Small Business Center

Be Your Own Boss

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

smallbusinesscenterlogoThe 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.


FREE SBC seminars held at the Center for Applied Technology

Welcome to TCCC SBC OnDemand!

Beginning in September, the Tri-County Community College Small Business Center will offer 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.


  • Crafting A Business Plan
  • Elaborando un Plan de Negocios
  • Strategic Planning and Execution
  • Starting A New Business
  • Choosing a Legal Structure for a Business
  • Buying A Business
  • Hiring and Managing Employees
  • The Entrepreneurial Strategies


  • Finding Money To Start A Business
  • Creating A Loan Package
  • Finding and Attracting an Investor
  • Creating Financial Projections
  • Accounting 101: The Fundamentals


  • Creating Buzz: Marketing On Small Budget
  • Pricing Strategy and Tactics
  • Market Insight: Conducting Market Research
  • Positioning
  • Understanding Advertising and Promotions
  • Understanding Intellectual Property
  • Marketing 101: The Fundamentals

Financial Literacy classes:

  • Finding Money To Start A Business
  • Creating A Loan Package
  • Finding and Attracting an Investor
  • Creating Financial Projections
  • Accounting 101: The Fundamentals

Small Business Center Live Sessions:

Business Basics: Are you one of those who dream of owning your own business? You’ll be your own boss and in charge of your own destiny! While owning your own business is a dream for many it is a huge undertaking and you will need to equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible. This workshop will help you answer all those questions you have and get you pointed in the right direction. You will also find out what resources are available to you and learn some tried and true ways to determine if this is right for you. What are you waiting for, there is no better time than the present to get started on your journey!

Planning for Your Business, Step by Step: Everyone knows a business plan is an important part of planning your business venture, but how do you get started? The process can feel very overwhelming. This session will walk you through a simple, step-by-step process to outline what questions you really need to answer in order to get your plan of action together. A business plan doesn’t have to be a 50-page document, but instead should be a well-thought out road map to help you identify the correct steps for YOUR business.

Bookkeeping and Taxes: Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.

Today’s Marketing: Marketing is such a vital role in the success of your business and with ever-changing technology, it is crucial you stay current and explore ways to expand your market reach.

Gain skills to take your business to the next level with websites, social media and networking.

Summits: The Small Business Center is offering Summits – a day of sessions revolving around a certain topic. Last year, our HR SUMMIT and MARKETING SUMMIT were popular and left people wanting more. Summits often offer 8 sessions from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with lunch served!

This year, look forward to:


All Small Business Center classes will be held when the minimum number of students are registered. For more information about all of the Small Business Center classes listed, or to be placed on the Class Interest List, please contact Kathryn Jenkins at (828) 835-9564 ext. 203 or

All Seminars are FREE!

Business Plan -

A business plan is more than a means to an end. A business plan may help obtain capital for your business as you  pursue equity participation or apply for a loan. If this is the case, then a business plan will be both essential and critical for your endeavor. However, if this is the only reason you are preparing a business plan, then you are making a grave mistake.

Most business start-ups fail within three years. They fail for two reasons. The first is that the business has insufficient capital to operate until cash flow can pay expenses and generate an operating profit. The second is due to poor management. A business plan is the first line of defense to make sure that your business does not succumb due to these two reasons. A good business plan is a road map, showing where your business is going, how it proposes to get there, and the resources needed for the journey. As such it can also alert you if the business begins to run off-course, allowing you ample time to take appropriate action. Finally, you also need to understand how your business will be evaluated and judged as a business especially when you need services or access to capital. Click here for Business Plan.

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.

Resources -

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.

Business Alliance -

In addition to providing training, counseling, and other resources, the SBC will put clients in touch with vital local business and community leaders. Contact information can be provided for local and state government agencies that will enable clients to grow their businesses. Local community organizations can offer professional networking opportunities and important business to business information. As a member of the North Carolina Business Alliance, the TCCC SBC will connect clients with other member agencies across the state.

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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