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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Small business tax reporting can be intimidating at worst and confusing at best. Join us as an accountant explains the basics about trust taxes and income taxes as they relate to your business. Topics include: sales tax compliance, understanding the basics of payroll taxes, and how income from various types of business entities is taxed.
Speaker: Dean Kanipe
Thursday, April 06, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Most small businesses don’t have the time or budget to develop a strong strategic plan but planning will be crucial with the potential growth in our economy and changes in government regulations. It’s hard to predict the financial pressures on small businesses as the economy adjusts to new administrations at the State and Federal levels but our seminar speaker will provide insight based on experience as to issues that entrepreneurs should be prepared to deal with. The seminar will provide a good compliment to a BizFest as a business-to-business networking event. It will be free to attendees and will provide valuable points to take away from the session.
Speaker: Chad Tidd
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
As small, non-profit businesses engage in conversations and focus on increasing the levels of giving to their cause, they often leave out the most important part of fundraising… building relationships. Relationships, steps from meet to ask, follow ups, thanking donors, keeping the relationship going and more are all elements of quality donor relations. Get a look at donor relations through the eyes of your donor and take home nuggets that you can implement right away to create stronger development departments and happier donors.
Speaker: Amanda Pearce
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. If you’re a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you.
Speaker: Dean Kanipe
Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Understanding Your Credit for Small Business Owners is a course designed to help small business owners understand: the factors that are considered in their credit bureau score, how to read their credit report, and why their credit is an essential part of running a successful business. This course will also cover the factors that go into obtaining credit in their business name and why it is necessary for personal guarantees.
Speaker: Jeff Hohl
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Market research isn’t just for startups; it’s an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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: Dean Kanipe
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
As funding becomes more difficult to secure, non-profit organizations face significant challenges to fulfill their missions. This 3 hour seminar reviews the questions non-profits need to answer prior to searching and applying for grant funds, outlines the 7 basic elements of most proposals, and shows participants how to match their needs to the funder’s priorities. Participants focus on the major questions that need to be answered prior to a grant application and incorporating these answers into research and ultimately a competitive proposal.
Speaker: Amanda Pearce`
Thursday, June 08, 2017 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
With more organizations chasing scarcer funds, funders are choosing to invest their resources into projects that exhibit higher levels of community collaboration. For non-profits that operate in “survival mode”, it’s often a challenge to view similar community organizations as anything other than a competitor vying for the same pots of funding. It is critical that each organization evaluate their mission in light of their community needs and available resources. Small Business Owners and Executive Directors and Board Members can use this seminar to learn to develop partnerships in preparation for submitting collaborative grant proposals. Facilitator Amanda Pearce will discuss collaborations and partnerships and why nonprofits must establish organizational needs before reaching out to potential partners. Learn how to identify mutually beneficial partnerships versus those that consume resources. Also, we will outline partnership agreements for community or grant writing purposes and you will learn effective methods to develop and maintain strategic partnerships. This three-hour seminar will focus on fundamental concepts of understanding, developing, and maintaining strategic partnerships that will ensure long-term organizational success.
Speaker: Amanda Pearce


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.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online