Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech


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If you are an entrepreneurial thinker and would like more information about starting or expanding a business, contact the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center for free information, including small business seminars


one-on-one counseling.




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Visit the Small Business Center at our new home in  Innovation Quarter.



525 @ Vine Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27101


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Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech
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836 members !!!

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WSRAR Small Business & Technology Expo to be held
September 27th

The Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS®-Young Professional Network is presenting the 7th Annual Small Business & Technology Expo from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Winston Cup Museum Special Event Center.

The Technology & Business Expo brings together various companies who will display their products and services to help small businesses.

The Winston Cup Museum Special Event Center is located at 1355 N Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
Find out more about WSRAR and this event HERE

Open to the public! Free food, networking, prizes!
Free admission to the 
Winston Cup Museum!

Join Allan Younger, Director of the Small Business Center

Click here to read entire article with complete schedule for presentations!
Blackburn Consulting QuickBooks Tips

Audrey Blackburn, SBC Counselor and Presenter, has started an audio series where she shares accounting tips to help small business owners and non-profits!  These tips are
available free.  This is the first in the series:
Top 5 common mistakes business owners make in QuickBooks that cause serious issues ...listen and avoid them here

Click here if you would like to schedule a free confidential one-on-one small business counseling session with Audrey Blackburn. 
A Business Incubator...A Neighborhood Center...And More
The Enterprise Center offers start-up and emerging companies an affordable office space and exceptional level of support from the business professionals and organizations as well as faculty from WSSU. Our associates have access to an array of services, including workshops and legal services, one-on-one mentoring and market support. On-site partners include WSSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Forsyth Tech Small Business Center.

Join The Small Business Center on the first Thursday of each month at 12:00 at The Enterprise Center
 During this monthly series, past discussions include Business Success, Communicating Your Value, Credit and Finance, Value Proposition, Partnerships, Professionalism, Productivity, Customer Loyalty, LinkedIn, Marketing Collateral, Business Pitches, Ways to Grow Our Businesses, Networking, Customer Engagement, and Business Research. In addition to finding customers, we must know what is involved in enhancing our relationships. Discussion topics will be based largely upon experiences and interests of the roundtable participants. The purpose of the Small Business Center is "Increasing Business Success" and we will explore ways to do this during each roundtable.

Next Small Business Roundtable
October 6, 2016
Meet one of our

Small Business
Counselor & Presenter
Warehouse Operations Management
Joe Crews is the Founder and President of JIT Solutions Group, a Warehouse Operations Consulting firm based in Winston-Salem/Greensboro area of North Carolina. Joe shares his 20 plus years of Warehouse Management experience to help companies of all sizes, for profit & non-profit alike develop the strategic processes required to maintain an organized, productive and profitable organization. He will help your business achieve and sustain its full potential.
You can contact Joe through his website,
Join Joe and the Forsyth Business Connections Networking Group every other Tuesday morning from
8:30 - 9:30  at Forsyth Tech Small Business Center
Click here if you would like to schedule a one-on-one counseling appointment with Joe Crews.
Small Business Center
"Pathway to Success"
Fall Series

Speaker:  Ruben Gonzales
Wednesday Evenings
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Southside Branch Library

Are you thinking about getting into business for yourself? Understanding the basics of starting a business takes you from idea to opportunity. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.
All sessions are free and open to the public.
Join us for one or all of these sessions, as your schedule allows:
Wednesday, September 28 6:00-8:00 pm
Southside Branch Auditorium 
Wednesday, October 5 6:00-8:00 pm
Southside Branch Auditorium
Wednesday, October 12 6:00-8:00 pm
Southside Branch Auditorium
These programs are part of the Small Business Series at Forsyth County Public Library, in partnership with Forsyth Tech Small Business Center. All sessions are held at the Southside Branch Library, 3185 Buchanan St., Winston-Salem, NC. Call 336-703-2980 for directions to Southside.
For more information about the program,
call 336-703-3023 or email [email protected]
You may also register for each session at Forsyth Tech Small Business Center by calling
All programs are free and open to the public.

Thank You to everyone who attended our
2nd Annual  Entrepreneurship
Venture Innovation Cafe (TM)
Click on each logo of the  Entrepreneurial Ecosystem partners to learn more...



Thank you to all of our  Entrepreneurial
Ecosystem Partners
2016 Tech Briefing
Save the Date
November 9
8:00 - 10:00

Oak Grove Center at Forsyth Tech

The Tech Briefing is an entertaining, informative, and fast-moving event open to the public and appealing to a broad audience.
We feature 10 presenters who each speak for just five minutes about their innovative technologies, designs, and products.
This is your opportunity to learn firsthand why we now call Winston-Salem "The City of Arts and Innovation"!

You hear from biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and IT companies. These innovations are improving all our lives and they are being created here in our community. You will leave the Tech Briefing saying, "Wow! I had no idea things like that are happening right here in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County!"

If you are interested in being a presenter, please click here for more information and to complete the Tech Briefing Presenter application. 
Presenter Applications are due no later than September 1.

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Black Business Inc. Magazine

Stop by the Small Business Center to pick up the latest issue of Black Business Ink Magazine.
Allan Younger, Director of the Small Business Center, writes a featured Small Business Article each month. 
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Watch for the September issue of the Black Business Ink

Upcoming Events at the Small Business Center
Join us at the Small Business Center as your schedule will allow.
Interested persons should register and obtain additional information by clicking here calling 336-757-3810 or by visiting
Forsyth Tech Small Business Center website:
Tuesday 9/27/16
Time:  8:30 - 9:30 am
Forsyth Tech SBC @ Innovation Quarter 
525 @ Vine Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101
This networking group recently moved its meeting location to the Small Business Center. We believe that networking is one of the keys to business success. Join the discussion exploring how to best promote your business. Establish partnerships with and gain referrals from other business owners committed to growing your business. No registration is required. Please join us when your schedule allows.
Speaker: Joe Crews - Registration is not required.
Wednesday 9/28/16
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location:  Forsyth County Public Library -
Southside Branch
3185 Buchanan Street, Winston-Salem NC 27127
Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
Co-Sponsor: Forsyth County Public Library
Kernersville Chamber of Commerce
Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce

"Pathway to Success Series" - Join us for one or all sessions
How to Start a Business (8/31/2016)
Marketing Your Business (9/7/2016)
How to Find Customers (9/14/2016)
How to Write a Business Plan (9/21/2016)
Financing Your Small Business (9/28/2016)
Basics of Bookkeeping (10/5/2016)
Your Small Business Taxes (10/12/2016)
Thursday 9/29/16
Time:  1:30 - 2:30 pm
Forsyth Tech SBC @ Innovation Quarter 
525 @ Vine Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101
The Entrepreneurial Equation is a 40-minute program designed to help educate business owners about tools and strategies to help make building, running and preserving a business easier.
Speaker: Sean Newby
Reviews of the Small Business Center
One of the best ways to say thank you when you receive incredible value from a business or organization is to share your experience ON THE INTERNET with other business owners in need of resources that are looking for a trusted authority to turn to.

Please take about five minutes to give us a review.  
This is your opportunity to say thank you to the SBC in a big way.

Please take about five minutes to give us a review.  
This is your opportunity to say thank you to the SBC in a big way.

"The concept of Beautiful Queen Enterprise has been stuck in my head for almost two years. I eventually talked myself into sending a message to the SBC. Even though I sent the message over Christmas, I received a response back from Allan Younger. I was like, "This must be meant for me to do!" Since January 2015, Beautiful Queen Enterprise, has grown from an idea into manifestation. I am so happy to have met everyone here. This is really a close knit community. Everyone wants to see others succeed and I love that! Thank You for all that you do."
Resaell Haynes

Resaell Haynes in huami Magazine

Here is the link (Resaell is on page 34 and 35)

 huami Magazine

Pictures from September
Conversations with Small Business Owner Adele Casanova
Learn more about Adele at:

It is important to understand the "Why?" of business ownership.  From time to time, we invite successful business owners to lead a conversation.  These conversations are intended to explore what it takes to create and manage successful businesses.   If you want to hear from and speak to these successful people, you should join us.  These sessions will be facilitated by SBC Ambassador Angela Wilder.  Expected outcome: Participants will enhance their understanding of how to be successful.

for Conversations With Business Owners...
Fay Horwitt of innovateHER
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Congratulations to Reanee B. McManus
Stella's Daughter Salon & Wellness
Grand Opening!!!

"As for many small business owners, I was looking for someone to help me leverage & grow my business. I knew soon, I wanted and needed to expand the salon, but did not know how. The Forsyth Tech Small Business program definitely gave me the tools to do so. They educated me on business plan writing, structuring my business such as incorporating and credit readiness. Forsyth Tech Small Business also gave me resources for funding such as SBA, Personal Savings, bank loans, crowdfunding and angel investors. They also informed me on the importance of consistent marketing and advertising for your business. Ideas such as custom business cards, website, and professional social media pages. Once completing the 6 modules, I received a certificate for completing the small business program. I am so grateful to have Forsyth Tech Small Business by my side during the salon expansion journey." 
Best regards, 
Reanee B. McManus 
Owner / Master Stylist / Educator  

With great pleasure, the Center for Creative Economy announces the  2016 Creative Startups Winston Salem Cohort. Three of the companies are SBC clients
***Three of the companies are Forsyth Tech SBC clients***
Ten creative businesses, from Winston-Salem, Asheville, and Raleigh as well as Atlanta, Chicago, Mexico City, and Nashville will compete for $50,000 in venture funding as part of Creative Startups Southeastern Accelerator program. 

More than 100 applications were received from 19 countries and 21 states, including Washington, DC.  The ten companies representing uniquely creative and diverse businesses will participate in an intensive eight-week accelerator program.

Click here to find out more about each company!
Following the 6 week online course, Creative Startups will bring together the startups, mentors and alumni for an immersive, week-long Deep Dive.

Demo Day. On September 28th, you will get an opportunity to become the judge as the 2016 Cohort pitches you their marketing plans! 
Join us in the Atrium at BioTech Place in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter for an evening with our 2016 Creative Startups Cohort! You be the judge for their marketing pitch!

5:30 Drinks & networking
6:00 pitch presentations
7:00 meet the startups and networking


Don't miss out on the fun, register here!

A Special Thank You to our Co-Sponsors of The Small Business Center Monthly Events

US Rep. Alma Adams praises collaborations found in Innovation Quarter. Adams, D-12th, who is a member of the House Committee on Small Business, said she was there because she has an interest in businesses and resources for small businesses. Read complete article in the Winston Salem Journal click here  
Here are the links to the article and video:
Click here for Article



 Learn more about Allan Younger:  Small Business Advocate   in the Community.  Click here

Small Business Counseling
Pre-Counseling Questions to think about...
  1. What is your business concept?
  2. What is your business?
  3. What problem will it solve?
  4. Who is your competition?
  5. What do you intend to accomplish with your business?
  6. What do you intend to accomplish in the counseling session?
  7. What is your immediate goal?
  8. What task must be taken to accomplish this goal?
  9. What resources are needed to accomplish this goal?
  10. What will you do to prepare for your counseling appointment?

- Dr. Andrea Johnson - Specialties:  Financial Management and Business Creation for profit and non-profit
- Angela Wilder - Specialties:  Business Pitch, Professionalism & Presentation Skills
- Antonio McCoy - Specialties:  Strategic Leadership, Strategic Planning & Succession Planning
- Audrey Blackburn - Specialties:  Accounting, Social Media and Non-profit Startup & Management
- Balint Gaspar - Specialties: Startups & IT Consulting, Financial Management
- Bill Snow - Specialties: Startups, Taxes & Financial Management
- Calvin Patterson - Specialties:  Non-Profit and Grant Writing
- Dick Vann - Specialties: Startups, Business Management and Semi comfortable with non-profits
- Eddie Drew - Specialties: Social Media, Marketing
- Everett Wells - Specialties: Business Management and sources of working capital
- George Pingho - Specialties:  Startups and Business Management
- Jeff Neelon - Specialties:  Small Business Startups and Fundraising
- Jim Blaylock- Specialties: Marketing & Sales -Existing businesses
- Jim Hogan - Specialties: Accounting, Budgeting and Business Plans
- Jody Lohman - Specialties:  Reference USA, Resources and data bases
Jon Mayhugh, Esq. - Specialties:  Small Business Legal Consultation, Small Business Financing, Non-Profits
- Joe Crews - Specialty:  Warehouse Operations Management
- Raina Haque, Esq. - Specialties: Legal aspects of small business matters and intellectual property law
- Richard Talbot - Specialties:  Business Leadership, Customer Service and Sales
- Robin Weiner - Specialty:  Technology 
- Ruben Gonzalez -Specialties:  Business Plans, Retail, Food Services
- Tim Dixon - Specialty:  Technology 
- Tonya Monteiro - Specialties:  Business Startup & Strategies
We offer face-to-face business counseling. Whether you need assistance with starting a business, business planning, business growth, problem solving or cash flow management, our business counselors are ready to personally meet with you to discuss your business goals.

You can meet with a business counselor to address some specific concerns such as:
  • Feasibility and startup
  • Business plans
  • Funding/Financing options
  • Strategic planning
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Accounting/Bookkeeping
  • Operations
  • Social media
  • Professionalism
  • Nonprofits
  • Customer Service
  • Technology
To request an appointment,  Click here to register for counseling
or call 336-757-3802.  We look forward to assisting you!
Forsyth Tech Small Business Center
Small Business Startups 2015 - 2016
Types of Businesses Assisted:
Bus Tours * Food Truck * Counseling Service
Car Wash * Hair Studio * Retail Store
Lawn Care * Publishing * Commercial Cleaning
Arts and Crafts * Wellness Center * Beauty Studio
Fashion Designs * Insurance Agency * Rental Property

Small Business Client - Dashboard Tips
Did you know you can review the small business center events that you have taken or have registered for?
  • Go to the Small Business Center website 
  • Click on Events tab
  • On the Events page - scroll to the bottom of the page and select client sign in
  • Please sign in with your password or email address (follow instructions)
  • You will be taken to your client dashboard
  • On My Profile tab - you can set or change password if needed
  • History will show counseling and events attended
  • Welcome page - on bottom of page click on Find Other Events/ Workshops to view and register for additional small business events
Small Business Resource Center
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 4:30 & Friday 8:30 - 2:30

The Small Business Resource Center provides conference tables, computers, printers, reference books and materials for our Small Business Clients to use to grow their businesses. Over 60 times each month, our clients use the Resource Center.  Some even consider it their business office.       


Interested in Additional SBC Information                       Click here to Visit SBC Website

 You will be able to:

  • View complete SBC Free Event descriptions, dates and details 
  • Register for upcoming events and online training 
  • Register for Free Appointment with a Business Counselor
  • Obtain information and resources that may be helpful to you
  • Join our LinkedIn discussion group
  • Phone:  336-757-3810
  • Email:  [email protected]
  • Register On-line  (Type Small Business Center on search line)
Click here for Parking Directions
  • Parking for the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center will be in P5 parking lot
  • P5 parking lot is off of Research Parkway or 7th Street
  • Research Parkway can be accessed off either 5th or 7th Street.
  • If you need special assistance or additional information, please let us know 336-757-3810.
  • There is a gate and intercom button system at both gates.
  • Inform security that you are coming to Forsyth Tech.
  • From Parking Lot P5 walk up the ramp, turn to your left and enter the last set of doors.
  • If after hours, use the intercom button system.
  • You can walk up the stairs or take the elevator to the lobby on the second floor.  
  • Forsyth Tech SBC at Innovation Quarter will be to your left.

For More Information Contact:
Forsyth Tech Small Business Center at Innovation Quarter
Location: 525 @ Vine Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone:  336-757-3810
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