Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Small Business Center at Enka
Welcome to the Small Business Center at A-B Tech! We are here to assist you in starting your own business or to help you expand your existing business.
The Small Business Center offers a number of services at no cost including confidential counseling, seminars on a variety of business topics as well as a resource library of electronic and print materials specifically dedicated to small businesses.
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In addition, we would like to announce a new on-demand, no cost entrepreneurial training program available to Small Business Center clients:
HP LIFE (Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs)
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. Register!
Speaker(s): VariousCo-Sponsor(s): NACCE, HP LIFE
For list of all seminars: click here
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Ever wonder exactly how to get people to your business' website? This course will be an introduction to Google Pay-Per-Click or PPC advertising. We will start by setting up a brand new PPC account, executing some keyword research on a particular industry and creating a starter batch of ads to be used on the "experimental ad group". The goal is to offer a well-rounded understanding of how to setup Google Pay-Per Click campaigns to help drive search traffic to your website and/or blog. Laptop recommended but not required
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Starting a nonprofit organization can be rewarding and fulfilling. Review the basics on how to start such an organization, how to manage it and what resources are available.
Speaker: Mike Sowinski
Friday, March 31, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
If you're starting a business, you'll probably need a loan - a credit card to help with cash flow, a line of credit in case of emergencies, or for start-up capital. New business owners haven't had a chance to build their business credit so lenders base creditworthiness on personal credit. This seminar will tell you how to maintain and build your personal credit so you can get those first loans. You'll also receive information on how, once established in business, you can build your business credit to make sure you continue to have the capital needed to be successful.
Speaker: OnTrack WNC
Thursday, April 06, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Looking for a free powerful tool to quickly attract clients, market your small business, and grow your brand? In this free seminar you will learn everything you need to know about harnessing the power of Pinterest. this course shows you everything you need to get results from Pinterest. Pinterest is an easy way to get your product in front of your audience and drive traffic to your website. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to create a compelling, dynamic Pinterest business presence that will drive sales, spark conversation, and attract loyal customers.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Discover the programs and services offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration for start-up and existing small businesses. Find out which SBA-sponsored and SBA-funded resources are available for counseling and training small business owners in all areas of small business management (including business planning). find out what it takes to obtain a small business loan and to access SBA financing sources in particular. Discover the SBA's government contracting, minority and other certification programs which can enable your small business to obtain federal government contract work.
Speaker: Steve White
Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to grow your small business and finally get noticed. Did you know that LinkedIn has surpassed Facebook as the preferred place for providing small business content? With over 380 million users you can't afford to ignore this powerful e-commerce tool. In this seminar, you will learn how to create an "Online Presence" that will attract customers to you. Come and learn the five most important things to do on LinkedIn so that you can be found.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Thursday, May 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
In this fast paced class you'll learn how to register online, choose the account that fits your goals, and list an item on Amazon to maximize your probability. You'll learn how to ship your items and minimize your expenses. Learn how to make the most money with every sale. Amazon is the fastest way to start selling online. Sell just a few items and pay no monthly fee with the Individual plan or choose the Small Business subscription for unlimited selling.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler, NC 28715