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NCC Small Business Center offers resources for success

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Felicia Lucas was one of six finalists selected at DreamFest Business Challenge,

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From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Local small business owners find confidence, opportunity and success through free resources offered by Nash Community College’s Small Business Center.

Felicia Lucas of Wendell, wife, mother, full-time retail manager and trainer, built a small business to help others overcome a common issue.

“As an author, Lucas discovered it was very costly to publish a book and came to realize that many folks probably just gave up during the process,” NCC Small Business Center Director Theresa Peaden said. “After learning how to self-publish, she began His Glory Creations Publishing LLC in order to help others publish affordable, quality books.”

Lucas is a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduate, who co-founded a non-profit organization, authored four books and developed the “Write to Live” program helping youth succeed over life challenges and obstacles through the therapeutic process of writing. She has utilized numerous resources through the NCC Small Business Center.

When Felicia Lucas attended NCC’s “How to Write a Winning Business Plan” free seminar, she learned about the DreamFest Business Challenge — a competition awarding cash prizes up to $17,500. Following free counseling provided through the Small Business Center, she drafted her plan, and entered the competition.

His Glory Creations Publishing LLC was selected as one of six finalists among the 23 DreamFest competitors.

“I never knew the scope of services offered by my local Small Business Center,” Lucas said. “I would not have become one of the DreamFest finalists if it had not been for Theresa Peaden and her relentless investment in me and my business.”

Through the NCC Small Business Center, Felicia Lucas also learned about Youth Entrepreneur Program — a summer camp for rising seventh- 12th-graders to hone entrepreneurial skills, develop a business idea and writ e a business plan. She delivered the material to a group of young enthusiastic, prospective entrepreneurs.

“I am so grateful that the Small Business Center helped me tap into my passion for teaching teens and giving back to the community,” Lucas said.

In addition to free, confidential counseling services for new and existing businesses, the NCC Small Business Center also provides free seminars and other services. For more information, visit www.nashcc.edu/sbc or call 252-451-8233.

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