About Your SBC
The North Carolina Community College's Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is our state's largest small business assistance initiative. It began in 1984 with 8 centers, and by 1995 there were 58 Small Business Centers (SBC's) across the state, one at each community college. The goal of the SBC's is to increase the number and success rate of small businesses by providing high-quality, accessible assistance to small business owners, which in turn leads to job creation and retention.
Your Small Business Center wants to help, and we are right here in your local community serving Jackson, Macon, Swain County and the Qualla Boundary. Our passion is the success of your small business! Our experienced counselors and trainers can help take the confusion out of what can seem like an endless list of rules, regulations and red tape. We can show you what it takes to start your business, serve as a sounding board for your ideas and assist you as your business grows.
Millions of Americans choose to pursue the dream of being their own boss, but turning the dream of a small business ownership into reality is no easy task. It often requires intensive planning and research, creative problem solving, strong determination to succeed and the savvy to navigate countless regulatory agencies and resource options.
Have you checked out the New Business Checklist? It includes a comprehensive list of key small business resources to help you succeed!
The SBC offers a multi-faceted approach to facilitating business development by providing startup and existing small business owners with a central point of contact for information, education and counseling.
The Small Business Center hosts a steady schedule of both in-person and virtual seminars designed to have a positive impact on your bottom line. You can take advantage of these free, relevant and high-impact seminars at convenient times designed to fit your busy schedule.
One-on-one, confidential and customized counseling by experienced counselors may be just what you need to take your idea or business to the next level. Counseling is free and can be conducted via phone or email, virtual, or in-person and at a time that best fits your needs.
If we do not have the expertise or an answer for your specific business need, we will find you the right tool, organization or industry expert that does and make that direct referral. We also have a small business library full of books and resources to help you start, grow and thrive in your business.