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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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
msevans@wilsoncc.edu

Lisa Morgan
SBC Secretary
(252) 246-1209
lmorgan@wilsoncc.edu

 

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 www.wilsoncc.edu, drop down on “Academic Programs”, click on Continuing Education and then Small Business Center. Preregistration is required by deadlines specified for each seminar.

SBC

How to Start a Business Home-Based, E-Commerce, or Brick & Mortar

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 home-based, e-commerce, or brick & mortar business. 

Tuesday  •  December 1  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101  •  Instructor: Pat Killette  Event Number: 580-2015-58  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. December 1


How to Write a 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.

Thursday  •  December 3  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101 
Instructor: Melissa Evans  Event Number: 580-2015-59  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. December 3

Marketing Your Business
Capture Your Customer with Video, Photos, and  Podcasts

Capture and share compelling images and stories to attract customers, entice them to buy, and share your publicity with their friends to grow your customer base. Free and low cost ways to gain a competitive edge with content distributable on YouTube, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, will be included. Also learn the basics of podcasting to create your own radio station on the Internet. Leave with clear actions to get the most from these free resources.

Tuesday • January 12 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Room G-242
Instructor: Martin Brossman • Event Number: 580-2016-1 Register by 3:00 p.m. January 12

Manual Bookkeeping for Small Business Owners

If you have a very small business or perhaps you lack confidence in your computer skill, good ol’ pen and paper might be the right choice for you. In this course, you’ll learn how to set up a simple, manual bookkeeping system tailored to your business.

Thursday  •  January 21  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal  •  Event Number: 580-2016-2  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. January 21

Grant Writing for Non-Profits

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

Tuesday  •  January 26  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Sam Gore  • Event Number: 580-2016-3 • Register by 3:00 p.m. January  26

How to Start a Business Home-Based, E-Commerce, or Brick & Mortar

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 home-based, e-commerce, or brick & mortar business.

Thursday  •  January 28  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Melissa Evans • Event Number: 580-2016-4 • Register by 3:00 p.m. January 28

Keep Your Bookkeeper From Robbing You Blind in Your Small  Business

Are you afraid to leave the office or to turn over your books to a bookkeeper? Learn how you can quickly and easily keep an eye on what your bookkeeper is doing and the danger signs of fraud or theft. Develop confidence to delegate more tasks and focus more on growing your business.

Thursday  •  February 4  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal  •  Event Number: 580-2016-5  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. February 4

How to Register as a Certified Minority Owned or Woman Owned  Business

What does it mean to be a “certified” minority or woman owned business? What is required to receive this designation, and how will it help you grow your business? Learn about the various government and private entities that provide certifications and have programs to support Minority/Women/Disadvantage Business Enterprise Certifications. Discover how to use these certification programs to boost your business.

Tuesday  •  February 9  •  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: The Women’s Business Center of NC • Event Number: 580-2016-6 Register by 3:00 p.m. February 9

How to Write a 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.

Thursday • February 11 • 6:00- 9:00 p.m. • Room G-242
Instructor: Melissa Evans • Event Number: 580-2016-7 Register by 3:00 p.m. February 11

Selling to the Government

Find out how to sign up to sell your merchandise and services to the Federal government and military. Increase your business with government contracts.

Tuesday  •  February 16  •  9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: NC Military Business Center • Event Number: 580-2016-8  •  Register by 8:00 a.m. February 16

Employing NC’s Military & Veterans

Profitable Patriotism
As a business owner or HR representative, learn how hiring military/veterans with substantial training can impact your business’ bottom line in positive ways. Find information on accessing the online matching tools for your job posting versus MOS skills, and learn about the huge talent pool available for hire. With government provided financial aid  for ongoing training, hiring a veteran who can consistently improve, while on the job, through continuing education initiatives is a plus for you as the employer. Where else can you find a future employee whose past experience has been evaluated monthly?

Tuesday • February 16 • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. • Room G-242
Instructor: Melissa Evans • Event Number: 580-2016-9 Register by 10:00 a.m. February 16

Payroll in a Nutshell

Take one or all five in this series of classes.

Part 1 - Register Your Small Business with the Appropriate Authorities
As a small business owner, see how to obtain a federal employer identification number, register to submit your federal tax payments on the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) and register to collect and remit withholding tax with the state of North Carolina.
Thursday  •  February 18  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal • Event Number: 580-2016-10 • Register by 9:00 a.m. February 18

Part 2 - New Hire Employment Paperwork From A to Z for Small Business Owners Federal, state and employment eligibility forms can be a wee bit confusing for the employee and the employer alike with their alpha-numeric nicknames like I-9 and W-4. Learn what forms you need as a small business owner to provide the employee at hiring or rehiring and what you need to do with each form.
Thursday  •  February 25  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Jen Deal  • Event Number: 580-2016-12 • Register by 9:00 a.m. February 25

Part 3 - Calculate Your Small Business Employee’s Take Home Pay
Payroll isn’t rocket science. Small business owners will learn how to use withholding tables, where to find tax rates, and how to apply both so that you can calculate an employee’s take-home pay.  Bring a calculator!
Tuesday  •  March 22  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room G-113
Instructor: Jen Deal  •  Event Number: 580-2016-20  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. March 22

Part 4 - Pay Employer Taxes & Employee Withheld Taxes for Your Small Business Learn how and when to send in the payroll taxes you collected to both the IRS and the state of North Carolina.

Wednesday  •  March 23  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room G-113
Instructor: Jen Deal  •  Event Number: 580-2016-21  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. March 23

Part 5 - File Federal & State Payroll Tax Returns for Small Business Owners Perplexed by which forms apply to your small business? Learn what forms to use and when they should be filed. Learn the purpose of the forms, how to fill them out, and how to send them to the right place.

Thursday  •  March 24  •  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  •  Room G-113
Instructor: Jen Deal  •  Event Number: 580-2016-22  •  Register by 9:00 a.m. March 24

How to Start a Nonprofit Business

There is a tremendous interest coming from our communities of wanting to know how  to form a nonprofit business. Careful consideration should be given to this quest, and much attention needs to be given to the proper steps to take. In this seminar attendees will learn the basics of what a nonprofit is, issues to consider before starting a nonprofit, key steps in forming a non-profit, which forms and documents that need to be filed, and more. If you are considering starting a nonprofit business, please plan to attend this very informative seminar.

Thursday  •  February 18  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Sam Gore  • Event Number: 580-2016-11 • Register by 3:00 p.m. February 18

How to Write Bylaws for Your Nonprofit

Bylaws are essential to your operation as a Nonprofit. Come learn what should be included in your bylaws to be properly set up and avoid common pitfalls that could undermine your business longevity. Roles and duties of directors and officers, distribution of grant monies, meeting procedures, electing directors, and more will be covered.

Thursday  •  February 25  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Sam Gore • Event Number: 580-2016-13 • Register by 3:00 p.m. February 25

QuickBooks

Hands-On Training for the Small Business Owner
Business Owners can learn the basics of using QuickBooks for their business in this hands on workshop conducted in a computer lab setting. Tracking your income and expenses is essential if you as the business owner want to keep tabs on your business performance and make time sensitive decisions about your business operations. A bookkeeping system saves time and allows you to print financial statements with just a few clicks as well as gather all your tax information in one place for year-end tax return preparation. Class space limited to 24. Please sign up early to attend this 6 hour Saturday seminar. There will be a 1 hour break for lunch on your own. Attendees must exit the building during the lunch break.

Saturday  •  February 27  •  9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  •  Room G-113
Instructor: Jess Mclamb • Event Number: 580-2016-14 • Register by 3:00 p.m. February 26

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity for the Small Business Owner

Many small business owners go out of business within a short period after a disaster strikes. The faster you recover, the quicker you are back up and bringing customers back in your door. Are you prepared? This seminar helps a business owner prepare, mitigate, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. You will learn what the Small Business Administration expects of you and what is available to help you through our federal government to obtain a SBA disaster loan.

Tuesday  •  March 1  •  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  •  Room E-101
Instructor: Saundra Johnson • Event Number: 580-2016-15 • Register by 11:00 a.m. March 1

Business Management for the Small Business Owner

The Business Management Seminar discusses good business ethics, legal structures available, guidelines for the procurement of equipment and facilities, the writing and implementation of policies and procedures, staffing needs, inventory control, customer service, where to find information on taxes, licenses and permits, possible business insurance needs, and key people on your business team and their roles.

Tuesday  •  March 1  •  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Donald Clark • Event Number: 580-2016-16  • Register by 3:00 p.m. March 1

Labor Issues for the Small Business Owner

Do you know the difference between hourly, salary, exempt, or non-exempt employees? Are you familiar with the minimum wage and age for this state and what postings are required? Are your vacation policies and other benefit programs documented? If you are thinking of starting a business or already own a small business, this seminar is for you.

Thursday  •  March 3  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m. •  Room G-242
Instructor: NCDOL •  Event Number: 580-2016-17  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. March 3

Fundraising Fundamentals for Non-Profits

Learn essentials for revenue generation including eight ways to raise up to $2500 or more in 10 days or less, what an online donor looks like, writing a donation letter that seals the deal, ongoing vs episodic funding, and more tips for better fundraising to put the funds into your findraising efforts.

Tuesday  •  March 8  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Sam Gore   •  Event Number: 580-2016-18  •  Register by 3:00 p.m. March 8

How to do the 501(c)3 Thing

Most nonprofits are small businesses with very few employees. Will your nonprofit 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.

Tuesday  •  March 15  •  6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Sam Gore  • Event Number: 580-2016-19 •  Register by 3:00 p.m. March 15

Marketing Your Business

Using LinkedIn
Successful business owners understand that they must market themselves along with their products and services. You’ll learn how to use LinkedIn, a free social media tool, to create your own online billboard, raise your visibility and credibility, ask for and give recommendations, become a search extraordinaire expert, and be found using the power of keywords.

Tuesday  •  March 29  •  6:00 - 8:30 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Anita Hicks • Event Number: 580-2016-23 • Register by 3:00 p.m. March  29

The Cost of Pricing for Small Business Owners

Learn how to price your products or services, find ways to increase your profitability, understand how to calculate your break-even point and the true cost of discounting as a strategy.

Thursday •  March 31  •  6:00 - 8:30 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Scott Rockafellow • Event Number: 580-2016-24 • Register by 3:00 p.m. March 31

How to Start a Business

Home-Based, E-Commerce, or Brick & Mortar
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 home-based, e-commerce, or brick & mortar business.

Tuesday  • April 5  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Melissa Evans • Event Number: 580-2016-25 • Register by 3:00 p.m. April 5

Understanding Business Financial Statements for Small Business Owners

Understand the importance of the Profit & Loss Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Owner’s Equity, and Statement of Cash Flow. Analyze each statement and learn to manage your business using each report as you gain a level of comfort and understanding. Learn how to monitor key areas of your financials and make timely decisions in managing your business.

Thursday •  April 7  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Scott Rockafellow • Event Number: 580-2016-26 • Register by 3:00 p.m. April 7

Financing Your Small Business

How do you attract financing for your start-up or existing small business? What do bankers and investors look for when considering your loan request? Obtaining a loan is one of the most important sales presentations you will ever make. Developing a successful loan package will increase your chances of getting your business up and operating.

Thursday  •  April 14  •  6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Jeff Hamilton • Event Number: 580-2016-27 • Register by 3:00 p.m. April 14

How to Raise Your Credit Score Over 740 Points For Potential and Existing Small Business  Owners

An excellent credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. Should you have one credit card or four? Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance? Should you carry a credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan to start or expand your business. In this three-hour seminar we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. You will learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score simply by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry balances. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days.  Make plans to attend now!

Tuesday  • April 19  •  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Bob Moore  •  Event Number: 580-2016-28  • Register by 3:00 p.m. April 19

How to Write a 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.

Thursday  •  April 21  •  6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: Melissa Evans • Event Number: 580-2016-29 • Register by 3:00 p.m. April 21

Business Taxes NC 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. A representative from the N.C. Secretary of State’s office will discuss trademarks registration, crowd funding, and business filings and responsibilities.

Tuesday  • April 26  •  6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-242
Instructor: NC Department of Revenue • Event Number: 580-2016-30 • Register by 3:00 p.m. April 26

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 designed 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: http://www.wilsoncc.edu/coned/sbc.cfm and click on view seminars, scroll to the bottom, and click register.

Start Today – June 30  •  24/7 On Demand

Non-Profit Academy Certificate
Upon completion of one counseling session with the college’s SBC Director and eight (8) of the following seminars within three (3) consecutive semesters, a Non-Profit Academy Certificate will be issued.


Pick up your tracking form in one of the seminars.

How to Start a Non-Profit Business
How to Write a Small Business Plan
How to do the 501(c) 3 Thing
QuickBooks Hands-on Training for the Small Business Owner
Basic Bookkeeping and Taxes for Your Small Business
NC Taxes for Your Small Business
Federal Taxes for Your Small Business
Fundraising for Your Non-Profit  
Grant Writing for Non-Profits


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