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On Demand, available until June 30
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

March

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Everyone wants to be at the top of Google Search results for prospective customers. Unfortunately, getting there takes some time and work. You do not just arrive. The good news is with some wise investment, you can be found by your prospective customers on Google in one day using a paid online advertising product called Google Adwrods. This course will show you how to set up successful, efficient, targeted campaigns on Google Adwords. The course will teach the basics of setting up successful campaigns. We will cover the basics of both Google Adwords express and Google Pay Per Click. You will leave class knowing how to set up your own Google Pay Per Click. You will leave class knowing how to set up your Google Pay Per Click Advertising for your business in a simple way that you can manage in-house within your business.
Speaker: Martin Brossman

April

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Apps are not just about games and social interaction. Some offer inexpensive alternatives to invoicing, scheduling, time keeping, marketing, inventory, organization, and time management. These areas are key to the success of start-up to medium-sized companies. In this seminar, we explore some of the top rated applications available to small business owners that, if used correctly, can help you make your business more organized and efficient. Participants will leave this seminar with written materials and links so that they can go home and download the applications that best suit their companies. Most apps can be used at a desktop or on the go on your tablet or smart phone!
Speaker: Ann Marie van den Hurke, Mind the Gap Public Relations, LLC
Thursday, April 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Financing
In order to qualify for financial assistance, a small business owner must have acceptable credit. And a good credit score can save thousands in interest costs. This seminar is designed to explain the mystery of credit reports and scores and give ideas on improving them. No matter what your score, there is always room for improvement.
Speaker: Bob Moore
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Identify general characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of each of these organizational types for small businesses: • Sole proprietorship • Partnerships (general partnership, limited partnership and limited liability partnership) • Limited liability company (LLC) • C-corporation • S-corporation
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Social media marketing is the process of gaining awareness, driving traffic, and engaging your customers and prospects using social media channels. Many organizations just assume customers are using social media channels. Before you jump in with both feet, stop and consider how social media will work for your business goals. This two-part seminar series will help you determine how it can work best for you.
Speaker: Ann Marie van den Hurke, Mind the Gap Public Realtions, LLC
Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Nonprofit
Don't let the process of writing a grant scare you away from potential funding. This two-part seminar series is designed to encourage and build confidence of current and potential nonprofit leaders concerning the process of grant writing. If you're looking for a place to begin, or you want to investigate what is involved in the grant writing process, this seminar is for you. Bring your board members, or potential board members, directors and volunteers.

May

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most import financial reports and how to use them to make the best informed business decisions. Also, gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both stat and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Many businesses require permits and licenses from local, county, state, and even federal agencies. Federal and state tax requirements are not the only reason to keep good, up-to-date records in your business. While the last thing you want to do is have the IRS or State Department of Revenue hassling you, good record keeping habits will allow you to focus on generating revenue rather than worrying about catching up on your bookkeeping. Both new and existing business owners will benefit from this seminar.
Thursday, May 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Nonprofit
Don't let the process of writing a grant scare you away from potential funding. This two-part seminar series is designed to encourage and build confidence of current and potential nonprofit leaders concerning the process of grant writing. If you're looking for a place to begin, or you want to investigate what is involved in the grant writing process, this seminar is for you. Bring your board members, or potential board members, directors and volunteers.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
After completing this training, you will be able to: • Explain the concept of record keeping and why record keeping is important to a small business. • Identify record keeping practices, rules, and tools which are commonly available to a small business. • Explain how these record keeping practices, rules, and tools work. • Identify benefits a small business derives from proper record keeping. • Explain record keeping basics for a small business. • Identify software products available for small business record keeping.

June

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
After completing this training, the participants will be able to do the following: Identify the banking services commonly available to a small business, including: Business checking Business Debit Cards Business Credit Cards Financing Receivables and Purchasing Inventory Lines of Credit Term Loans Cash Management Services Expanding Business Capabilities (Accept Credit, Debit and Gift Cards, Enable Online Payments) Merchant Services Payroll Processing Financing Fixed Assets: Equipment and Real Estate Wealth Management (SIMPLE IRA, 401(k), SEP) Explain how these banking services work Identify the advantages and disadvantages of each of the banking services. Explain how a small business owner decides which banking services are best for his or her business