Small Business Center offering free rural entrepreneurship classes

By: For the Daily Journal

LAURINBURG — The second of four free classes leading to an N.C. REAL business certificate will be held Thursday at the Scotland County Economic Development Center.

Richmond Community College’s Small Business Center is hosting four stand-alone business seminars during the spring 2016 N.C. Rural Entrepreneurship Action Learning series. The seminars will offer an opportunity to lay the groundwork for a successful business by exploring key issues related to starting or expanding a business.

Topics include: self-assessment for business ownership, business idea and site feasibility, legal structure, business financials and more. The first session held Tuesday discussed whether the proposed business was a good idea. Thursday’s session will identify customers who may be interested in your product.

The final two sessions of the series will be held April 12 and 14, focusing on the ins and outs of business and planning for success.

All seminars will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the Scotland County Economic Development Center, which is located at 16800 U.S. 401 in Laurinburg.

Seventy-five percent of the adult population has a desire to own their own business, but are just not sure what to do or how to get started. This series of courses will address those concerns.

Classes will be facilitated by professional business coach Debra Morman, who has 10 years of experience. She is a graduate of DeVry University, possessing a bachelor’s in business and technical management with a concentration in entrepreneurship; as well as a graduate of E-Source Academy, an intense and rigorous training on coaching, franchising and self-employment. She is a graduate of the REAL Institute and a licensed facilitator of the course.

Registration for the seminar may be completed online at; or via email or phone by contacting Small Business Center Director Deborah Hardison at or 910-410-1687.

Advance registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.


For the Daily Journal