The Small Business Center of Robeson Community College is located in the Charles V. Chrestman Workforce Development Center (Building 18). It offers a variety of free services designed to assist the aspiring and existing entrepreneur.
The NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network assists in starting an average of more than 650 businesses each year. The Small Business Centers have an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC counties each year including helping to create and retain nearly 3,600 jobs annually. Over 68 percent of these jobs are in the rural counties of the state. We accomplish our mission by offering no-fee confidential counseling, free seminars that are open to the public, and a Small Business Center Resource Center with computers, Internet access, books, and periodicals.
TRAINING (Seminars and Webinars)
Each year, the Small Business Center offers approximately 60-75 seminars and or webinars on the subjects of how to start, finance, market, manage and grow a business. In addition, seminars and webinars are offered on the subjects of recordkeeping, taxes, grants, corporation structure, social media for business and many more. A complete list of these offerings and with registration instructions can be viewed online on the Small Business Center Webpage [opens in a new window] (https://www.robeson.edu/sbc).
The Small Business Center offers free, confidential, one-on-one counseling services to assist individuals in researching and determining the feasibility of their business idea, writing a business plan, locating sources of funding, marketing, advertising, taxes, record-keeping, obtaining permits and licenses, etc. The goal in counseling is to guide clients “step-by-step” through the process of making their dream of owning their own business a reality. Through counseling, we also seek to help clients discover viable solutions to problems that may be hindering their business from growing or producing higher profits. Counseling appointments are scheduled at times convenient to the client. To request a counseling session online, go to the Small Business Center Webpage [opens in a new window] (https://www.robeson.edu/sbc) or call 910-272-3631.
The Small Business Center maintains a Resource Center in the Charles V. Chrestman Workforce Development Center (Building 18) for use by individuals performing research on their business idea and in writing business plans and financial projections. The Resource Center contains books, recent business publications and forms furnished by the U.S. Small Business Administration. A computer, printer and Internet access is also available. The Resource Center is open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm on Fridays.
Director of Small Business Center
Robeson Community College
5160 Fayetteville Road
Post Office Box 1420
Lumberton, North Carolina 28359