Pitt Community College: Small Business Center ranked #1

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pitt Community College’s Small Business Center is tops in the state for startups and ranks in the top 10 in all other metrics for 2014 and 2015.

That’s according to the North Carolina Community College System (NCCS), which recently released its Small Business Center Network Metrics.

The college said Monday that it will translate to additional performance-based funding to the center, boost the area economy, and enhance the quality of programs available to small businesses in Pitt County.

The NCCS tracks six metrics across all 58 community college’s small business centers:

  1. Number of startups
  2. Number of jobs created, retained, and expanded
  3. Number of training events
  4. Number of training event attendees
  5. Number of clients
  6. Number of small business counseling hours utilized

A news release from the college said that its Small Business Center ranked #1 in “Number of startups” with 69 startups created, #3 in “Number of small business counseling hours utilized” with more than 1,420 hours of counseling, #5 overall among all 58 small business centers, and top 10 across all metrics.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition from the state office and for the amazing work our staff does every day. The additional funding will go a long way in helping us assist the more than 3,000 Pitt County residents who use our services every year,” said Jim Ensor, PCC Small Business Center Director.

As a result of the high rankings, the Pitt Community College Small Business Center will be awarded an additional 20% bonus performance-based funding calculated off their current base allocation from the state. The center’s purpose is to the training of potential and existing small business owners and is committed to helping prospective and existing small business owners in the community succeed, leading to job creation and retention in Pitt County.

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