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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

October

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Customer Relations
Is your business prepared to shake up the competition? Turn Customers into Promoters of your Brand. Whether you are a new or existing small business, a solid plan to manage the customer's journey from sales to service is essential. The practical insights in this session will assist you with: • Designing a plan. Understand the importance of laying the groundwork for exceeding customer expectations. Construct a plan with seven basic principles. • Assessing the process through the customer's lens. Learn the importance of all linkages in your customer's end-to-end journey, proactively identify potential issues, and increase the effectiveness of connections to your brand. • Creating a customer journey map. Develop a practical high level customer journey map. • Keeping promises and knowing the pain points. Increase the focus on measures that matter and understand what your customer really wants you to do. Evolve customers into promoters.
Speaker: Jamonica Hill
Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Bylaws are a legal document outlining the self-imposed rules that will regulate an organization's own actions. Since it is a required element when forming a corporation, bylaws are a form of agreement or contract between the corporation and its owners to conduct itself in a certain manner. In the past, organizations often had bylaws but today those bylaws are usually insufficient. This seminar will offer participants the knowledge concerning… • 10 Most Common Nonprofit Bylaw Pitfalls: How to Avoid the Traps. • Required provisions normally included in Nonprofit Bylaws Keep in mind that when starting a Nonprofit business, the organization does not formally exist until the bylaws have been approved by the governing body of the organization.
Speaker: Sam Gore
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Amazon.com is not just for books. Whether you are looking for a business to start or you are already in business and want to expand, Amazon is an opportunity you need to explore. In this training you will learn the basics of how to sell on Amazon. Topics will include: what you need to get started, how much it will cost to sell on Amazon, choosing your account type, what you should not sell on Amazon, and how to operate an online business without filling your house full of inventory.
Speaker: Martin Brossman

November

Thursday, November 02, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Amazon.com is not just for books. Whether you are looking for a business to start or you are already in business and want to expand, Amazon is an opportunity you need to explore. In this training you will learn the basics of how to sell on Amazon. Topics will include: what you need to get started, how much it will cost to sell on Amazon, choosing your account type, what you should not sell on Amazon, and how to operate an online business without filling your house full of inventory.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Friday, November 03, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Many of us work very hard to connect with the client of our dreams or meet that one referral source that could supply endless referrals. Very often, when that day finally comes, we stop short of finalizing the sale process by not following up. Many of us struggle with follow-up, we may try once or twice and move on to the next prospect. Not having a system for follow-up is very common in business.
Speaker: Joe Novara
Fee: $ 15.00
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
LinkedIn is famous for connecting professionals all over the world. Many people associate it with finding new positions and advancing one’s career, but LinkedIn can also be a valuable space for expanding the network for many types of businesses. Chances are when people are looking to buy products/services, they might just stumble upon your profile. A good description of what kind of services/products you provide might just help you rope in few leads. In this seminar you will learn how to effectively use LinkedIn to market yourself and your business.
Speaker: Melanie Diehl
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
This seminar will provides skills and tools to help you balance the demands on your time, focus on your priorities, improve your work habits, boost your productivity, and gain a greater sense of control so you can accomplish the things tht matter most. Attention will also be given to dealing with time robbers - interruptions, procrastination, and organization strategies, as well as handling email and technology
Speaker: Paul Licary, Small Business Specialist - AVP, Woodforest National Bank
Thursday, November 09, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Everything that we experience and enjoy in current day began with a thought. No longer should you suppress your ideas due to unawareness of what to do next. Together we will review and discuss processes and areas that will guide your path and serve as an active blueprint to move your idea from thought to action. Learning Objectives: • Reflection on ideas and answering your why. • From head to journal. Exploring the effectiveness of putting pen to paper. • Following necessary steps and setting timeframes. • Remaining encouraged and celebrating small victories.
Speaker: Diana Graham
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Everyone responds to the same leadership style, likes the same type of sales methods and the same type of marketing...right? Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that what your team doesn't know about the five generations impacts the bottom line. Learn how generational differences and biases manifest in today's workplace, and discover practical ways to address them. This highly-engaging and energetic seminar is filled with ideas and strategies you can put to use immediately.
Speaker: Timothy Moore
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
In this seminar, small business owners will learn 25 ways to increase sales and proftis, including a wide range of easy-to-implement exercises, methods, and strategies that will immediately increase customer traffic, sales volume, and profits. The seminar will offer tips that will help every business - in store, outside calls, online, prospecting, marketing, and forecasting. It will also discuss new, outside-the-box, guerilla marketing strategies for small business that deliver maximum results at the lowest cost.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Financing
This workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs offers an overview of financing for a new or existing business. Outside funding options, including commercial bank loans, SBA-backed loans, and sources of equity capital such as angel investors and venture capitalists, will be covered.
Speaker: Melissa Terrill - Women's Business Center of N.C.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Have you ever thought about opening your own home-Home-Based Business? One of the safest ways to start a new business is to start out working from home. Not only will your overhead be low, it will give you the opportunity to try out your idea before plunging in. This seminar is designed to help you determine if you are ready to start your own business, and if so, learn just what it is going to
Speaker: Steve Carver
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Have you ever thought about opening your own home-Home-Based Business? One of the safest ways to start a new business is to start out working from home. Not only will your overhead be low, it will give you the opportunity to try out your idea before plunging in. This seminar is designed to help you determine if you are ready to start your own business, and if so, learn just what it is going to take.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
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: Jess McLamb
Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Customer Relations
The art and strategies of NEGOTIATIONS are very important. Now more than ever strong negotiation skills can be the difference between a beneficial compromise and a loss. A recent study estimated over 9 million dollars per hour are lost due to poor negotiating skills. The seminar presenter, Steve Carver, is an owner of several businesses; has over 50 years face to face retail sales, contracts and Internet marketing negotiating experience. He said " There's a lot more to it than Buy Low and Sell High." Negotiations are a vital part of our lives, both at work and at home. Whether you are in discussions with an individual about personal matters or trying to close a huge contract for your company, negotiating skills are the keys to success in business and life. Learn to improve your ability to handle deals and clients with confidence and strength. Knowledge gained at this seminar will help you guard against losing another deal because of weak professional negotiating skills.
Speaker: Steve Carver

December

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Digital marketing is changing thanks to widespread ownership of smartphones, ever-increasing data and video streaming, combined with a cultural desire for digestible and personalized content. Do you know which trends will impact YOUR organization in 2018? How can you jump on some of these trends to get an edge on your competition? You’re about to find out… By the end of this session, you’ll have a cutting edge on: • Marketing Automation • Content Marketing • Video • Mobile • Big Data
Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Building and understanding your business model is a critical first step in the business planning process. Learn how to design and analyze your business model. We present several business model concepts that you can then use to develop your individual business model(s). With your business model, you can develop your business plan more efficiently and effectively.
Speaker: Herbert Dittmar
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Building and understanding your business model is a critical first step in the business planning process. Learn how to design and analyze your business model. We present several business model concepts that you can then use to develop your individual business model(s). With your business model, you can develop your business plan more efficiently and effectively.
Speaker: Herbert Dittmar
Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Customer Relations
Is your business prepared to shake up the competition? Turn Customers into Promoters of your Brand. Whether you are a new or existing small business, a solid plan to manage the customer's journey from sales to service is essential. The practical insights in this session will assist you with: • Designing a plan. Understand the importance of laying the groundwork for exceeding customer expectations. Construct a plan with seven basic principles. • Assessing the process through the customer's lens. Learn the importance of all linkages in your customer's end-to-end journey, proactively identify potential issues, and increase the effectiveness of connections to your brand. • Creating a customer journey map. Develop a practical high level customer journey map. • Keeping promises and knowing the pain points. Increase the focus on measures that matter and understand what your customer really wants you to do. Evolve customers into promoters.
Speaker: Jamonica Hill