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On Demand, available until June 30
This course is about the craft of creating a plan for your business. The business plan is the essential document used to raise money for a business and communicate your business vision and strategy to your management team, suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders. This ten-part course walks you through the details and tactics of creating a comprehensive plan while helping you avoid the critical planning mistakes that plague most business plans. As an added bonus, this course comes with Activeplans Business Planning Software which helps you create a plan narrative and financial projections through a simple step-by-step approach--a $40.00 value by itself! Topics covered by this course include: What is a business plan? The questions you must answer Determining your audience Crafting your mission and vision Setting goals and objectives The structure of your business plan Industry aspects and considerations Sources of research information Bringing the plan together The most common mistakes Course Objectives To help you understand exactly what a business plan is. To help you decide if you need a formal, written business plan and how to cater it toward different audiences. To give you an understanding of what questions a business plan must address. To illustrate the content and structure of a well-developed plan. To help you avoid the common mistakes most business plans make.
Location: Online
On Demand, available until June 30
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 you will immediately have access to a series of training videos, resources, and tax tips supplied by the IRS. There is also a PDF file with links to various other services provided by the IRS. Hello everyone and welcome to Small Business Taxes: The Virtual Workshop. We designed this workshop to help you, a new business owner, understand and meet your federal tax obligations. This workshop is constructed so that the first three lessons... What You Need to Know about Federal Taxes and Your New Business, What You Need to Know about Schedule C and Other Small Business Taxes and Tax Forms; And How to File and Pay Your Taxes Electronically are for everyone, no matter what kind of business you have or whether you have employees. Then, in What You Need to Know When You Run Your Business Out of Your Home and How to Set Up a Retirement Plan for You and Your Employees, we'll discuss some information that may be relevant to you now-- or that may become relevant once your business has become established. The final four lessons... What You Need to Know about Federal Taxes when Hiring Employees or Independent Contractors, How to Manage Payroll so You Withhold the Correct Amount from Employees, How to Make Tax Deposits and File a Return to Report Your Payroll Taxes. And Hiring People Who Live in the U.S. but Who Aren't U.S. Citizens, ....are for those employers who already have, or who are thinking about hiring, employees. Because this is a virtual workshop, you can choose the lessons that apply to you.
Speaker: IRS
Location: Online
On Demand, available until June 30
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
Location: Online
On Demand, available until June 30
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.
Location: Online
On Demand, available until March 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 May 01
If your business has plateaued, and you and your team are operating at maximum capacity, come learn how to break that cycle and structure your business for growth! In this powerful 2-hour seminar, you’ll learn time-tested principles of how to grow your buisness, including... The 6 steps to building a business that gets extraordinary results Ideal time management, and where you fall on the time target How to turn your marketing into an investment, not an expense How to get leverage in your business, to achieve more with less Steps to financial mastery, understanding the numbers that drive your business, and how you can directly impact the key profit-drivers Who should attend this seminar: Business owners or executives who are ready for the next level of growth. You've already achieved a level of success, but your business still relies on your direct involvement in order to grow, or even maintain your current level of success.
Speaker: Dave Springett
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Secrets of Great Customer Service This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to improve their customer relationships, build customer loyalty and increase sales. Today, businesses cannot survive for long without great customer service. Learn what you need to do to keep your current customers happy, attract new ones and keep both groups coming back. Examine some of the typical reasons that customers leave and what you can do to prevent it from happening. Evaluate customer service from different perspectives and share stories concerning examples of how customer service can impact a small business – the good, the bad and the ugly. Emily Ballance is an outstanding professional speaker who will provide you with a wide range of information that can help you improve the customer service portion of your business. Instructor: Emily Ballance Date: March 31, 2015 Time: Tuesday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Do you have a local business and are trying to get the word out about it? Looking for new clients, or trying to show that your business has a new and improved look? From landscaping to catering companies, everybody needs 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 looking website with full details and ways for potential clients to contact you. Let Boomer Sassmann of Big Boom Design take you through the process.
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn what is required of the small business owner when filing taxes, what tax dates are important, and what records should be kept, and the actual process of filing. Learn what triggers tax audits and steps to take in order to prevent or survive an audit.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Market Your Business by Networking in Your Community If you are spending lots of time on internet marketing and social networking, you may be missing the customers, benefits, connections and potential sales within your local community. Successful small business owners must devote time to both of these areas to be profitable. Learn how you can reach potential customers in your local community and gain their trust using face to face networking. Instructor: Emily Ballance Date: March 31 Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The NC Department of Revenue and NC 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.   • Secretary of State - Covers registration of business entities and the requirements for doing so.  At the end of the seminar, there will be a question and answer session with the presenters and networking possibilities with other business owners. 
Speaker: Karen Bargsley, NC Department of Revenue
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
This seminar will be held in the Jernigan Building, room 126 at Roanoke-Chowan Community College. It will help you organize your ideas, facts, figures and dreams into a well-organized business plan. You will learn procedures and necessary documents to help you create and present your business plan to others.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
As an entrepreneur, time can be one of your most precious assets. Effective time management involves planning the amount of time you spend on both the urgent and the important tasks associated with running a business. Oh! And don't forget your personal life. This seminar will cover methods and processes for effective time management to increase productivity. Have you felt like you were very active and did not waste any time but the to-do list kept getting longer? At the end of this 3-hour seminar you will walk away with a process that, if followed, will "up" your productivity by at least 30%.
Speaker: Richard Morreale
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
As a business owner, are you confused about federal taxes? Employer vs employee taxes (940 & 941), income taxes, estimated taxes, self-employment taxes, along with their due dates can be hard to keep up with. In this seminar, you will find out about federal tax reporting, employer and employee taxes. and resources available through the IRS.
Speaker: Ernest Wood
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
This seminar focuses on how to manage good credit for the small business owner. Also, learn what your credit report says about your business.
Speaker: Alyssa Mako
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Selling to the Federal Government - NCMBC Overview The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) connects small and mid-size businesses with military and other federal business opportunities. The NCMBC will provide an overview of its services and explain how to evaluate military and other federal business opportunities. NCMBC services include: a business assistance team that finds opportunities, notifies businesses and helps them develop winning proposals; running the State’s official, FREE web portal, www.MatchForce.org, which automatically matches NC businesses to federal opportunities; and conducting strategic initiatives to position North Carolina businesses to win government business contracts. Instructor: Linn Owen - NCMBC Date: April 1, 2015 Time: Wednesday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 154
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to Start Your Own Business This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn the basic procedures required to start their own business. Learn the best way to start a business with minimum risk and limited investment, by starting your business venture on a small scale with existing resources. Analyze potential opportunities to utilize your skills and resources to start a business. Learn the importance of developing a written business plan before starting your business venture. Evaluate the benefits of starting your business without quitting your present job, so you can pay your bills as your business grows. Instructor: Mike Bowyer Date: April 1, 2015 Time: Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Eighth and final course in 8- Week Business Plan Series - you will learn how to determine the feasibility of a business idea, analyze and develop marketing strategies, consider important operational issues and become more familiar with business financials. You will also learn how to develop a full business plan that brings all the elements together, as well as how to make a presentation of your business idea.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 112 - A basic introduction to designing web pages and an overall website for your business, using free and low cost software.
Speaker: Rick Doble
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Friday, April 03
Inventors Liftoff, a collaboration between The Forge and the Greensboro Partnership Entrepreneur Connection, is an event to inspire, inform, and showcase inventors and innovators in Greensboro, NC and the Triad Region. This free event will take place April 1-3 2015 at Gibbs Hundred Brewery and The Forge, and is open to the public. Registration is required. “All inventors are called ‘fools’ until they make money, so we couldn’t think of a better day to launch this support event than April Fools Day,” said Joel Leonard, Community Development Coordinator at The Forge. Successful inventors will share their stories and inspire other promising inventors to transform their own ideas to actuality. Inventors at every stage will receive tactical advice from experts on topics including intellectual property protection, industrial design, prototyping, finding investment funding, as well as marketing and communication. “We are excited to see what local innovators are working on, and to showcase the success of other local inventors,” Leonard added. “It’s time to raise awareness about the great startups and entrepreneurs coming out of the Triad.”
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This class will focus on understanding how alternative lenders and Banks/Credit Unions differ with respect to the 5 C's of Credit for start-ups and existing small businesses.
Speaker: Edward Timberlake, Jr.
Thursday, April 02, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Join our conversation about best practices to develop and maintain customer loyalty. During this monthly series, past discussions include LinkedIn, Marketing Collateral, Business Pitches, Ways to Grow Our Businesses, Networking, Customer Engagement, and Business Research. In addition to finding customers, we must know what is involved in enhancing our relationships. Discussion topics will be based largely upon experiences and interests of the roundtable participants. The purpose of the Small Business Center is “Increasing Business Success” and we will explore ways to do this during each roundtable.
Speaker: Allan Younger
Thursday, April 02, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Business Readiness Certification, in collaboration with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Community Development Fund and GTCC Small Business Center, the GCDF BRC is a 10 week business program, providing education and business preparation for small business owners and start-up. How does a marketing strategy help position your business for success? Before your spend money on the next media opportunity, have a strategic plan.
Speaker: Doug Bartow
Thursday, April 02, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Dynamite Marketing on a Firecracker Budget This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who need to improve their focus on the major objectives of their business. Learn how to market your business economically with a low-cost marketing plan. Learn how to find new customers and reinforce relationships with existing customers by utilizing inexpensive marketing techniques. Learn what marketing strategies will generate the most profits for your business. Mike Collins is an entrepreneur who has personally started eight small businesses. Mike Collins is an outstanding speaker whose extensive research and preparation assure that his presentations are full of useful information. His genuine desire to help people and his sense of humor combine to make his presentations an overwhelming success every time. Please do not miss this seminar if you want to learn how to get more results from your marketing endeavors without spending more money. Instructor: Mike Collins Date: April 2, 2015 Time: Thursday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
Thursday, April 02, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thursday, April 02, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
What are the requirements for food product labeling that you must meet to sell food to the public? What resources are available to help you determine nutritional content and ingredients, and create a label for your product? We will show you what are the steps to have your products tested and how to create a label.
Speaker: Allyson Grindstaff
Thursday, April 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
It occurs to most individuals that there is “free” money—from government and nonprofit foundations—that is available to support creative projects and professional development. However, it requires writing grants, and it’s not a skill or experience that many people have. If it’s something you’re curious about, here’s a primer.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Sam Gore as guest speaker
Thursday, April 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Paying the proper taxes is the number one issue for most small business owners. This seminar is designed to help the small business owner understand what is required of them when filing taxes, what tax dates are important, what records should be kept and the actual process of filing. You will also learn what triggers tax audits and steps to take in order to prevent or survive and audit. Some of the topics discussed will include: 1. What are the tax requirements? 2. How important are filing dates? 3. What records need to be kept and for how long? 4. Should I use an accountant? 5. What tax forms do I use? 6. How do I estimate and file my quarterly taxes? 7. How can I survive a tax audit? 8. What kind of deductions can I legally take? 9. How do I handle employee taxes? Many other topics and questions will be addressed during the seminar.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Thursday, April 02, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar identifies the marketing tools relative to specified business needs, with the introduction of demographic, location, and advertising selection activities.
Speaker: Candace Thomas
Friday, April 03, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Entrepreneurship Certificate series is a six-part series offering a complete overview of business skills. This free series may be taken as a whole or you may register for single sessions. We encourage you to take these entire six seminars to gain full knowledge of the startup and business operations process. This session focuses on the following: - Concepts Needed to Manage Financial Risk - How to Move from Personal Finance to Business Finance - Different Areas of Your Financial Plan - Tracking Your Money - How and Where to Find Potential Funding **A certificate will be given for attending all six sessions. **
Speaker: Debbie Wright
Saturday, April 04, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
As a small business owner, you wear many hats and probably wear all the hats. How can you get all the things done that need to get done? This interactive session will give you the tools to handle all the tasks that need doing in an effective and efficient manner.
Speaker: Linda Stinson
On Demand, available until April 13
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
Monday, April 06, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your organization, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This seminar will take a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. It will highlight the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don'ts of each channel. There also will be tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working. This session is best suited for beginners who have begun to use social media for business but are ready to go a little further.
Speaker: Mary Ann Gerney
Monday, April 06, 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. Directions - http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-businesses/small-business-center/driving-directions/
Speaker: Jim Blaylock
Monday, April 06, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your organization, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This seminar will take a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. It will highlight the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don'ts of each channel. There also will be tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working. This session is best suited for beginners who have begun to use social media for business but are ready to go a little further.
Speaker: Mary Ann Gerney
Monday, April 06, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Monday, April 27
Take the fear out of financial accounting! Monday's in April this 4-week series gives you the tools to understand the financial health of your small business. Start with the basics of bookkeeping and then launch into QuickBooks in order to learn more advanced financial management systems. You will cover bookkeeping basics, customer issues (invoicing and receivables), vendor issues (payables), and how to produce and understand financial statements.
Speaker: Candy Williams
Monday, April 06, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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
Monday, April 06, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
When it comes to social media for business, LinkedIn cannot be ignored. Join Denise Adcock, owner of Healthy Business, as she shares her best tips for getting the most from LinkedIn. Learn how to create a winning profile, build a community, engage followers, make key connections, and more. Discover the real power of this site for your business. This seminar is designed for beginners.
Speaker: Denise Adcock
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Do you have what it takes to be a business owner? This seminar will practice identifying business opportunities in the Richmond/Scotland County area and develop decision-making and problem-solving skills under real world pressure. Will the business idea you’ve come up with work? The analysis we will complete in this seminar will help you determine whether your business will make money or lose money each month during the first year in business. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Earn Your Certificate! This seminar is part of the Spring 2015 REAL Entrepreneurship Series. Five (5) stand-alone seminars explore key issues related to starting or expanding a business. Topics include: self-assessment, business idea and site feasibility, legal structure, marketing, and business financials. Attend four (4) or more seminars in the Fall 2014 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Planning Certificate.
Speaker: Merrielle Buckner
Tuesday, April 07, 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, April 07, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
This business planning seminar will cover a number of specifics that must be considered in your journey to starting a business. Come and learn how to assess your business ownership skills; how to assess the feasibility of your business idea; the parts of a business plan; the different types of business formations; the licenses that are required; and the financing options that are available. The goal of this seminar is to give those who attend the information that they need to make better decisions which should also give their business ideas a better chance of success.
Speaker: SBC and SBTDC
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Trying to get everything done can be impossible in today’s up-to-the-minute world. What if you could set and meet your priorities, work more effectively with the people around you, dig out from under the paperwork and email avalanche, and move closer to a balanced life, wouldn’t that come close to getting it all done?
Speaker: Mike Collins, Author and President of The Perfect Workday
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
This might be the best time in decades to start a business. Competitors are hard-hit, resources are cheaper, and good people aren’t hard to find. What would be the best small business for you to start right now? The program will focus on four areas: How to create a business idea that fits you; Businesses you can start for under $100; “Hot” businesses that will grow in coming years; and 5 easy-to-use steps to starting a business.
Speaker: Mike Collins, Author and President of The Perfect Workday
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Successful Sales on Amazon- 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
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This session teaches fundamental tactics you can use to enhance your website's online exposure and search engine rankings. The topics covered revolve around how to connect pages on your site to the keywords your audience is searching on. An understanding of basic HTML is required for this training. Topics covered include: o An overview of keyword research techniques o Inbound link building o Meta data sculpting o Writing effective content This seminar is limited to the first 14 attendees to register.
Speaker: Paul Kaufman
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to Market Your Business in Candor This seminar is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs in Candor who want to learn how to evaluate their existing marketing efforts and discover new affordable marketing techniques to build a stronger sales base in a “soft” market. Discover the rewarding process of reinventing your business and developing a fresh comprehensive business plan to establish new business relationships and increase your share of the available market for your products or services. Instructor: Charles (Bud) Young Date: April 7, 2015 Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Candor Town Hall Conference Room
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Are you considering starting a food business for yourself? This course covers the issues that an individual should consider before thinking about opening the doors. In other words, this course 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 food business. The seminar is being presented by Mary Lou Surgi food entrepreneur consultant and creator of Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Ms. Surgi has helped hundreds of food entrepreneurs get their start - leading to profitable businesses, creating jobs, and building a strong local food economy in Western North Carolina.
Speaker: Mary Lou Surgi
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Learn more about The Support Center, the Small Business Center and other resources available to you and your business. You will have the opportunity to network with other business owners over lunch that will be provided. This event is for women entrepreneurs only.
Speaker: Sharon Oxendine
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, April 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.
Speaker: Tim Dixon
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
In this clinic, participants will learn how to maximize the effectiveness of LinkedIn. They will enhance their profiles, learn about groups, leverage recommendations, and much more. The purpose of LinkedIn (social media for business people), is to build relationships that can lead to partnerships and sales.
Speaker: Allan Younger
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This demonstration will take the mystery out of the cyber babble about the internet. Become acquainted with search tools and the web for your small business. This seminar will give participants an overall understanding of what it takes to start their online business.
Speaker: Clifford Jones
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to Market Your Business in Troy This seminar is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs in Troy who want to learn how to evaluate their existing marketing efforts and discover new affordable marketing techniques to build a stronger sales base in a “soft” market. Discover the rewarding process of reinventing your business and developing a fresh comprehensive business plan to establish new business relationships and increase your share of the available market for your products or services. Instructor: Charles (Bud) Young Date: April 8, 2015 Time: Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
Thursday, April 09, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The purpose of the Small Business Center is “Increasing Business Success” and this seminar discusses one of the keys. Our ability to communicate the value of our business is essential; a business card is a powerful tool to do so. Many people form their first impressions based on the cards that we place in their hands. We will discuss the do's and don'ts of effective business cards and best practices.
Speaker: Angela Wilder & Allan Younger
Thursday, April 09, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Business Readiness Certification, in collaboration with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Community Development Fund and GTCC Small Business Center, the GCDF BRC is a 10 week business program, providing education and business preparation for small business owners and start-up. Learn the elements of a business loan, how credit works, and the types of credit that are available for businesses.
Speaker: Rendell Richards
Thursday, April 09, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thursday, April 09, 2015 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Join us for this exciting opportunity to prepare yourself to improve your sales !!! Presentation content will include handling objections , time management, networking, face to face selling formula, and value proposition. We will discuss many more tips to "advance the sale" in order to increase our business success. Directions - http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-businesses/small-business-center/driving-directions/
Speaker: Doug Arfmann
Thursday, April 09, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 112 - The Federal Government is buying! In 2013, SBA 8a and HUBZone programs developed over $435M in federal government contracting revenues in NC! SBA is one of the largest prime contractors for the federal government. This seminar will provide information and steps necessary to enroll in SBA 8a and HUBZone programs for minorities, women, disabled veterans, and economically disadvantaged (net worth LESS than $250k), or in low-income geographic areas (HUBZone). You should be in business 2+ years, have a track record and be financially able to provide contracting services to the US government. Also learn about contracting opportunities with the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn how to effectively use Instagram to stay top of mind with current customers and attract new customers. The popular photo sharing platform is especially important if you want to attract a younger audience that is fully integrated into the mobile world. This class will include correct etiquette as well as understanding and proper use of hashtags. With 100 million active users, 40 million photos per day, 8500 likes per second, and 1000 comments per second, it is a growing platform that is drawing the attention of more prospective customers for you. The class also includes how Instagram interfaces with other social media platforms, other core photo sharing platforms and short video sharing platforms. Smart phones are not required but it is suggested you bring yours if you have one and download Instagram before the class.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn how to effectively use Instagram to stay top of mind with current customers and attract new customers. The popular photo sharing platform is especially important if you want to attract a younger audience that is fully integrated into the mobile world. This class will include correct etiquette as well as understanding and proper use of hashtags. With 100 million active users, 40 million photos per day, 8500 likes per second, and 1000 comments per second, it is a growing platform that is drawing the attention of more prospective customers for you. The class also includes how Instagram interfaces with other social media platforms, other core photo sharing platforms and short video sharing platforms. Smart phones are not required but it is suggested you bring yours if you have one and download Instagram before the class.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Shopping at Amazon.com may be easy, but building an e-commerce Website can be a challenge. This seminar is designed for the business owner and will introduce participants to the essentials of e-commerce website creation, including design techniques, shopping cart options, payment gateways, and legal/security considerations.
Speaker: Chance Witherspoon, Web Technology Coordinator at CCC
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Change the way you think about traditional business idea development. This seminar will feature an introduction to the Business Model Canvas, a unique method of describing and thinking through the business model of your organization, your competitors, or any other enterprise. Attendees will walk through the introductory ideation phase, creating a blueprint for successful innovation.
Speaker: Katy M. Gould
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Here you will learn the basic skills necessary to find that funding source and begin putting your proposal together. You will learn thing like different types of funding sources how to prove your need for the project., the best months to contact, application guidelines and how to do an effective presentation.
Speaker: Olga Abrams
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
There are literally millions of dollars available through both government and private agencies and foundations for non-profit entities. Identifying those that might apply to your specific business is important. Understanding and following their individual requirements, however, are essential to successful presentations. This seminar is designed to explain and prepare you for the grant proposal process. Anyone new to the grant writing process should attend this seminar.
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This talk is geared toward helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs know what to expect. Here we focus on managing the mental game needed to go it alone. During the talk the audience has the chance to build a mental roadmap to help them navigate their way through the twists and turns of starting a venture. Without these tools and techniques one stands a great chance of having their dream dashed on the rocks.
Speaker: Jason Owens, Researcher and Public Speaker
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to Market Your Business in Mt Gilead This seminar is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs in Mt Gilead who want to learn how to evaluate their existing marketing efforts and discover new affordable marketing techniques to build a stronger sales base in a “soft” market. Discover the rewarding process of reinventing your business and developing a fresh comprehensive business plan to establish new business relationships and increase your share of the available market for your products or services. Instructor: Charles (Bud) Young Date: April 9, 2015 Time: Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Mt Gilead United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
“Cash Flow - Essential In the Survival of Your Business” Responsible Business Management includes: · How to identify positive and negative Cash Flow · Causes of negative Cash Flow and how to avoid them · A Sales Process that always leads to positive Cash Flow · The importance of Self Discipline in day-to-day business operations
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Tim Dannelly as guest speaker
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
This seminar will be held in the Freeland Building, room 140 at Roanoke-Chowan Community College.
Speaker: Steve Carver
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Register by clicking on link below. If you need more information, contact SBC Director Sandy Johnson-Clark
Speaker: Donald J. Clark; Accountant, Business Consultant, Former CFO
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A functional website is a must for small business owners. Learn how to use WordPress, the most popular and powerful free website creation tool. Web designer Kevin Mallary takes you from the important beginning steps such as understanding your brand and business culture, to the design process, picking templates, marketing your site and search engine optimization. If you want to improve your website, or don’t have a site yet, this seminar is for you.
Speaker: Kevin Mallary
Friday, April 10, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Business owners are often surprised by how much time they spend selling their product or service and selling themselves! While it may be one of the least favorite tasks of many, find out how to make selling more productive, profitable, and even enjoyable. In part one of this Friday morning three-part series in Harrisburg, sales expert Jason Owens introduces entrepreneurs to The Money Map which contains precise directions to over a dozen places where your prospects are waiting to spend money with you.
Speaker: Jason Owens
Friday, April 10, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Entrepreneurship Certificate series is a six-part series offering a complete overview of business skills. This free series may be taken as a whole or you may register for single sessions. We encourage you to take these entire six seminars to gain full knowledge of the start up and business operations process. This session focuses on the following: - Necessary Forms for Doing Business - Filing Your Business Taxes - How do I File? - What is Deductible? - Are There Special Credits for My Business? - How Does it Benefit Me to Be Organized? - Begin to Speak the Foreign Language of Accounting **A certificate will be given for attending all six sessions.**
Speaker: Debbie Wright
Friday, April 10, 2015 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The purpose of this session is for business owners to practice speaking to an audience and obtain feedback prior to their actual presentations. This is an opportunity to refine your message and gain a comfort level before money is at stake. Our ability to communicate the value of our businesses is essential. As a special gift, we will arrange for your to have a professional headshot taken during your visit.
Speaker: Angela Wilder
Friday, April 10, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
We want to hear from you! If the GTCC Small Business Center (SBC) has helped you start or grow your business, through seminars or one-on-one counseling, we want to hear your Success Stories. Help us spread the word about the benefits of working with the SBC, and get your name out to the rest of the state (if you so choose). We are hosting a “Success Story” seminar, so you can tell your story. Those who register to attend will receive a questionnaire before the session to help you prepare your story for a 2-5 minute video. You will receive a digital copy/access to the video to use in your marketing activities as our thanks for your participation.
Speaker: DarLinda Finch, GTCC SBC and Chisa Pennix-Brown, Lady Bizness
Monday, April 13, 2015 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
How to Become Self Employed After Completing Community College - Part 1 Topics Discussed - How to creating a Business Model for your future business: Your business model will help design and project the successful operation of a business by identifying revenue sources, customer base, products, and details of financing. The model will reflect the profitability of various revenue generators and cost-expense estimates as well. A business model can usually be completed within several hours compared to a comprehensive business plan that may take several months to complete. The information gained while creating a business model is vital. Then it will be easy to understand how make advance planning changes and adjustments as you consider one revenue source at a time. Finding the best profit centers for your new business: Every business needs as many manageable revenue generators as possible. Surveying and selecting the best revenue sources for a business is critical for its survival. Helping you find the right profit centers to increase sales without driving up overhead cost is the primary goal of this topic. LOCATION: Kelley Building's Dennis Auditorium
Speaker: Steve Carver
Monday, April 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. Directions - http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-businesses/small-business-center/driving-directions/
Speaker: Jim Blaylock
Monday, April 13, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Perhaps you have heard that WordPress is an easy way to post progressive dialogue about your business on the Internet...but how do you get started? Join Boomer Sassmann, owner of a local website company, to learn how to get your content, photos, and voice onto the Internet. Using WordPress for blogging is a great platform that is constantly updated, produces new features, and integrates better ways to import photos, videos, and links. Questions? Sign up for the class!
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Monday, April 13, 2015 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Small Business Professional Series Businesses that thrive have one thing in common – owners who prepared themselves to succeed. Learn how to start a successful business endeavor by attending any or all 5 of the seminars in this series. How to Finance Your Small Business and Understanding Business Financials Learn the various alternatives to financing a small business and the risks involved. The seminar introduces breakeven analysis as a tool to assist the entrepreneur in measuring financial feasibility. Exercises identify the kinds of data needed to project the revenue, start-up, and operating costs of a business. The seminar helps participants develop an understanding of cash flow and break even analysis and its relationship to business planning.
Speaker: Allan Younger, GRACE Consulting
Monday, April 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The eBay apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and BlackBerry let you create a listing with a simple form. In this class you will learn how to research sales trends, take pictures for listings, scan a barcode to catalog automatically, track your listing, and much, much more…
Speaker: Nick Hawks, eBay Education Specialist
Monday, April 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, April 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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
Monday, April 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Piedmont Triad Chapter of the National Black MBA Association in conjunction with the GTCC Small Business Center present Following Your Dream "Beauty Behind the Scenes" Discover the vast world of the beauty industry and get an inside look from professionals who know the trade. Learn about Barbering, Cosmetology, Skincare, Natural Hair, Nails, Products, and Distribution from a business perspective. Understand rules and regulation in the state of North Carolina that govern ethical business practices as well as tips and tools that our professionals use to start, sustain, and market their businesses. Find out how our professionals navigate to make their businesses successful and how you can too. This event is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to attend. This will be a panel of businesses that make hair/body/beauty products. Full description coming soon.
Speaker: Moderated by Lady Bizness
Monday, April 13, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar provides clarity in strategizing a realistic marketing plan that matches your limited resources.
Speaker: Candace Thomas
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Registration is suggested but not required. Please click on link below to register. Thank you.
Speaker: Sandy Johnson-Clark, SBC Director
Tuesday, April 14, 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, April 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
LOCATION: McGEE BUILDING, JOSLYN HALL - The NC Military Business Center and Carteret Community College are pleased to host the sixth annual Cherry Point Small Business Outreach Event. Small Business and Acquisition Representatives from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point will provide an update on current procedures and contract opportunities with the Marine Corps and US Navy, highlighting what it takes to be successful. For Small Businesses, HUBZone, VOSB, SDVOSB, WOSB, SBD, 8(a) certified as well as "other than small" firms seeking a better understanding of Federal contracting. Come, listen and be prepared to ask questions! The event is free, however registration is necessary. Check-In begins at 8:30 am
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM
Learn how to sell through asking the right questions, at the right time, with the right person.
Speaker: Dave Springett
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Friday, April 17
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!
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
***GTCC is closed Thursday, February 19th. This class will be rescheduled. New date to be posted soon. *** Business Readiness Certification, in collaboration with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Community Development Fund and GTCC Small Business Center, the GCDF BRC is a 10 week business program, providing education and business preparation for small business owners and start-up. This session helps you find the key market data needed for your business plan. Get the tools to identify information about your industry, competitors and target audience through market research. The business plan is an important component for success.
Speaker: Chisa Pennix-Brown, Lady Bizness
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 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. Directions - http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-businesses/small-business-center/driving-directions/
Speaker: Small Business and Technology Development Center
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This presentation will share easy to understand explanations and examples of what is on a balance sheet, how to create a balance sheet, give information about owner equity and more. Location: Goodwill - 719 W. Center St., Lexington, NC
Speaker: Ken and Dee Griffin
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This is an informative seminar for those who are anticipating starting a business or already in a business. Excellent material that will guide you through business plans, permitting, licensing and other important considerations that is needed for businesses to succeed.
Speaker: Arlene Jones
Tuesday, April 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, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 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
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Registration is strongly suggested but not required. Please click on link below to register. Thank you.
Speaker: Sandy Johnson-Clark
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Options for Financing Your New Business This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to finance a new business or expand a current business. Are you looking for money to start or expand a business? You have a lot of options, from the Small Business Administration (SBA) – an American Institution – to a new phenomenon called Crowd Sourcing. We will explore how agencies, such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the NC Rural Center, help businesses in rural areas. We will talk about micro-lending institutions and revolving loan programs. Lastly, we will discuss how you can develop a strong business plan – complete with specific financial documents – that will get the attention of your lender. You will have a workbook to take home that will guide you as you get your new or expanding business off the ground. Instructor: Marla Coulthard Date: April 14, 2015 Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
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