Smithfield Herald

Johnston native honored

Johnston County native Kim Wiggs Gamlin has received an award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Gamlin is director of the Small Business Center at Brunswick Community College in Leland. The SBA honored her for building relationships and collaborative efforts that support small businesses and for fostering economic development in Brunswick County.

“The SBC network has been an important resource for hundreds of businesses in Brunswick County,” Gamlin said. “This service acts as a sounding board for new ideas or concerns entrepreneurs have about their small business. I am honored to be part of such an effective collaboration between Brunswick County resource partners and the college.”

Congress created the SBA in 1953 to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns; to preserve free competitive enterprise; and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of the nation.

“We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace,” the SBA said in a statement. “Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same: The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.”

Brunswick Community College’s Small Business Center is one of 58 such centers across the state. Together, they help start an average of more than 650 businesses each year.

BCC’s Small Business Center offers a variety of seminars to help small businesses become successful. Topics include how to start a business; how to write a business plan; financing a business; bookkeeping and taxes; and marketing.

Gamlin worked at Johnston Community College for 17 years.