Chamber Chat - CCCC Small Business Center

Jan 27

By Meg Moss


The Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center (SBC) is now offering “Business Start-Up Foundations.” This course has been “in the works” for quite some time, and we are finally able to see the fruits of the labor of Terri Brown, the SBC Executive Director.


“For years, we have offered seated classes, and then we added on webinars, but the timing isn’t always right for small business owners or entrepreneurs. We now have this on-demand option, making it user friendly for everyone wanting to take advantage of the courses we offer” stated Brown.


Anyone thinking about starting a small business can decide if it’s the right move for them — and even get a leg up on the competition — with a free online course now being offered by the SBC.


Business Start-Up Foundations provides essential insight needed for success in the competitive environment. The new, self-paced course begins by asking if starting a business is right for you before moving onto other practical topics. The other topics in the program include business structure, taxes, hiring employees, naming your business, local resources, referrals, and business templates.


Terri Brown created the course entirely in-house to meet local needs.


“This is based on feedback from the community that I was hearing over and over again,” she said. “People were finding it challenging to get information about how to start and grow a business, maybe because they were working full time in another job or had a family and couldn’t step away for hours at a time.”


Much of Business Start-Up Foundations is drawn from an existing small-business course, but broken into short video segments that can be viewed online at any time. “If 2 a.m. is the only time people have,” Brown says, “now there’s an opportunity for them.”


Anyone who completes the course receives a certificate of completion from the college, but the assistance doesn’t end there. Brown says the center continues to help small business owners with a portfolio of services, including seminars and one-on-one counseling.


Business Start-Up Foundations is free and available now online. To register for access, contact the Lee County Small Business Center at 919-718-7558 or


This past Thursday, Brown and I, along with Downtown Sanford, Inc Executive Director, Jennifer St. Clair took a day trip to Marion, NC, where we learned about their Growing Entrepreneurs Marion (“GEM”) project. It’s successful launch, along with their model approach to developing new business owners peaked our curiosity. The GEM leaders were happy to meet with us and I look forward to sharing more information about our trip in an upcoming Chamber Chat article.


In other news, don’t forget the Chamber Annual Membership Banquet is February 5th at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. We look forward to honoring the many hardworking men and women in our community. We will also recognize Scott Mason, the Tar Heel Traveler, as the Richard Feindell Lifetime Achievement Award winner. For tickets, please email me at

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