MCC’s SBC Partners with SCA to Assist Marginalized Entrepreneurs

Community Continuing Education Events Partners Small Business Center

Montgomery Community College’s Small Business Center is partnering with the Sandhills Cooperation Association to empower future business leaders in Montgomery County’s marginalized communities.  Instead of asking entrepreneurs to come to MCC’s Page Street campus, SBC staff will conduct outreach initiatives through SCA’s network of trusted leaders and the locations they serve.

Presenters for the first Porch Talk: King Ratliff, CEO of Gangsta For God Entertainment, Hip-Hop Artist, Inspirational Speaker, Screen Writer and BMI Publisher; Andrew Gardner, Dean of Continuing Education at MCC; Cindy Taylor, SCA Community Project Manager.

The SBC will host a monthly Porch Talk series for business leaders at 117 Springdale Drive in Troy. Initial topics include how to get money to further education, how to pursue financing to build a business and the importance of building credit. Porch Talks will begin in the fall with future topics to be derived from community input. For the latest topics and schedule be sure to check out

With the arrival of Emily Tucker, the SBC’s new director, the SBC will also work with the SCA to schedule regular office days/hours in various community locations, featuring programming provided by Tucker or guest counselors with specific expertise.

About the Small Business Center at MCC
The SBC offers free and confidential services such as counseling, advice and assessments to aid in start-up and development for entrepreneurs. Workshops, events and seminars are led by qualified subject matter experts on topics including start-up, finance, marketing, taxes and more. Resources and information on capital and funding options, networking, software and more is available for use by small business owners and entrepreneurs.

About the Sandhills Cooperation Association
The SCA was established in 2015 to strengthen economic, civic, and cultural connections throughout the region. The association has core team members in Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Randolph, and Stanly counties who are responsible for developing and implementing community-focused projects in each community. All projects are selected based on the input and needs of the community with projects ranging from youth summer programs, community beautification and development, financial literacy, cooking courses, food cooperatives, farming, and more.