Small Business Center Guides Emerging Entrepreneur

Camilla Burleson, owner of Paw Paw’s Old House, a new store in Albemarle that offers new, used and vintage items for purchase, recently opened her doors for business. Ms. Burleson’s appreciation of antiques, a trait she learned at an early age growing up in Denmark, was her inspiration in opening her business.

The Stanly Community College (SCC) Small Business Center (SBC) assisted Ms. Burleson in the many steps an entrepreneur must undergo in order to open a new business. “I’m very pleased with the help that I received from the SBC. I learned how to structure the business, verify compliance with local and state regulations, and best of all, it did not cost me anything,” explained Ms. Burleson.

According to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, A Snapshot of the Emerging Entrepreneur, “New businesses account for nearly all net new job creation and almost 20 percent of gross job creation in the United States.” Alicia Herrin, Director of the Small Business Center for the College, commented, “It’s been a pleasure assisting in Camilla’s opening and we will continue to counsel her specific business needs.”

SCC’s SBC is committed to economic development and growth for new, established, and potential business owners. As a member of the NC Community College System Small Business Center Network, the services are provided at low or no cost to the community.

Visit to schedule free one-on-one counseling, view upcoming SBC seminars, business plan templates, up-to-date tax information from the NC Department of Revenue, entrepreneurial self-assessments, and much more. For additional information, contact Alicia Herrin at (704) 991-0182.

Paw Paw’s Old House also offers general store style candy, wine glass painting classes, affordable event rental space (specifically for baby and bridal showers), balloons, free Wi-Fi, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. For more information about Paw Paw’s Old House, visit their Facebook page, or call (980) 581-0783 or email

Leigh Parrish and Carmilla Burleson

New business owner Camilla Burleson (right) with employee Leigh Parrish (left).