Call (252) 246-1209 or (252) 246-1232 to early register for seminars or classes
  • 902 Herring Avenue, F103e and F103f.
  • Down load a PDF Campus map with directions to the SBC.
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Current Schedule

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Mail to:
Small Business Center
Wilson Community College
P.O. Box 4305
Wilson, NC 27893-0305 NC COmmunity Colleges

Fax to:
(252) 237-1668
Attention: Small Business Center

For more information contact:

Melissa Evans
SBC Director
(252) 246-1232

Lisa Morgan
SBC Secretary
(252) 246-1209

Building F, Wilson Community College Campus, Wilson NC

Building F

Free Small Business Seminars

For more information on these courses, call the Small Business Center at: (252) 246-1209 or (252) 246-1232 or visit us on the web at, drop down on “Academic Programs”, click on Continuing Education and then Small Business Center. Preregistration is required by deadlines specified for each seminar.

Building Your Own Small Business Website That’s Easy for Customers to Find

Build a professional website using user-friendly WordPress web software that attracts the right customers, provides for maximum expansion as your small business grows, and allows you as the business owner to fully manage the website for under $100 per year. WordPress is the leading open-source (free) content management platform that is both a website and a blog. You will learn how to insert the original content and make ongoing changes to the content on your own. Learn how to make your site easy for Google to find. Details for securing your domain name, choosing a graphics theme, and step-by-step guidance for building your site are part of the class. You will have access to instructional videos to support and add to the seminar instruction. You will also receive a list of recommended themes, plug-ins, and widgets that allow you to customize and enhance your website.

Tuesday  •  March 24 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Martin Brossman • Event Number: 580-2015-15 • Last Day to Register: March 23

How to do the 501(c)3 Thing

Most non-profits are small businesses with very few employees. Will your non-profit accept donations and have volunteers? Will contributions to your organization be deductible? How do you file for tax exempt status? Come to this seminar to walk through
the IRS forms and find answers.

Thursday  •  March 26 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Sam Gore • Event Number: 580-2015-16 • Last Day to Register: March 25

Federal Taxes for Your Small Business SBC

As a business owner, are you confused about federal taxes? Employer vs employee taxes (940 & 941), income taxes, estimated taxes, self-employment taxes, along with their due dates can be hard to keep up with. In this seminar, you will find out about federal tax reporting, employer and employee taxes, and resources available through the IRS.

Tuesday  •  March 31 • 6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Ernest Wood • Event Number: 580-2015-17 • Last Day to Register: March 30

Fueling Your Small Business with SBA Lending

Existing and potential small business owners will learn about federal financing for starting, expanding, or purchasing a small business – and free resources available from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA will present government lending options and show you how to match loan programs to your needs, including inventory, working capital, and commercial real estate. A bank lender who facilitates SBA backed loans will also share bank lending requirements. You’ll also learn how to craft a business plan that will attract potential funders, even in a difficult economy.

Tuesday  • April 14 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Patrick Rodriguez • Event Number: 580-2015-18 • Last Day to Register: April 13

Business Essentials for Small Business Owners

Two NC state agencies will cover the basic requirements to help business owners in NC understand the laws and obligations necessary to be a compliant small business. The Department of Revenue will cover the basics of tax compliance including tax withholding and sales & use taxes. The Secretary of State will cover registration of business entities and an overview of raising capital through security offerings. An additional handout from the Industrial Commission will cover Worker’s Compensation laws and the types of businesses required to carry it.

Tuesday  • April 21 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructors: NCDOR & NCSOS  •  Event Number: 580-2015-19
Last Day to Register: April 20

Understanding Your Small Business Financial Statements

Business owners will gain understanding about the Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss (In-come Statement), and Cash Flow Statement. Join us to learn what these statements tell about business operations and be empowered to make decisions about your business that lead to greater success. Explore which are the most important, who prepares them, and where the data comes from.

Thursday  • April 23 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Robbie Dunbar • Event Number: 580-2015-20 • Last Day to Register: April 22

15 Common Mistakes That Will Undermine Any Small Business

Opening and operating a small business normally involves a great deal of time and a substantial financial investment. Come learn the fifteen most common mistakes made by entrepreneurs and many corporations that ultimately undermine the business. Regardless of whether you are opening or operating a business, regardless of the size of your company, this seminar will prove to be invaluable in helping you form a legal, profitable, and growing business. Make a solid investment in the future survival of your business by planning to attend this informative seminar taught by an experienced entrepreneur!

Tuesday  • April 28 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Bob Moore • Event Number: 580-2015-21 • Last Day to Register: April 27

The Selling Small Business Owner: Wear Your Selling Hat With Confidence!

As an existing or potential small business owner who wears the selling hat or who leads a sales team, you will learn to identify the best customer prospects, win at price negotiations, get past voice mail and other gatekeepers with your potential customers, protect your selling time from other business interruptions, set reasonable expectations for developing new business, track your sales activities and your progress, and increase your effectiveness to maximize your selling opportunities. Come learn all this and more in our 1.5 hour seminar.

Tuesday  •  May 5 • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: David Fellman • Event Number: 580-2015-22 • Last Day to Register: May 4

Cash Flow – Essential in the Survival  of Your Small Business

Cash flow problems lead the list of causes for small business failure regardless of your business passion or the excellence of your product or service. A business that is losing money will soon be out of business. Existing and potential small business owners will understand the causes of negative cash flow and how to avoid them while learning about a sales process that leads to positive cash flow as self-discipline is exercised in day to day operations.

Tuesday • May 19 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Room: G-242
Instructor: Tim Dannelly • Event Number: 580-2015-25 • Last Day to Register: May 18

How to Start a Small  Business

Starting your own business may seem like an overwhelming task, but it really is not so hard if you take it step by step. This workshop is an in-depth walk-through on the mechanics of developing a business concept, feasibility, licensing, and the written plan, plus financial projections by line item. This is a must for those starting their own business.

Tuesday • June 2 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Room: G-242
Instructor: Melissa Evans • Event Number: 580-2015-26 • Last Day to Register: June 1

Promoting Your  Non-Profit Cause  “The  Write  Way”

Starting and operating a successful non-profit business requires you to develop a community of supporters.  This seminar is designed to lay the foundation for writing great fundraising material, newsletters, and donation and thank you letters, as well as preparing press releases, developing website content ideas, writing the annual report, grant proposals, and letters of inquiry.  Learn common grant proposal mistakes to avoid and receive an online marketing guide for non-profits.  Existing non-profits will glean fresh ideas while those considering starting a non-profit will find beneficial ideas to jump start their cause.

Thursday • June 4 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Room: G-242
Instructor: Sam Gore • Event Number: 580-2015-27 • Last Day to Register: June 3

Selling  Items on eBay with Your Mobile  Device  for Small Business Owners

Using your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8,& Blackberry) existing and potential small business owners will learn how to research sales trends to set competitive prices, scan your item’s barcode to add product de- tails from eBay’s catalog automatically, take and add pictures to your listing with your device, accept PayPal as a payment method, track your active listings, relist items, predefine and save your listing preferences for shipping and return policy, provide tracking information to buyers, and respond timely to questions.

Thursday • 6:00- 9:00 p.m. • June 11 • Room: G-242
Instructor: Nick Hawks  • Event Number: 580-2015-28 • Last Day to Register: June 10

Grant Writing  for Non-Profits

Learn the basics of writing grant proposals for non-profit organizations. Understand the grant writing process, marketing your proposal to government agencies and foundations, as well as other tips for success.

Tuesday • 6:00- 9:00 p.m. • June 16 • Room: G-242
Instructor: Sam Gore • Event Number: 580-2015-29 • Last Day to Register: June 15

How to Write a Small Business Plan

The business plan is the blueprint for your business. Writing a business plan is the best way to test whether or not an idea for starting a business is feasible.  Often, an idea for starting a business is discarded at the marketing analysis or competitive analysis stage, freeing you to move on to a new (and better) idea. Seminar contents include: business’s legal structure, target market, direct and indirect competitors, sales strategy, pricing plan, advertising and promotion activities, equipment, employees, and much more.

Tuesday • 6:00- 9:00 p.m. • June 23  • Room: G-242
Instructor: Trudy Lynn • Event Number: 580-2015-30 • Last Day to Register: June 22

Steps to Succeed in Federal  Contracting as a Small Business Owner

Learn whether contracting with the government is a viable option for your small business. View registration forms for doing business with the government, determine which small business programs may be applicable for your business, and learn marketing strategies to garner contracts.

Tuesday • 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. • July 21 • Room: G-242
Instructor: Ariana Billingsley • Event Number: 580-2015-31 • Last Day to Register: July 20

HP Life On-Line Entrepreneurship Training

Existing & potential small business owners enroll in this “free” self-paced online business learning program available now through June 30th on demand, 24/7. Featuring
22 modules on key business growth topics such as Cash Flow, Effective Business Websites, Basics of Finance, Hiring Staff, Inventory Management, Marketing, Sales Forecasting, Selling on Line, Social Media Marketing, and more. This study is de- signed to supplement your counseling with the SBC to increase your skill sets. Available through a partnership between the NC Small Business Center Network (SBCN) and the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), it provides you with a dated Certificate of Completion for each module – a great addition to your business plan or portfolio! Having an opportunity to see other successful business models can be an invaluable experience. Access: coned/sbc.cfm and click on view seminars, scroll to the bottom, and click register.

January 1 - June 30 • 24/7 On Demand

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