JCC Celebrates Small Business Week

Published: May 2, 2016

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National Small Business Week is May 1-7.

Johnston Community College's Small Business Center is proud to recognize National Small Business Week May 1-7.

Pat Killette, director of the Small Business Center Johnston Community College, encourages everyone to help grow local and small businesses.

"National Small Business Week is our opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to our community," Killette said. "The SBCN encourages you to join us in celebrating these businesses and use the power of your dollar to support them and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home."

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that over 50 percent of the working population works in a small business.

As part of National Small Business Week, the North Carolina Community College System Small Business Center Network takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others. They're working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America's global competitiveness.

JCC's Small Business Center, located at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, supports the entrepreneur in starting a business, provides assistance to existing business owners, offers free seminars, workshops, and information services, and business counseling. For more information, please contact (919) 209-2015 or (919) 209-2224 or visit www.johnstoncc.edu/continuing-education/small-business-center.aspx.

The mission of the NC Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. The SBCN assisted in starting more than 770 businesses in 2014-2015. Small Business Centers have an economic impact throughout North Carolina each year including helping to create and retain over 3,600 jobs in 2014-2015.

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