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Managing a Business

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This deals more with the mental and emotional aspects of starting and running a business rather than the Xs and Os, such as the legal structure of the business.
Speaker: Mark Csordos; Mark Csordos has authored three books, two on Entrepreneurship and one on Goal Setting. He has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue and Entrepreneur. He has spoken around the country on topics such as Entrepreneurship, Goal Setting and Time Management, and Sales.

Customer Relations

Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Speaker: Russ Seagle; Russ Seagle is a small business expert who has been improving business performance since 1998. He works with owners of small companies to drive change and pursue profitable growth.businesses. He also works with "non-profits" to improve their organizational structure, develop effective boards, and get more done with tight budgets. Russ has personally hired over 300 employees, and he brings his first-hand experience to bear on your most challenging staffing needs.

Tax Planning

Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Keeping good financial records is a critical step in managing a successful enterprise. This seminar addresses the financial records needed for good business management. Participants develop systems and practices for collecting necessary information for tax reporting and business decision-making.
Speaker: Arlene Childers

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
A great seminar for the “dabbler” or the entrepreneur wanting to make eBay a primary business tool. During this fast-paced session, learn best practices to use when setting up an account, listing items for sale, taking payments, and shipping. Topics will include eBay appraisals and research, registering on eBay and starting a seller’s account, choosing formats & categories, writing descriptions that sell, submitting photos, feedback, using PayPal, shipping tips and pricing philosophies that will make you an eBay Top Rated Seller!!
Speaker: Nick Hawks, eBay Education Specialist trained by eBay. Hawks is also an eBay PowerSeller and a Top Rated Seller with 15 years of experience buying and selling on eBay.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Etsy is a rapidly growing online marketplace for selling handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies. With more than 30 million members, there’s no better place to launch your own creative small business. In fact, sellers took home over 860 million in sales in 2012 alone. Attend this class to learn how to sell your art work, jewelry, crafts, and vintage items in this easy fast paced class!!!! See just how easy it is to Grow Your Brand with a wealth of new customers and promotional tools. Learn how to register and start selling on Etsy. Share the story of your craft in your profile, item photos, and shop banner. Escape the 9-5 grind and focus on your passion. You will be guided through planning the basics of your small business strategy and given an in-depth look at Etsy’s tools to help you succeed online.
Speaker: Nick Hawks; Nick Hawks, eBay Education Specialist trained by eBay. Hawks is also an eBay PowerSeller and a Top Rated Seller with 15 years of experience buying and selling on eBay and other websites.


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