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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
We will take an in depth look at estate planning and laws which govern heir properties. Many people believe they do not have an "estate" for which they need to plan. Therefore, this discussion will break down the necessity of planning regardless of your asset level, including how estate planning documents can be useful while you are alive.
Speaker: Mavis Gragg. Estate Attorney

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Whether you are a new business or a company in business for several years, you need to plan. This seminar will cover the basics you need to put your plan together from the questions to ask to get started to developing sales forecasts and break-even analysis.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This class will help locate funding sources for grants. The instructor will also inform the class how to be notified of grant opportunities. This three hour seminar will open your insight to available grants for your small business.
Speaker: Olga Abrams
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This course is for people who want to really start their their own business. This course examines in detail the development of a business plan. This class is for people who have a dream or a business idea. Those just getting started in business and don't know what to do or where to start.
Speaker: E. Ormsby
Thursday, October 05, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This class will teach you basics in grant writing, grant writing tips, organizational readiness and accountability. You will also be able to identify websites and be able to analyze more opportunities for your small business.
Speaker: Olga Abrams
Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The focus here will be on the different parts of grants, letter requests, appointments and interviews, following up and tips for successful grant writing for your small business.
Speaker: Olga Abram
Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Here you will learn the basic skills necessary to find that funding source and begin putting your proposal together. You will learn thing like different types of funding sources how to prove your need for the project., the best months to contact, application guidelines and how to do an effective presentation.

Business Basics

Thursday, August 24, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
While you and your business have separate credit scores, maintaining strong personal credit can be important if you’re looking for financing. This seminar is designed to give Small Business Owner and participants an understanding of credit reports, credit scores, and the importance of establishing and maintaining good credit.
Speaker: E. Ormsby
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Friday, November 17
The Small Business Agricultural Entrepreneurship Certificate Program (NC REAL) is designed for those growing crops, trees, raising livestock, making sauces, pickles or jams with items from a garden. . Have you ever wanted to own a small business or develop your skills to increase your success as an agricultural entrepreneur? This seven-week interactive course is designed to strengthen the business skills of community farmers and budding agricultural entrepreneurs to help them develop and manage a profitable, environmentally sound small farm or agricultural business. Students who participate in this program will learn how to operate effectively in order to gain the highest profit margin possible. Topics will include: Pricing, logistics to get product to market, best market and what to do between growing seasons to still receive income. Classes meet once every week for seven weeks (3 hours each class). You will also discover the details of business development and management, finance and regulatory requirements, quality and safety standards and more. You will also be introduced to resources and contacts you need to run your business more efficiently and effectively. As an added bonus, you will become a client of the Halifax Community College Small Business Center, where you will take your idea to the next level of business planning. This is a hands-on, interactive program, beneficial to farmers or anyone who grows a marketable agricultural product, who wishes to start a business or has been in business 0-3 years. Ultimately, this course will give participants opportunities to develop skills which will increase their likelihood of success as an agricultural entrepreneur. Program Curriculum: Class 1 – Introduction to Business Planning Class 2 – Exploring Agricultural Business Ideas: Self Assessment & Farm Assessment Class 3 – Marketing Class 4 – Business Operations Class 5 – Introduction to Business Financials Class 6 – Business Financials and legal issues, Class 7 – Pulling It All Together: Business Proposals. Weekly consultants will be present to provide expert advice on various topics. HCC Small Business Center will provide One-on-One Confidential Counseling. Tuition is $70. Book for course is $40. Space is limited. Reserve your seat now. Call Jerry Edmonds at (252)536-7274 for Registration Information.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn details about how to create and run a business on the Internet. A basic easy to understand workshop for beginners.
Monday, November 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This course is for people who want to really start their their own cosmetology business. This course examines in detail the development of a business plan. This class is for people who have a dream or a business idea. Those just getting started in business and don't know what to do or where to start.
Speaker: Steve Carver

Financing

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Because of legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly in July 2016, startups in North Carolina can now raise up to $2 million from average investors using their own web site or a registered funding portal. A further simplified option, called the Local Public Offering (LPO), permits raising up to $250,000 without use of a web site. Think of this as a friends-and-family round, except now any North Carolina resident can back an offering. These options include various safeguards for investors while expanding fundraising avenues for startups. A representative of the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State’s Office will cover recent developments in investment crowdfunding including:
Speaker: Leo John
Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Olga Abrams informative Grant Writing classes will teach the basic or overview of the basic skills necessary to find funding sources to begin putting your proposal together. Overview of types of funding sources, how to prove your need for the project and best months to contact and how to do an effective presentation in this free three hour seminar.
Speaker: Olga Abrams
Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Research how to get grant proposals and qualify for grants. This three hour seminar will help you research grant opportunities and maximize your grant-writing team.
Speaker: Olga Abrams
Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn the necessary skills to find funding sources and put a proposal together. Different types of funding, proving a need for the project and effective presentations will be covered.
Speaker: Olga Abrams
Sunday, November 05, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This class will provide an overview of grants, the different parts of grants, letter requests, appointments and interviews and tips for successful grant writing for your small business.
Speaker: Olga Abrams

Managing Employees

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn how small business owners can help millennials develop soft skills necessary to be successful in workplace.
Speaker: Jerry Edmonds

Customer Relations

Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Learn how to effectively utilize market research to help identify and retain loyal customers.
Speaker: J. Edmonds

Business Accounting and Budget

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar covers accounting basics that every small business owner should know. Learn your responsibilities for taxation and record-keeping to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This course is designed to provide you small business owners with an overview of QuickBooks. This software program from Intuit provides an easy-to-use interface for small businesses to take care of their basic--and not-so-basic--accounting needs.

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Learn how to use INSTAGRAM for publicizing events marketing and much more.
Thursday, November 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Learn what's new and how to maximize Facebook to market your business..
Speaker: Christina Williams, Savvy Tech

Disaster Mitigation

Sunday, September 03, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Learn about resources available to Small Business Owners when natural disasters happen. Consultants from Carolina Small Business Center will be available to answer questions and provide support.

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