Small Business Center

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Small Business Center 2018

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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

 Seminar Series

The Small Business Center offers FREE assistance to anyone who wants to start a new business or expand a business.

• Confidential, one-on-one counseling
• Assistance with Business Plan or Marketing Plan
• Assistance with Small Business Loans
• Free Seminars on Small Business Topics

Contact Kathryn Jenkins TODAY at 828-835-9564, ext. 203 more information or to set up an appointment!

CLICK HERE to register for a seminar


Google Ads 101: A Crash Course in Pay-Per-Click Advertising
Clicks, impressions, bounce rate, daily budget, keywords… getting confused? In this workshop you’ll learn how digital ads work, how to maximize your investment, and how to create your own Google ad.

Instructor: Base Note Labs
September 5: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Streamline Your Social Media: Post, Comment, and Check Your Stats in One Place with Hootsuite
Facebook twice a day, Instagram at 6:00 a.m., and Pinterest whenever you’re procrastinating. How will you find time to be everywhere? The secret is you don’t have to be! Learn all about scheduling your social media using the popular Hootsuite software.

Instructor: Base Note Labs
September 10: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

MindSpark Live Webinar Series 2019:

July 10th: How to Choose Your Legal Structure
Choosing the right legal structure for your new or growing business can seem overwhelming and confusing, but it really doesn’t have to be that way. There are certain basic questions to ask yourself when making this important decision and some very fundamental differences that you need to know. This session will break it down and give you the information you need to understand the differences between the different types of legal structures of a small business. It will cover the basic advantages and disadvantages of each of the following: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, S and C Corporation, and Limited Liability Company.

August 7th: Branding With a Bang
Branding your business well involves much more than having a catchy name or a memorable logo. Your brand involves your relationship with customers, how they relate to you and how they feel about you. Having a good brand makes an impression and creates recognition. This session will cover taking a strategic, proactive approach to managing your brand.

September 4: Building Your Business Around Your Community
Being a small business owner can be a challenge, but the best way to make an impact with your business is to first make an impact in the community you serve. If you’re spending alot of time online trying to reach far and wide, you may be missing the connections and potential sales from those who are right in front of you. The best way to offer what your community needs and stay relevant is to be visible and get involved. Learn how to make your business a vital part of your town and how to gain credibility and trust from potential customers in your local community.

October 2: Making an Offer They Can’t Refuse
Learn the art of selling your product, your service and yourself! Contrary to popular opinion, selling isn’t as much about gimmicks, presentations and sales speeches as it is about listening and getting to know what your customer really wants. Learn valuable skills on how to listen to the customer and communicate clearly the benefits of what you can offer them.

November 6: Simple, Effective Customer Service Tips
Great customer service will give you an advantage you need to survive in today’s tough business climate. Now more than ever before, businesses must be customer-oriented and have strong “people skills” in order to succeed. Learn the skills needed to communicate professionalism, strengthen customer relationships and secure a competitive advantage through customer service excellence.

December 4: Apps for Small Business
Whether you’re trying to keep up with expense receipts, manage your time better or just sign documents electronically, there’s probably an app for that! Being an entrepreneur involves wearing many hats and improving productivity is always a concern. Knowing which apps you should be using can make life much simpler, but there’s so many options it’s almost impossible to know where to start. This session will explore some of our favorites that have helped many small businesses we know get on the path to better systems and improved efficiency.


Small Business Development Seminar Series:

Thinking of Starting a Small Business?:
If so, you need to equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible. With the right guidance, and knowing what resources are available, you will increase your chance for success! Center for Applied Technology, Marble.

Instructor: Megan Reyes
September 12: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Business Plan Boot Camp:
This one-day, multi-session workshop is designed for the current and prospective small business owner that is interested in creating or strengthening their business plan. During this workshop, attendees will walk through each section of the business plan, key strategies for development and leave with a business plan base to build from. Current and prospective small business owners will also gain a greater understanding of the resources available to assist them with the business planning process. Bring an idea and/or business plan and join a team of business resource providers as we develop business plans worthy of competition. Center for Applied Technology, Marble.

Instructor: Russ Seagle
September 19: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

How to Write a Business Plan:
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the do’s and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy.

Instructor: Russ Seagle
September 24: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

Market Research and Marketing:
Learn how to create a brand for your business and how to properly market it. There are various platforms that you can use to advertise – discover the right ones for you! Center for Applied Technology, Marble.

Instructor: McNabb
October 1: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Record Keeping and Taxes:
Participants will learn about their tax reporting responsibilities. Additionally, business owners will learn how keeping sound financial records is a critical step in managing a successful company. Learn how to manage your financial paperwork in a way that helps you prepare for your bookkeeping and accounting tasks. Center for Applied Technology, Marble.

Instructor: Crowe
October 1: 11:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Financing Your Small Business:
Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.

Instructor: Snider/tenBiz
October 1: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

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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