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HCC HOSTS SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE EXPO

Halifax Community College's Small Business Center hosted a Small Business Resource Expo, Mar. 6 on campus. Attendees had the opportunity to gain information about small business ownership and network with successful, local entrepreneurs and lending institution representatives. Panel discussions were held to help participants better understand the challenges in developing and growing a small business as well as loan programs.

A network of exhibitors included: entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, N.C. Department of Commerce Business Service Center, N.C. Department of Revenue, SCORE (Small Business Counselors), Small Business & Technology Development Center, HCC Small Business Center, Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce, N.C. LEAP (Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program), Good Work, Women's Business Center of N.C., N.C. Rural Center, and Women's Business Center.

Materials on advertising, obtaining a business loan, writing a business plan, targeting customers, getting a business license, meeting legal requirements, managing accounting and taxes, and jump starting a small business were available. Sponsors of the event were Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, HCC Small Business Center, Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship, and the Roanoke Valley & Northampton chambers of commerce.