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Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ever think of starting a restaurant, food truck, or catering business? Come to this informative seminar and learn such items as: industry analysis, food service choices, business planning, marketing tools, and funding!
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
Thursday, March 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
In this very informative seminar participants will discover: Basics on what a non-profit business is, Refine the definition of a nonprofit, Issues to consider before starting a nonprofit, Key steps in forming a nonprofit, Forms and Documents needed to be filed, What takes place at the first board meeting and Do you need an attorney?
Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Businesses have an opportunity to reach millennials not only with their engaging stories but by encouraging your customers to include your business in their special moment. Do you want to reach the growing market of millennials between the ages of 25 - 35 or maybe their parents, then you need to understand how to use Snapchat. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of SnapChat, how you can use it for your business and how to use Snapchat’s On-Demand Geo-Filters to make your business part of your customer’s special moments.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Get off the hamster wheel and get your life back now! Discover how to increase your profit while you create 2+ more hours daily for who and what you love. Use Dr. Barnsley's proven formula to create a marketing and self management strategy that lets you focus on the top priorities in your business and life. Find out how to leverage interns, family, friends, colleagues, and other professionals to grow your business and free up your time for what you enjoy and do best.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Nonprofit organizations have limited resources and represent funds entrusted to their organization; officers have a fiduciary responsibility to make sure that every dime of this money is spent wisely. Spending money and spending it wisely is not the same. No matter who or what the organizations, all have one thing in common: the need to achieve their goals and objectives with limited resources. This 3 hour seminar is designed to assist nonprofit directors and officers to develop budgeting skills necessary to reach their full potential.
Thursday, April 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Now that Facebook is showing less and less of business pages it is time to learn the real power of Facebook ads as it has over 1.49 billion monthly users. With less than three percent of your customers seeing your post on Facebook today, it is more useful to view Facebook as a powerful paid advertising platform than a free social media site. With Facebook ads you can display your best content in front of key customers that have clearly self–identified themselves as good customers by their interest on Facebook. You can get started with Facebook ads with as little as a few dollars per ad.

Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
In this seminar attendees will become aware of what is needed to start a Family Child Care business in their home. This session is loaded with information to assist participants in making better informed decisions before becoming an Entrepreneur. It is highly recommended to attend “How to Start a Home–Based Daycare Part II.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This seminar is a continuation of How to Start a Homebased Child Care business in their home. Content includes the various NC Child Care Requirements. It is highly recommended that you attend the “How to Start a Home–Based Daycare Part I.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Comprender los fundamentos de la creación de una empresa en este seminario que te lleva desde la idea a la oportunidad. Aprender estrategias clave para la puesta en marcha, financiación y comercialización, así como información importante sobre cuestiones legales, licencias, zonificación, operaciones, y mucho más. Darse cuenta de la importancia de una auto–evaluación y la forma de evaluar la viabilidad de su idea de negocio. Descubre los recursos disponibles para ayudarle a iniciar y operar su negocio con éxito.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Un plan de negocios puede ser la herramienta más importante que tiene un pequeño empresario. Aprender a convertir sus ideas en un plan sólido para la financiación y el éxito a largo plazo. Este seminario le enseña los componentes importantes de un plan de negocio y ayuda a sentar las bases de un plan ganador. Averiguar cómo el marketing, operaciones, finanzas y están relacionados entre ellas. Descubre cómo un plan de negocios es utilizado por los prestamistas potenciales, que hacer y no hacer cuando escribir un plan, y los pasos para hacer el proceso más fácil. Este seminario está dirigido a nuevos y establecidos los propietarios de negocios
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This seminar is focuses primarily on some practical tips and tools that can bring about “transformational change,” in Boards. Government agencies, Foundations, and individual donors and other potential supporters and funders want information concerning Boards. What they discover might make the difference between receiving their support and or funds, or not. Topics we will cover will include: what a healthy Board looks like, Board roles and responsibilities (Fiduciary, Liabilities), Strategic Planning, diagnose problems rather than focus on symptoms, evaluate the board performance, and ensure full participation of Board.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar is designed for the beginning grant writer, or a more seasoned fundraiser who is interested in picking up new tips and pointers. Seminar participants will examine all the elements of a grant application and have an opportunity to begin developing their own proposals.
Speaker: Sam Gore
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How would you like to pay off all your consumer debt, credit cards, car payments, and loans? Learn a simple yet effective method to start the process of making you debt free! Bring a calculator and a list of your debts with balances and monthly payments, and learn how to develop your own debt elimination plan that can be implemented immediately into your lifestyle.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Crowdfunding is one way that businesses can seek money to startup their businesses, finance a new product, or expand their operations. This seminar is intended to share vital information to participants on how to be successful at crowd funding. It will be a crash course on what participants need to know so that they can be great at crowdfunding and will include information concerning: What is Crowdfunding and how did it get Started, Two Types of Crowdfunding, How do Start-ups and Businesses Raise Money Through Crowdfunding?, Common misconceptions concerning crowd funding, Setting your fundraising goals, A few tips and tricks about storytelling, and Ways people are crowdfunding. The good news is that crowdfunding is the most game-like and engaging form of fundraising, so it gives you a great chance at success.

Managing a Business

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Developing a strategic plan is like planning a journey and all experts agree that this is the primary function of the board of directors for a nonprofit or a business owner. Strategic planning, like a journey, include issues like: Why are we traveling? Where do we want to end up? Checking to condition of our car; major stops we want to see along the way; major routes we want to take: Who will drive each route? How much money will we need to spend? What if some of the roads are under construction and we have to make a detour? These and other details will need to be dealt with if a Nonprofit or business wants to reach its full potential.

Customer Relations

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bylaws are a legal document outlining the self-imposed rules that will regulate an organization's own actions. Since it is a required element when forming a corporation, bylaws are a form of agreement or contract between the corporation and its owners to conduct itself in a certain manner. In the past, organizations often had bylaws but today those bylaws are usually insufficient. This seminar will offer participant’s knowledge on: 10 Most Common Nonprofit Bylaw Pitfalls and How to Avoid the Traps and Required provisions normally included in Nonprofit Bylaws
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Have you ever wondered how the Walt Disney World Resort continues to produce a dynamic model on Business Excellence, Leadership, Working Environment and Customer Service! It’s not about service. It’s all about creating a memorable Customer Experience. Learn success strategies to attract more customers, build brand loyalty for life, beat out your completion and transform your business. The presenter of this exhilarating seminar is John Formica aka, “The Ex-Disney Guy.”

Tax Planning

Friday, June 16, 2017 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This seminar will teach attendees how to get the most out of QuickBooks for their business. You will learn the basics to better understand your financial data. Topics include how to set your business, create invoices, pay bills, reconcile bank accounts, and create reports.
Speaker: Jess McLamb
Tuesday, September 05, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Do you know your product or service upside down and backwards, but the numbers just drive you up a wall? This seminar will help you understand the difference between cash basis and accrual basis of accounting and single versus double entry bookkeeping. We’ll talk about calculating and recording payroll taxes and sales tax and you’ll get hands-on experience in preparing financial statements, including cash flow, income and expense statements, and balance sheets.
Speaker: Jess McLamb

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this seminar you will get an overall understanding of what Google wants in order for you to be found in searches using inbound marketing methodologies. If you manage your own website, you will be given tips webmasters may not want you to know. If you have a webmaster, you will leave with a list of things to pass along that will give your online presence a boost. Marketing is more than just having a website. You will learn: what signals Google looks for on your website, how to optimize for Google as well as humans, create great content that will attract those customers to you (customers you have identified as ideal for what you have to offer), promoting your content with social media (on which channel is your target market), is your website mobile friendly, and capturing leads from your website. Join us and get your business Google-ized!
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
This is a "Hands-on Lab" Create, verify, and optimize your business listing on Google. You must bring your Google Gmail and password. If you need one go to . Bring your laptop or tablet as you will be able to return to the site for future updates to your business. As a partner of the GYBO(Get Your Business Online) program managed by Google, we will provide a hands on walkthrough of setting up your Google My Business page and touch on the following subjects: Verification, Profile Set Up including Contact Info, Categories, Hours and Introduction, Insights, and Reviews and how to respond. Do you ever receive calls from people claiming to be from Google and want to charge you to get your listing optimized? This lab will do what they are selling in as little as 10 minutes! We will also be able to help if your business is listed with bad information or location.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar Includes PayPal, eBay videos, setting up accounts and researching listings.