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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

Financing

Monday, March 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A good credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. This seminar will include information about the history of credit scoring, credit reports and how they are calculated, the importance of maintaining good credit, and more. Proven methods to increase your credit score by 50-100+ within 60 days will also be discussed.
Speaker: Robert Moore
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, March 19, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Trying to get everything done can be impossible in today's up-to-the-minute world; especially if you are in a small business. But, what if you could set and meet your priorities, work more effectively with the people around you, dig out from under the paperwork and email avalanche and move closer to a balanced life. Would that come close to getting it all done?
Speaker: Mike Collins

Tax Planning

Tuesday, March 03, 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
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

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn to leverage the power of internet marketing methods to position you and your business as tops in your field. Compete with the big dogs on a Chihuahua budget. This down-to-earth, fun seminar series is free of "Geek Speak" and will help you package your service or product into exciting low-cost or no-cost formats. Discover how to delight your customers, get your website in front of qualified prospects, and generate new business while you sleep.
Speaker: Barnsley Brown
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This companion seminar of Part 1 focuses on how to position yourself, provide value, and attract new business using the mediums of internet radio, video, and social media. You'll discover how and why you must repurpose intellectual capital to boost your position in the search engines and keep your clients and prospects engaged and excited about what you do. Attendance for Part 1 is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.
Speaker: Barnsley Brown
Monday, March 16, 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
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
How can successful business owners make it so easy for buyers to purchase as much as they want as soon as possible? In this quick and powerful seminar you will learn; how and why to "sell yourself and your business", ways to quickly know who can buy and who can't, techniques for helping clients mentally own your product, what to do when the customer wants you to lower your price, and how to close the sale even after the customer has told you "no". Start closing more sales and making more money now!
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