A photo with a Business Owner standing next to a countertop in a store.

Coastal Carolina Community College’s Small Business Center (SBC) is part of a statewide network designed to support the development and growth of small businesses.  Millions of Americans choose to pursue the dream of being their own boss.  Just look around our community and you will see strong evidence that the free enterprise system is alive and well in Onslow County.  But turning the dream of small business ownership into reality is no easy task.  It often requires intensive planning and research, creative problem solving, strong determination to succeed, and the savvy to navigate countless regulatory agencies and resource options.

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Our business counseling services are:

  • Effective – We have years of experience helping small businesses succeed.
  • Confidential – All our clients, their businesses, and related information are kept strictly confidential – we will not sell or provide your information to anyone without your permission.
  • Free – Our business counseling services are provided free of charge to businesses and entrepreneurs.

Your Small Business Center can help, and we are right here in your local community!

Our experienced counselors and trainers can help take the confusion out of what can seem like an endless list of rules, regulations, and red tape.  We can show you what it takes to start your business, serve as a sounding board for your ideas, and assist you as your business grows.  The SBC offers a multi-faceted approach to facilitating business development by providing prospective and current small business owners with a central point of contact for information, education, and assistance.

Seminars & Workshops

The Small Business Center hosts a steady schedule of seminars and workshops designed to have a positive impact on your bottom line.  You can take advantage of these free, low-cost, and high impact seminars at convenient times designed to fit your busy schedule.  A sampling of the sessions regularly offered include Starting Your Own Business, Writing a Business Plan, Financing a Small Business, Advertising and Marketing Your Business, and Bookkeeping.  Customized programs can be designed for business and industry upon request.

Counseling Services

The SBC provides free, confidential counseling on a range of diverse topics.  We discuss licensing issues, business plans, business feasibility, marketing and advertising, loans and sources of financing, and doing business with the government.

Information & Referral Center

A resource center with periodicals, DVDs, and books is available for use by SBC clients and students.  Business planning software and access to a personal computer with Internet connection is available for clients who wish to conduct research or develop a business plan.  The SBC also provides referrals to State agencies and other business assistance sources.

The SBC is a clearinghouse for demographic and statistical information for existing and prospective businesses.  The SBC provides one-stop shopping for information such as website locations and telephone numbers for governmental agencies and any agency that can assist small business owners.


Coastal Carolina Community College
April Priester, Director | Small Business Center (910) 938-6322
Scott Riggs, Business Counselor | Small Business Center (910) 938-6389
Carla Watkins, Secretary Business and Industry | (910) 938-6302