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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Small Business Center at Enka
Candler

Phone: 828.398.7950
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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.

 SCROLL DOWN TO EVENTS FOR A LIST OF UPCOMING SEMINARS:

 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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Events

For a list of all seminars: click here
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On Demand, available until October 31
Finding and Attracting an Investor examines the peculiar nature of investment capital. The course presents practical tactics on how to identify and secure different types of capital including seed capital, angel capital, and venture capital. The process used by different kinds of investors is presented and the tools for completing the fund-raising process are presented. Special focus is given to the federal and state laws that govern the capital and securities process.
On Demand, available until October 31
This course describes the fundamentals of the most important aspect of any business: marketing. Learn the concepts taught in college-level courses in just a few hours including the "5Ps"--Product, Promotion, Price, Place, and Positioning. At the end of this course, you will be able to create a comprehensive marketing plan for business that encompasses a creative plan, a positioning plan, and a media marketing calendar--the essentials of any good marketing strategy.
Location: Online
On Demand, available until October 31
Understanding Intellectual Property defines exactly what a copyright, trademark, and patent are and what kinds of protection they might afford your business. The process of establishing such protection is presented for each kind of property. Also discussed are international intellectual property protection issues, as well as, important legal documents such as non-disclosure agreements. A primer concludes this course which details the prior details to prepare before meeting with intellectual property attorney.
Saturday, September 23, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Finding – and keeping – good employees is key to a successful small business. The course will cover proven methods of finding and hiring talented employees suited to your business, and helping those employees develop into the loyal assets you wish them to be.
Monday, September 25, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Join Dave Trout from Trout Insurance Services to review insurance options for your home-based business and what kind of protections are available.  These include liability, products, and inventory at your home and professional coverages. 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
How many people visited your website this week? What parts of the world are they visiting from? How long did they stay? What page keeps people's attention the longest? Google Analytics offers the free tool to track and improve business. We will start with setting up an account followed by adding the tracking code to the website. The majority of the class will cover navigating and understanding the basic reports. The main focus of this class will be an introduction to the short and long term benefits of utilizing Google Analytics to help grow website traffic. Mobile activity, social media, and live tracking will also be discussed.
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Saturday, September 30, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Building and periodically reviewing your strategy will help you grow your business and keep it competitive. This course will outline the elements a strategy must have and why those elements are important. It will also discuss how to periodically review and update that strategy. To make the concepts in the course clear and usable, we will also create a strategy for a sample small business and show you how to measure key performance indicators.
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Location

1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler, NC 28715
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