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Monday, November 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 106. Registration Required. This seminar will help new or current business owners: Identify the federal tax reporting requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for federal taxes. Identify the general state/local tax reporting requirements of a small business, and establish a plan to account and pay for state/local taxes. Identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small business.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 117. Registration Required. 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: Ed Ormsby

Business Basics

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
JB and Claire Davis Training Center. Room 148. Registration required. Join the Small Business Center at Randolph Community College for a special event. Speaker Bruce Nelson is a former CEO of Office Depot and now runs and operates a farm and cafe in Saxapahaw, NC. Bruce has one of the most unique perspectives on the difference an entrepreneur and small business can have on their local community versus what a large corporate entity can. As consumers we always hear about the benefits of shopping local but this seminar will show you the true impact of a dollar spent in your local community. Also, many small businesses are great corporate citizens and help their customers and community achieve their dreams. This seminar will help attendees see the difference that the small business community makes on their everyday life and creates the change that people want to see.
Speaker: Bruce Nelson

Financing

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Have you ever thought of being your own boss and starting a small business? Perhaps you have another dream but your debt is out of control and preventing your dream from becoming a reality. Now is the time to learn how to “Be Free from Debt’s Hold…..” How would you like to pay off all your consumer debt, credit cards, car payments, and loans? How would you like to know the exact month and year you could be out of debt, legally and without a tax liability? Now is the time to start living a better life; a life without debt. In this three-hour seminar, you will learn a simple yet effective method to start the process of making yourself debt free! You will also learn about the shams and “quick fixes” that should be avoided and how to properly and legally deal with creditors. Bring a list of your debts with balances and monthly payments and learn how to develop your own debt elimination plan that can be implemented immediately into your lifestyle. You will learn how to control debt, instead of allowing debt to control you! Before you apply for a business loan, consider making that next large purchase or accept a new credit card, take the time to attend this life-changing seminar. Bring a calculator! “The Worse Place You Can Ever Live Is Beyond Your Means!”
Speaker: Bob Moore
Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
You have decided that your idea is sound, but you need money to get started; or, you might need additional capital to finance growth. The business plan will tell you how much you need, and for what it will be used. This seminar is designed to show both prospective and existing small business owners how to determine how much they need, plus how and where they might get it. Ed Ormsby has been providing counseling and consulting services to small business owners for over twenty years. In addition to over five years as the Director of the Small Business Center at the two-campus Edgecombe Community College, Ed has over twenty years' experience consulting and counseling small business owners in marketing and management. He has held virtually every sales, marketing and executive management position with Fortune 500, mid-sized and small businesses throughout the Southeast. He has been a successful small business developer and owner for over twenty years. Ed's passion for helping others is apparent in the way he conducts his seminars as well as in his personal life. His presentation style is informal and engaging, encouraging participants to interact throughout. His participant evaluations are consistently “Excellent” and over 80% of participants return for additional seminars.
Speaker: Ed Ormsby

Managing a Business

Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 103. Registration required. Topics covered could include: how to produce professional presentations, using templates, importing video/audio, slide animation, how to set up timing/transition, preparing your slideshow for publishing online or at a kiosk. Speaker Jennifer Lee joins us to explore the many uses of Microsoft Power Point. This is a tool that businesses can implement in many facets of their operation. Join us today and learn how to use Microsoft Power Point to your advantage in your small business.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 103. Registration required. Topics covered could include: how to produce professional presentations, using templates, importing video/audio, slide animation, how to set up timing/transition, preparing your slideshow for publishing online or at a kiosk. Speaker Jennifer Lee joins us to explore the many uses of Microsoft Power Point. This is a tool that businesses can implement in many facets of their operation. Join us today and learn how to use Microsoft Power Point to your advantage in your small business.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 322. Registration required. Topics covered could include: how to produce professional documents, using templates, creating tables and using mail merge to save time, converting Word documents to PDF, sharing files and restricting permissions of documents. Instructor Jennifer Lee will be teaching this seminar. Join us to learn how to maximize profits and time through Microsoft Word skills!
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Thursday, November 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topics covered could include: how to produce professional documents, using templates, creating tables and using mail merge to save time, converting Word documents to PDF, sharing files and restricting permissions of documents. Instructor Jennifer Lee will be teaching this seminar. Join us to learn how to maximize profits and time through Microsoft Word skills!
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 322. Registration required. Topics covered could include: how to produce professional spreadsheets, using functions, creating templates, using workbooks and worksheets, using filters, creating charts, exporting and importing data to Excel, converting Excel documents, sharing files, and using comments Jennifer Lee will be the instructor for this FREE seminar. Please join us to learn more about one of the most important tools for a small business owner. Microsoft Excel has revolutionized the way many entrepreneurs run their business and also can help make business decisions. This class will help save your small business time and money.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
Room 223. Registration required. Being an Entrepreneur and Business Owner demand very different skills then being an Employee. This class teaches you the core skills required to navigate and be successful in your own business, based on more than 15 years of business coaching by Martin Brossman and more than 20 years of entrepreneurship by Dan Scala. Learn the key mistake to make that can lose you time and money. You will understand how to effectively manage: time, money, priorities and customers to maximize results. This is useful for both the person about to start a business and one that has been in business long enough to say “I wish they had told me how…”.
Speaker: Martin Brossman

Customer Relations

Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 223. Registration required. As everyone knows businesses must adapt to the internet crazy world we live in. Everyone goes to their phone or Google to find whatever it is they are looking for. That is why small businesses and entrepreneurs must focus on SEO! What is SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? Why is it important to my business? This seminar will discuss best practices for an SEO-friendly website, how to use a blog to improve SEO. Join us for this informative seminar on how to get your business online and popping up on the various search engines that drive consumer decisions.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 322. Registration required. As everyone knows businesses must adapt to the internet crazy world we live in. Everyone goes to their phone or Google to find whatever it is they are looking for. That is why small businesses and entrepreneurs must focus on SEO! What is SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? Why is it important to my business? This seminar will discuss best practices for an SEO-friendly website, how to use a blog to improve SEO. Join us for this informative seminar on how to get your business online and popping up on the various search engines that drive consumer decisions.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee

Business Accounting and Budget

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Room 106. Registration Required. This seminar will help new or current business owners: Identify the federal tax reporting requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for federal taxes. Identify the general state/local tax reporting requirements of a small business, and establish a plan to account and pay for state/local taxes. Identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small business.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris

Tax Planning

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 107. Registration required. It's the subject that no one wants to ask or talk about. TAXES! However, being afraid to ask about taxes can be one of the most expensive mistakes you'll ever make. The Small Business Center is teaming up with Randolph County to help you understand what numbers you need to know and keep records for. Also, we will cover how to organize your business and personal finances in a way that will save you money and headaches in the future. A question and answer session will follow the presentation to answer specific questions and concerns so you can walk away confident in yourself and your business.
Speaker: Web Grubb, Debra Hill
Monday, November 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
It's the subject that no one wants to ask or talk about. TAXES! However, being afraid to ask about taxes can be one of the most expensive mistakes you'll ever make. The Small Business Center is teaming up with Randolph County to help you understand what numbers you need to know and keep records for. Also, we will cover how to organize your business and personal finances in a way that will save you money and headaches in the future. A question and answer session will follow the presentation to answer specific questions and concerns so you can walk away confident in yourself and your business.
Speaker: Web Grubb, Debra Hill
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
It's the subject that no one wants to ask or talk about. TAXES! However, being afraid to ask about taxes can be one of the most expensive mistakes you'll ever make. The Small Business Center is teaming up with Randolph County to help you understand what numbers you need to know and keep records for. Also, we will cover how to organize your business and personal finances in a way that will save you money and headaches in the future. A question and answer session will follow the presentation to answer specific questions and concerns so you can walk away confident in yourself and your business.
Speaker: Web Grubb, Debra Hill
Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
It's the subject that no one wants to ask or talk about. TAXES! However, being afraid to ask about taxes can be one of the most expensive mistakes you'll ever make. The Small Business Center is teaming up with Randolph County to help you understand what numbers you need to know and keep records for. Also, we will cover how to organize your business and personal finances in a way that will save you money and headaches in the future. A question and answer session will follow the presentation to answer specific questions and concerns so you can walk away confident in yourself and your business.
Speaker: Web Grubb, Debra Hill
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
It's the subject that no one wants to ask or talk about. TAXES! However, being afraid to ask about taxes can be one of the most expensive mistakes you'll ever make. The Small Business Center is teaming up with Randolph County to help you understand what numbers you need to know and keep records for. Also, we will cover how to organize your business and personal finances in a way that will save you money and headaches in the future. A question and answer session will follow the presentation to answer specific questions and concerns so you can walk away confident in yourself and your business.
Speaker: Web Grubb, Debra Hill
Thursday, May 03, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
It's the subject that no one wants to ask or talk about. TAXES! However, being afraid to ask about taxes can be one of the most expensive mistakes you'll ever make. The Small Business Center is teaming up with Randolph County to help you understand what numbers you need to know and keep records for. Also, we will cover how to organize your business and personal finances in a way that will save you money and headaches in the future. A question and answer session will follow the presentation to answer specific questions and concerns so you can walk away confident in yourself and your business.
Speaker: Web Grubb, Debra Hill

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 103. Registration required. Essential tips for anyone who sells their work directly! These pointers will help you sell more work – and be comfortable doing it – in your studio, or anywhere else (street fair/art festival, exhibition, special event, co-op, etc.)
Speaker: Greta Lint
Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 103. Registration required. This informative seminar will serve as a step-by-step guide on how to set up a Twitter account that is properly optimized. What are hashtags and how to use them on Twitter. Using link shorteners. Keeping tweets to 140 characters or less and still get your message across. Best practices for using Twitter for business. Twitter is one of the fastest growing marketing tools that small businesses are utilizing. Join us for this seminar to learn how to maximize your marketing reach and dollars by using Twitter.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Thursday, October 05, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Room 322. Registration required. Developed and taught by Martin Brossman Learn how to generate a dynamic Shop Local strategy to help your business, your town and your county. Because keeping more money in the local economy creates a foundation for real economic growth, it’s important to add the power of Social Media to rev up traditional local marketing efforts and build a higher level of enthusiasm for reaching current and future customers. This is where the New Media—on the air —connects with old-fashioned customer service on the ground to appeal to an ever-widening audience that is searching and making purchase decisions online. Major topics of the seminar include: ? Maximizing the attracting power of smart phones and tablets used by prospective customers, to draw them into your business. ? Understanding effective ways of investing your time, attention and money that help your own business and community. ? Using the right combination of marketing, web directories and social media to multiply your marketing efforts ? Integrating the mission of the town with the individual mission of each business to make your area a true destination for outside visitors to spend more money in your area.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, October 05, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 322. Registration required. Course Description: Learn how to get started with free Social Media platforms and web-based directories, and understand which marketing approaches are best for your business.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
New Location: RCC Asheboro, CTC Building, Room 104. Registration required. eBay provides a low-cost way to sell items on-line and learn something about what is selling. You don’t need a store front, website or shopping cart to get going. It also provides a great way to learn about having your own business at a low cost. I became sold on eBay when I became interested in Amateur Radio (or Ham Radio) a few years ago (my call sign is KI4CFS). After passing my test I wanted to buy some radio equipment and made an agreement with myself– whatever junk in the attic that I could sell on eBay I could spend on radio equipment. After making a few thousand dollars from “stuff” in my attic, I not only became sold on eBay but now have some very nice radio equipment (see picture). Here are the basics your need for selling on eBay and let me know how you are making money with it. I am going to recommend you set aside $50.00 to learn how to use eBay. What you will need to sell on eBay: a checking account; a paypal account; internet connection; some boxes and packing tape. First the general overview. Go to paypal.com and set up an account then go to eBay and set up an account. Paypal is how you will pay for items and receive money. Next sign-in to ebay: Look up your item in completed listings Photo your item Box your item (collected) List your item Sell your item Ship it Use Paypal & Parcel tracking Give feeback after receive Repeat the process and make lots of money. Now for a few more detailed tips and notes. Even before you sell you should find a few low cost items to buy online using eBay. Like a new case or plastic protective cover for your phone.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 107. Registration required. Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most popular social media sites for both personal and business use. Small business owners must understand the difference between a personal Instagram account and a business Instagram account. This seminar will serve as a step-by-step guide on how to set up an Instagram account that is properly optimized with relevant keywords. What are hashtags and how to use them on Instagram to grow your following. Resources for providing great images for your brand. Help expand your marketing budget and reach with this informative and fun seminar!
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 322. Registration Required. One of the number questions the Small Business Center receives from clients and seminar attendees is "How do I build a website?" This seminar is here to answer that question for you! The majority of small businesses conduct more than 50% of their business through e-commerce and if your small business is not you may be missing out on sales. If your business does not have a product or service that can be sold online you still need a website so potential customers can find you when searching online. Join us for this FREE informative seminar that will help equip you to set your small business up for success.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Thursday, November 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
One of the number questions the Small Business Center receives from clients and seminar attendees is "How do I build a website?" This seminar is here to answer that question for you! The majority of small businesses conduct more than 50% of their business through e-commerce and if your small business is not you may be missing out on sales. If your business does not have a product or service that can be sold online you still need a website so potential customers can find you when searching online. Join us for this FREE informative seminar that will help equip you to set your small business up for success.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most popular social media sites for both personal and business use. Small business owners must understand the difference between a personal Instagram account and a business Instagram account. This seminar will serve as a step-by-step guide on how to set up an Instagram account that is properly optimized with relevant keywords. What are hashtags and how to use them on Instagram to grow your following. Resources for providing great images for your brand. Help expand your marketing budget and reach with this informative and fun seminar!
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
You can have the best products and services in the world, but unless prospective customers and clients know about you, your business will fail. This seminar is designed to assist new and existing business owners in learning ways of identifying and reaching their target markets, in creative and cost-effective ways. Different businesses require different tactics. Find out what will work for yours. Ed Ormsby has been providing counseling and consulting services to small business owners for over twenty years. In addition to over five years as the Director of the Small Business Center at the two-campus Edgecombe Community College, Ed has over twenty years' experience consulting and counseling small business owners in marketing and management. He has held virtually every sales, marketing and executive management position with Fortune 500, mid-sized and small businesses throughout the Southeast. He has been a successful small business developer and owner for over twenty years. Ed's passion for helping others is apparent in the way he conducts his seminars as well as in his personal life. His presentation style is informal and engaging, encouraging participants to interact throughout. His participant evaluations are consistently “Excellent” and over 80% of participants return for additional seminars
Speaker: Ed Ormsby
Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 106. Registration required. The most asked question I get as an eCommerce guru is “where to you get the stuff you sell online”. That’s the million dollar question isn’t it? In this fast paced class you will learn my secrets to sourcing merchandise to sell online in many different ways. Wholesale Drop Shippers Foreign Sources Liquidation Join the Small Business Center for this wonderful seminar that will help you make money online while you are sleeping! Nick is one of the most popular speakers at the Small Business Center because of his exciting approach to making money through e-commerce. This seminar will help put money in your pocket as a small business owner!
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Turn Your Passion Into A Business on Etsy!!!!! Etsy is a rapidly growing online marketplace for selling handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies. With more than 54 million members, there’s no better place to launch your own creative small business. In fact, sellers took home over 24 billion in sales in 2015 alone. Attend this class to learn how to sell your art work, jewelry, crafts, and vintage items in this easy fast paced class!!!! See just how easy it is to Grow Your Brand with a wealth of new customers and promotional tools. Learn how to register and start selling on Etsy. Share the story of your craft in your profile, item photos, and shop banner. Escape the 9-5 grind and focus on your passion. You will be guided through planning the basics of your small business strategy and given an in-depth look at Etsy’s tools to help you succeed online.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pinterest for Your Small Business Looking for a free, powerful tool to quickly attract clients, market your small business, and grow your brand? In this free seminar you will learn everything you need to know about harnessing the power of Pinterest. This course shows you everything you need to get results from Pinterest (without spending TONS of time on it). Pinterest is an easy, visual way to get your product in front of your audience and drive traffic to your website or with the new “Buy It” pin you can sell directly from Pinterest. By the end of this course, you’ll be ready to create a compelling, dynamic Pinterest business presence that will drive sales, spark conversation, and attract loyal customers. What You will Learn Understand what Pinterest is and how people use it Create a plan to effectively and strategically use Pinterest for your business marketing Increase website traffic and sales by optimizing your content for Pinterest
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Customers are the key to building a successful business and your online reputation is crucial for finding customers. This fast paced class teaches you where and how to find your customers. In this class you will learn how to get a free Online Reputation report. Learn which SEO keywords your competition are using for free. We will briefly compare the past traditional methods of marketing to the more current methods of social media. You will quickly learn how to find, motivate, and keep consumers coming to your business. Discover the variety of Free market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. -Google AdWords -LinkedIn -Facebook Ads -FreeLunch -Twitter Ads -mPact -Pinterest -YouTube -Survey Moneky ?
Speaker: Nick Hawks

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