During the month of September – October, the Sampson Community College Small Business Center (SBC) and the James Sprunt Community College Small Business Center partnered together to present the “Business Entrepreneurship Academy” series in Spanish.
Each year the SBC’s are tasked with providing the community with a variety of business related no-cost seminars. Most are offered in English and are well attended but it became evident there was a need for the series in Spanish as the Latino business owners in both counties are on the rise.
Local Sampson business owner and community leader, Enrique Coello, provided his time and services in an effort to provide the educational experience for the Spanish speaking community members. Thus the series was born. Potential business ideas included that of insurance sales persons, auto mechanics, restaurant owners, and variety of other business ideas.
The series averaged 36 attendees each week with a total of 17 completing the entire series of seminars. The seminars covered topics such as: How to start a small business, how to write a business plan, how to market your small business, how to find your customers, business taxes, the basics of bookkeeping, and understanding the American business culture. Understanding each topic is vital in creating a successful business plan.
As an added bonus and vital partnership, the local Economic Development Commissions in Duplin and Sampson provided lunches on the days the events were hosted in their respected counties. These lunch time sessions were very constructive as seminar attendees learned and practiced their “elevator speeches” in an effort to improve their confidence in sharing their business passions.
For more information on upcoming seminars, please contact the James Sprunt Community College SBC Director, Lee Woodard at 910-296-2143 or the Sampson Community College SBC Director, Amanda Bradshaw at 910-592-8081, ext. 2032.