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Start-up Assistance

Thursday, August 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This seminar will give the student a basic understanding of how to complete a 501(c)(3) non-profit application. The student will learn some of the obstacles of the application, how to avoid hurdles and how to handle the unavoidable hurdles that are commonplace in pursuing a non-profit certification. At the end of the seminar, students will have an application in their hands and the knowledge to successfully submit it.
Speaker: Gypsie Murdaugh
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An excellent credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. In this three-hour seminar we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. Make plans to attend now!
Speaker: Bob Moore


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

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this class you will learn: How to deliver content that will attract more customers to your business. How to go about encouraging more reviews and best ways to deal with any negative reviews and posts on Facebook. The basics of how to use paid ads on Facebook to reach the right customers and more of them. This is not a basic Facebook fundamentals class. You should have an business page established on Facebook and understand the basics of posting and engaging on it.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, August 27, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Speaker: Mike Collins


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