SBCN - North Carolina Community College System Small Business Center Network
 Services Contact Your Local SBC Resources FAQa

Events/Workshops

  FREE SEMINARS - From Across the State to Just Down the Road

  
  
    

On Demand

On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Buying a Business is a comprehensive course on how to buy the right business at the right price. Developed by entrepreneurs who buy businesses for a living, this course offers advice and wisdom in such areas as: the key questions to ask of any seller, the due diligence process, valuing a business and determining the offer, negotiation steps and tactics, and sample legal agreements.
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Every new venture has to work the complex decision of what legal structure to choose for the business. This course breaks down this decision into its essential characteristics simplifying the decision making process. An in-depth discussion is presented about the pros and cons of structures such as the sole proprietorship, partnership, “c” or “s” corporation, and the limited liability company (LLC).
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Get advice and strategies from leading entrepreneurs concerning what it really takes to start a new venture. “Starting A New Business” moves through the important tasks of building a strong foundation for a business to the more tactical aspects like marketing, managing, and money. This course will also show you how to protect your ideas, how to hire employees, and how to find out what licenses and regulations may apply. More than 50 resources provided.
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This ten-part course walks you through the details and tactics of creating a comprehensive business plan while helping you avoid planning mistakes that plague most businesses. As an added bonus, this course comes with Active plans Business Planning Software, which helps you create a plan narrative and financial projections through a simple step-by-step approach.
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Financing
This course details the exact steps necessary to prepare a comprehensive loan package request. Typical loan forms and requirements are explained and included. This course concentrates on what a lender is really looking for and how they evaluate loan requests. Simply understanding the way a lender thinks can more than double your effectiveness in raising money for your business.
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Financing
Examine the peculiar nature of investment capital. The course presents practical tactics on how to identify and secure different types of capital including seed capital, angel capital, and venture capital. The process used by different kinds of investors as well as tools for completing the fund-raising process. Special focus is given to the federal and state laws that govern the capital and securities process.
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Financing
Gain comprehensive tactics of raising money for small business formation. The course examines the sources of available capital and provides an overview of the difference between debt and equity. Learn financial terms and tactics necessary to successfully identify and secure money for a new business venture.
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Run your own virtual bookstore and coffee bar to see how money moves in and out of a business while learning the fundamentals of accounting at the same time. This course provides an in-depth look at each of the primary accounting transactions used in a business. Without using any accounting jargon, the course demonstrates how to keep score in a business through a simple scorecard approach.
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Financial projections are a collection of statements that present a numerical model of your business. Learn to create a projected income statement, cash flow statement, balance sheet, and breakeven point analysis. Understand what financial projections are and what comprises a good set of projections.
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Creating Buzz is one of the most comprehensive courses on how marketing is actually executed in a small business. Creating Buzz is packed-full of hundreds of strategies, checklists, and tips across the realms of network theory, positioning, advertising media, word-of-mouth campaigns, publicity, and public relations. From informal, easy to implement tactics to full-fledged formal marketing plans, the lessons taught in this course are paramount to any growing business.
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Any entrepreneur should want to know as much as possible about their market. This course provides the guidance and resources necessary to develop a working knowledge.
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This course describes the fundamentals of the most important aspect of any business: marketing. Learn the concepts taught in college-level courses in just a few hours including the “5Ps”-Product, Promotion, Price, Place, and Positioning. At the end of this course, you will be able to create a comprehensive marketing plan for business that encompasses a creative plan, a positioning plan, and a media marketing calendar.
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Pricing is the moment of truth. All marketing comes to focus in the pricing decision. Yet, pricing is one of the least understood of all the activities in marketing. From the fundamentals of pricing to advanced discussions on psychological theories focused on pricing formulation, this course is essential to anyone responsible for making the price decision.
Speaker: Small BizU
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This course presents a media-by-media discussion of the tips and tricks used by marketing professionals when advertising a product or service. Learn to set an advertising budget, why it’s better to run two smaller ads than one larger one, correctly position your product, and how to best design an effective marketing message. This course also presents an overview of public relations tactics and internet marketing practices.
Speaker: Small BizU
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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
World renowned basket maker and marketing expert, Matt Tommey, started out building baskets for fun from Kudzu. Merging his love for art with his knowledge of marketing, Matt went full time into the business of making baskets. He made his passion his job and now owns a lucrative studio in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. Hear Matt’s story about how he launched his business and made it profitable. Learn tips from the pros!
Speaker: Tommey
Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to create a business Facebook page! This seminar will cover the basics of creating and managing a Facebook page for your small business. Learn how to create posts and interact with your customers!
Speaker: Morris
Thursday, March 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Canva is a free online design service you're going to want to use for your small business. At this quick course, learn how to use Canva to create professional looking publications that will have you marketing like a pro.
Speaker: Morris

April

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Gain knowledge of the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, and operations. Learn the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover resources available to help start and successfully operate your business.
Speaker: Cook
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
A business plan is vital to starting and operating a business. Learn how to turn ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches the important components of a business plan and helps lay the foundation for a functional plan. 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. You will also learn to introduce yourself and your business with confidence and clarity, utilizing your personal “Elevator Speech”.
Speaker: Dennison/Cook
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
As we approach the season of studio tours, it is important that customers have the ability to locate and navigate to your business using their smart phone or computer. Learn to list your business on the Google map and create a free Google page for your studio. Free Google Gear!
Speaker: Cook
Thursday, April 13, 2017 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to pin your way to new sales! This one hour seminar will cover how to create a Pinterest business page and how to market your product on Pinterest.
Speaker: Morris
Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to build a business Instagram page, set up your account, and best practices for Instagram. Visually communicate your way to increased sales and business awareness!
Speaker: Morris
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This class discusses how to build a customer base. Business location, layout, signage, pricing, service, traditional/social media, direct marketing, promotional material, and trade shows will be discussed to help entrepreneurs effectively communicate and market.
Speaker: Wildkitty/Cook
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
This class will discuss the four most important financial statements in business: the personal financial statement, the balance sheet, the income statement, and the cash flow statement. The class will also cover basic bookkeeping and record keeping skills. Attendees will gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for a business.
Speaker: Cook
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Are you in need of a loan to start or expand your business? The Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) can help you navigate the process. Tommy Dennison, Business Development Officer, will discuss what the CSBDF looks for in order to render an approval on a loan. Topics covered will be the 5 C’s of Credit, types of loans available, what you will need to apply, and a typical loan timeline
Speaker: Dennison
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn to properly select and register for shows, set up your booth to attract customers, and take credit card payments. Applicants will receive via email a free excel spreadsheet that will estimate potential income from your booth sales.
Speaker: Styles
Thursday, April 27, 2017 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
LinkedIn company pages help build brand awareness by providing a channel to promote your products and services to customers and prospects. In this quick course, learn how to create a LinkedIn company page to promote your business.
Speaker: Morris
Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Tweet your way to more sales! In this quick course, learn how to create a business Twitter page and strategies to use twitter as an effective means to market your small business.
Speaker: Morris

May

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Attendees will become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Class will be taught by a CPA. Don’t let your business fail due to lack of tax knowledge.
Speaker: Sisk-Morris
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Development of a business pitch is a crucial factor to gain funding and build a customer base. In this seminar, each participant will be provided a maximum of ten minutes to present their story, passion, and business idea to their classmates and a panel of judges in a Shark Tank style finale! Graduation follows with a presentation of certificates.
Speaker: Cook
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Zen Wildkitty has created and sold art for most of his life. Learn from the “Guru,” tips on how to leverage the internet to increase sales. This seminar will also teach how to properly market and manage your small business.
Speaker: Wildkitty
Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.
Speaker: Cook
Thursday, May 11, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
Have you written your business plan and now wonder what you need in order to fill out the cash flow template to meet the lender’s requirements? The Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) can help you navigate the process. Tommy Dennison, Business Development Officer, will discuss what the CSBDF looks for in cash flow projections.
Speaker: Dennison