Guide to Growing Your Business

As seen in the June 2015 Issue of DavieLiFE

The summer months are a great time to focus on areas within your business that may need fine tuning or dig deeper into a new business idea you’ve been percolating on. Focusing on potential or existing small businesses in the community, the Small Business Center of Davidson Community College is an excellent resource to consider as you look for ways to grow or launch your business.

The mission of the Small Business Center (SBC) is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners and their employees. The SBC provides a highly qualified faculty to advise clients in a confidential setting and all business counseling is free.

Here is a sample of some of the SBC’s Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand how this community resource can benefit you.

I’m thinking of starting a business. What should I do first?
Before you quit your job or print business cards, it is wise to take stock of personal considerations. Ask yourself: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Am I a risk-taker? Do I have a grasp of basic financial and marketing principles? Am I resourceful and organized? Can I support myself and/or my family financially during the early stages of the venture when cash may be short? Will my family and friends be supportive during the start-up process? Am I knowledgeable and experienced enough in my chosen field? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no,’ you may want to focus on some form of self-improvement before proceeding. If most of your answers are ‘yes,’ then it is time to become a realist! Get as much information as you can on the feasibility of your idea and on the real experience of starting and managing any business. The Small Business Center has a resource center with books, videos, and software on business topics and offers seminars and workshops on how to start a business.

I lost my job recently and am thinking of starting a business. Can the Small Business Center help me?
Yes! The Small Business Center offers the NOW program (New Opportunities for Workers) to help people who are unemployed or underemployed get their own businesses started. We are available to help people who are out of work discover how their talents can be put to work and explore the option of starting a new business.

I’ve been running my own business for several years. What does the Small Business Center have to offer me?
The Small Business Center provides counseling to help existing businesses with all of their needs: expansion, addressing changing markets, training employees, facing new competition. We also offer seminars on subjects that are pertinent to small businesses from customer service to marketing to managing conflict. Through its network of contacts, the Small Business Center can put you in touch with the resources you require at any stage in your business life cycle.

Take advantage of all that the SBC has to offer…contact them today to set up an appointment or take advantage of the some of the incredible professional seminars/training that will be offered this summer or click below to view and print the upcoming schedule—just in time to Grow Your Business!

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