SBC CELEBRATES 40TH AT HCC
|The Small Business Center at Halifax
Community College graduated 12 participants from the Rural
Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (REAL) course last
spring. SBC Director Dick McCormick, far left, taught the
class. The next REAL Entrepreneurship class starts Sept. 24.
Halifax Community College's Small Business Center
(SBC) personnel have been busy this year. During the week of August
19, the center will celebrate the college's 40th anniversary.
The SBC seeks to increase the success rate and number of
profitable small businesses in the Roanoke Valley service area. The
SBC staff offers high quality, accessible assistance to prospective
and existing small business owners and employees. Also, the SBC
strives to be a community-based provider of education and training,
counseling, information and referral, and has been in operation for
more than 20 years.
The SBC offers numerous free classes each semester on a variety
of business topics. Employers can also take advantage of classes in
communication, motivation, quality and time management, and customer
A major focus of the center is assisting people who want to start
a business develop their own comprehensive business plans. These
plans not only help to ensure the viability of a business, but are
also necessary for people who need to finance a business through a
Free services are offered for entrepreneurs including classes and
seminars for small business owners and larger employers, counseling
for start-ups and existing businesses, and a resource center in the
HCC library with a wide variety of business magazines, books and
videotapes on management and supervision. The center also provides
assistance with business planning, marketing, financials, computer
use, on-site training and other business issues.
SBC director, Dick McCormick, has consulted with and taught small
business owners for more than 15 years. He has also consulted with
several businesses in a variety of industries. He holds an MBA from
the University of Michigan and has headed his own consulting
business in Atlanta.
Over the past year, the SBC served more than 1,200 participants,
offered nearly 70 classes, and McCormick counseled more than 60
individuals. He also wrote "Biz Connections" for the Daily Herald,
worked with municipalities on management issues and taught the first
REAL Entrepreneurship class, which graduated 12 people. He
established the SBC Advisory Committee last fall and prepared 50 tax
returns free with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The
SBC also hosted the first-ever Entrepreneur Expo in February.
For more information about the SBC, contact Dick McCormick at
(252) 536-7274 or visit online,