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
msevans@wilsoncc.edu

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

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 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.

 

How to Start a Non-Profit Business

Learn the step-by-step process to start a non-profit business the right way, before you get started.

Monday  •  October 27 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Section Number: 22611 • Last Day to Register: October 24

Basic  Bookkeeping and Taxes  for Your Small  Business

Are you still trying to determine which record keeping method or software is best for you? In this workshop you will understand the different accounting methods and
become familiar with financial terms that are currently confusing. You will be given a basic introduction to bookkeeping and discuss the different software now available.

Monday  •  November 3 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Section Number: 22612 • Last Day to Register: October 31

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 volunteers? Will contributions to your organization be deductible? How do you set up the organization? Come to this seminar for answers.

Monday  •  November 10 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Section Number: 22614 • Last Day to Register: November 7

Opening  an eBay Store to Expand  Your Small Business

Small business owners who are ready to become eBay store owners will learn how to start, brand, and optimize their eBay store website. You will understand how to effectively market your store with email newsletters, traffic reports, and the mark- down manager sales tool. Learn how to use the “Quick Store Tune-up” feature and “Manage My Store” page to customize your eBay store, plus learn tips for search engine optimization (SEO) that will bring internet shoppers via Google, Yahoo, and Bing search engines! Recommended prerequisite:  Basics of Selling on eBay, and Growing your Small Business on eBay, Beyond Basics.

Tuesday  •  November 11 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Section Number: 22726 • Last Day to Register: November 10

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 a response.

Tuesday  •  November 18 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Section Number: 22650 • Last Day to Register: November 17

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  •  December 2 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Section Number: 22616 • Last Day to Register: December 1

Making  the Customer Experience Magical  in Your Small Business

As a former Disney Hotel leader and known throughout the U.S. as the Ex-Disney Guy, the instructor shares his incredible experiences and 25 years of proven success strategies to help business owners create a “Magical Customer Experience” in their business. Learn secret success strategies to attract more customers, build brand loyalty for life, beat out your competition and transform your business into a Disney-like culture. A must program if you are serious about having a successful business and surviving in today’s challenging economy!

Thursday  •  January 15 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: John Formica • Event Number: 580-2015-1 • Last Day to Register: Jan. 14

Small Business Labor & Wage Issues

Do you know the difference between hourly, salary, exempt, or non-exempt employees? Are you familiar with the minimum wage for this state and what postings are
required? If you are thinking of starting a business or already own a small business,
this seminar is for you.
Thursday  •  January 22 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. •  Room G-240
Instructor: NCDOL • Event Number: 580-2015-2 • Last Day to Register: January 21

Using Crowd Funding  to Fuel Your Small Business Start-Up  or Expansion

Existing and potential business owners will explore opportunities for non-traditional
funding for business startup and expansion. Crowd funding campaigns to raise equity are becoming an important tool for businesses to seek funds outside of the lending institution. Participants in this seminar will explore the differences between this new resource and traditional funding and review a number of crowd funding web sites.

Tuesday  •  January 27 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Ruben Gonzales • Event Number: 580-2015-3 • Last Day to Register: Jan. 26

How to Write a Small Business PlanSBC

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.

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.

Thursday  •  February 5 • 6:00- 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Pat Killette • Event Number: 580-2015-9 • Last Day to Register: February 4

Basic Bookkeeping and Taxes for Your Small Business

Are you still trying to determine which record keeping method or software is best for you? In this workshop, you will understand the different accounting methods and
become familiar with financial terms that can be confusing. You will be given a basic introduction to bookkeeping and discuss the different software now available.

Tuesday  •  February 10 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Jess McLamb • Event Number: 580-2015-5 • Last Day to Register: Feb. 9

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 • February 12 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Room G-240
Instructor: Jeff Hamilton • Event Number: 580-2015-6 • Last Day to Register: Feb. 11

Inexpensive and Creative  Ways to Market  Your Small Business

Existing and potential small business owners, come learn inexpensive ways to market your businesses effectively, network and engage others, increase your visibility, connect better with your community, and leave with over 100 marketing ideas to implement.

Tuesday  •  February 17 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room  G-240
Instructor: Emily Ballance • Event Number: 580-2015-7 • Last Day to Register: Feb. 16

Researching Your Small Business Competition and Your Target Customer

In the process of writing a business plan, small business owners will research their competition, seek mentors, identify their target customers, and develop a marketing plan within their business plan to reach their target market. Learn about the “free” re- search tools available to help you discover details you didn’t know existed about your competition, find potential mentors outside of your target market, and define demo- graphics about your target customers.

Thursday  •  February 19 • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Gerry O’Neill • Event Number: 580-2015-10 • Last Day to Register: Feb. 18

Allowable Business Deductions for Small Business Owners

Small business owners will gain an understanding of common business expenses, comprehend the general deductibility rules, and learn how to track those that require documentation. Home office use, capital assets vs expensed items, leasehold improvements, depreciation, insurance, travel and entertainment costs, business start-up costs, bad debts, intangibles such as patents or trademarks, legal fees, political contributions, and taxes will all be discussed.

Tuesday  •  February 24 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  •  Room G-240
Instructor: Rebekah Barr • Event Number: 580-2015-8 • Last Day to Register: Feb. 23

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

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

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: http://www.wilsoncc.edu/ 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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