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Start-up Assistance

Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Describes traits, skills and knowledge of successful entrepreneurs and provides self-assessment tools to gauge your readiness to start a business. Are you ready to start your own business? What does it take to start a business? This seminar covers the important topics to consider.
Speaker: Herman Metzler
Thursday, June 04, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This presentation outlines what a business plan is and why every small business needs one. It then describes the outline of a typical business plan and what content should be considered for each section.
Speaker: Herman Metzler
Thursday, June 18, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This presentation outlines what a business plan is and why every small business needs one. It then describes the outline of a typical business plan and what content should be considered for each section.
Speaker: Herman Metzler

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

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM
The North Carolina Department of Revenue and North Carolina Secretary of State will present a seminar entitled "Business Essentials”. Each agency will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be compliant. Department of Revenue – Covers the basics of tax compliance ranging from registering your business, to withholding from employees, and sales and use tax requirements. Information will be provided on a program for businesses that have fallen behind on sales and use, withholding, and other trust taxes. Secretary of State - Covers registration of business entities and the requirements for doing so. Also will provide an overview of the things small businesses need to consider when conducting securities offering in order to raise capital to finance their businesses. At the end of the seminar, there will be a question and answer session with the presenters and networking possibilities with other business owners. Don't miss this great opportunity.
Speaker: NC Department of Revenue
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The North Carolina Department of Revenue and North Carolina Secretary of State will present a seminar entitled "Business Essentials”. Each agency will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be compliant. Department of Revenue – Covers the basics of tax compliance ranging from registering your business, to withholding from employees, and sales and use tax requirements. Information will be provided on a program for businesses that have fallen behind on sales and use, withholding, and other trust taxes. Secretary of State - Covers registration of business entities and the requirements for doing so. Also will provide an overview of the things small businesses need to consider when conducting securities offering in order to raise capital to finance their businesses. At the end of the seminar, there will be a question and answer session with the presenters and networking possibilities with other business owners. Don't miss this great opportunity.
Speaker: NC Department of Revenue

Marketing and Sales

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.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Social Media Marketing for Success This presentation is a guide for small businesses or nonprofits who are aware of social media marketing, but need some tips to take them to an intermediate level and/or add new channels to their marketing efforts. You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your business or nonprofit, and perhaps have even been using some...and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don’ts of each channel. You’ll also get tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working. Core concepts introduced include: • A closer look at the 6 most popular social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest • Within each network: ?- How to tell if it’s right for your business - What kind of content to create and post - Etiquette?- How to tell if your content is working?- Suggestions on what to do next • Why social media & email marketing must be used together ?Intended Audience: The content is targeted at the beginner- to comfortable small-business marketer who is looking to build their marketing knowledge, or to reinforce what it is they already know.
Speaker: Aaron Wesley Means, CEO of ACTIVATE Business Solutions
Thursday, June 25, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Social Media 102 – You’re Social, Now What? You’ve been using social networks to use for your organization, and you’re ready to take the next step and revisit your strategies . Where do you go from there? This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. I’ll show you the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and donts of each channel. You’ll also get tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working. Intended Audience: The content is targeted at the beginner or intermediate to comfortable small-business marketer who is looking to build their marketing knowledge, or to reinforce what it is they already know.
Speaker: Aaron Wesley Means, CEO of ACTIVATE Business Solutions

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