NC IDEA empowers entrepreneurs to reach their full potential by offering support when they need it most. Their strategic combination of competitive grants and programs helps entrepreneurs at all stages of business development.
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The Small Business Center is a community-based provider of
1. Education & Training 2. Counseling 3. Referral & Information.
The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network is to increase the success rate and 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. Click HERE for more information.
Crystal Coast Economic Development invests in business attraction, expansion, retention and workforce development initiatives focused on growing Carteret County's economy.
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Funded with an NC IDEA ENGAGE Grant, the library is hosting a series of FREE business development seminars, designed to help you be a better business owner. Whether you just have an idea, or are already in business, these seminars can help get you on the path to success!
Igniting Your Business Idea or Business
People who consider or start a business struggle over one or more of the same three things: their business idea, the marketing message, and finding where their customers are.
Bob Graham, CEO of Breakthrough Solutions, has helped hundreds of businesses with these issues.
Over five consecutive weeks, Graham will guide weekly, two-hour, hands-on workshops. Each is designed to shift you into action, giving you insider tips and tricks to get your business rolling.
Week 1, February 18, 2021, 6pm – Creating a Business that Will Sell
You can’t sell what you don’t know. This workshop will address how to develop a successful business idea, and how to research and refine that idea. Whether you are thinking about a business or already in business, this workshop is going to help you clarify what you are selling in the clearest possible terms.
Week 2, February 25, 2021, 6pm – Figuring Out Your Customers
A business is only as good as the people whose problems you are solving. This workshop will help you explore the process of identifying what you really are selling, who wants to buy it and what they are looking for.
Week 3, March 4, 2021, 6pm – Taking Your Business Idea Public
The better your marketing, the better your business will be. This week we will explore how find and connect with potential buyers in ways that make them know, like and trust you. If they don’t know, like and trust you, they won’t buy from you, even if you have an amazing solution to their problem.
Week 4, March 11, 2021, 6pm – Business Roundtable
Bob Graham will moderate a discussion among some of the area’s most successful leaders, who will dish their business secrets. Fire all those questions you wouldn’t have anyone to ask at people who are ready to tell.
Week 5, March 18, 2021, 6pm – Business Funding and Free Resources
To conclude, this session will highlight potential funding opportunities, how to pitch to a potential investor, where to look for financing, and free resources to help you stretch those operating dollars.
Bob Graham coaches and trains business leaders and entrepreneurs on how to be more effective. He taught business courses at Johns Hopkins University and ran a national business plan competition. He launched two businesses of his own and helped dozens of other businesses start and scale.