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

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

Summer Seminar Series

Summer is right around the corner and it’ll be time to enjoy the evenings! So you can enjoy your summer evenings AND attend the small business seminars you’re interested in, TCCC’s Small Business Center is moving our seminar series to midday, allowing business owners to take advantage of our exciting lineup during lunchtime.

SBC Summer Brown Bag Seminar Series
11:00 a.m. 1 :00 p.m.
Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the drinks.

How to Start a Small Business

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!

Instructor: Reyes
May 15 FREE
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. T

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

Strategic Planning for your Business

Whether you are half way through your 2018 Strategic Plan or haven’t developed one, use this time to see if you are on track or gain the tools to create a plan tailored for your business.

June 12 FREE
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. T

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

Branding & 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!

Instructor: Bradshaw
June 14 FREE
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. TH

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Key Strategies for Organizational Success Entrepreneurs are always strapped for time. Often, the “people” side of their business is brushed aside, focusing instead on financial, product/service development, or expansion matters. Seminar participants will learn effective leadership and management strategies that will help build and maintain strong relationships – whether employees, partners, customers or other key stakeholders.

July 17 FREE
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. T

Register for this seminar by clicking here.

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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