Twenty people completed Johnston Community College’s first Entrepreneur Academy.
The academy offered nine courses in a variety of small-business topics, including labor issues, financing, taxes, business plans and business counseling. The academy concluded with an investors’ roundtable and business-idea presentation by the students.
Classes were held in the fall at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center near Clayton and at the Benson Conference Center in Benson. Participants earned a certificate of participation from the college.
Pat Killette, director of JCC’s Small Business Center, coordinated the academy and conducted its business counseling. She said the aim was to hone the skills of entrepreneurs and small-business owners.
“I was ecstatic with the program,” Killette said. “I had so many positive comments from the participants. Some actually slowed down their plans because they learned proper procedure, cost and other necessary skills, and some said they learned how to grow their existing business.”
“The quality of the participants was awesome,” she added. “These people were very educated and really skilled in what they do whether they already own a business or not.”
For more information about the program, call Shelley Gardner at 919-209-2572.