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, A103a and A103c.
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Current Schedule

View or Select Seminars and Register Online

Download the SBC Client Management System Registration form to register manually.

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


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.

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 SBC

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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