Small Business Center

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Small Business Center 2018

Success is our business, make it yours. We’re your partner for business services.

The Tri-County Community College (TCCC) Small Business Center (SBC), one of 58 SBCs throughout North Carolina, supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of training, counseling, and resource information. Confidential counseling services and access to resource libraries are free of charge. The TCCC SBC is located at the Cherokee County Center for Applied Technology in Marble and provides free business seminars and workshops in Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties. The SBC offers a wide variety of FREE seminars and workshops to help small businesses be successful. The offerings range from one-hour introductory seminars to several-day workshops. Topics constantly change in response to business needs.


Small Business Center Live Sessions

Small Business Center 2018

Email Marketing Summit 

How to Grow Your Business with Email Marketing & Social Media: Learn how to market your business with targeted email marketing campaigns and social media posts. Building your email database is important and beneficial for your business. Learn about the tools to help you capture this data. Center for Applied Technology, Marble.

Instructor: Means
Tuesday, February 13 *(New date)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration starts at 9:45 a.m or you can register online here

Constant Contact 

Discover the power of Constant Contact as your email marketing program. Center for Applied Technology, Marble.

Instructor: Means
Tuesday, February 13 *(New date)
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

Business Basics Bootcamp 

After this day, you will know how to start a small business, write your business plan, understand taxes and legal structures and bookkeeping in your small business, as well as marketing and advertising for your business. Lunch will be provided.

Instructor: Reyes/Bradshaw
February 22 FREE
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. TH

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Skills Summit 

Help your employees thrive by learning about soft skills and emotional intelligence, in addition to how to foster a culture of exceptional performance in your business. Lunch will be provided.

Instructor: Reyes
March 21 FREE
8:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. W

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

Social Media Marketing Summit 

April 18 W
TCCC Main Campus
8:45 – Registration (You may also register for this seminar by clicking here.)

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 1

Connect and Engage – Facebook Marketing Best Practices

Facebook is not just a marketing opportunity. It is a way for people to communicate with their friends, family, colleagues, and community and share what they care about most. In order to build a following, engage your audiences, and generate more brand recognition you must:

Learn the basics of the Facebook algorithm, business pages, and inspiring your fans to take actions that grow your business or organization.


1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Session 2

Social Media Strategy and The Art of Engagement and Conversion

Social media is a powerful tool for connecting with existing and prospective customers, clients, donors, and more, but growing your business means people must complete your calls to action and become more than just a like, follower, comment, or reaction. Engagement leads to action, and actions lead to conversion, and conversions lead to an increase in sales, leads, and donations. Find out how the professionals use social media to not only increase brand awareness and name recognition, but to also generate sales and leads that grow your bottom line. Explore various social platforms, advertising systems, and tracking analytics. Learn how create a social media strategy that is clear, results-oriented, and effective.

Wednesday, April 18 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
TCCC – Main Campus
Benoit – JB Media Institute

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

Winning Loan Presentation 

Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? Will this business be profitable? Learn how to prepare a winning loan presentation in this engaging seminar.

Instructor: Chautin

The Value of Strategic Planning 

Plan proactively instead of allowing your company’s future to be shaped by kneejerk responses to internal and external influences.

Instructor: Reyes
February 15 FREE
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. TH

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

Ethics in Your Business 

This seminar introduces the subject of ethic in terms of four key business areas: human resources, technology, sales and marketing, as well as accounting and finance. You will gain an understanding of the risks of ignoring ethics in these areas and the benefits of employing Ethics Standards and Training in their operations.

Instructor: Reyes
March 1 FREE
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. TH

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

Women’s Networking Luncheon – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 

Gather together with other women in business to network and enjoy lunch! Lunch will be provided, followed by a short program.

Instructor: Jenkins
March 8 FREE
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. TH

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

Understand Your Employees – Babyboomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Boomelts! 

The people in your business most likely represent different generations and therefore their learning style and communication style are different. Learn each of the generation types and how to maximize their contribution to your business.

Instructor: Reyes
March 13 FREE
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. T

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

Networking Open House – Small Business Center 

Enjoy refreshments while you discover the Small Business Center at Tri-County Community College. Meet instructors, learn about the upcoming seminars, and give us your ideas about future programming.

April 5 FREE
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. TH

Seminars with Nick Hawks 

From eBay to Etsy or Amazon, you will learn from a seasoned veteran about the many ways to sell online, as well as where to find your merchandise and how to market it to the right audience.

April 16 & 17 FREE

All Seminars are FREE!

Welcome to TCCC SBC OnDemand

The Tri-County Community College Small Business Center also offers online small business seminars at the touch of your fingertips! TCCC SBC OnDemand provides flexible training opportunities at a time and location that is convenient for you.

Listed below are some of the available seminars. For a full list of courses, course descriptions, and how to access the training, please call Kathryn Jenkins a the Small Business Center (828) 835-9564. Seminar registration may be completed online by clicking this link.




Financial Literacy classes:

All Seminars are FREE!

Confidential Business Counseling

The SBC provides local, confidential, and experienced counselors as advisors for new and existing businesses. Available on an as needed basis, this local confidential service acts as a sounding board for new ideas and concerns one may have about a business. Our professional staff will help clients find solutions to challenging business questions. No question is too simple or too complicated. There is no charge for this service. Click here to fill out a request for counseling form.


A variety of reference and resource materials developed by the SBC is available at no charge. Clients may refer to books, pamphlets, videos, and magazines to help research topics ranging from demographics to export regulations. Clients may also use TCCC’s on-site computers to develop business plans. Click here for Business Plan.

Contact Us:  The TCCC Small Business Center is located in Marble, NC at the Cherokee County Center for Applied Technology.  Kathryn Jenkins, Small Business Center Director may be contacted at the Center for Applied Technology during regular business hours:  Monday - Thursday  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cherokee County Center for Applied Technology
2415 Airport Road
Marble, NC 28905
PH: 828-835-9564, ext. 203
FAX: 828-835-7835

Mailing Address:

Small Business Center
Tri-County Community College Small Business Center
21 Campus Circle
Murphy, NC 28906

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