The Small Business Center Mission

is to increase the success rate and number of profitable small businesses in New Hanover and Pender Counties. We provide:

  • Seminars/classes to prospective and existing small business owners.
  • Free, confidential one-on-one business and technology counseling.
  • Access to our extensive Business Resource Library of training videos, business planning and web-editing software, business books and pamphlets.
  • We are located at 402 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401  910-362-7216

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Many people do not realize the impact the Small Business Centers have, either locally or statewide. I recently had an opportunity to discuss this during an interview on Port City Radio. It is only a 3 minute spot and I would be honored to have you listen in…..

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The SBC newsletter.

If you would like to receive the newsletter, call 362-7216 or write to

Business Link North Carolina

Connect to all North Carolina Business Resources Providers, Government Agencies and other business related organizations at one comprehensive business support location:

IRS Tax Information

Self employment tax information is readily available from the IRS. Please click on the link below to learn more.

Self-Employed Individuals Tax Center


Government and Military Business Contracts

Want to be considered for Government and Military Business Contracts but don’t know how to proceed? Call me and I’ll be happy to meet with you and guide you through the process.

You can’t be considered if you’re not in the system!

Call Doug at 910-362-7469



Spring & Summer 2016

Class Name






Coach Reggie Business Clinic:How To Create Marketing & Advertising That Sells WILM 4/11 6:00PM-8:00PM L-107 FREE
MS Office 2013 for Small Bus: EXCEL


WILM 4/13 6:00PM-8:30PM A316 FREE
The Best Businesses To Start Now WILM 4/14 6:00PM-9:00PM L-107 FREE
eCommerce Basics WILM 4/19 6:00PM-8:30PM L-107 FREE
MS Office 2013 for Small Bus:  Power Point


WILM 4/20 6:00PM-8:30PM A316 FREE
Business Financing Programs for Rural NC Counties Surf City 4/22 11:30AM-1:00PM 119 FREE
MS Office 2013 for Small Bus:  Publisher


WILM 4/27 6:00PM-8:30PM A316 FREE
Grant Writing for Non-Profits WILM 5/4 9:00AM-12:00PM L-107 FREE
Writing Business Plans with Business Plan Pro


WILM 5/6 9:00AM-3:00PM A316 FREE
Coach Reggie Business Clinic: Team Building-Get The Right People On The Bus WILM 5/9 6:00PM-8:00PM L-107 FREE
Basic Bookkeeping For Small Bus WILM 5/10 6:00PM-9:00PM L-107 FREE
How To Do Business with Government WILM 5/12 6:00PM-8:00PM L-107 FREE
Small Business Publishing & Printing 101 – formerly ‘How to Publish Your Book” WILM 6/16 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM L-107 FREE
IRS WORKSHOP: Employees, Payroll, & Taxes – What You Need to Know WILM 6/22 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM L-107 FREE
Top Traits of Highly Effective Business Women WILM 7/14 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM L-107 FREE
The Business Side of Faith Based Organizations WILM 7/19 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM L-107 FREE
Small Business Publishing & Promoting 102 – formerly ‘How to Promote Your Book’ WILM 7/21 1:00 PM-4:00 PM L-107 FREE
Improve Your Presentation Skills & Techniques WILM 7/28 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM L-107 FREE
How To Be a Profitable Artist WILM 8/4 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM L-107 FREE

Seminar Registration

The registration system will enable you to register using your own email address and password. It will also let you create your own dashboard and allow you to see all of your seminar attendance history, register for additional seminars without a ticket request, among other things.

However, you will need an email address to register. This system will require you to set up your profile by entering some information(including creating a password after you register for a seminar) the first time you use it, after that, the information will be retained.

The link is active when you hit the blue ‘Seminar Registration’ tab below.

Please read and follow the directions below before hitting the link. If you need help, we can walk you through it.


Seminar Registration – Follow all instructions below to register for seminars


1. You may still view the seminar listings to see the offerings listed by date, at

2. When ready, click on the blue ‘Seminar Registration’ words.

3. It will take you to our Small Business Center Network website, directly to the CFCC event page.

4. You will be able to search seminars by topic and/or time frame. In order to see all available seminars, change Time Range to 120 days, then hit the ‘SEARCH’ button. Find your seminar and hit ‘Register’.

5. You will then have to enter your email address, then hit continue. (If you already created a password-it will ask you for this as well)

6. If this is the first time you are registering in this system, you will be required to fill in your information (this one time only).  If you do not have a business address, please enter your home address. Follow the directions until finished. Hit ‘Register’ button and a ‘Thank You‘ message appears.  Now it is time to create your password to make future registrations easy. Hit ‘Continue’ on the thank you screen. Your personal dashboard will appear. Click on ‘My Profile’ then ‘Change Password’ to create your new password.

7. Registration will be completed and you will be sent an email confirmation.

8. You can continue and register for more seminars if you wish.

9. For future registrations, when you log in, if you did not create a password, you will be sent a ticket request to enter  into the system. This number will be sent directly to your e-mail to copy and paste. In order to avoid this process, be sure to create your password before signing out – follow instructions above.

**If registering more than one person, you MUST use a different e-mail address for each registration**

A parking pass will be emailed to you one day prior to the seminar(s) you have registered for. 

Capital Programs


  1. CAN-Capital Access Network

    Get help preparing your loan package from experienced individuals. More info is available
  2. NC CAP-North Carolina Capital Access Program. Increase your chances of loan approval if you are close to qualifying but not quite there yet. Managed by the NC Rural Center.

More info is available at

NC-CAP or from Tony Johnson 919-250-4314 or



The SBC also offers free, confidential one on one counseling to those interested in learning more about starting their own businesses. To request an appointment, call 910-362-7469 or click on the link: Request Free Counseling

SBC: Small Business Center - Cape Fear Community College

Contact Information

Office Email:

Phone: 910.362.7216
Fax: 910.362.7190

402 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

SBC Director
Douglas Tarble
Phone: 910.362.7469

SBC Secretary
Cindee Stetson
Phone: 910.362.7216

Regional SBA Contact

Don Spry



SBA Quick Reference Loan Guide