The objective of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners which will lead to job creation and retention. We are a community-based provider of education and training, counseling, networking and referrals. All of our services are of no cost to you, so let our Small Business Center help you develop a plan of action to turn your dreams into a reality!
What We Do
The Center makes you aware of other community and statewide resources that are available as you pursue your dream of business ownership. Established in 1991, the Center is part of the Division of Workforce & Continuing Education and is located in the North Building at Sampson Community College.
The Small Business Center presents free seminars each semester that are offered to provide helpful information to the business community on a wide range of topics. Whether you are an existing business owner or someone wishing to start their own small business, you will find these seminars informative and enlightening.
Pre-registration is requested for all of these seminars. While pre-registration is not mandatory and walk-ins are accepted, it is recommended since seating is sometimes limited or on rare occasions seminars are rescheduled due to weak enrollment. Pre-registration is easy. Simply contact the Small Business Center at 910-592-7176 or visit our registration page.
In addition to business seminars and courses, the Small Business Center provides one-on-one confidential counseling. These sessions are held in strictest confidence. Counseling is provided at the discretion of the business owner and may include on-site visits, forecasting, facilitation of relationships with professionals and other organizations, assessment of skills and needs, and referral. The Small Business Center reviews marketing and business plans, provides guidance and advice for strategic decisions, and provides an objective viewpoint.