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Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 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. Insurance, legal structure, customer service and taxes are all things you’ve probably thought about but may need a little help with. This seminar will explore the operational issues facing your business. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn Your Certificate! This seminar is part of the Spring 2016 REAL Entrepreneurship Series. Four (4) 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 all four (4) seminars in the Spring 2016 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman
Thursday, April 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A group activity will help explain the difference between business expenses that occur monthly and others that occur only one time. We will add those numbers to our business plans and determine how much money a business needs to borrow. This seminar will use a loan simulation to understand what makes a business plan fundable. You’ll get to practice being both an entrepreneur and a lender from a bank as you try to identify characteristics that comprise a top-notch business plan. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn Your Certificate! This seminar is part of the Spring 2016 REAL Entrepreneurship Series. Four (4) 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 all four (4) seminars in the Spring 2016 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman

Business Basics

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 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 2016 REAL Entrepreneurship Series. Four (4) 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 all four (4) seminars in the Spring 2016 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman
Thursday, April 07, 2016 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 2016 REAL Entrepreneurship Series. Four (4) 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 all four (4) seminars in the Spring 2016 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman

Financing

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Don't let the process writing a grant scare you away from potential funding. This basic 3-hour course 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 the grant writing process, this seminar is for you. Bring your board members, or potential board members, directors and volunteers. Issues covered during our time together will include... 1. Planning; deciding what type of grant is needed 2. Preparation; gathering al the information needed to include in a grant __________________________________ A certificate of completion may be available for attendance of 15 or more hours of non-profit training. A non-profit training course is offered on the following dates: January 21, February 18, March 17, April 20, April 21, May 19. Please contact the Small Business Center for more information and to verify certificate requirements.
Speaker: Sam Gore
Thursday, April 21, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Don’t let the process of writing a grant scare you away from potential funding. This basic 3hr. course is designed to encourage and build confidence of current and potential nonprofits 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. Issues covered during our time together will include . . . 1. Discussing and understanding the project logic model 2. Proposal; using the correct format in writing the grant 3. Provider: knowing where to look for the provider that’s right for you. The truth is that most nonprofits cannot exists from personal donations alone. Don’t let your nonprofit fail to reach its potential due to a lack of funding. Register today and be informed. _____________ A certificate of completion may be available for attendance of 15 or more hours of non-profit training. A non-profit training course is offered on the following dates: January 21, February 18, March 17, April 20, April 21, May 19. Please contact the Small Business Center for more information and to verify certificate requirements.

Managing a Business

Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This seminar is for members of boards of “for profit” and “non-profit” organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, governmental agencies, churches, ministries and community development programs. Board members will learn the general responsibilities of being decision-makers, the liabilities they may or may not face and the professional way to work with executive directors, management, employees and the public.
Speaker: Gypsie Murdaugh
Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
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 apps that best suit their companies.
Speaker: Renae Simon

Tax Planning

Monday, May 02, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar will include information that all small business owners need to know about taxes and worker's compensation and what they need to know regarding taxes and worker's compensation insurance.
Speaker: Bellonora McCallum

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Come find out how you can reach potential customers on your local community and gain their trust. This seminar includes tips on face-to-face networking, a powerful and virtually free form of marketing.
Speaker: Emily Ballance
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Attendees will learn about templates and composing enticing web copy. They will understand how to use search engines and CDO to their advantage and be able to connect with potential customers through blogging and other social networks. Armed with a list of beneficial websites and books to assist them, they will leave with a clearer picture of designing and running a successful site. Businesses with established sites will learn how to expand, improve, and add depth to their site.
Speaker: L. Diane Wolfe
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn how to generate a dynamic Shop Local strategy to help your business, your town and your county. Because keeping more money in the local economy creates a foundation for real economic growth, it’s important to add the power of Social Media to rev up traditional local marketing efforts and build a higher level of enthusiasm for reaching current and future customers. This is where the New Media—on the air —connects with old-fashioned customer service on the ground to appeal to an ever-widening audience that is searching and making purchase decisions online. Major topics of the seminar include: *Maximizing the attracting power of smart phones and tablets used by prospective customers, to draw them into your business. *Understanding effective ways of investing your time, attention and money that help your own business and community. *Using the right combination of marketing, web directories and social media to multiply your marketing efforts *Integrating the mission of the town with the individual mission of each business to make your area a true destination for outside visitors to spend more money in your area.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This class teaches you how to discover and focus on your niche market, where you can create a sustainable competitive advantage. When you focus your time and energy on mastering the right combination of skills, you can make yourself stand out from the crowd and charge higher prices than your competitors do. In this course, you will learn: How to use keyword discovery tools to find untapped niches on the internet How to read web site analytics and interpret the data to guide your business decisions How to set up an opt-in e-mail list that ensures people remember you after they leave your web site How to improve the copy on your web site by incorporating SEO keywords for increased traffic and responses How to convert web site visitors into phone calls and sales! If you’re ready to stop paying money to host a dead web site that sits on the internet and does nothing, this class is for you. We’ll teach you how to stop wasting time and start making real money.
Speaker: Martin Brossman

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, March 17, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fundraising is based on relationships. So how can you use email, online tools, and social networking sites effectively as part of your friend-raising and fundraising strategy? Review the array of tools available for connecting with your donors online—including email, websites, Facebook, Twitter, , images, video, and mobile. We take a look at the tricks and tools of social media. This session will provide you with practical advice for creating a solid e-strategy for building relationships and donations for your business or organization.
Speaker: Nichole Echols American Red Cross Major Gifts Officer
Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This workshop will focus on creative and effective ways to brand your nonprofit so that potential donors and partners are familiar with your brand.
Speaker: Nicole Echols