Small Business Center at Wilkes Community College

As you plan a new business venture, or expand on an existing one, take advantage of the helpful resources provided by each local Small Business Center. The Small Business Center at Wilkes Community College supports the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of training, counseling and resource information. It is part of North Carolina’s Small Business Center Network, comprised of 58 centers throughout the state, each offering:

  • Confidential business counseling services and access to resource libraries are free of charge. Counseling topics may include business plan development, funding and investment, human resources, international trade, marketing, government procurement and more.
  • Seminars and workshops on a variety of topics to help properly start and successfully manage a business. some require a minimal registration fee.
  • Customized services to suit your specific business needs.

All SBCs offer a series of core seminars essential to every business owner:

  • How to Start a Business
  • How to Write a Business Plan
  • Financing Your Business
  • Marketing Your Business
  • How to Find Your Customers
  • Basics of Bookkeeping
  • Small Business Taxes

Check out upcoming seminars and events at the WCC SBC or stop by the SBC for more information.

Laurie Brintle-Jarvis
Director, WCC SBC
Wilkes Community College, Beacon Hall
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Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

The Small Business Technology Development Center’s (SBTDC) three-module video series is designed for individuals who are thinking about or have begun the process of starting a business.  Each session is approximately 30 minutes long. After registering, you will be able to access the webinar and view it at your convenience.  You can also access an excellent StartUp Guide.


Module 1:  Starting Your Business: Increase Your Chances of Success
This module will help you assess yourself as a potential business owner and determine the feasibility of your business idea.  It also looks at three approaches to going into business – starting a business, buying a franchise, and buying a business. (33 minutes)

Module 2: Developing Your Business Plan
This module will help you with your business plan.  It discusses reasons to develop a plan, what to include (executive summary, company information, product/service, HR, marketing, operations, and financial plans), and tips for writing a successful plan.  (30 minutes)

Module 3: Funding Options for Your Business
This module describes potential funding options (including family & friends, angel investors, loans, specialized grants, local sources), and what the various financing sources look for from the individuals / businesses they fund.  (39 minutes)

See all SBTDC online training or contact the SBTDC for more information.

Reid Stewart
General Business Counselor
SBTDC at Appalachian State University
130 Poplar Grove Rd. Connector
Boone, NC 28607
828-262-2492 or 800-258-0862
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Business Link North Carolina (BLNC)

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina offers a 1-800 hotline called Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) for business questions. This resource is available to any new or existing businesses. Get in touch with a BLNC business counselor toll-free at (800) 228-8443  or contact us online. BLNC counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more click here.


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