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Start-up Assistance

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


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

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


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