The Nash Community College Small Business Center (SBC) provides free, confidential counseling services for new and existing businesses. Available on an as-needed basis, our services act as a sounding board for ideas and concerns that clients may have about their business. Our staff can meet with clients on-campus or at their place of business.
Small Business Center Development Series
The SBC offers a variety of workshops and courses to help small businesses be successful. Check the event list on the right for dates and times of upcoming seminars and workshops. We also offer the Small Business Development Series which includes the following seminars:
- How to Start A Business
- How to Write a Business Plan
- Financing a Business
- Bookkeeping and Taxes
These seminars are free and are offered to potential and existing entrepreneurs.
Chamber of Commerce Partnership
The SBC co-sponsors programs with the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce such as Lunch N Learn seminars and more in-depth seminars address topics of interest to area businesses and their employees. These seminars are available to all persons and incur a nominal fee for materials.
The SBC also works with the Chamber on the Business Expo and Small Business Appreciation Month/ Awards Banquet.
Business & Industry Training
Certification training is offered for small businesses to assist in meeting regulatory requirements. They are ServSafe, Vehicle Safety Inspection, OBD Emissions Inspection and Notary Public.
Utilizing the combined resources within the NCC Continuing Education Department, almost any business or industry training need can be met.
Complimentary Resource Center
The SBC resource center is free and open to the public. The library of professional resources includes books, pamphlets, video and a computer equipped with internet access.
Client Spotlight: Tina Harris
After owning her own contract cleaning business for 25 years, Tina Harris of Spring Hope, decided to pursue other career opportunities when her client load began to decrease. Due to the declining economy, many clients were cancelling their services with her so Harris took a job at a nursing home. She found herself without work again when the facility went out of business.
Harris then turned to Nash Community College's Continuing Education Department with the dream of working at a hospital as a Nursing Assistant. She completed the NCC Nursing Assistant I and II certificate programs in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Upon graduation, she began working as a Nursing Assistant. But her dream didn't stop there.
When she became unable to find a renter for a rental property she owned, she put her passion and creativity and entrepreneurial heart to work. She decided to turn the property into a residential elderly care facility that she would eventually own and operate full-time.
Harris sought guidance from NCC Small Business Center Director Fred Brooks. Brooks counseled her as she faced necessary renovations to the property. The two discussed business feasibility, business structure, business plans, funding and all of the details that go along with beginning a small business. For 14 months, they continued to meet as Harris had questions or ran into challenges.
"The Nash Community College Small Business Center was a great resource. With them, there was no official starting or ending point because their learning opportunities are ongoing. And you can go any time for help," Harris said.
In June 2010, Harris was approved to open her elderly care facility, Green Home Living, LLC., with two beds and potential growth of six beds. Today, she continues to collaborate with the NCC Small Business Center to gain insight on marketing a small business and to learn more about operating a small business through scheduled monthly seminars and consulting.