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On Demand, available until June 30
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 June 30
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Starting a new venture can be daunting. Everything from managing payroll to garnering customers can be challenging. A first step to launching on the right foot involves picking the right entity type to incorporate your business. This decision can affect everything from future fundraising plans to the level of risk you may personally face. Once incorporated, the business has certain filings and responsibilities it is required to maintain. The N.C. Secretary of State provides many resources including online forms, resource guides and e-mail alerts to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs with incorporation. In this session, a representative from the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office can provide general rules of the road on Incorporation and Filings and Responsibilities.
Speaker: Leo John, NC Department of Secretary of State
Location: Webinar, Online
On Demand, available until July 01
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Find out what it takes to start your own business. Explore legal entities, business license requirements, business plans, marketing strategies, funding programs, grant opportunities, and much more. Taught by Melissa Rivera, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Melissa Rivera, Women’s Business Center.
Location: Online
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar provides information including, but not limited to, whether or not you are ready, questions to answer prior to starting the business, where business ideas come from, governmental requirements, and available resources. This session is the perfect place to bring all your startup questions.
Speaker: LaShon Harley, Small Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online
On Demand, available until July 01
Topic: Business Basics
Learn the key elements of a successful business plan, how to develop one, and why it's important! Find out how to outline your plan, craft a mission statement, analyze the market and the industry, create a financial plan, and locate resources. Taught by Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Business Basics
If you think the time is right to start a business, you must create a winning business plan. Learn how to easily create a simple business plan by reviewing which parts of the plan that must be created in specific ways, which parts of the plan bankers focus on, and what the overall plan must look like.
Speaker: LaShon A. Harley, Small Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to create a marketing strategy that supports your business goals. This seminar will cover some of the best marketing tools that are free or at a very low-cost and explore creative ways to promote your business without breaking the bank or your budget. Taught by Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online

March

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Come and learn the most common employment law mistakes entrepreneurs and business owners make. Taught by Richard Bobholz, Law Plus Plus.
Speaker: Richard Bobholz, Law Plus Plus
Friday, March 31, 2017 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
If your business is on social media you know that graphics and the message are important. But, how do you create your own branded graphics? This course is hands–on and will teach basic techniques with multiple platforms to help entrepreneurs and business owners brand their business with graphics. Learning objectives: • Create a profile and cover photo for your existing social media accounts • Additional sites, tools, and tips to help in creating graphics for each social platform • Listing of free stock photo sites and ideas for content creation for your brand Taught by Chisa D. Pennix–Brown, Lady Bizness, Inc.
Speaker: Chisa D. Pennix–Brown, Lady Bizness, Inc
Friday, March 31, 2017 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Want to design a website, but don't know where to start? Have a website and want to start over? All Businesses need an online presence and "Websites Made Easy" will help entrepreneurs and business owners create winning site. This interactive workshop will help you to do the following: • Review multiple site options • Understand the differences in Blogs, Traditional Sites, and Landing Pages • Create content that uses keywords and reinforces SEO Taught by Chisa D. Pennix–Brown, Lady Bizness, Inc.
Friday, March 31, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Customer Relations
Various social media legal issues can arise when entrepreneurs and business owners develop an online presence from choosing your domain names to sharing content online across different platforms to pictures and graphics used. Come learn tips that may protect you and keep you out of trouble when creating a website and using the different social media platforms. Taught by Donna Ray Berkelhammer, The Legal Direction.

April

Monday, April 03, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
How are you describing your business and/or business idea? Are you clearly providing information with a short open window? On the first Wednesday on each month, attendees can tryout their sales pitch in a friendly and supportive environment. Come and learn valuable tips from marketing experts and feedback from fellow entrepreneurs, business owners, and business counselors.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Learn the importance of business budgeting. Business owners and entrepreneurs will learn how to create simple budgets along tips for how to manage cash flow and payroll. Taught by LaShon Harley, Durham Tech’s Small Business Center
Speaker: LaShon Harley, Durham Tech’s Small Business Center
Location: Online
Thursday, April 06, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Do you feel like you are getting the sales yet not really seeing the profit you thought you would? Come and learn where money may be hiding right in your business. Taught by Cherelle James, My Local CFO.
Speaker: Cherelle James, My Local CFO
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are you a startup or existing entrepreneur wondering how you should develop your business idea? Building and understanding your business model is a critical first step in the business planning process. Learn how to design and analyze your business model into a one-page document. With your one-page business model, you can develop your business plan more efficiently and effectively.
Location: Webinar, Online
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Who are your customers? How will potential customers find your product? How should you price your product? Learn the basics of marketing (product, pricing, placement, and promotion) along with an overview on customer development and marketing strategies.
Speaker: LaShon A. Harley, Durham Tech.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Do you know your market? Where can you find information? Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to assess and understanding the marketing landscape for your business. Learn where to find information about your competitors, suppliers, and understanding the industry or industries your product competes within. Gain an understanding of your customers’ demographics.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar introduces valuable online business and market research tools available through NC LIVE. These FREE resources are available through all local public, community college, and university libraries throughout North Carolina.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Come and learn what it takes to start your own spa business from an experienced spa and salon entrepreneur. Taught by Miki Wright, Miki Wright Business Training
Speaker: Miki Wright, Miki Wright Business Training
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar provides information including, but not limited to, whether or not you are ready, questions to answer prior to starting the business, where business ideas come from, governmental requirements, and available resources. This session is the perfect place to bring all your nonprofit startup questions.
Location: Online
Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
Many entrepreneurs and business owners fear marketing or being a salesperson for their business or business idea. Too often they rely on paper and/or social media as the primary medium for getting new customers while many customers are gained through face to face communication. Come and learn ways to overcome the fear of being an effective salesperson for your business. Taught by Warren Greshes, Speaking of Success.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Prospecting is the most important, yet because of the rejection factor, the most avoided area of selling. Remember, no matter how good your product is, you can't close a sale unless you first sell an appointment and get in front of the prospect. Attendees will learn: • How to generate and manage activity, not sales • A phone script, guaranteed to get them in the door. • How to create a call counting system, which will help them to overcome the fear of rejection, by showing them how much rejection they need. • How to anticipate the most common objections and turn them around. Taught by Warren Greshes, Speaking of Success.
Speaker: Warren Greshes, Speaking of Success
Thursday, April 20, 2017 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Learn the crucial steps before, during, and after the presentation for entrepreneurs to close more sales. Taught by Warren Greshes, Speaking of Success
Thursday, April 27, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Come and learn the importance of record keeping along with what documents entrepreneurs should keep and for how long. Entrepreneurs will also get an overview of their tax responsibilities as a small business. Taught by Cherelle James, My Local CFO
Speaker: Cherelle James, My Local CFO
Location: Online

May

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Business Basics
How are you describing your business and/or business idea? Are you clearly providing information with a short open window? On the first Wednesday on each month, attendees can tryout their sales pitch in a friendly and supportive environment. Come and learn valuable tips from marketing experts and feedback from fellow entrepreneurs, business owners, and business counselors.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Learn how to create a marketing strategy that supports your business goals. This seminar will cover some of the best marketing tools that are free or at a very low–cost and explore creative ways to promote your business without breaking the bank or your budget.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Building, managing, and protecting your personal brand are as important for each of us as they are for a large corporation or celebrity, and it’s key to positioning yourself and your business for success. Through discussions and short exercises, you explore what you want your personal brand to be and how to create it. Taught by Yvette Bonaparte, Bonaparte Consulting, LLC.
Speaker: Yvette Bonaparte, Bonaparte Consulting, LLC.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Most people start their business not as a hobby that they constantly have to pay into but as a source that at some point should support them, their household and beyond. The question becomes: When can I pay myself? How do I pay myself? What do I pay myself? When do I get a raise? This workshop will tackle these questions and more. Taught by
Speaker: Cherelle James, My Local CFO.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Financing
This workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs offers an overview of financing options for new or existing business. Outside funding options, including commercial bank loans, SBA–backed loans, and sources of equity capital are covered.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Using real–life examples, learn how to put together a loan package for a lender including financial planning, tools to assist with your financial projections, and financial statements. Receive an overview on how a lender will evaluate your loan request. Taught by La–Tasha Best–Gaddy, Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC).
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 1:30 PM to 1:00 AM
Topic: Financing
During this hand–on seminar, participants will develop projected balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flows for their business. Participants should have a working knowledge about these financial statements.
Thursday, May 04, 2017 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Have a great idea for offering services and products online to expand your brand? There are plenty of ways to increase your bottom line and monetize your ideas. This interactive workshop will help business owners and entrepreneurs find the tools, best online practices & marketing to create E–books, Podcasts, Blogs, Webinars, and Magazines. Taught by Chisa D. Pennix–Brown, Lady Bizness, Inc.
Thursday, May 04, 2017 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Have you been thinking about setting up an online store? This interactive workshop will help business owners and entrepreneurs learn about • Various site options for starting an online store • Using Social Media • Stand Alone vs. Embedded Sited • Tips, Tools and Marketing Your Site Taught by Chisa D. Pennix–Brown, Lady Bizness, Inc.