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Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn the logic and step by step tasks - details about how to create and run a business on the Internet. Basic, easy to understand, workshop format for beginners will be outlined. Start writing a sample business plan basics. The goal is to have your business start making profitable sales the first day you go online. Various products are available now to help jump start your business. The presenter is a North Carolina pioneer marketer with a long history of large ticket items and selling all over the World Wide Web. He'll be sharing value strategies and methods to help protect your security, profits and reputation. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Cyber Wednesday’s" Certificate Series. Each session of the series will be held on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Complete 4 unduplicated sessions in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) and receive a Business Online Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Your dream- become a food business entrepreneur! The first step to growing your business in the food industry is understanding the food system. The challenges and rewards of owning a food business are unique so this session is a must for new as well as seasoned food entrepreneurs. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This series is designed to explore food business opportunities and provide education on how to become a successful Food Entrepreneur. This series is also to assist local farmers seeking a niche market, value –added processors and those in the food service business. Attend three (3) of the four (4) session offered and receive a “Food Entrepreneur” certificate of completion.
Speaker: Kathleen Bryon, Director of Good Food Sandhills Fenton Wilkinson
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn step by step tasks and details to start grow; expand a commercial and residential cleaning business. Start writing a business plan and get tips and strategies about marketing and pricing prospective jobs. Discussions will include making initial presentations to customers, where and how to advertise, naming your business and web site, surveying, where to find customers. Do’s and don'ts for new business owners will be shared.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
On average, food travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate… Make your food business mobile and local! Learn about types of mobile food businesses- food trucks, mobile produce markets, dinner at your door and so much more. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This series is designed to explore food business opportunities and provide education on how to become a successful Food Entrepreneur. This series is also to assist local farmers seeking a niche market, value –added processors and those in the food service business. Attend three (3) of the four (4) sessions offered and receive a “Food Entrepreneur” certificate of completion.
Speaker: Kathleen Byron, Director Good Food Sandhills Fenton Wilkson
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
All of us need to eat. With a growing need for a new generation of farmers to produce nourishing food on small sustainable farms, studies show there is money in small-acreage vegetable production! Explore what is possible from your vegetable patch, market garden or small farm. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This series is designed to explore food business opportunities and provide education on how to become a successful Food Entrepreneur. This series is also to assist local farmers seeking a niche market, value –added processors and those in the food service business. Attend three (3) of the four (4) sessions offered and receive a “Food Entrepreneur” certificate of completion.
Speaker: Kathleen Byron, Director Good Food Sandhills Fenton Wilkinson
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The term was coined by Jay Conrad Levinson in 1984; he described an unconventional¸ cost-effective marketing strategies that small businesses could use to get their brand noticed using non-traditional advertising activities to get your brand out and grab people’s attention! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This series is designed to explore food business opportunities and provide education on how to become a successful Food Entrepreneur. This series is to assist local farmers seeking a niche market, value –added processors and those in the food service business. Attend three (3) of the four (4) sessions offered and receive a “Food Entrepreneur” certificate of completion.
Speaker: Kathleen Byron, Director Good Food Sandhills Fenton Wilkinson
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn how you can take your planning skills and turn it into a business. In this seminar you will learn to: *Develop wedding-planning strategies *Shop for the best value for your clients dollar. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Wedding Planning Business" Certificate Series. Complete ALL THREE (3) sessions and receive a Wedding Planning Business Certificate of completion. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Speaker: Patricia Henegan - She has directed 100's of weddings across the United States since 1987. She brings to you a wealth of knowledge presented in a simple and practical way!
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Continue the wedding planning experience with Part 2 of this dynamic seminar. In this seminar you will learn to: *How to structure a workable, practical, realist budget *Coordinate wedding vendors and service personnel _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Wedding Planning Business" Certificate Series. Complete ALL THREE (3) sessions and receive a Wedding Planning Business Certificate of completion. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Speaker: Patricia Henegan - She has directed 100's of weddings across the United States since 1987. She brings to you a wealth of knowledge presented in a simple and practical way!
Thursday, June 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Finish the wedding planning experience with Part 3 of this dynamic seminar series. In this seminar you will show you how to tie it all together to create an unforgettable wedding experience. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Wedding Planning Business" Certificate Series. Complete ALL THREE (3) sessions and receive a Wedding Planning Business Certificate of completion. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Speaker: Patricia Henegan - She has directed 100's of weddings across the United States since 1987. She brings to you a wealth of knowledge presented in a simple and practical way!

Business Basics

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Do you have what it takes to be a business owner? This seminar will practice identifying business opportunities in the Richmond/Scotland County area and develop decision-making and problem-solving skills under real world pressure. Will the business idea you’ve come up with work? The analysis we will complete in this seminar will help you determine whether your business will make money or lose money each month during the first year in business. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn Your Certificate! This seminar is part of the Spring NC REAL Business Certificate Series. Five (5) stand-alone seminars explore key issues related to starting or expanding a business. Topics include: self-assessment, business idea and site feasibility, legal structure, marketing, and business financials. Complete (5) unduplicated seminars in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman
Thursday, April 27, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the steps to writing a business plan and the 3 tests that each business plan must pass. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn Your Certificate! This seminar is part of the Spring NC REAL Business Certificate Series. Five (5) stand-alone seminars explore key issues related to starting or expanding a business. Topics include: self-assessment, business idea and site feasibility, legal structure, marketing, and business financials. Complete (5) unduplicated seminars in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Financing your business, taxes and bookkeeping is the focus. This seminar will answer the questions: Where will I get the money I need? What are my business tax requirements? What are steps to good bookkeeping? And MUCH MORE! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn Your Certificate! This seminar is part of the Spring NC REAL Business Certificate Series. Five (5) stand-alone seminars explore key issues related to starting or expanding a business. Topics include: self-assessment, business idea and site feasibility, legal structure, marketing, and business financials. Complete (5) unduplicated seminars in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman
Thursday, May 04, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Will the business idea you’ve come up with work? The analysis we will complete in this seminar will help you determine whether your business will make money or lose money each month during the first year in business. You’ve got a great business idea; but who will buy it? This seminar will present the opportunity to identify who will purchase your product, service or venture and practice preparing a business proposal. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn Your Certificate! This seminar is part of the Spring NC REAL Business Certificate Series. Five (5) stand-alone seminars explore key issues related to starting or expanding a business. Topics include: self-assessment, business idea and site feasibility, legal structure, marketing, and business financials. Complete (5) unduplicated seminars in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate
Speaker: Debra Morman
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you charging too much or too little? Should you start out charging less than your competitors? This class will explain strategies used to price products and services and help you evaluate different pricing methods for your business. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn Your Certificate! This seminar is part of the Spring NC REAL Business Certificate Series. Five (5) stand-alone seminars explore key issues related to starting or expanding a business. Topics include: self-assessment, business idea and site feasibility, legal structure, marketing, and business financials. Complete (5) unduplicated seminars in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to get the most out of a Shop Local program that helps your business, your town and your county. Using Social Media in the right way can multiply your Shop Local program. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Cyber Wednesday’s" Certificate Series. Each session of the series will be held on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Complete 4 out of 5 sessions in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) and receive a Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Amazon.com, it's not just for books. Whether you are looking for a business to start, or are already in business and want to expand, Amazon is the opportunity you need to explore. In this training, you will learn the basics of how to start selling on Amazon. Topics include: what you need to get started, how much it will cost, choosing your account type, what you shouldn't sell, and how to run an online business without filling your house with stuff, or even going to the post office. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Cyber Wednesday’s" Certificate Series. Each session of the series will be held on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Complete 4 unduplicated sessions in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) and receive a Business Online Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Companies and individuals have come to understand branding as something that is needed to build the image of their respective business or personal brand. LinkedIn, a business-oriented social media tool, offers a platform for branding that many have only touched the surface on. With over 400 million members, LinkedIn can benefit small businesses by helping them gain more visibility and can benefit individuals and gain access to employment and even freelance opportunities. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Cyber Wednesday’s" Certificate Series. Each session of the series will be held on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Complete 4 unduplicated sessions in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) and receive a Business Online Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Les Echols
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Looking to create a new website or improve your existing one? Need better rankings in the search engine? The nuts-and-bolts session will help you create a professional site and get solid exposure in Google, Yahoo, and Bing. You’ll learn about content management systems like WordPress. You will come away with the building blocks for creating a site and enhancing the profitability of your business online. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Cyber Wednesday’s" Certificate Series. Each session of the series will be held on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Complete 4 unduplicated sessions in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) and receive a Business Online Training Certificate of completion
Speaker: Bellanora McCallum

HP LIFE

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

Nonprofit

Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Setting up and managing a nonprofit organization is very different from a for-profit business. There are literally millions of dollars available through both government and private agencies and foundations for non-profit entities. Identifying those that might apply to your specific business is important. Understanding and following their individual requirements, however, are essential to successful presentations. This seminar is designed to explain and prepare you not only setting up a nonprofit business, but also for the grant proposal process. Anyone new to the grant writing process should attend this seminar. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Nonprofit Thursday's" Certificate Series. Each session of the series will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Complete 6 sessions in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) and receive a Nonprofit Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Ed Ormsby
Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
During this seminar, participants will learn the differences between various types of fundraising, and identify the most effective methods for their organization. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Nonprofit Thursday's" Certificate Series. Each session of the series will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Complete 6 sessions in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) and receive a Nonprofit Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Sandra L. Dales
Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This seminar will focus on the process of selecting, deploying and maintaining an active Board of Directors for your nonprofit. Special attention will even be given to properly calling, holding and recording a board meeting. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Nonprofit Thursday's" Certificate Series. Each session of the series will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month – plus one Tuesday seminar. Complete 5 unduplicated sessions in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) and receive a Nonprofit Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Sandra Dales
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Baffled with the thought of grants and not sure where to begin? This seminar helps you learn how to weight the options, define the need, build relationships, and incorporate what is needed in the proposals and submit for funding. With step-by-step guidance, you will become an effective grant seeker and will be on your way to writing a winning proposal. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Nonprofit Thursday's" Certificate Series. Each session of the series will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month – plus one Tuesday seminar. Complete 5 unduplicated sessions in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) and receive a Nonprofit Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson
Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This seminar is an extension of Grantseeking/Grantwriting 101 We will review an actual grant proposal, grant evaluation form, and required supporting documents to give your proposal the best chance of being approved. Participants will leave with knowledge of the strategy to assemble all of the resources needed to help ensure success. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Nonprofit Thursday's" Certificate Series. Each session of the series will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month – plus one Tuesday seminar. Complete 5 unduplicated sessions in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) and receive a Nonprofit Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson
Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Nonprofit organizations have limited resources and represent funds entrusted to their organization; officers have a fiduciary responsibility to make sure that every dime of this money is spent wisely. Spending money and spending it wisely is not the same. No matter who or what the organizations, all have one thing in common: the need to achieve their goals and objectives with limited resources. This 3 hour seminar is designed to assist nonprofit directors and officers to develop budgeting skills necessary to reach their full potential. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn a Certificate! This is a part of the "Nonprofit Thursday's" Certificate Series. Each session of the series will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month – plus one Tuesday seminar. Complete 5 unduplicated sessions in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017) and receive a Nonprofit Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Sam Gore