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Start-up Assistance

Thursday, September 10, 2015 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. 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 Fall 2015 REAL Entrepreneurship 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) or more seminars in the Fall 2015 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 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 Fall 2015 REAL Entrepreneurship 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) or more seminars in the Fall 2015 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Merrielle Buckner
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Seminar attendees will learn how Google products can easily be used to address their basic startup needs including a website, phone system, email, texting, CMS (customer management system), document storage, team management, online reputation management, video marketing and video chat – for approximately $10
Speaker: Todd Lyden
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Many people find working at home the “ideal arrangement” and decide to set up businesses in their home. Learn the requirements for getting started with a home-based business, including finding your niche, legal requirements and developing a business plan.
Speaker: Bellonora McCallum
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Crowdfunding is one of many new creative ways of getting funding for small businesses. This class demystifies crowdfunding and other new ways to get money for small business today with a lower barrier to entry. You will learn the how to of getting money for your business and what is the right funding to explore. Developed by Social Media and Small Business Marketing expert Martin Brossman and Small Business Funding expert Dan Scalla.
Speaker: Martin Brossman

Business Basics

Thursday, September 03, 2015 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 2015 REAL Entrepreneurship 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) or more seminars in the Fall 2015 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Debra Morman
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 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 2015 REAL Entrepreneurship 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) or more seminars in the Fall 2015 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Merrielle Buckner
Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosting a banquet, client meeting, fundraiser, customer appreciation day, family and friends day or a tradeshow is hard work but if done correctly can yield great results for your company. This seminar is perfect for novice event planners and for those just needing a fresh perspective and skill enhancement. This fun and interactive seminar will cover: *How To Determine and Set Realistic Event Goals *Event Planning Techniques *Do You Think Logistically? Fun Quiz and Training *Planning to Be UNDER Budget *Vendor Relations and Negotiations *How Details Add Value to Eve
Speaker: C. Renae Simon

Financing

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Are you starting to think about how you will retire? Have you ever thought of being your own boss and starting a small business? Perhaps you have another dream but your debt is out of control and preventing your dream from becoming a reality. Now is the time to learn how to “Be Free From Debt’s Hold…..” How would you like to pay off all your consumer debt, credit cards, car payments, and loans? How would you like to know the exact month and year you could be out of debt, legally and without a tax liability? Now is the time to start living a better life; a life without debt. In this three-hour seminar, you will learn a simple yet effective method to start the process of making yourself debt free! You will also learn about the shams and “quick fixes” that should be avoided and how to properly and legally deal with creditors. Bring a list of your debts with balances and monthly payments and learn how to develop your own debt elimination plan that can be implemented immediately into your lifestyle. You will learn how to control debt, instead of allowing debt to control you! Before you consider making that next large purchase or accept a new credit card, take the time to attend this life-changing seminar. Bring a calculator! “The Worse Place You Can Ever Live Is Beyond Your Means!”
Speaker: Bob Moore
Monday, September 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center will offer a free seminar. The seminar is designed to help small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. It will review the six basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions and provide an overview of the resources available in North Carolina for small businesses. Finally, the seminar will cover the Rural Center's Microenterprise Loan Program and provide details about its lending criteria and application process. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn Your Certificate! This seminar is part of the Fall 2015 REAL Entrepreneurship 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) or more seminars in the Fall 2015 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate
Speaker: Derek Williams
Thursday, November 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Partnerships between nonprofit groups and businesses provide invaluable opportunities. Too often, nonprofits look to these joint efforts mainly as a source of contributions toward their social mission. Collaboration can increase funding but sometimes, even more importantly, it can increase access to knowledge-based resources and improve the relevance and effectiveness of programs and services. The ideas and lessons in this guide draw directly from the experiences of 27 business/nonprofit alliances funded by The Hitachi Foundation. These projects demonstrated effective alliances that benefit the business and nonprofit partners as well as the larger community. This seminar can serve as a basic roadmap for nonprofits that are attempting to recruit first-time business partners or trying to maximize the returns on existing business partnerships. We will offer guidance rather than prescriptive plans.
Speaker: Sam Gore
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson
Thursday, December 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson

Business Accounting and Budget

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
If accountants are like plumbers…then what does a septic system and a set of books have in common? This seminar is designed especially for entrepreneurs to take the “mystery” out of understanding bookkeeping systems and financial statements. A great foundational seminar for anyone in business that makes learning terms like “accrual basis” and “debits” as easy as (you guessed it)…flushing the toilet.
Speaker: Semone Brisson

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, October 08, 2015 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
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn the best ways to promote your small business through the major social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Instagram. Learn how to find and target your customers on the right platform. Develop a plan for how to interact online with different tools and strategies.
Speaker: Todd Lyden

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