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Small Business Counseling and Training

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Small Business Center (SBC) offers the information and assistance you’ll need to succeed with your small business, including help with marketing, sales, bookkeeping and management. SBC, a state-funded organization and part of the Small Business Center Network, offers free services including:

  • Confidential one-on-one counseling to help you build a successful business
  • Training and technical assistance with starting your business
  • Business skills seminars, workshops and courses
  • Resource and referral services — your one-stop entrepreneur’s shop
  • A small business library

To get started, submit a request for counseling. The Small Business Center director will contact you within five business days to schedule an appointment.

Free Online Course

We’re excited to offer you a free, self-paced online business learning program available to you on demand, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This program features 22 modules on key business growth topics such as

  • Cash flow
  • Effective business websites
  • Basics of finance
  • Hiring staff
  • Inventory management
  • Marketing
  • Sales forecasting
  • Selling online
  • Social media marketing

HP LIFE is designed to supplement your counseling with the SBC at COA and can be used prior to free counseling sessions or between sessions for both potential business owners and existing business owners who need to increase their skill sets. This study is available through a partnership between the North Carolina Small Business Center Network (SBCN) and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and provides you with a dated Certificate of Completion for each module, which you can add to your business plan or portfolio.

To access this free program, visit the SBCN website and register.

Upcoming Events

Fri 28

Cyber Security for Small Business

Feb 28 at 11:30 am2:30 pm
Mar 09
Mar 10
Mar 12

Pricing for Profit

Mar 12 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Mar 26

QuickBooks™ Online for Small Business

Mar 26 at 6:30 pm8:30 pm