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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

August

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Time Management is a crucial skill for a success business and organization. Come and learn how to improve their time management skills using some common time management practices, such as: ABC Analysis, Pareto Analysis, Eisenhower Method, POSEC Method. Taught by Woodforest National Bank. This seminar is part of the FDIC Money Smart for Business’ Tuesdays sponsored with Woodforest National Bank. This seminar is also co-sponsored with the Durham County Library.
Speaker: Woodforest National Bank
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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 Terrell, Women’s Business Center
Speaker: Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online

September

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Have an idea to start or expand your business or nonprofit? Wondering how your idea could be possibly successful and profitable? Entrepreneurs and Business owners will learn how to design and analyze your business idea into a one-page document then you can develop your business or strategic plan easier and faster. This seminar is part of Durham Builds: Building Successful Business in Durham Wednesdays co-sponsored with the Durham County Library.
Thursday, September 07, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Come and get answers to your startup questions from an attorney about business formation. Learn the advantages and costs of the different business entities, including sole proprietorship, partnership, C Corp, S Corp, LLC, and nonprofit. Taught by Donna Ray Berkelhammer, The Legal Direction.
Speaker: Donna Ray Berkelhammer
Friday, September 08, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Starting a new venture can be daunting. Everything from managing payroll to garnering customers can be challenging. Launching on the right foot involves picking the right entity type to incorporate your business which 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. Come and learn the general rules of the road on Incorporation and Filings and Responsibilities. Taught by Leo John, Agency Legal Specialist, N.C. Department of Secretary of State, Raleigh. This seminar is part of the SOSNC Business Education Series. NOTE: The Frontier@RTP has a Food Truck Rodeo every Friday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. So grab your lunch and bring it to the seminar.
Speaker: Leo John, Agency Legal Specialist, N.C. Department of Secretary of State
Monday, September 11, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Sports and Entertainment Businesses are not typical service- or product-oriented businesses-they tend to focus more on the personality associated with the entertainment or sport. It is imperative that the business is set up and managed to recognize the personality as the business product, the legal issues associated with a personality product, and the best ways to protect and manage business assets, relationships, and liabilities. Come and learn industry best practices, red flags to watch out for, and will walk away with a step-by-step plan to start their sports and entertainment business. Taught by Sheila Huggins, Shelia A. Huggins, PLLC.
Speaker: Sheila Huggins, Shelia A. Huggins, PLLC
Monday, September 11, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Sports and Entertainment Businesses are not typical service- or product-oriented businesses-they tend to focus more on the personality associated with the entertainment or sport. It is imperative that the business is set up and managed to recognize the personality as the business product, the legal issues associated with a personality product, and the best ways to protect and manage business assets, relationships, and liabilities. Come and learn industry best practices, red flags to watch out for, and will walk away with a step-by-step plan to start their sports and entertainment business. Taught by Sheila Huggins, Shelia A. Huggins, PLLC
Speaker: Sheila Huggins, Shelia A. Huggins, PLLC
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Come and learn how to distinguish the myths and realities of small business ownership. Start a self-assessment to determine their readiness to become business owners. Set a plan of action gathering feedback from family, friends and potential customers. Taught by Paul Licary, Woodforest National Bank. This seminar is part of the FDIC Money Smart for Business’ Tuesdays sponsored with Woodforest National Bank.
Location: Webinar, Online
Thursday, September 14, 2017 , 8 sessions ending Thursday, November 02
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Participants in this popular 8-week course examine in detail how to develop a business idea, perform market analysis, and then write a business plan. Gain knowledge from hands-on activities. REAL NOTE: Students should have a business idea to be used throughout the course. Taught by La-Tasha Best-Gaddy. 30 hours. $125 Note: Students should be proficient users of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the Internet, which will be used extensively throughout this course to complete assignments. 58486 Th 9/14-11/2 6:30 – 8:30 pm SBB (September 7) Online 9/14-11/2
Speaker: La-Tasha Best-Gaddy
Location: Webinar, Online
Fee: $ 125.00
Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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.
Monday, September 18, 2017 , 10 sessions ending Sunday, November 12
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Participants in this popular 8-week course examine in detail how to develop a business idea, perform market analysis, and then write a business plan. Gain knowledge from hands-on activities. REAL NOTE: Students must have access to the Internet as this class will be completely online. Students should have a business idea to be used throughout the course. Taught by LaShon Harley. 30 hours. $125 58485 Online 9/18-11/12
Speaker: LaShon Harley
Location: Webinar, Online
Fee: $ 125.00
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Have a logo? Slogan? Sound?? Learn the crucial points of protecting a business’s or an organization’s valuable intangible assets through basic information about trademarks. Taught by Donna Ray Berkelhammer, The Legal Direction
Speaker: Donna Ray Berkelhammer
Friday, September 22, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Is your company name important to you? Did you spend time and money developing a logo or a slogan? Small business owners that answer yes should consider registering for a trademark as a way to protect the business brand. North Carolina’s trademarks registry is administered by the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office, while federal trademarks are overseen by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Come and learn the various aspects of trademarks – from choosing between a federal or a state trademark or both to filing for one. Attendees can expect to get an overview of the costs, benefits and pitfalls of trademarks. Taught by Leo John, Agency Legal Specialist, N.C. Department of Secretary of State, Raleigh. This seminar is part of the SOSNC Business Education Series. NOTE: The Frontier@RTP has a Food Truck Rodeo every Friday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. So grab your lunch and bring it to the seminar.
Speaker: John, Agency Legal Specialist, N.C. Department of Secretary of State
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Come and learn how to distinguish the myths and realities of small business ownership. Start a self-assessment to determine their readiness to become business owners. Set a plan of action gathering feedback from family, friends and potential customers. Taught by Woodforest National Bank. This seminar is part of the FDIC Money Smart for Business’ Tuesdays sponsored by Woodforest National Bank.
Speaker: Woodforest National Bank
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Many people find working at home the 'ideal arrangement' and decide to set up businesses in their homes. Learn the requirements for getting started with a home-based business, including finding your niche, legal requirements, and developing a business plan. Taught by Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center
Location: Webinar, Online
Friday, September 29, 2017 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Come and learn the latest tips and strategies to create and maintain a flourishing, engaged board of directors. Learn essentials of board roles and responsibilities, tips on successful board recruitment, board structure, communication best practices, and steps to increase board engagement throughout your fundraising, donor and community engagement initiatives. Taught by Risha Bailey, Right Touch Consulting.
Speaker: Risha Bailey
Friday, September 29, 2017 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Come and learn why it’s important to connect with and develop a long-term relationship with your donors and volunteers. Specifically, gain insight on how to cultivate and steward your donor base through year-round engagement opportunities, assess the value of donor recognition books, appreciation gifts, sponsored events, as well as if donor giving societies are a good fit for your organization. Lastly, learn how to cultivate these groups on a year-round basis, and how to create a vibrant volunteer program. Taught by Risha Bailey, Right Touch Consulting.
Speaker: Risha Bailey
Friday, September 29, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are you putting all your proverbial eggs in one basket? Social entrepreneurs hesitant of investing in newer techniques often miss out on opportunities to grow their revenue streams. They also run the risk of reduced support from traditional funding sources. Come and learn how to recognize the value and need to embrace and employ balanced, diversified fundraising models. Explore traditional, non-traditional, and digital/social media-based fundraising techniques successful nonprofits are using to increase revenue streams in today’s challenging world. Taught by Risha Bailey, Right Touch Consulting.
Speaker: Risha Bailey

October

Monday, October 02, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Need road map to help start your business? Planning to expand your business? Need to get funding? The business plan can be the answer to all these questions. Come and lean how to take your idea from thought to document detailing the key components explain how to organize and implement the plan. Taught by LaShon A. Harley
Speaker: LaShon A. Harley
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 , 5 sessions ending Tuesday, October 31
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Students will be led by an instructor through the business planning process to develop their business ideas which will result in the writing and presentation of a well thought out basic strategic business plan. Part I will focus on pitching, developing and presenting your business model. Taught by La-Tasha Best-Gaddy. 15 hours. $69. 58487 T 10/3 - 10/31 6:30 – 8:00 pm SBB (September 26) Online 10/3 – 10/31
Speaker: La-Tasha Best-Gaddy
Fee: $ 69.00
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Financing
Not all start-up or expanding business idea would be successful and profitable. Come and learn methods to determine whether your great idea can make money and profitable. Co-Sponsored with Durham County Library. This seminar is part of Durham Builds: Building Successful Business in Durham Wednesdays co-sponsored with the Durham County Library.
Monday, October 09, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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.
Location: Webinar, Online
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Come and learn how entrepreneurs and business owners can convert a vague idea into a resource plan. Understand how a business plan helps motivate stakeholders to support their business ideas. Understand the importance of personal credit and a healthy relationship with lenders. Taught by Paul Licary, Woodforest National Bank. This seminar is part of the FDIC Money Smart for Business’ Tuesdays sponsored by Woodforest National Bank.
Speaker: Woodforest National Bank
Location: Webinar, Online
Friday, October 13, 2017 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Financing
Learn the fastest, easiest way to manage your business. This one day course introduces small business owners to one of the most popular small business accounting applications that tracks general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and checking accounts, as well as provides easy-to-use reporting features. Textbook included in price. Taught by Ian Chalmers, Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. 7 hours. $125 (no waiver) 58619 F 10/13 8:30 am – 4:30 pm MC-01 142 (September 6)
Speaker: Ian Chalmers
Fee: $ 125.00
Friday, October 13, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
What does it mean to be a “certified” minority- or woman-owned business? What is required to receive this designation, and how will it help you grow your business? Learn about the various government and private entities that provide certifications and have programs to support Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certifications. Discover how to use these certification programs to boost your business. Taught by Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center. Co-sponsored with the Women’s Business Center. NOTE: The Frontier@RTP has a Food Truck Rodeo every Friday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. So grab your lunch and bring it to the seminar.
Speaker: Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center. Co-sponsored with the Women’s Business Center.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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
Monday, October 23, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Financing
Come and learn how to effectively write the key elements of a proposal, and how to submit applications to foundations and federal sources. Learn the techniques of preparing, writing, and winning grants from various funding agencies. Taught by Rick Leggett, Excellence By Choice, Inc.
Speaker: Rick Leggett, Excellence By Choice, Inc.