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Business Basics

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 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 Fall 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. Attend four (4) seminars in the Fall 2016 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman
Thursday, September 08, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 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 Fall 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. Attend four (4) seminars in the Fall 2016 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 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 Fall 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. Attend four (4) seminars in the Fall 2016 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman
Thursday, September 15, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 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 Fall 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. Attend four (4) seminars in the Fall 2016 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 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 Fall 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. Attend four (4) seminars in the Fall 2016 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Would you rather eat live insects than market your small business? You are not alone. Come learn new, inexpensive, fun and creative ways to market. And find out how to best use one of your most powerful and least expensive marketing tools. Bring your business cards if you have some, but don't worry if you don't. You'll leave with over 100 inexpensive and creative ideas an tips to help you grow your business.
Speaker: Emily Ballance
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Thoroughly written bylaws help organizations know how to handle new situations or issues that may arise. A Board is necessary if you want to gain nonprofit status and get public funding. This seminar will: * Define bylaws, when they should be written, how to write them, and how to use them to keep your group on track.* Give you information about what a Board of Directors is, and about some different kinds of Boards. It will explore why many organizations can benefit from Boards, and what Boards actually do and how they work. 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. Attend 6 unduplicated seminars in a calendar year (Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2016)and receive a Nonprofit Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Gypsie Murdaugh
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
What small businesses need to know about QR codes, Apps, mobile ads and optimized websites to be successfully found and view on mobile devices. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ 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 (August - November) of each month. Complete 3 sessions by Dec. 31, 2016 and receive a Online Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
It’s that time of year – the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. There is no better time to reach out to your customers, bring new clients in, and boost repeat and referral business! Whether you have a retail shop, provide a specialized service or work business-to- business, or have a nonprofit in need of outreach, this workshop will provide simple, practical tips for closing out 2016 on a high note.
Speaker: Mary Anne Gerney, Oakland Publishing Services & Constant Contact Consultant

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

Nonprofit

Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you familiar with the challenges of managing and leading a non-profit organization? Have you considered the primary areas of focus to be efficient and effective in delivering to your community? . This seminar carefully details the many aspects of keeping your non-profit organization productive and profitable. 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, 2016)and receive a Nonprofit Training Certificate of completion.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson, CEO Earnest Harvest, LLC