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On Demand, available until June 30
Starting a business is exciting—but also demanding. This "how to start a business guide" addresses some of the most common start up steps to ensure that your company is ready for success.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Jim Myers as guest
On Demand, available until December 31
This online course summarizes IRS resources for small business owners using the following media: (1) On the web at IRS.gov, (2) Tax Publications, (3) Videos and (4) Social Media. It also provides specific resource information for the Recordkeeping and Understanding Gross Business Receipts issues. This is a self-paced course that is delivered via an electronic file that describes and links to various IRS resources.
On Demand, available until December 31
Este curso se basa en el arte de crear un plan para su negocio. El plan de negocio es un documento esencial utilizado para recaudar fondos. También comunica su misión y visión estratégica al equipo administrativo, proveedores, consumidores, y acreedores. Los 10 temas de este curso le enseña detalles y tácticas en la creación de un plan comprensivo mientras que le ayuda a evadir errores críticos de planificación que plagan la mayoría de planes de negocio. Como valor agregado, este curso incluye Activeplans, un software que le permite crear la parte narrativa y proyecciones financieras de su plan mediante la utilización de un enfoque simple que detalla paso a paso el proceso. Este software por si solo tiene un valor de $40.00. Los temas que se tratan en este curso son: Que es un plan de negocio? Diez preguntas que debe responder Determinando sus posibles lectores Elaborando su misión y visión Definiendo metas y objetivos La estructura de su plan de negocio Aspectos de la industria y sus consideraciones Fuentes de información e investigación Consolidando su plan de negocio Los errores más comunes al elaborar el plan de negocio Course Objectives Ayudarle a entender lo que es exactamente un plan de negocios. Ayudarle a decidir si necesita un plan de negocio formal y escrito, además como crearlo para persuadir a diferentes audiencias. Darle a entender las preguntas que un plan de negocio debe responder. Ilustrarlo en cuanto al contenido y estructura de un plan correctamente desarrollado. Ayudarlo a evitar los errores comunes que se encuentran en la mayoría de planes de negocio. El curso dura aproximadamente de 2 a 2.5 horas y provee más de 135 diapositivas animadas y narradas completamente.
On Demand, available until December 31
Small businesses are becoming a larger target for criminals looking to access sensitive data, because attackers are aware that small businesses have limited resources dedicated to information system security. The protection of sensitive data such as business invoices, payroll records, client and employee data and other proprietary information is essential to the success of a small business. Business owners need to know how to identify information security vulnerabilities that can put their companies at risk. In an effort to combat cyber-attacks against small businesses, The Small Business Administration (SBA) is helping to provide the protective tools and techniques needed to maintain and guard business information and systems. It has developed an online course called Cybersecurity for Small Businesses to help educate businesses on securing online information and evaluating the needed security tools and techniques. The online course teaches how to identify the types of customer information that should be secured, how to guard against intentional attacks or even unintentional damage, and offers practical steps to take to protect a business' operations. Do not assume that your business is not at risk. Many small business owners run a large part of their business over the Internet, without any security features. As a business owner, The SBA advises small business owners to understand that, while there are advantages to taking a business online, certain risks come with it.
Speaker: SBA SBA
On Demand, available until December 31
Series of Videos describing Small Business Tax Provisions as related to the Affordable Care Act. IRS Video Simplified How it may affect your Business
Monday, July 06, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Registration Required While current business owners may think they no longer need a business plan, a business plan can be of immense benefit if used properly throughout the life of a business. Not only should you have a business plan when you apply for a loan, you should have a business plan to set future goals and to plan for contingencies. The saying, “Those who fail to plan plan to fail,” is perhaps never more true than those who run a business. Take this seminar if you want to learn more about business plans.
Speaker: Jim Myers
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Grounds for Business Roundtable Join us for Free Coffee, Doughnuts, and an open Roundtable Discussion. Meeting the FIRST TUESDAY of each month this coalition desires to foster economic growth by uniting local small business owners and entrepreneurs. A keynote speaker will also be featured.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 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. This seminar was developed by Social Media and Small Business Marketing expert Martin Brossman and Small Business Funding expert Dan Scalla.
Speaker: Martin Brossman, Martin Brossman & Associates
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
The seminar will address the basics and specifics of insurance for business owners and entrepreneurs. Topics will include general liability, property and business income, worker's compensation, Business Owner's Policy, Directors and Officers and cyber-liability as well as business life insurance and disability, employee benefits and supplemental coverage. This lively, upbeat and interactive seminar will help you think about deferring risk and protecting your assets.
Speaker: Dave Trout
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Instagram… With 89% of Americans online regularly, businesses must have an internet presence to be relevant. But which social media should we concentrate on? Are we expected to juggle them all? We will learn how to use social media effectively—and which social media outlets to focus on—to grow our business and audience engagement.
Speaker: Lindsay Dinkins
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Today’s Business Owner faces overwhelming changes in Labor cost. Expensive mandatory benefits and endless wage increases cause many to scale down their Labor force. But fewer employees produce less profit, and result in business shrinkage rather than growth. What is an Owner to do when the cost of Labor rises sharply while the market remains stagnant? Tim Dannelly, seasoned Owner and author of Living The American Dream, believes this is a time of great opportunity for the truly great Entrepreneurs of America. Most great companies reach their zenith when crisis forces innovative thinkers to explore a new path to the goal. Join Tim and explore affordable ways to bring the necessary talent to your Business, regardless of economic times. You’ll learn how to: ? Make Success Achievable for Each Team Member ? Plan 100 cents Return on Every Labor Dollar ? Build a Team That Fits the Economics of Your Business Whether you employ 1 employee or 100, you need to attend this Seminar!
Speaker: Tim Dannelly
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Participants will learn how to perform a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) for their business. Learn how to think strategically instead of focusing only on the day-to-day decisions
Speaker: Jenny Barnhill
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn how to generate a dynamic Shop Local strategy to help your business, your town and your county. Because keeping more money in the local economy creates a foundation for real economic growth, it’s important to add the power of Social Media to rev up traditional local marketing efforts and build a higher level of enthusiasm for reaching current and future customers. This is where the New Media—on the air —connects with old-fashioned customer service on the ground to appeal to an ever-widening audience that is searching and making purchase decisions online.
Speaker: Martin Brossman, Martin Brossman & Associates
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Imagine if your business could increase its’ market profile, beat out the competition and lead the way in this challenging economy. Attend and learn how to create Magical Moments that will create lasting customer loyalty with your small business.
Speaker: John Formica
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Do you have questions about how to use your computer, phone, or tablet? How about servers and the cloud as well? Visit our technology clinic to have your questions answered. You may also gain some tips which will result in the growth of your small business. Please register to reserve your time with Triad Tech Guys. Registration required at sbc@forsythtech.edu for your 15-30 minute one-on-one appointment. Expected outcome: Answers to technology questions
Speaker: Tim Dixon
Thursday, July 09, 2015 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
A business plan may serve several purposes; to provide a plan to open or expand a business, to secure funding at a banking institution, or to attract investors. Each use is unique and a business plan can be customized to make sure it is conveying the proper message for the specific use. Effective business plans begin with an effective Executive Summary that serves as the initial "pitch" to a particular resource you are trying to secure for your business startup or expansion. Expected outcome: Understanding of the need and uses of a business plan
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
Thursday, July 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Whether you are starting a new business or expanding a successful existing business, it is essential to know the financial sources that are available to you. Evaluate sources of business financing to determine which would best serve your needs. Prepare for the process of securing business financing and identify the lender's considerations in granting credit. Discuss federal and state loan guarantee programs. Prepare yourself to work with an SBDC counselor to finalize your business plan and loan application.
Speaker: C Simon
Thursday, July 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This seminar is designed to help small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. It will review the six basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions and provide an overview of the resources available in North Carolina for small businesses. Finally, the seminar will cover the Rural Center’s Microenterprise Loan Program and provide details about its lending criteria and application process.
Speaker: Derek Williams
Thursday, July 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Theory is great, but hands-on work actually gets a business started. At this 3 hour workshop, you will spend quality time with a marketing consultant and a market research expert to begin a draft of your customized marketing plan. Under the direction of the facilitators, you will hone your core marketing messages, explore marketplace viability for your business, uncover competitors, describe your target market and develop marketing strategies. After this class, you will be well on your way to completing a dynamic marketing plan for your company.
Speaker: Chisa Pennix-Brown, Lady Bizness
Thursday, July 09, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn the difference between a Sole Proprietor, Partnership, and Corporation; the importance of record keeping; what you should keep and for how long. Participants will also get an overview of their tax responsibilities as a small business.
Speaker: Internal Revenue Service
Monday, July 13, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center will offer a free seminar Monday, July 13th. The seminar is designed to help small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. It will review the six basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions and provide an overview of the resources available in North Carolina for small businesses. Finally, the seminar will cover the Rural Center's Microenterprise Loan Program and provide details about its lending criteria and application process
Monday, July 13, 2015 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
No question too big or too small..."What's the quickest, fastest, easiest way to grow my business?" "How much should I charge for my product" "How do I find customers?" These are typical questions small business owners have. Now you can get your answers in an easy open-forum setting. Expected outcome: Your sales-related questions will be answered Directions - http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-businesses/small-business-center/driving-directions/
Speaker: Jim Blaylock
Monday, July 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Participants will learn how to look at their business from a financial standpoint and determine if their business idea has the potential for profit & how long it will take to get there.
Speaker: Jenny Barnhill
Monday, July 13, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
What’s the best way to reach your customers? How do you know? Marketing can make or break a business which is why a marketing plan is considered one of the most important parts of your business strategy. Learn what should be included in a marketing plan and why, and where to get the information. Discover easy steps for putting together a plan that’s right for your business.
Location: Online
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Visitors to Surry County spent more than $110 million in 2013 on food, lodging, services, gas, and more. Tourism is a growing industry in Surry County and it has a positive benefit for our local economy. Find out how your business can better serve these visitors and how to train your employees to provide good customer service.
Speaker: Jessica Roberts
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Learn how credit works, what makes a good or bad credit score and how to repair it.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
In this three-hour seminar, we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days.
Speaker: Bob Moore
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar is designed to help small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. It will review the six basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions and provide an overview of the resources available in North Carolina for small businesses. Finally, the seminar will cover the Rural Center's Microenterprise Loan Program and provide details about its lending criteria and application process.
Speaker: North Carolina Rural Center
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Participants will begin using QuickBooks accounting software as soon as they arrive. By the end of the session, they will have a business checking account and budget ready to use. See how you, the business owner or prospective business owner, can minimize your daily accounting tasks and maximize financial control of your business.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
There are steps to successfully start a new business. Learn what considerations must be made and how to take actions to improve your chances. This seminar is perfect to follow up with other SBC workshops. You may also receive free counseling to follow up as well.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn the difference between a Sole Proprietor, Partnership, and Corporation; the importance of record keeping; what you should keep and for how long. Participants will also get an overview of their tax responsibilities as a small business.
Speaker: Internal Revenue Service
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER MEETING ROOM, 1ST FLOOR - Join us for this roundtable discussion regarding the services provided by The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), a business development entity of the North Carolina Community College System. Learn about the mission of the NCMBC, and how your company could leverage military and other federal business opportunities to expand the economy, grow jobs and improve quality of life in North Carolina.
Speaker: Sandi Sanderson
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Do you have questions about how to use your computer, phone, or tablet? How about servers and the cloud as well? Visit our technology clinic to have your questions answered. You may also gain some tips which will result in the growth of your small business. Please register to reserve your time with Triad Tech Guys. Registration required at sbc@forsythtech.edu for your 15-30 minute one-on-one appointment. Expected outcome: Answers to technology questions
Speaker: Tim Dixon
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn how to find and identify Government opportunities to win for your business. Also, learn how to read a Government announcement (synopsis) & quickly identify set aside requirements and other pertinent information. You will understand the different types of synopses, and learn what is required to respond to the opportunity, and submit a bid.
Speaker: La Nell Grissom
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar focuses on how to report income and how to gather all the deductions the small business or self-employed person can claim on their taxes. Handouts and examples will help guide the participant in organizing for tax preparation.
Speaker: Angelia Alden
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Baffled with the thought of grants and not sure where to begin? This class helps you learn how to do the research, weigh the options, build relationships, 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, July 16, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Every exhibitor wants to know how they can make the most of their expo display and exhibiting experience. In this seminar, you will learn the “5 Keys” to a good show at the expo. - The Secret to Expo Success - Luck vs. Preparation: Create Your Opportunity! - Exhibit Design & Marketing Message - Show Day -Tips for Follow-up & Evaluation
Speaker: Leslie Solomon
Thursday, July 16, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Small Businesses in the Triad may not have all the available resources of a larger enterprise, however their data is just as important to protect. All though almost everyone backs up their data in some capacity, traditional data backups such as tapes, external drives, or simple cloud solutions are no longer sufficient in today’s fast pace world. Intelligent Business Continuity goes beyond data protection; delivering automated assurance continuous protection secured storage, and instant recovery. Register today to learn more.
Speaker: Beacon Technologies
Thursday, July 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The seminar will mainly focus on the process of public contracting with an emphasis on assisting business owners on how to market themselves. It will also cover various forms of contacts and include additional resources that businesses can utilize to list themselves for bidding purposes. Presented by the City of Asheville.
Speaker: Brenda Mills
Thursday, July 16, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The key to any successful business is a successful marketing program that gets measureable results and keeps marketing costs low. Every business has a marketing expense – either by direct labor or purchasing. Learn how to maximize that marketing investment and improve your strategic visibility by generating leads, closing sales opportunities, increasing customer transactions and purchasing, utilize strategic pricing techniques, and dramatically improve bottom line profits. This course is a "must see" for those small businesses seeking to gain maximum exposure of their product or service within their community and be able to better measure the effectiveness of their marketing efforts through a step by step formula – the 337 ways!
Thursday, July 16, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 112 - This seminar is for business owners who want to earn more money, regardless of outside factors. Learn how true professionals exceed expectations and consistently excel, even when times seem tough for others. Tim Dannelly, author of "Selling The American Dream", believes the American buyer will willingly pays more for a product purchased from people they know and trust. Learn proven ways to go about building a loyal customer base. Find ways to generate new clients , realize higher gross profit, and close more sales.
Speaker: Tim Dannelly, www.timdannelly.com
Thursday, July 16, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
With a focus on engagement, education, and collaboration we are co-hosting an outreach event with the City of Winston Salem, the Winston-Salem Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce exclusively for local firms. The purpose of this event is to promote relationship by providing the opportunity to learn about upcoming projects and project needs with local business owners. You will be able to explore partnership opportunities and learn what services are provided for you. City of Winston-Salem Departments that are overseeing upcoming City projects will also be available to discuss upcoming projects (including 2015 bond projects). Expected outcome: Understanding of how to do business with the City
Speaker: Various
Thursday, July 16, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. DISC 2, a tool used to manage better. DiSC is a behavior assessment tool based on the DISC theory of psychologist William Moulton Marston, which centers on four different behavioral traits: Dominance, inducement, submission, and compliance. This theory was then developed into a behavioral assessment tool by industrial psychologist Walter Vernon Clarke. It is not a personality assessment. DiSC shows your behavior when the person is in a particular environment. For example, most people would say they do not behave the same at home and at work - but they are the same single personality. Learn how to better manage you team by using DISC!!
Speaker: Dave Springett
Thursday, July 16, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amazon is the leading e-commerce website in the United States with more than $74.45 billion dollars in 2013 net sales. Amazon has more than 237 million active customer accounts worldwide. 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 ways 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, Certified eBay Specialist
Monday, July 20, 2015 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Each month, join us for a discussion with the Better Business Bureau. Previous clinics have focused on vision, change, reputation, leadership, and much more. BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. Challenge “Business as Usual” in your workplace. Today’s economy embraces a new, creative and fresh approach based on the foundations of trust and collaboration. Participate in an entrepreneurial think tank that will impact the way we lead, innovate and succeed. Expected outcome: Understanding of how the BBB can help our business to grow
Speaker: Brian Wright
Monday, July 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Required. This seminar will help new or current business owners: Identify the federal tax reporting requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for federal taxes. Identify the general state/local tax reporting requirements of a small business, and establish a plan to account and pay for state/local taxes. Identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small business.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Monday, July 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER MEETING ROOM, 1ST FLOOR - A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don'ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Speaker: John Smith
Monday, July 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Attend and develop a plan to help you know who your customers are, where they are, and how to most effectively reach them.
Speaker: Brenda Orders
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn whether contracting with the government is a viable option for your small business. View registration forms for doing business with the government, determine which small business programs may be applicable for your business, and learn marketing strategies to garner contracts.
Speaker: Ariana Billingsley
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this seminar participants will learn about Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and how to begin engaging those platforms. You will learn why each is important to you and your business.
Speaker: Matt Rudisill
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
"Drive Your Business" - Use Free Resources from the Forsyth County Public Library to: •Identify Sales Prospects •Research Competition •Find Sources of Supply •Improve Sales •Target Your Market •Create Custom Lists
Speaker: Kathleen Wheeless
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Meet with an SBA manager and discuss how to successfully obtain a commercial credit loan and how to approach your lender regarding applying for an SBA loan guaranty. Discussion points include personal and professional credit; the business plan; managing cash flow; business accounting; collateral requirements; the commercial loan process; and a discussion of small business lending programs available with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Much of small business lending is not through a bank. This key topic on "alternative lenders and brokers” provides you access to capital when your bank does not.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Never again fall victim to or be caught off guard with difficult customers. Attend and learn why these customers act the way they do, how to communicate with tact and skill and much, much more.
Speaker: Lin Mitchell
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Are you thinking about getting into business for yourself? This seminar covers the issues that an individual should consider before thinking about opening the doors. In other words, this seminar is the starting point on your journey into business ownership. Learn how to identify critical issues and make the right decisions as you prepare to start your business. Expected outcome: Gain start-up knowledge. Directions - http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-businesses/small-business-center/driving-directions/
Speaker: Small Business and Technology Development Center
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Join us for this panel discussion that features Small Business Center clients that have started businesses. We will explore their challenges and successes. We will also discuss how the Small Business Center helped them get started and still provides support. Expected outcome: Awareness of startup challenges and successes
Speaker: Allan Younger
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
This seminar will cover the basics of starting a business. How to get incorporated, form a LLC, get a federal ID number, licenses and permits, etc.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Marketing can increase small business growth. Unfortunately, most small businesses have tow major challenges - limited time and resources. So choosing a target customer you can actually hit is important. Attendees will learn how to develop a marketing plan as a sales tool, ho to identify your target market customer, how to figure out your niche, how to find your customers online, and how to build sales activities that achieve your marketing goals. By developing a marketing plan you will define your target customer, your niche, your differentiation and most importantly how you are going to tell the world you are open for business. Plus, you'll find out how much capital you'll need to put your plan into action. Sponsored by the Unite States Small Business Administration.
Speaker: Patrick Rodriguez, SBA
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Required. 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: Lora Howard
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Required. Learn the fastest, easiest way to manage your business! This course provides small business owners with an introduction to one of the most popular small business accounting applications that tracks general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and checking accounts and provides easy-to-use reporting features.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This seminar will focus on getting your bookkeeping system set up correctly by discussing the chart of accounts, general administrative and selling expenses, fixed assets versus operating expenses, and options for inventory management. participants will learn the importance of getting the bookkeeping system set up correctly and how to use their system to make comparisons to industry standards and minimize tax preparation time and expense. This seminar is a prerequisite for the hands-on workshop.
Speaker: Rosalie Lulis
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 318 - 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, starting up and using a PayPal account, shipping tips and pricing philosophies that will make you an eBay Top Rated Seller.
Speaker: Nick Hawks, Education Specialist Trained by eBay
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
New customers are a major part of business growth. Participants will learn how to identify their ideal client, and how to reach, capture and keep them.This seminar is perfect to follow up with other SBC workshops. You may also receive free counseling to follow up as well.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Communicating effectively through the ability to make great presentations is a skill that most business owners need Improvement on. This seminar will help you enhance your skills and learn new computer techniques in this important area.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Do you have questions about how to use your computer, phone, or tablet? How about servers and the cloud as well? Visit our technology clinic to have your questions answered. You may also gain some tips which will result in the growth of your small business. Please register to reserve your time with Triad Tech Guys. Registration required at sbc@forsythtech.edu for your 15-30 minute one-on-one appointment. Expected outcome: Answers to technology questions
Speaker: Tim Dixon
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Support agencies are often asked about free money to start or operate a business. Kathleen Wheeless will discuss funding options available in our community.
Speaker: Kathleen Wheeless
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 318 - This session is for individuals having knowledge/experience of selling on eBay who want to establish a continual retail presence on eBay. Topics in this fast-paced session will include: starting and growing an eBay business, finding merchandise to sell, creating professional listings, marketing your business on eBay, managing active listings, resolving issues and feedback, and protecting your eBay business. Plus learn those "tricks of the trade" that you have to know to become an eBay PowerSeller.
Speaker: Nick Hawks, Education Specialist Trained by eBay
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. 15 Ways Nonverbal Communication Benefits You & Your Business Learn how facial expressions, gestures, body language, posture, appearance, eye contact, and tone of voice affect the success of your business.
Speaker: Janet Harlee
Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this seminar participants will learn the basics of setting up a Facebook business page, as well as information about promotions, advertisements, and making a huge impact for your business online.
Speaker: Matt Rudisill
Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This training focuses on preparing artists on how to be public artists. We will review contracting basics that will mainly pertain to artists, discuss the City's public art program and 1% for art policy and review an actual call for artists process.
Speaker: Brenda Mills
Thursday, July 23, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
During this monthly series, we will discuss issues that business owners and their employees will find very helpful. These may include the Affordable Care Act: How it Affects Business Owners and Employees, Small Business Employee Benefits: Attracting and Retaining Key Employees, Maximizing Your Business Retirement Plan, Social Security Planning, Financial Planning for Women, Retirement Planning for Entrepreneurs, Small Business Tax Planning, Business Legal Structures: Which is Best?, Business Law 101, Encore Entrepreneur (starting a business after age 50), Disaster Planning for Small Businesses, Business Valuation and Succession Planning, Financing Options for Business Owners, and Bookkeeping for Small Businesses. Expected outcome: Understanding of how financial planning will increase business success
Speaker: Wanda Sigmon, CPA
Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Required. If you want to succeed in business, you need to know about financial management. No matter how skilled you are at creating a product, providing a service, or marketing your wares, the money you earn will slip between your fingers if you don't know how to efficiently collect it, keep track of it, save it and spend or invest it wisely. This seminar will help current or future business owners understand what they need to record and how to do it properly.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 318 - This hands-on course is a fantastic way to provide a step-by-step approach to those individuals who are ready to become eBay Store owners. You will learn how to start, brand, and optimize your eBay store website. Understand how to market your eBay store more effectively with email newsletters, traffic reports, and the markdown manager sales tool. Learn how to use the "Quick Store Tune-up" feature and "Manage My Store" page to customize your eBay Store, plus learn tips for search engine optimization (SEO) that will bring even more internet shoppers to your eBay Store via Google, Yahoo, and Bing search engines. Explore how the eBay apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and BlackBerry let you create a listing with a simple form. Learn how to research sales trends and completed listings for similar items to set a competitive price for your item and take pictures with your device and add them to your listing. It's fast and easy. Scan your item's barcode to add product details that are in eBay's catalog automatically. You can finish a listing you started before, either on your mobile device or on your home computer. The eBay app is synchronized to the eBay website, making it easy to move between them when creating a listing. Predefine and save your listing preferences like handling time and return policy. Use the "Sell one like this" feature to auto-fill some of your item details. Accept PayPal as a payment method. Track your active listings. Relist items. Provide tracking information to buyers and respond to questions right away.
Speaker: Nick Hawks, Education Specialist Trained by eBay
Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Consumers today are looking to experience rural life. Whether picking berries, getting lost in a corn maze, taking a trail ride, or just experiencing what one’s parents or grandparents did, people are turning to rural attractions as tourist destinations. See how agritourism can lead to an exciting new enterprise and learn about local, successful agritourism ventures.
Speaker: Jennifer Holcomb
Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
If you are thinking of becoming a landlord, this seminar will teach you the essentials that you should know before buying your first property or it will assist you if you are an existing landlord. Taught by an experienced landlord, the course will cover the following: a comparison of the rate of return for investment properties versus other investments; considerations for selection of specific rental properties; financial analysis for an investment property including a cash flow analysis; how to establish procedures for repair and maintenance and dealing with repair problems; how to screen and select good tenants and reject potential bad tenants; the importance of rental applications and lease agreements; and the eviction process and strategies for avoiding legal issues. A sample lease will be provided.
Speaker: Mike Tucker, Tyner & Associates
Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
We will define an Independent Contractor and an employee and explain the importance of knowing the difference between the two. Participants will leave with an understanding of what is required when hiring an independent contractor or an employee as it relates to federal taxes.
Speaker: Internal Revenue Service
Monday, July 27, 2015 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Protect your data, your privacy and your productivity. Data backups, internet browsing safely, password security, identity theft protection, wireless protection, firewall protection, electrical precautions, disaster recovery, business continuity, facilities security.
Speaker: John McCann
Monday, July 27, 2015 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
No question too big or too small..."What's the quickest, fastest, easiest way to grow my business?" "How much should I charge for my product" "How do I find customers?" These are typical questions small business owners have. Now you can get your answers in an easy open-forum setting. Expected outcome: Your sales-related questions will be answered Directions - http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-businesses/small-business-center/driving-directions/
Speaker: Jim Blaylock
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this seminar participants will become familiar with the basics of these three social media outlets. Attendees will learn how and why to use Pinterest, how to set up and maintain a blog, and the huge benefits of mobile marketing.
Speaker: Matt Rudisill
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
There are lots of small businesses you can start for under $100. In this seminar, you will discover: how to find the business that fits you; where to find resources to get started; how to plan your small business like a big business; and the Five Resources everyone has to work with.
Speaker: Mike Collins
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
What does it take to be an entrepreneur? How do I need a business plan? What are the requirements to operate a small business? Where can I get money? Who are grants for? These are all great questions and this seminar will get you started toward finding the answers. Sponsored by the Women's Business Center and the Wayne County Public Library.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
We will define an Independent Contractor and an employee and explain the importance of knowing the difference between the two. Participants will leave with an understanding of what is required when hiring an independent contractor or an employee as it relates to federal taxes.
Speaker: Internal Revenue Service
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Build your marketing plan by identifying marketing elements, segmenting target markets and developing strategies to reach your customers. This seminar is perfect to follow up with other SBC workshops. You may also receive free counseling to follow up as well.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Do you have questions about how to use your computer, phone, or tablet? How about servers and the cloud as well? Visit our technology clinic to have your questions answered. You may also gain some tips which will result in the growth of your small business. Please register to reserve your time with Triad Tech Guys. Registration required at sbc@forsythtech.edu for your 15-30 minute one-on-one appointment. Expected outcome: Answers to technology questions
Speaker: Tim Dixon
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Required. Marketing Your Business Using Free Online Directories When visitors are considering spending money in your town, they go first to their phones and tablets (which draw from online directories), to make their decision. Is your business ready to be found? Find out how to make the directories work for you with Martin Brossman.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
What are the different behavioral styles and how do they effect the environment in your small business? This session will identify the different styles and the traits attributable to each style. Learn how to best communicate with each style and how to adapt to each style.
Speaker: Linda Stinson
Thursday, July 30, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this seminar participants will learn how to use their online knowledge to grow their business and take it to the next level. We will discuss tips and tactics to use social media wisely and productively.
Speaker: Matt Rudisill
Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This seminar introduces you to the world of doing business on Ebay. You will learn basic techniques for beginner businesses to operate and succeed.
Speaker: Nick Hawkes
Thursday, July 30, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Home-Based Businesses What do Apple Computer, Hershey's, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and the Ford Motor Company have in common? These well-known corporations all started out as home-based businesses. In fact, more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner's home. Starting a home-based business has many rewards as well as challenges. This guide provides resources that will help you learn more about working out of your house, starting a home-based business and managing your business within the law.
Speaker: Steve Carver

Start-up Assistance

On Demand, available until December 31
This course provides the advice and strategies of the some of the leading entrepreneurs concerning what it really takes to start a new venture. Starting A New Business moves you through the important tasks of building a strong foundation for a business to the more tactical aspects concerning marketing, managing, and money. This course will also show you how to protect your ideas, how to hire employees, how to find out what licenses and regulations may apply, as well as, provide more than 50 resources of free information that are available to you in making your new business a reality. Topics covered by this course include: Defining the mission, vision, and goals Understanding the management trinity Determining feasibility and risk Marketing products and services Managing and operating the business Handling the money and the finances Hiring and managing employees Getting licenses and permits Protecting your ideas Growing by adaptation and experimentation Course Objectives To assist in the development of a mission, vision and set of goals for starting a new venture. To present the necessary tasks you must accomplish and what aspects of risk you need to consider. To understand the management trinity: money, marketing, and management. To present the legal aspects of obtaining licenses and permits and how to hire employees. To show how to protect your business ideas. To demonstrate how successful entrepreneurs grow their businesses by adaptation and experimentation. Course is approximately 3.0 hours to 3.5 hours in length and provides over 192 animated slides complete with voiceover narration.
On Demand, available until December 31
The Entrepreneurial Strategies Topic: Managing a Business On Demand, available until December 31 Online This course describes the available entrepreneurial strategies and how they are applied in the marketplace. For anyone starting or growing a business venture, the knowledge and skills underlying the entrepreneurial strategies are an essential part of any entrepreneur's toolkit. Besides presenting the available strategies and their application, this course presents the sources of innovation and an overview of how decisions are made and how those decisions change over the course of a venture's life-cycle. Topics covered by this course include: What is entreprenuerial strategy? Begin first with the most Hitting them where they ain't Occupying a specialized niche Changing the economic characteristics Sources of innovation What makes an entreprenuer How entreprenuers craft strategy Strategic entreprenuerial decisions Social entreprenuership and innovation
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Do you have a good idea for a business, but don’t know where to start? What does it take to be an entrepreneur and who can be one? Join this seminar and find out! Topics covered include products/services, basics of ownership structure, business plan, financial statements, and much more.
Speaker: CEED
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.
Speaker: Lady Bizness, Inc.
Thursday, July 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar will give an overview of the various topics on which to focus when attempting to start a business. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Jim Ensor
Thursday, July 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS $199 (FREE—See Below) FOR UNDER $100! Can you still start a business for under $100? Can one of those pieces of paper with Benjamin Franklin’s picture on it be your first step to owning your own business? The answer is YES! There are lots of small business that you can start for under $100. The sources of the business can be right in front of you in your home, yard, hobbies or past or current work experiences. During this seminar you will learn how to find a business that fits you, where to find resources to get you started, how to plan your small business like it is a big business and how to make a small business larger. Businesses such as personal services, business services, computer businesses and service businesses will all be covered. You will also learn how to write a simple business plan and where to start. The presenter of this seminar will be Mike Collins, President of the Perfect Workday Company and creator of a number of $100 businesses. Join with us for this informative and inspiring seminar. This presentation is open to the public and provided FREE of charge due to special funding arrangements for the Small Business Center and Robeson Community College. To reserve your seat, or for additional information, please call 910-272-3631 or email bmoore@robeson.edu. Seating may be limited.
Speaker: Mike Collins
Thursday, July 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
From landscaping to catering companies, all businesses need a website, and there is no easier platform these days than WordPress. With the ability to easily add content, Google maps, videos and photos, there is no reason why your business should not have an impressive website with full details and ways for potential clients to contact you.
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This session will cover the basics of this online marketplace and how to become an eBay seller. You will learn how to do effective research and improve your listing with better descriptions and photography. Come and learn from a seasoned pro and have lot of fun doing so.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, 1 sessions ending Thursday, July 16
This class will provide participants with an introduction to business ownership and guide them through the start-up process. Topics include: entrepreneurship assessment, business feasibility, the business plan, understanding your market, business legal structure, and sources of funding. Participants will be provided with a number of resources and tools to compliment the training topics. This is a special program offered by the Small Business Administration and the Department of Defense in cooperation with Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station for active duty military, veterans, and their immediate family members only.
Speaker: Steve Gill & Pete Ellis, Jr.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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