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RELEASE DATE:  April 25, 2016

CONTACT: Marilyn Graham, Small Business Center


NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network

Celebrates North Carolina Small Businesses


RALEIGH – As we enjoy the spring, the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to celebrate your local Small Businesses.  National Small Business Week is May 1-7, 2016 #DreamSmallBiz.

“A little over 98% of Businesses in Brunswick County are considered Small Businesses”

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st-century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

“The Brunswick Community College Small Business Center would like to celebrate all small businesses on this special week.”  To contribute to these efforts the Small Business Center in collaboration with the NC Retail Merchants Association, and the Small Business Administration are offering an all-day Business JAM series of seminars to celebrate Small Businesses. These sessions will include: Intellectual Property: What you need to know, How to set up your business in Google Maps, How to use email marketing, How to build marketing relationships to grow your business, Tips on how to expand marketing resources beyond the peak season, and SBA resources for capital, government contracting, and for small business planning.”

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 50 percent of the working population works in a small business. A small business is defined by the Small Business Administration as one with 500 or fewer employees. Small businesses have generated over 65 percent of new jobs since 1995.

National Small Business Week is our opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to our community. The SBCN encourages you to join us in celebrating these businesses and use the power of your dollar to support them and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.

For additional information on the May 4th all day Small Business FULLY FUNDED Seminar JAM contact your SBC Director at 910-755-7306. The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) 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. The SBCN assisted in starting more than 700 businesses in 2014-2015.  Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90% of all NC Counties each year including helping to create and retain over 3,500 jobs in 2014-2015.


The One Day Small Business Jam will be held at Brunswick Community College Main Campus.  Pre-Registration is required for each seminar at: .  All seminars are free.  Some sessions may have limited seating availability.

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