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Thursday, January 18, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
New ways for nonprofits to raise revenue spring into existence every year, but where those funds come from stays pretty much the same year after year. There is also a basic inventory of methods that should form the back bone of your fundraising efforts. These are, literally, your "bread and butter." Come and learn more of “How to put the funds into your Fundraising efforts.” • Ten essentials you need to know concerning Fundraising • Tips Concerning • Individual Funding • Better Fundraising • 8 Ways to Raise 2,500 (or More) in 10 days (or less) • Writing a Donation letter that Seals The Deal • Ongoing VS Episodic Funding • What Does an Online Donor Look Like
Speaker: Sam Gore
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
After completing this training, the participants will be able to: • Describe the purpose of cash flow management in a start-up small business. • Assess a cash flow cycle and make some cash flow projections. • Describe how a cash flow statement can help assess and improve the financial health of a start-up.
Speaker: Paul Licary

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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, January 09, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Is now the golden age of volunteerism? More people than ever want to give back to their communities, and volunteer work is encouraged, from the halls of congress to the words and images in the media. Now could be the very best time to take a look at your volunteer program and spiff it up so that your volunteers will want to come and stay. But volunteerism has changed and volunteer expectations have evolved. This seminar will provide you with knowledge of a few things today's volunteer has a right to expect from you. Master these and you will have happy volunteers. Anyone who is willing to volunteer for an organization is likely to have a healthy curiosity and willingness to try new things. Indeed, many volunteers get involved with causes so just so they can learn new skills or about interesting topics and issues. Provide that opportunity. Turning your volunteer job into a mini-educational experience will be highly valued by potential volunteers and will likely result in some great referrals as your volunteers tell others about what a great experience they are having.
Speaker: Sam Gore
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Participants will be able to: Distinguish the myths and realities of small business ownership. Start a self-assessment to determine their readiness to become business owners. Set a plan of action gathering feedback from family, friends and potential customers.
Speaker: Paul Licary, Small Business Specialist - AVP, Woodforest National Bank
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Starting your own business may seem like a daunting task, but it is not too hard if you take it step by step. Learn an overall understanding of the steps you need to take to make your dream become a reality. Our consultant has trained hundreds of entrepreneurs across the state in starting, marketing, and managing a business.
Speaker: Jess McLamb
Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Starting your own business may seem like a daunting task, but it is not too hard if you take it step by step. Learn an overall understanding of the steps you need to take to make your dream become a reality. Our consultant has trained hundreds of entrepreneurs across the state in starting, marketing, and managing a business.
Speaker: Jess McLamb
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Starting a business can be confusing, challenging, and frustrating. Whether your business is new or established - or you're just cultivating the seed of a great idea, success depends on getting the assistance you need, when you need it. Learn about programs and resources available to the small business owner or potential owner.
Speaker: Melissa Terrill
Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar has been created for those individuals who are thinking about starting and operating their own business; however, they do not know if they have the personality, drive, creativity, adaptability, and a host of other talents and attributes that comprise a successful entrepreneur.
Speaker: Bob Moore
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 6:45 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 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
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
There is a tremendous interest coming from our communities of wanting to know how to form a nonprofit business. Careful consideration should be given to this quest and much attention needs to be given to the proper steps to take. Failure to do so could result in with serious consequences for individuals as well as becoming detrimental to the original cause for which the non-profit was designed. If you are considering stating a non-profit business, please plan to attend this very informative seminar. Participants will discover: • Basics on what a non-profit business is • Refine the definition of a non-profit • Issues to consider before starting a non-profit • Key steps in forming a non-profit • Forms and Documents needed to be filed • What takes place at the first board meeting • Do you need an attorney?
Speaker: Sam Gore
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
We will discuss the difference between a Sole Proprietor, Partnership and Corporation; the importance of recordkeeping; what you should keep and for how long. Participants will also get an overview of their tax responsibilities as a small business.
Speaker: Katie Lawson
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Many people find working at home the 'ideal arrangement' and decide to set up businesses in their homes. Learn the requirements for getting started with a home-based business, including finding your niche, legal requirements, and developing a business plan.
Speaker: Melissa Terrill

Business Basics

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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, December 07, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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
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, February 13, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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, April 12, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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

Financing

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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

Managing a Business

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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

Customer Relations

Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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
Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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, May 10, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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

Business Accounting and Budget

Thursday, February 08, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 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: Jess McLamb
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 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: Jess McLamb

Tax Planning

Friday, January 12, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
In this seminar, the instructor will cover basic requirements to help North Carolina businesses understand the laws and obligations necessary to be a tax compliant business. Participants learn about filing and administrative requirements, the basics of NC sales & use tax law, the basics of NC withholding tax law, step by step directions for completing sales tax and withholding returns, and directions for filing and paying online.
Speaker: Rhonda High
Friday, March 23, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
In this seminar, the instructor will cover basic requirements to help North Carolina businesses understand the laws and obligations necessary to be a tax compliant business. Participants learn about filing and administrative requirements, the basics of NC sales & use tax law, the basics of NC withholding tax law, step by step directions for completing sales tax and withholding returns, and directions for filing and paying online.
Speaker: Rhonda High

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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, January 11, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn the basics of using Facebook and how it can enhance your business and keep you connected to customers. Find out the proper way to create your personal profile and your business page, how to manage fans, and how to incorporate this all into a busy life!
Speaker: Paul Kaufman
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn the basics of using Facebook and how it can enhance your business and keep you connected to customers. Find out the proper way to create your personal profile and your business page, how to manage fans, and how to incorporate this all into a busy life!
Speaker: Paul Kaufman
Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Maybe you’re newly considering social media for your business or non-profit, or maybe you’ve been struggling to make your current profiles more engaging. In either case, this session will answer your common questions about different platforms, how to build your following, and what to say to drive results.
Speaker: Melanie Diehl
Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 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: Dawn Ohaver Moyer
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 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: Dawn Ohaver Moyer
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Maybe you’re newly considering social media for your business or non-profit, or maybe you’ve been struggling to make your current profiles more engaging. In either case, this session will answer your common questions about different platforms, how to build your following, and what to say to drive results.
Speaker: Melanie Diehl
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
In this seminar you will learn how to conduct market research online, what keywords are and how to select them, how to choose a domain name and get it registered, how to market a website for free, and search engine positioning and why its important.
Speaker: Paul Kaufman
Thursday, March 15, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
In this seminar you will learn how to conduct market research online, what keywords are and how to select them, how to choose a domain name and get it registered, how to market a website for free, and search engine positioning and why its important.
Speaker: Paul Kaufman
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
Are you struggling to find the time to manage your business Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram accounts? Do you know that 43% of small businesses dedicate six or more hours per week to social media? While it’s important to engage for social visibility and key connections online, we all want to do more in less time. This session will help you save time at get back to what you love to do – running your business or organization. Join us and learn the latest time savers and best practices.
Speaker: Melanie Diehl
Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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, April 18, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Learn how to create a marketing strategy that supports your business goals. This seminar will cover some of the best marketing tools that are free or at a very low-cost and explore creative ways to promote your business within your budget.
Speaker: Melissa Terrell

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