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Friday, September 22, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This seminar is located in Room 221 in the Wayne West Building on the Carteret Community College Campus. You are an author that is gifted or called to write but you also need to be a business professional. What are tools for managing both? What free resources exist to help you manage your business, time and marketing to keep you producing great material that people want to buy. The goal of this class keeps you doing what you are best at as an Author but also getting the business and marketing end handled. Martin Brossman has been a success coach and trainer since 1995 specializing in working with small and micro businesses and authors with limited budgets. To learn more about Martin Brossman just Google his name.
Speaker: Martin Brossman; Success Coach, Trainer, Author
Friday, September 22, 2017 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
This seminar is located in Room 221 in the Wayne West Building on the Carteret Community College Campus. Identifying your right customer, attracting them and getting them to buy is the focus of this course for Authors. This class is designed for Authors on a limited budget seeking to get real results in the areas of more book sales, more speaking engagements or building expert authority in a field with their writing. If you want more success as an author then make sure to join us. Martin Brossman has over 11 years experience helping small businesses use the web and social media with a limited budget. Martin has written multiple books published on Amazon and coached numerous people in gaining more success with their books. He is also the recipient of his university's highest literary award, the Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award.
Speaker: Martin Brossman; Success Coach, Trainer, Author
Monday, September 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Class is located in Room 319 in the Wayne West Building. This workshop is for the entrepreneur who wants to get it done. We will take 3 hours of your night and get you a basic website up and running all through square space. We will design all your pages and input your content, optimize for SEO, and even review our work together. This is an extremely hands on workshop and should be attended with the understanding that you will have a fully functioning LIVE website at the end of the class. This one is for the do-ers in the group!
Speaker: Brittany Thompson, Social-Caffeine LLC
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Class is located in Room 318 in the Wayne West Building. 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. Please call 252-222-6123 if you would like to be added to the waitlist for this class.
Speaker: Jim Fuhs, Fuhsion Marketing - President & COO
Monday, October 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center. 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.
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful LLC
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Class is located in Room 318 in the Wayne West Building. 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. Please call 252-222-6123 if you would like to be added to the waitlist for this class.
Speaker: Jim Fuhs, Fuhsion Marketing - President & COO
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class is located at The Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street. This seminar is focused on loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding, and other financial options available to small businesses. Find out what options are available for your business through the Small Business Administration.
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA Senior Area Manager
Friday, October 06, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center. 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
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Class is located in Room 318 in the Wayne West Building. You know you should be on social media for your business or non-profit. You know it can help you drive more new and repeat business for your organization. But, do you know why? Do you know which social media platform will have the biggest bang for your buck? And when you start your profile, do you know what to say and how to grow your following? This session will answer all of those questions and more! Let us help you: * Determine the platform that's right for you and your organization * Announce your presence and build your network * Create and share content that encourages action * Understand social media advertising and learn your options * Convert social media leads into potential customers by growing your email list From understanding the different social media platforms, to choosing what to say and where to say it, this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective social media marketing for you. You don't have to be on every platform, and you don't have to make every post by yourself. Let us make social media easy- join us!
Speaker: Maria Semple, The Prospect Finder LLC
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Class is located in Room 316B in the Wayne West Building. If you wonder how people get found on google, and how it can translate into hundreds of thousands of visitors a month for your website, this is the class for you. This seminar will cover all the best search marketing practices, how to increase site rankings instantly, and how to convert your websites visits into sales. Walk through all the basics of search marketing and learn how to do your own search engine marketing in just a few hours a week!
Speaker: Brittany Thompson, Social-Caffeine LLC
Thursday, October 12, 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 our conversation about best practices to develop and maintain successful businesses. We will explore what resources available to help businesses succeed.
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director
Monday, October 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Class is located at The Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street. 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.
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful LLC
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This class is located in Room 221 in the Wayne West Building. 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.
Speaker: Rick Doble - Editor & Publisher 'Savvy-Discounts Newsletter', Author, Photographer, & Website Developer
Monday, October 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Class is located at The Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street. 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.
Speaker: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful LLC
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center. Are you dragging yourself to work and back home? Come find out some of the reasons why. Learn how to put enthusiasm back into your work and into your employees. Recognize early signs of stress and burnout and address them quickly. Leave with new strategies for self-care, a plan for a healthier lifestyle and 25 tips to help you decrease stress.
Speaker: Emily Ballance, MEd, LPC, CSP - Professional Speaker
Thursday, November 02, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class is located in the first floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center. 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.
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA Senior Area Manager
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class is located at The Morehead City Train Depot, 1001 Arendell Street. This seminar will provide information on the steps necessary to enroll in SBA programs for businesses owned by minorities, women, disabled veterans, and those economically disadvantaged. Found out how to qualify for the 8a program and HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones).
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA Senior Area Manager
Thursday, November 09, 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 our conversation about best practices to develop and maintain successful businesses. Branding is such an important aspect of marketing, join our discussion on various methods of branding.
Speaker: Kristy Rogers Craig, Small Business Center Director
Monday, November 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center. 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: Wanda Bennett, Work on Wonderful LLC
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Class is located in Room 115 in the Wayne West Building. 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.
Speaker: Rick Doble - Editor & Publisher 'Savvy-Discounts Newsletter', Author, Photographer, & Website Developer
Friday, November 17, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Class is located in the 1st floor meeting room in the Bryant Student Center. Small Business Taxation will be discussed in depth to gain a solid foundation for taxes incurred by all forms of businesses. Learn how to develop the best tax plan for your business by understanding benefits and drawbacks. Seminars offered during this time frame are fondly known as Lunch and Learns. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to this event.
Speaker: Ken Hunt, SCORE
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.
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 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 115 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

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