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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


Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
Join us for this month's Small Business Roundtable for the opportunity to expand your knowledge and your network! We will discuss President Trump"s recent Executive Order, what we know and what we don’t know and especially how it impacts small business owners. Topics also covered will be: The Expansion of HRA’s, Association Health Plans, Selling Insurance Across State Lines., The Elimination of Cost Sharing Subsidies, Status of the Individual and Employer Mandate, and Tax Penalties and Obligations
Speaker: Michael Gomes, Senior Vice President, BenefitMall


Monday, December 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Get a jump start for your business in 2018 with this workshop on goal setting and goal keeping! Participants will learn strategies and tactics for setting goals, creating an action plan, and learning how to assess and adjust. This 3-hour seminar is led by Peggy Walker Barnes, certified professional organizer and life coach, whose mission is to "Strategically guide people, through organizing, coaching and speaking."
Speaker: Peggy Walker Barnes, certified professional organizer and life coach
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Why selling is the most important skill you will learn…ever! In this seminar led by mother-daughter team Chris & Kate Moore, small business owners will learn how to hone their selling skills, avoid the pitfalls that sabotage success and grow the revenue of their business. Award-winning business woman and business owner Chris Meyers Moore has received much recognition in her career including "100 Best Sales People in the US" by Advertising Age magazine. Her daughter, Kate Moore, is an accomplished marketer, salesperson and now owner of Cleaning by Kate, a 2017 Sun Journal Reader's Choice Gold Winner.
Speaker: Chris Meyers Moore & Kate Moore


Tuesday, January 23, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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: Wanda Bennett
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Attend this informative session and learn your options for the best ways to legally structure your business to protect your business, yourself and your assets.
Speaker: Lee Hodge, Ward & Smith P.A.


Tuesday, February 06, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
An effective business plan is vital to the success of a small business. By committing your idea to paper, you face tough questions and identify strengths and weaknesses. Business plans are not just for financing purposes; they are working documents to guide your business. For new and established small business owners, the course will start you down the path of small business success. This class will discuss tools necessary to write a business plan that will help raise capital and serve as a guide for your business. You will leave with a document that you can begin using immediately and build on in the future.
Speaker: Roxanne Reed
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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? 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: Don Spry, Small Business Administration


Tuesday, March 06, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Discover how to analyze your market potential and identify potential customers by using free and reliable information resources, including demographic information, marketing forecasts, and social media. How to Find Your Customers shows you ways to find vital information about your market without paying for high-priced market research. The information in this workshop is organized to help you fit it neatly into your overall business and marketing plan. The presenter is our own SBC Director, Deborah Kania has over twenty years of experience providing no-cost and low-cost ways for entrepreneurs and small businesses to maximize their resources.
Speaker: Deborah Kania, Small Business Center Director at Craven Community College
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.
Speaker: Deborah Kania, Small Business Center Director


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
In this seminar we will discuss the basics of tax compliance ranging from registering your business, to withholding from employees, and sales and use tax requirements. Information will be provided on a program for businesses that have fallen behind on sales and use, withholding, and other trust taxes. NC Department of Revenue speaker: Rhonda High
Speaker: Rhonda High, NCDOR
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Millions of small business owners and startup entrepreneurs are masters at creating great products and services, building awesome teams and winning over customers. Many of them, however, would probably flunk basic bookkeeping. Learn the 10 most common types of bookkeeping accounts for a small business. They are Cash, Accounts Receivable, Inventory, Accounts Payable, Loans Payable, Sales, Purchases, Payroll Expenses, Owners’ Equity, and Retained Earnings. It is important to understand the bookkeeping in your business so that you can make effective decisions and run your business more effectively.
Speaker: Kellly Michaud, Solid Rock Accounting