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On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: HP LIFE
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online
On Demand, available until January 01
Topic: Not Set
Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.
Speaker: Alicia Herrin - Director of Small Business & Entrepreneurial Development at Stanly Community College
Location: Online
On Demand, available until January 01
Topic: Not Set
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don'ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Speaker: Alicia Herrin - Director of Small Business & Entrepreneurial Development at Stanly Community College
Location: Online
On Demand, available until January 01
Topic: Not Set
Etsy.com is the world’s most popular e-commerce site for all things handmade and vintage. Our class will help establish your own successful shop. Etsy is a great way for crafters and vintage pickers to sell goods online without having to navigate the complexities of building their own e-commerce site. You’ll learn how to navigate the Etsy interface and set up your shop. Learn insights on important Etsy policies and protocol so you don’t unwittingly violate Etsy’s rules.
Speaker: Alicia Herrin - Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurial Development at Stanly Community College
Location: Online
On Demand, available until January 01
Topic: Not Set
Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
Speaker: Alicia Herrin - Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurial Development at Stanly Community College
Location: Online

November

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable (Locust) Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Today’s small businesses exist in a new economic landscape that forces creativity and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to financing. Small businesses have traditionally been the key driver for economic recovery when it comes to hiring, but hiring requires capital, and capital can be hard to come by. During the life of most any business, the owner will need to seek out cash to help with its growth or to keep it going through a rough patch. So, planning how to fund a business is hardly a trivial or brief topic. However, we can provide an overview we hope will help start you thinking about your business’ options.

December

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Join us at Tiffany’s at First & Main on Tuesday, December 5th for food, fun, and networking from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and lunch prepared by Tiffany’s will be available for purchase. The SWAN group will be adopting a family for the holidays – you are invited to bring a gift or money donation for the family. To pre-register for the event or get more details on the family, please call 704-991-0355. Please RSVP by December 1st.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a patent is a form of protection that provides exclusive rights for making, selling or using a concept or invention. As an entrepreneur or aspiring small business owner, protecting your work may be one of the most significant considerations that come to mind. This seminar will help current and prospective small business owners understand the rules and regulations involving patents and how they can protect their intellectual property.
Speaker: Attorney Paula Yost - owner of The Country Law Shack
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable (Locust) Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.

January

Tuesday, January 02, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Learn best practices for recognizing and managing professional stressors while also managing your business.
Speaker: Attorney Paula Yost - owner of The Country Law Shack
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable (Locust) Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.

February

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
When operating a business it is important to know that you are in legal compliance. Join us for this informative session that will cover common legal mistakes for small business.
Speaker: Attorney Paula Yost - owner of The Country Law Shack
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable (Locust) Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Understand the credit reporting system, your credit worthiness, your business needs, just to name a few. Understand your FICO score. Get answers to some of these questions: • What is your track record? • How much is too much? • What is your credit history and how is it established? • What is a healthy mix? • Consumer Reporting • How to increase your personal credit score?

March

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This seminar, for current and prospective business owners, covers aspects of Constitutional Law as it applies to small businesses. Topics will include the branches of government, Individual Rights as they relate to the First Amendment, and key points of the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Tenth, Twelfth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments in the context of small business application.
Speaker: Attorney Paula Yost - owner of The Country Law Shack
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable (Locust) Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
The real poverty of typical families is found neither in their low income nor in costly essential expenses but rather in not understanding their own cash flow. What is a cash flow statement and why is it so important? A cash flow statement is part of your business’s financial statements, which include these: An income statement A balance sheet A cash flow statement However, a cash flow statement isn’t just something you prepare and put in a drawer to never look at again. Used correctly, it can be a vital tool for managing your business and planning ahead for financing needs. Ideally, you want to maintain a positive cash flow at all times. This ensures you have the funds available that you need to pay your bills, pay employees, and purchase inventory or assets in a timely fashion. In reality, of course, many businesses find that from time to time, their cash flow is negative. Or perhaps it’s an ongoing problem: You are doing fine on paper in terms of profitability, but somehow find that you frequently run short of cash. Reviewing your cash flow statement regularly can help you spot this type of cyclical pattern in your business and prevent a cash flow emergency.

April

Tuesday, April 03, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Trademark protection, filed through the Patent and Trademark Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a form of protection that prevents another person from using a brand name to sell the same goods or services. Applied to a manufacturer’s or seller’s products and services to differentiate them in the marketplace, they can be a valuable marketing tool. This seminar will help current and prospective small business owners understand the rules and regulations involving trademarks and how they can protect their intellectual property.
Speaker: Attorney Paula Yost - owner of The Country Law Shack
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable (Locust) Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Today’s small businesses exist in a new economic landscape that forces creativity and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to financing. Small businesses have traditionally been the key driver for economic recovery when it comes to hiring, but hiring requires capital, and capital can be hard to come by. During the life of most any business, the owner will need to seek out cash to help with its growth or to keep it going through a rough patch. So, planning how to fund a business is hardly a trivial or brief topic. However, we can provide an overview we hope will help start you thinking about your business’ options.

May

Tuesday, May 01, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
In addition to a number of other benefits, incorporating a nonprofit organization is a way to serve whatever cause or mission is close to your heart in a way that protects the funds from taxation. This seminar will help you learn about the process of nonprofit formation both with the state of North Carolina and the IRS.
Speaker: Attorney Paula Yost - owner of The Country Law Shack
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable (Locust) Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.

June

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Grounds for Business Roundtable (Locust) Join us for Free Coffee, Sweets, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in Albemarle and the THIRD TUESDAY in Locust this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.