Small Business Center

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The Small Business Center can help you with starting and growing a business. There is no cost and sessions are confidential.

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Welcome to the Small Business Center

Lily Laramie, Small Business Center Director
email: • (828) 448-6719

We’re Here to Serve You

WPCC’s Small Business Center (SBC) is part of a statewide network of community colleges which supports small businesses in our communities. Our network offers a variety of programs and services. Whether you are exploring your options for starting a business or you are an experienced business owner, we can help you realize your dream of owning your own business or making your current business more profitable.

COVID-19 Resources for Small Business

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Small Business Center is here to assist you and your business with resources and assistance. Here are online resources to help you and your business as we continue dealing with these unprecedented times.
Please visit the North Carolina Small Business Center Network for additional resources and to learn more about how the WPCC’s Small Business Center can assist you!

Business Seminars

We offer a selection of focused courses and seminars designed to help you start up or enhance your small business. Click or tap a button below to access a schedule of upcoming events sorted by topic.

Small Business Center Seminar Schedule

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The info you need for your small business

Users of the Small Business Center may obtain access to several outstanding online business and entrepreneurial information resources, via the Western Piedmont Community College Library.  To gain access to these resources, please call or visit the Small Business Center to receive a temporary username and password.

All seminars are open to the public.

Throughout the year, the Small Business Center conducts seminars and training opportunities that are designed to provide you with up-to-date information on business topics.

The SBC helps you prepare for your future.

By offering you the kind of assistance you need to succeed. The center was established to provide service, counsel, research, and information for persons who are currently in business or those seeing it start a new business.

SBC services are provided at no direct cost to you.

NC Community College System LogoThe center is staffed with individuals who understand the problems small businesses face.  It works in partnership with a network of business leaders and agencies who provide timely advice on operating a business or offer referrals for local, state, and federal agencies.

The Small Business Center at WPCC is one of 58 centers that comprise the Small Business Center Network of the North Carolina Community College System. Each is charged with providing high-quality, readily-accessible information, education, counseling, and referrals. Small Business Centers are funded in part by the local college, in part by local governments, and in part by state tax dollars. The North Carolina Community College System is the parent organization for Small Business Centers. They exist to help you gain access to the knowledge and skills you need to become and remain a successful business owner.

Accessibility of Small Business Center Services

Small Business Center classes, seminars and sessions are available with accommodations provided through WPCC Disability Services. Our Accessibility at WPCC page outlines the services we offer along with the process to request them and associated deadlines.