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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Class is located in Room 114 in the Wayne West Building. Hobbyist, sports lovers, potters, artist, woodworkers, bakers and candy makers want to turn their hobby into a business. Would it not be "just wonderful" to start making real additional income while doing your favorite pass time as a craftsman or craftswoman? This workshop will explore and answer most of the frequently asked questions related to the transition from hobby to business. Subtopics will include determining demand and markets potential, wholesale vs retail options, financial and time resources require, creating business model / plans, Internet opportunities and issues, income and sales tax implications and more.
Speaker: Steve Carver, Fast Forward Services, Inc.
Friday, December 01, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Seminars offered during this time frame are fondly known as Lunch and Learns. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to this event.
Speaker: SCORE
Monday, December 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center. Success is determined by not only what we do, but more importantly how we do it. As a small business owner and entrepreneur sharpen your skills in planning, prioritizing, and investing in your resources. Learn tips and traits on how to be better equipped to manage more effectively.
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful Consulting LLC
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center. This workshop teaches the 20 plus ingredients that formulate a successful marketing program for a business. How much to spend, when to start, what is targeted advertising and guerilla styled tactics will be discussed. Time tested and proven advice about how to make sure ads pay for themselves. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.
Speaker: Steve Carver, Fast Forward Services, Inc.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Class is located in Room 218 in the Wayne West Building. A complete workshop to get you started blogging for your small business. Learn how to blog and why your business should have a blog as part of your website and online presence. Then learn how to find free content and how to promote your blog. Within hours after this workshop you could have your own free blog up and running. This workshop covers all you need to get started.
Speaker: Rick Doble - Editor & Publisher 'Savvy-Discounts Newsletter', Author, Photographer, & Website Developer
Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
In this session, participants will learn the best business practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses. Join us for an opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs, small business owners, and small business advocates, to share strategies, successes, and challenges with like-minded people.
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Director
Monday, January 08, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Participants will be able 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 Businesses sponsored by Woodforest National Bank. Class is located in Room 112 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Clint Hatcher, Branch Manager - 0816 NC Morehead City Walmart
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The key to any successful business is a successful marketing program that gets measureable results and keeps marketing costs low. Every business has a marketing expense – either by direct labor or purchasing. Learn how to maximize that marketing investment and improve your strategic visibility by generating leads, closing sales opportunities, increasing customer transactions and purchasing, utilizing strategic pricing techniques, and dramatically improving bottom line profits. This seminar is a "must see" for those small businesses seeking to gain maximum exposure of their product or service within their community and be able to better measure the effectiveness of their marketing efforts through a step by step formula – the 337 ways! Class is located at the Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA Senior Area Manager
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This workshop will help participants better understand their sales and use tax obligations including covering sales and use tax basics, registering for an account, and learning about the most common types of sales and use taxes collected. In addition, participants will receive hands-on help preparing sales and use tax returns. Sales and use tax law changes regarding capital improvements and repair, maintenance, and installation services will not be addressed in any depth during this workshop. If you have questions regarding this tax law change please call our toll free number 1-877-252-3052. Class is located in Room 112 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Rhonda High, Customer Education Officer with the North Carolina Department of Revenue
Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Join our conversation about best practices to develop and maintain successful businesses. This month we will discuss the importance of self-care. Participants will experience simple self-care tools to use for life. The purpose of the Small Business Center is 'increasing Business Success" and we will explore ways to do this during each small business forum. This event will take place at the Down East Scout Center at 585 US-70, Davis, NC 28524.
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director
Friday, January 12, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Seminars offered during this time frame are fondly known as Lunch and Learns. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to this event. Class is located in Room 202 in Wayne West Building
Speaker: SCORE
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners. Class is located in Room 112 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Lindsey Willis, CPA with William M. Rogers, P.A.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This seminar will teach you the basics of starting a business and take you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing, and marketing. Gain 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. Let us help you discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business. Class is located at the Western Carteret Library, Room 3 & 4, 230 Taylor Notion Rd, Cape Carteret, NC 28584
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful Consulting LLC
Monday, January 22, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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. Class is located at the Western Carteret Library, Room 3 & 4, 230 Taylor Notion Rd, Cape Carteret, NC 28584
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful Consulting LLC
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This workshop will introduce you to the methods used in developing a website with many low cost and free resources. You will also learn how to design your pages for maximum search engine rankings. A must have workshop for small business owners developing their own website. Class is located in Room 112 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Rick Doble - Editor & Publisher 'Savvy-Discounts Newsletter', Author, Photographer, & Website Developer
Monday, January 29, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Are you interested in starting your own business? Are you an entrepreneur who wants to accelerate profitable growth by improving your business model? If yes, then the Business Model Canvas is the best place to start. It is a proven tool for creating, assessing or reinventing a business model. The Business Model Canvas is a hands on approach for business modeling that allows you to outline and test your hypothesis, present your ideas to customers, collect real world evidence and pivot to adapt your idea or business to the changing landscapes. Strategically and systematically find more effective ways to do business and see the benefits to your bottom line. Class is located in Room 112 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
QuickBooks is one of the most widely used accounting software packages for small businesses today. This workshop will teach you how to get the most out of QuickBooks for your business. You will learn some accounting basics to help you better understand your financial data. You will also learn how to set your business up, customize and create invoices, pay bills, used the payroll feature, reconcile bank accounts, and create reports. Class is located in Room 319 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Lindsey Willis, CPA with William M. Rogers, P.A.
Monday, February 05, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Success is determined by not only what we do, but more importantly how we do it. As a small business owner and entrepreneur sharpen your skills in planning, prioritizing, and investing in your resources. Learn tips and traits on how to be better equipped to manage more effectively. Class is located at the Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful Consulting LLC
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This seminar, sponsored by the NC Rural Economic Development Center, is designed to help small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. It will review the six basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions and provide an overview of the resources available in NC for small businesses. Finally, the seminar will cover the Rural Center's Microenterprise Loan Program and provide details about its lending criteria and application process. Class is in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center
Speaker: NC Rural Economic Development Center
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A nuts and bolts workshop that shows small business owners how to create and register a domain name, hire a web host, upload your website to the web host and then make your website available on the Internet. Class is located in Room 112 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Rick Doble - Editor & Publisher 'Savvy-Discounts Newsletter', Author, Photographer, & Website Developer
Thursday, February 08, 2018 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Join our conversation about best practices to develop and maintain successful businesses. This month we will discuss resources available to help businesses succeed. Participants will leave knowing not only what resources are at their fingertips, but where to locate those value resources. The purpose of the Small Business Center is 'increasing Business Success" and we will explore ways to do this during each small business forum. This event will take place at the Down East Scout Center at 585 US-70, Davis, NC 28524.
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director
Friday, February 09, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
In this seminar participants identify the personal qualities and skills of successful business owners and other factors that contribute to the success of small businesses. Participants assess their current skills and knowledge of small business ownership and develop a learning plan to assist them in growing successful enterprises. You will learn how to identify the personal qualities and skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur; build knowledge of factors that contribute to the success of small businesses; evaluate their ability to be successful entrepreneurs; understand the purpose and uses of the business plan; and identify their personal learning needs. Seminars offered during this time frame are fondly known as Lunch and Learns. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to this event. Class is located in Room 202 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: SCORE
Monday, February 12, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This hands-on workshop will help you set up and customize a new company file using QuickBooks Online. This course will combine an introduction to the program as well as hands-on learning with QuickBooks. Participants without QuickBooks Online accounts can sign up for a free trail at the start of the class. Class is located in Room 319 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Lindsey Willis, CPA with William M. Rogers, P.A.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Description to Come Class is in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center
Speaker: Rhonda High, Customer Education Office with the North Carolina Department of Revenue
Monday, February 19, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Participants will be able to: Covert 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 Woodforest National Bank. This seminar is part of the FDIC Money Smart for Businesses sponsored by Woodforest National Bank. Class is located in Room 112 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Clint Hatcher, Branch Manager - 0816 NC Morehead City Walmart
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Have you thought about which marketing channels you should use when it comes to social marketing? Social marketing isn’t just about posting when something interesting happens, it is a targeted and technical field with lots of moving parts. In this class I will walk you through choosing all your networks, defining what to post on each network, and get you started with free materials and resources to help you plan and execute your social marketing strategy. Class is located in Room 317 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Brittany Thompson, Social-Caffeine LLC
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This workshop is aimed at small business owners interested in creating a Facebook page. In this seminar we will walk through the steps of creating a business Facebook page. We'll cover why a Facebook page is important vs. using a personal Facebook profile for business, how your page works, and all the settings to get your page up and running by the end of the workshop. The seminar is specific for those who are brand new to the Facebook social media platform. Class is located in Room 317 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director
Thursday, March 01, 2018 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Discover what opportunities may exist for your small business in the $400 billion/year federal contracting industry. Find out if your firm may be eligible for the various certification programs through the U.S. Small Business Administration, enabling you to gain access into the contracting arena. Class is located at the Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA Senior Area Manager
Monday, March 05, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The basic mission of Human Resource Management (HRM) is to acquire, develop, and retain talent. Aligning your workforce to your business is critical. Learn strategies for success in hiring and keeping the right people: selection, orientation, benefits, performance appraisals, motivating, safety, and labor laws. Class is located at the Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful Consulting LLC
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
How are you positioning yourself to the 400 Million+ people on LinkedIn? Do you stand out from the crowd? Do you routinely mine this database to find new business opportunities? If you're on LinkedIn and you have no idea what you're supposed to do next, you're probably not taking advantage of everything it has to offer and you are losing business opportunities! Join us to learn success strategies for effective prospecting, career management, and business development as well as ways to take your profile from good to great and promote your personal and professional brands. Class is located Room 315 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Maria Semple, The Prospect Finder LLC
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This workshop is aimed at small business owners who have just created their Facebook page or those who need help navigating their business page. This seminar is aimed towards participants who have limited Facebook experience and seeking to expand their knowledge. Class is located in Room 317 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Jim Fuhs, Fuhsion Marketing - President & COO
Thursday, March 08, 2018 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Join our conversation about best practices to develop and maintain successful businesses. One in four people worldwide use social networks! This month we will discuss the value and reach of each major network. The purpose of the Small Business Center is 'increasing Business Success" and we will explore ways to do this during each small business forum.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Participants will be able to: Understand how credit reports are used in the underwriting of business loans. Apply common business practices and tools to help in proper credit reporting. Develop strategies to build or improve their business' credit. Protect themselves from credit-related scams and know what to do if their business becomes a victim. Taught by Woodforest National Bank. This seminar is part of the FDIC Money Smart for Businesses sponsored by Woodforest National Bank. Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center
Speaker: Clint Hatcher, Branch Manager - 0816 NC Morehead City Walmart
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This workshop is aimed at small business owners who have a Facebook page. We'll cover how to increase engagement both organically and through paid methods, creating graphics, sources of photos for graphics, video (to include Facebook Live) and why video has become so important. By the end of the workshop, each business page owner will have a campaign and content management plan to help continue to grow their online presence. Class is located in Room 317 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Jim Fuhs, Fuhsion Marketing - President & COO
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This workshop is aimed at small business owners that have a Facebook page in place and could use a deeper understanding of how to market more effectively. We will cover the basics of Facebook Ads, insights, demographics and data mining, content scheduling and creation, along with scheduling features and monitoring tools. Learn how to effectively and efficiently manage your Facebook page and community. Taking the Social Media Marketing Workshop and Facebook Intermediate Workshop is highly recommended prior to attending this workshop. Class is located in Room 317 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Jim Fuhs, Fuhsion Marketing - President & COO
Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Each small business owner is responsible for complying with federal and state wages and hour laws. This seminar will provide an overview of the US wage and hour laws, including hourly rates, the minimum wage law, overtime, exemptions, subcontractors vs. employees, recordkeeping requirements, and much more. Class is located in Room 112 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Angela Leon, Senior Investigator at the NC Department of Labor
Monday, March 26, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Market research isn't just for startups; it's an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service. Learn all this and more at your local library. Class is located in Room 317 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful Consulting LLC
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
There at lots of small businesses you can create without having a lot of startup dollars. Tons of business ideas are right in front of you; in your home, yard, hobbies, or past or current work experiences. In this seminar you will discover: *How to find the business that fits you *Where to find resources to get started *How to plan your small business like a big business *The Five Resources everyone has to work with *How to turn your little business into a bigger business Businesses such as personal services, business services, computer businesses, repair and maintenance, and fun businesses will all be covered. You will also learn how to prepare a simple business plan and get started! Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center
Speaker: Mike Collins, President of The Perfect Workday Company
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This course will cover a tour around Instagram for those who are unfamiliar with how to navigate the site. For those with experience, we will point out some of the new features. We will show how to make your account into a Business Account in order to gain access to account analytics, contact options, and run Instagram Ads. We will cover how to create content, hashtags, and Instagram Tools to help make you more efficient at this platform. This class will require a phone or tablet with the Instagram app installed in order to be able to use the full functionality of Instagram. Class is located in Room 317 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Jim Fuhs, Fuhsion Marketing - President & COO
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Participants will be able to: Understand the purpose of cash flow management in a small business. Make cash flow projections based on the cash cycle. Identify some ways to manage cash flow, including receivables and payables. Work more effectively with technical experts. Taught by Woodforest National Bank. This seminar is part of the FDIC Money Smart for Businesses sponsored by Woodforest National Bank. Class is located in Room 318 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Clint Hatcher, Branch Manager - 0816 NC Morehead City Walmart
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Did you know that you can use Facebook ads to target your ideal customer right in your own area? Did you know you can see how much they make, what they are interested in, and even what pages they like? That information is marketing GOLD! Learn how to get and use that information to your benefit! Class is located in Room 317 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Brittany Thompson, Social-Caffeine LLC
Monday, April 09, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This seminar will teach you the basics of starting a business and take you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing, and marketing. Gain 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. Let us help you discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business. Class is located at the Down East Library, 702 Hwy 70 Otway, Beaufort, NC 28516
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful Consulting LLC
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Did you know that Veteran businesses succeed 250% greater than non-veterans? The Small Business Administration provides honorably discharged veteran entrepreneurs with special benefits they are automatically eligible for when starting or growing their small business. Veterans can gain startup or expansion capital to purchase and occupy commercial real estate property. The SBA provides opportunities for veterans contracting with the federal government. Take advantage of your veteran benefits available to you and your current spouse (or a widowed survivor) through the SBA. Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA Senior Area Manager
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Snapchat is capturing the attention of millennials with its disappearing photos and messages, filters and lenses, and private messaging. Businesses have an opportunity to reach millennials not only with their engaging stories but by encouraging your customers to include your business in their special moment. Make sure to bring your mobile device. Class is located in Room 317 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Martin Brossman, CEO of Martin Brossman and Associates
Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director
Friday, April 13, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Description to Come Class is located at the Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
Speaker: SCORE
Monday, April 16, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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. Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful Consulting LLC
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This workshop will help you get started blogging for your small business. Learn how to blog and why your business should have a blog as part of your website and online presence. Then learn how to find free content and how to promote your blog. Within hours after this workshop you could have your own free blog up and running. This workshop covers all you need to get started. Class is located in Room 112 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Rick Doble - Editor & Publisher 'Savvy-Discounts Newsletter', Author, Photographer, & Website Developer
Monday, April 23, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Are you interested in starting your own business? Are you an entrepreneur who wants to accelerate profitable growth by improving your business model? If yes, then the Business Model Canvas is the best place to start. It is a proven tool for creating, assessing or reinventing a business model. The Business Model Canvas is a hands on approach for business modeling that allows you to outline and test your hypothesis, present your ideas to customers, collect real world evidence and pivot to adapt your idea or business to the changing landscapes. Strategically and systematically find more effective ways to do business and see the benefits to your bottom line. Class is located in Room 112 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Description to Come Class is located at the Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
Speaker: To Be Announced
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This workshop is aimed at small business owners and prospective business owners interested in using Twitter as a part of their marketing plan. We'll cover Twitter basics like learning your way around Twitter, Twitter terminology like tweets, retweets, modified tweets, hashtags and more. Learn how to create your Twitter account, set up your profile and some basic best practices. Participants will leave with a fully set up Twitter profile and the ability to create one week's worth of Tweets. Class is located in Room 317 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Jim Fuhs, Fuhsion Marketing - President & COO
Monday, April 30, 2018 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
This is in conjunction with our celebration of National Small Business Week. Join our conversation about best practices to develop and maintain successful businesses. The purpose of the Small Business Center is 'increasing Business Success" and we will explore ways to do this during each small business forum.
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director
Monday, April 30, 2018 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
This is in conjunction with our celebration of National Small Business Week. This is an opportunity for business owners and entrepreneurs to have a head shot taken by a professional photographer while taking advantage of having our beautiful waterfront in the background.
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
This is in conjunction with our celebration of National Small Business Week. Join our conversation about best practices to develop and maintain successful businesses. Join us for an opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs, small business owners, and small business advocates, to share strategies, successes, and challenges with like-minded people. Call is located at the Cedar Point Town Hall, 427 Sherwood Ave, Cedar Point, NC 28584
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Discover what it takes to be a great small business owner through this seminar. From our powerful speakers you will learn practical strategies, how to take charge of your time, energy, business/career and life, as well as an action plan for success. Join the ranks of women who are actively pursuing their dreams in the world of business.
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
This is in conjunction with our celebration of National Small Business Week. The ability to communicate the value of our business is essential and a business card is a powerful tool to do so. Many people form their first impressions based on the cards that we place in their hands. In this seminar we will discuss the do's and don'ts of effective business cards and best practices. Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
This is in conjunction with our celebration of National Small Business Week. Join us for an opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs, small business owners, and small business advocates, to share strategies, successes, and challenges with like-minded people. Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center
Speaker: SCORE
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
This is in conjunction with our celebration of National Small Business Week. Many of you serve on the boards of nonprofits, and have requested adequate training. You want to serve well, but often don’t know exactly what is needed and expected of you. Attend this session and learn how to be a great board member. What you will learn: • why nonprofit boards exist (why not just hire good staff and let them do everything?) • the ten basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards• the difference in the roles of board and staff • the legal aspects of board service• the role of board members in fund raising. After this session, you will have increased confidence – knowing exactly how you can serve your organizations best - and make a great difference in our community! Seminars offered during this time frame are fondly known as Lunch and Learns. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to this event.
Speaker: Joan Lamson, SCORE
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
In support of National Small Business Week please join us for a Small Business Social at Carteret Community College hosted by the Small Business Center. This is a great opportunity to mingle with fellow business owners and entrepreneurs in our county. Show your support for small local businesses - and bring your business cards!! Light refreshments will be provided. Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center
Thursday, May 03, 2018 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
This is in conjunction with our celebration of National Small Business Week. Join our conversation about best practices to develop and maintain successful businesses. This month we will discuss how a great culture within your organization, within your network, and among your customers will dramatically improve your outcome. The purpose of the Small Business Center is 'increasing Business Success" and we will explore ways to do this during each small business forum. This event will take place at the Down East Scout Center at 585 US-70, Davis, NC 28524.
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director
Thursday, May 03, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This is in conjunction with our celebration of National Small Business Week.
Monday, May 07, 2018 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
A good-to-excellent personal credit score is vital for every small business. Can you qualify for a commercial business loan? The lender decision is based on personal credit score. Good credit is a cherished asset to protect and maintain. The course focuses on how to build good personal credit AND establishing commercial credit for your company. Commercial credit is key for those companies needing short term credit for their cash flow management. Good commercial credit becomes a tangible asset of your business. Learn about the factors of credit scoring; how to overcome negative credit issues; the hidden costs of bad credit; how to minimize the risk of identity theft; how to rebuild negative credit reports, and how to engage creditors successfully. Class is located at the Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA Senior Area Manager
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Managing your business’ reputation can affect how many sales you make. In this class you will learn what to watch out for and how to make sure you keep yourself safe and provide amazing customer service through automating your tasks so you don’t get overwhelmed. You will gain resources and knowledge to increase your online and offline brand awareness as well as keep your social media profiles clean of trolls! Class is located in Room 317 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: Brittany Thompson, Social-Caffeine LLC
Monday, May 14, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The NC Rural Economic Development Center will offer a free seminar that will assist small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs with resources available for small businesses, including the programs and services provided by the Rural Center. Learn how to best access services as you start, grow and manage your business. Class is located in Room 112 in the Wayne West Building
Speaker: NC Rural Economic Development Center
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Participants will be able to: Understand the essentials of financial management. Apply financial management practices, rules, and tools most relevant for small businesses. Prepare for common business financing needs: start-up finance, working capital, and fixed asset loans. Taught by Woodforest National Bank. This seminar is part of the FDIC Money Smart for Businesses sponsored by Woodforest National Bank. Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center
Speaker: Clint Hatcher, Branch Manager - 0816 NC Morehead City Walmart
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
As a small business owner and potential business owner, learn strategies for empowering, engaging, challenging, and encouraging your team members. Identify patterns of individual motivation, as well as other tools for developing your team. Class is located at the Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful Consulting LLC

Business Basics

On Demand, available until December 31
SmallBizU, the first online academy created especially for the education and training needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs. SmallBizU teaches entrepreneurs about the “3Ms” – Money, Marketing, and Management. It achieves this objective through the delivery of 20 core seminars that teach the “language of business”. Each seminar is delivered via the Internet and is full of animated slides accompanied by voice-over narration, PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, toolsets, and access to a comprehensive knowledgebase. Each seminar is typically completed in two to four hours. For more information on a seminar, or to register, click on the Register Now button below. Once you register for a seminar, you will have immediate access to the seminar content and resources.

HP LIFE

On Demand, available until December 31
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