DCCC Celebrates 30 Years of Small Business Support

Martha Larson

Jan 23, 2015 – The Davidson County Community College Small Business Center joins a statewide celebration to recognize 30 years of support and assistance to small businesses by offering new programming for small business owners in Davidson and Davie counties this spring. The college’s SBC is part Small Business Center Network of the N.C. Community College System that has provided confidential business counseling and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs across North Carolina for three decades. 

The SBC, based at the Davie Education Center on Kinderton Boulevard, is partnering with the Davie Chamber of Commerce to bring the Sales Academy Series: The Sales Workshop to the county. This two-part series will help businesses and sales staff to enhance their skills and generate more revenue in 2015.

Seminars covering topics such as business budgeting and financing, grant writing, creating effective websites, trends in digital marketing and supply chain management are scheduled.

Additional information on these SBC events and other programs and services is available on the college’s website at www.davidsonccc.edu/sbc or by contacting Martha Larson, director, at 336-224-4557.

Larson works with Davidson and Davie leaders to bring localized programs and services to potential and existing business owners and helps promote business development through a strong referral network, customized consultations, partnerships and quality business education program. 

Larson and guest counselor, Ronald Bruffey, are available to meet with business owners at any DCCC location or on site.

“Keeping the SBCN local helps to ensure that area businesses can access business development services offered by DCCC,” Larson says. “We encourage our local businesses and prospective business owners to take advantage of the valuable services offered locally by the college.”

*Editor’s note: The photo features Martha Larson, DCCC Small Business Center director.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.

Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state’s 58 community colleges. Created in 1984 when the North Carolina General Assembly funded 14 SBCs, the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) had expanded to include at least one SBC at each community college by 1995. Each year, the centers assist in starting an average of 650 businesses and help create and retain more than 3,000 jobs.