FREE SEMINARS - From Across the State to Just Down the Road
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Do you know the basic bookkeeping methods needed to run a business? Join this session to learn from an expert what it takes to effectively manage the finances of your business. Even if you use an Accountant or CPA, you need to understand some of the basics.
Monday, January 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A strong business plan is a critical part of business success. Set yourself up for the success of your small business with proper planning. This workshop covers the basics you need to put together a business plan that will assist you with startup and funding your business.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The N.C. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will provide an informative presentation to the seminar attendees regarding the minimum wage, overtime, wage payment, youth employment and recordkeeping requirements of the N.C. Wage and Hour Act. This is a must for all existing or potential small businesses.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM, 1 sessions ending Wednesday, February 15
Join this ONLINE SEMINAR to learn the steps to get your business on "Google My Business" and optimize your Google listings. MODULES INCLUDE: Explanation of the importance of optimizing Google listings, Online search for your business, Instructions for setting up your profile and completing the process, Optimization of your listing, Reviews & Best Practices, and a live Q & A call to follow up the class. Also included is a special expedited verification procedure! This seminar is open to all entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! It is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM, 1 sessions ending Wednesday, March 15
Join this ONLINE SEMINAR to learn about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and help give your online presence a boost! Modules include attracting clients, on-site SEO (Search Engine Optimization), promotion, nurturing clients and customers, getting reviews, and more! This seminar is open to all entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! It is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Why is social media important to your small business marketing efforts? Which social media is right for you? How to use social media to draw proper attention to your business. Common mistakes that lead to negative social media attention, plus tools, utilities and metrics. This seminar will be a perfect planning tool for existing small businesses or start up small business.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Before selecting a business structure, you should understand each structure, its unique issues, and tax consequences. This seminar will review the various structures a business can take - sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, Limited Liability Company, etc. and the advantages and disadvantages of each one. The presenter will also discuss some accounting requirements pertinent for small businesses and any special accounting situations related to each type.
Monday, February 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Have you always dreamed of starting a small business, but did know where or how to begin? This seminar will give you much information on the first baby steps for the beginning process of starting a small business. Other SBC seminars will be a continuation of this one.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
At the end of the day, your business must recognize a profit! A business that is losing money will soon find itself out of business. Cash Flow/budget problems lead the list of causes for Small Business failure. It can happen to good people. Regardless of your passion and the excellence of your product, Cash Flow problems can bring an unplanned end to your small business. This seminar will show you how to quickly spot positive and negative Cash Flow indicators. You will understand simple ways to guide your business to a profitable and secure future.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar will give you an overall understanding of the steps you need to take to make your dream venture a reality. It includes topics such as researching your market; defining your business structure; determining the needed local/state taxes, fees and licenses; developing a marketing strategy, setting up your record keeping system and writing your business plan, and more.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This session covers the basics of North Carolina tax compliance ranging from withholding from, employees, sales and use tax requirements. Information provided will help small business owners understand the types of small business taxes as well as the deadlines.
Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Are you unsure of how to manage the information, files, and the type deductions you need to support for your small business reporting to the IRS? This seminar is full of information to help your business thrive without the stress from thinking about taxes. Learn the types of small business taxes you will need to report, types of deductions, deadlines, and much more. Attendee should have computer skills, keyboard, and mouse skills.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
In this seminar, you will be provided a general understanding of banking for your small business. Topics to be covered include choosing your bank, the information needed to establish a relationship with the bank, and the inner workings of your business accounts. An overview will be provided of business banking services, such as merchant services and remote image deposit. We will also discuss items to consider when you need a small business loan.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A U. S. Department of Labor Investigator will discuss the final rule on a test that must be met for Executive, Administrative, and Professional workers to be exempt. Seminar information will include other Wage and Hour discussions for small business and other businesses with employees or that expect to have future employees. Seating is limited, so please pre-register separately with your own email address.
Monday, May 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This session is an introduction and overview to QuickBooks, one of the most widely used accounting packages for small businesses today. The two part session will show how you can use QuickBooks in a small business. Students/attendees should have computer skills, keyboard and mouse skills. Students/attendees please register for each seminar separately.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar is a continuation of 'Intro to QuickBooks Part 1' and is an overview and introduction to QuickBooks. As a small business owner or potential owner, you will learn how this system can be used in your small business. Some of the changes between version 2014 and 2015 will be discussed. Attendee should have computer skills, keyboard, and mouse skills. (It is highly recommended that students pre-register and attend ‘Intro to QuickBooks Part 1' before attending this seminar). Student/attendee must register for each seminar separately.
On Demand, available until June 30
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.