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Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 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
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
In this seminar, attendees will learn how to buy and sell on eBay and create an eBay store. Other web-based strategies will be presented, as well as how to utilize Google advertising.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
This 3-hour workshop will give you an overall understanding of the steps you need to take to make your dream of owning your own business a reality.
Speaker: Mike Collins

Business Basics

Thursday, May 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The business plan is a roadmap for your business whether you’re determining the feasibility for start-up, tracking your progress, planning for expansion, or applying for a loan. This workshop will discuss the narrative and financial aspects of the plan as well as give the student an opportunity to work with actual plans that have been prepared by others.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales


Tuesday, April 07, 2015 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 yourself 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.
Speaker: Bob Moore
Monday, April 20, 2015 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
Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An entrepreneur goes into business to make money. In order to accomplish this goal, it is often necessary to borrow funds. This 3-hour seminar will cover determining how much you need, where the money will come from, the 5 C’s of Credit, and preparing your loan package.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales

Managing a Business

Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Why should a small business pay attention to Cyber Security? Who would want to "waste time" on one? In this informative seminar you will learn: awareness of Cyber Security and recognize the methods being used, identify the "Cyber Actors" (threats of C.H.E.W and what is at risk in your data), components of an effective program (how not to become a victim), know the importance of Cyber Law (incident response plan-critical or not necessary), and setting the stage in small business trends for 2015/2016 Cyber Security.
Speaker: David Pendergrass

Tax Planning

Friday, May 01, 2015 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, May 26, 2015 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

Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar covers tips for prospective and existing business owners on how to learn more about customers, competitors, and overall market opportunities. In addition to defining a target market, you will learn the 4 components of the marketing mix and inexpensive and effective market research design.
Speaker: Mike Collins

Government Contracting

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ever thought of doing business with the government? In this informative seminar you will learn: how the government buys, socio-economic programs, leveraging the market (NCMBC services, tools), getting started in the market and opportunities/solicitations samples. Time is alloted for questions.
Speaker: NCMBC