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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
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
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 September 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
Tuesday, September 01, 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.
Speaker: David L. Hollars - Executive Director of Centralina Workforce Development Board, Inc.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
During 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. You will understand why you must use these social media platforms to attract your customers.
Speaker: Matt Rudisill
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
The fact is people make buying decisions emotionally. Then they justify those decisions intellectually. Part of that emotional buying decision is how comfortable they feel about you, the sales person. What is your strategy for making others comfortable with you?
Speaker: Steve Rayburn, Sandler Training
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Oftentimes, transportation is the last thing on an entrepreneur’s mind when developing a business idea. However, it is crucial that a business owner understand the physical flow (material) of their business idea in order to better navigate the supply chain . Attend this seminar to learn more about logistics and how this can help your business. Presented by FedEx.
Speaker: FedEx
Tuesday, September 01, 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
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Every business should have a Facebook page! Learn how to use your page to brand your business and engage your customers. This 3 hour workshop will teach you the following: ? How to start a page from scratch ? How to schedule messages that save you time-How to automate your marketing and keep peo-ple on your page ? Apps that integrate to make your business stand out
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Room 223. 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, September 01, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn to recognize the various sections of a business plan and what makes them work. Sample business plans will be available to study and further understand what makes a good plan. Participants will have an opportunity to use several business plan evaluation tools.
Speaker: The Support Center
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This is a great seminar for the "dabbler" or the entrepreneur wanting to make eBay a primary marketing tool. Learn best practices to use when setting up an account, listing items for sale, taking payments and shipping. Topics will include eBay features and policies, choosing formats and categories, writing descriptions that sell, submitting photos, using the help section, feedback, using PayPal, and shipping tips.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.
Speaker: Ed Ormsby
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Setting the correct price point to make a profit and compete in your market is often difficult for the novice and seasoned business owner. This workshop will examine pricing methods and help the owner learn how to develop sales forecasts and measure market potential. • Identify strategies used to price products and services • Evaluate different pricing methods for sample businesses • Identify connections between pricing and sales forecasting • Identify financial concepts (overhead costs, cost of goods sold, profit contributed per sale, and breakeven point) • Identify factors involved in developing good financial assumptions • Learn how to calculate the break-even point for a sample business
Speaker: Dean Kanipe
On Demand, available until October 02
IRS Affordable Care Act: Employer Shared Responsibility Provision (IRC 4980H) On Feb. 10, 2014, the IRS and Treasury issued final regulations on the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code. More information is available on the employer shared responsibility page. The following video provides helpful information about the guidance.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
IRS Affordable Care Act: Information Reporting of Minimal Essential Coverage Learn more about the IRS Affordable Care Act: Information Reporting of Minimal Essential Coverage requirements with this video seminar.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Schedule C: Who needs to file and how to do it.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Small Business Owners: Get All the Tax Benefits You Deserve
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns for Closing a Business.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns for Hiring People Who Live in the U.S. But Are Not U.S. Citizens .
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
The values and culture of your company have a direct effect on your employees, customers and ultimately your bottom line. What are you doing to establish, cultivate and grow this precious commodity? This course will introduce you to the processes of implementing company values for your company by including input from stakeholders and customers. Learn about the steps in the planning process, potential problems you may face, and how to implement your company’s values using a strategic plan.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
This course is about financing a small business and SBA's loan guaranty programs. It is a practical course with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small firms who are interested in borrowing money.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to financing options for your business. Topics include; determining your financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding and other financial options available to small businesses.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to finding and attracting investors. Topics include determining the need for outside financing, defining what an investor is and where to find them, explaining the investment process and understanding investor expectations.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
This course is designed to provide a basic overview of loan packaging. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are interested in borrowing money to start, grow or expand their businesses.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
This course is designed to provide a basic overview of marketing. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are interested in reaching a broader customer base.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
What is intellectual property and how do you protect your ideas? This course gives an overview of intellectual properties and explains how to protect them. Learn why you should protect your intellectual property. Explore the differences between patents, trademarks and copyrights and discover the process for filing for a patent or trademark and registering for a copyright.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until September 02
This course explains pricing models your business might adopt. Learn how to set prices, calculate costs, assess competitors and much more.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 02
You have a great product or service. Now you have to sell it. This course will give you an overview of sales plans and other tools to get your product or service into your customer/consumer’s hands.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 10:00 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
Wednesday, September 02, 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, September 02, 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: Ruben Gonzales
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 112 - This workshop will give you an excellent overview of the hottest social networks from Facebook to Google Plus! Learn which social networks best fit your business or industry, compelling statistics you can't ignore, along with how you can use each social network for your business. This workshop is a must-have if you're interested in getting started with social media marketing and content creation.
Speaker: Trish Forant
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Small business owners need quick, simple, executable ideas to move their business to the next level. Come learn the best practices successful owners are using now. The session might redirect your focus, reset priorities, or help avoid painful time and money wasting activities. The session is must for owners working to beat the clock, make a profit, and simplify their lives.
Speaker: Jim Blaylock
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Starting a Small Business for Under $100! – $199 (No Fee-See Below) 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 will be offered at the R. E. Hooks Center, located at the corner of North Third and West Armfield Streets in Saint Pauls, NC. It 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 register for this seminar, please see the instructions above. If you do not have internet access or for additional information, please call 910-272-3631 or email bmoore@robeson.edu. Seating may be limited. W 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 09/02/15 R.E. Hooks Comm. Ctr., St. Pauls Mike Collins
Speaker: Mike Collins
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Does it seem like everyone's "liking," "tweeting," "following," "tagging," "streaming," "sharing," "pinning," or joining the blogosphere? Are you feeling pressured to jump on, or keep up with, the social media bandwagon? Find out the best way to use certain platforms to grow your business. See how to take advantage of social media’s strengths.
Speaker: Lisa Perry
Thursday, September 03, 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. The outcome of this class should be a social media marketing plan of action for each participant.
Speaker: Matt Rudisill
Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Join our conversation about best practices to develop and maintain successful businesses. During this monthly series, past discussions include Partnerships, Professionalism, Productivity, Customer Loyalty, LinkedIn, Marketing Collateral, Business Pitches, Ways to Grow Our Businesses, Networking, Customer Engagement, and Business Research. 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. Expected outcome: Discussions with other business owners about successes and challenges
Speaker: Allan Younger
Thursday, September 03, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The customer is neither disgruntled nor difficult, just dissatisfied. Effective customer service IS customer satisfaction. Learn how to use active listening as a communication tool that resolves customer concerns and keeps your customer coming back. A great workshop for any small business owner or entrepreneur interested in improving "people skills." Pre-register by calling 910-879-5572
Thursday, September 03, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Attend this seminar to find out if your small business can make money through government contracting. Learn about the internet-based procurement systems launched by the Federal and North Carolina Governments. Follow the procurement process, from the registration and certification requirements to finding out what and where the government is buying. Learn about contract preference programs, who they benefit, and how they work. Get contacts and resources for further advice and assistance should you decide to pursue government business. This seminar will de-mystify government procurement so you can make an informed decision on whether to enter this important market.
Speaker: N. Robins, PTAC, T. Bouchonnet, NCMBC
Thursday, September 03, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
SAM is the official free, government-operated website – there is NO charge to register or maintain your entity registration record in SAM. Businesses interested in being eligible for government contracts must be registered through this system. Participants during this seminar will learn how to register their business in order to be eligible for CONTRACTS in SAM
Speaker: N. Robins PTAC, T. Bouchonnet NCMBC
Thursday, September 03, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This session is for individuals having knowledge/experience of selling on eBay who want to establish a continual retail presence. Topics include: starting an eBay business; finding merchandise to sell; and resolving issues and feedback.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Thursday, September 03, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
QuickBooks 1 gets participants started using QuickBooks, setting up a company file and chart of accounts, navigating the home page, and using QuickBooks lists and forms. This seminar is designed for the small business owner or prospective owner.
Speaker: Jeffrey Weathers
Thursday, September 03, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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. You will gain knowledge that will help you become an effective grant seeker and you will be on your way to writing a winning proposal. Expected Outcome: Participants will gain basic knowledge on the grant seeking and/or grant writing process.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson, Ernest Harvest, LLC
Thursday, September 03, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn what bankers and other lenders, vendors, and leaseholders look for in a successful business plan. Use these simple steps to compile your business plan, detail your start-up costs, fully understand your competition, and be prepared to seek financial assistance and/or terms with your vendors.
Speaker: Melissa Evans
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Registration is suggested but not required. Please click on link below to register. Thank you.
Speaker: Sandy Johnson-Clark, SBC Director
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Discover the programs and services offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration for start-up and existing small businesses. Find out which SBA-sponsored and SBA-funded resources are available for counseling and training small business owners in all areas of small business management (including business planning). find out what it takes to obtain a small business loan and to access SBA financing sources in particular. Discover the SBA's government contracting, minority and other certification programs which can enable your small business to obtain federal government contract work.
Speaker: Steve White
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM
Room 307. Registration Required. Learn which numbers drive your business and improve your performance so that you can sell your business at its highest value.
Speaker: Dave Springett
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn the value of a marketing plan including the importance of market analysis in projecting sales. Market research for a sample business will demonstrate the connection between a marketing plan and a cash flow statement. Identify market tools and prepare a marketing plan for a sample business.
Speaker: The Support Center
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This hands-on course is a fantastic way to learn a step-by-step approach if you are ready to become an eBay Store owner. Topics covered include: marketing your eBay store effectively and using the Quick Store Tune-up Feature.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 101. 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
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 223. Registration Required. If you have an excellent product but no one knows about it, will you still make sales? Of course not! In this session we will challenge small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to develop a reasonable and effective marketing plan that can be implemented on any budget. It will cover the importance of branding and consistency, customer relations and communication, advertising, social media management, and how to create a targeted marketing campaign for your consumer.
Speaker: C. Simon
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration is suggested but not required. Please click on link below to register. Thank you.
Speaker: Sandy Johnson-Clark, SBC Director
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to Set Up a Business Website This seminar is designed to show business owners and entrepreneurs how to develop a business website. Numerous options concerning website design will be explained. Learn the basic concepts of effectively marketing your products or services online. Learn how to set up a shopping cart to allow internet customers to purchase your products or services. Discover how several different payment processors work and learn the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Evaluate the major factors of a business website that you will want to include in your website to maximize your impact on the internet. Learn the basic principles of Search Engine Optimization and how they can help you attract more potential customers to your website. Please do not miss this opportunity to learn how to make your website an effective marketing tool for your business. Instructor: Teresa Broadway Date: September 8 Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 143
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
No one starts a business to have the life drained out of them, but it happens way too often. Your first year in business is make-or-break time. it can be a time of excitement, confusion and turmoil. Starting off on the right foot can create the foundation for a lasting, profitable business. This is a "soup-to-nuts" seminar with speaker Russ Seagle. It will cover all the important issues you need to consider when starting your business: Choosing a business name and a location Licenses, permits, franchises, and purchasing an existing business Types of risk businesses face and insurance issues, various tax issues Challenges of managing a business and family-owned business issue
Speaker: Russ Seagle
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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: Camille Allen
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
As a small business owner, are you compliant with OSHA requirements for reporting and training of your employees? In this seminar, OSHA outreach training will focus on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace. Additionally worker’s rights, employer’s responsibilities, and how to file a complaint will be covered. Small business owners should take time to regularly review their OSHA programs for compliance and efficiency.
Speaker: Sara Steward
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The North Carolina Department of Revenue, North Carolina Secretary of State and NC Industrial Commission will present a seminar entitled "Business Essentials." Each agency will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be compliant. Department of Revenue – Covers the basics of tax compliance ranging from registering your business, to withholding from employees, and sales and use tax requirements. Information will be provided on a program for businesses that have fallen behind on sales and use, withholding, and other trust taxes. At the end of the seminar, there will be a question and answer session with the presenters and networking possibilities with other business owners. Don't miss this great opportunity.
Wednesday, September 09, 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, September 09, 2015 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Do you have questions about how the SBC can help your business to increase success? Do you want to determine which events to attend? Do you wonder which business counselors have the expertise to help you? Register for a 15 minute one-on-one appointment to get answers to your questions. Expected outcome: understanding of how the SBC can help you
Speaker: Allan Younger
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This course will help to educate business owners on web-based resources and tools that can help streamline day-to-day operations for their business and alleviate stress from the digital world. The goal is to help raise the level of comfort and understanding when it comes to the internet as it continues to embed itself into more and more areas of one's business. Topics covered include website tracking using Google Analytics, search engine optimization, blogging platforms, WordPress, social media basics, and many web-based applications that are free to use online (Evernote, Dropbox, AnyMeeting, Mint, etc.).
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 102. Registration Required. This session will help small business owners identify their target markets. It will also explore how consumer behavior such as how they spend, what they spend, why they spend, and their lifestyle influences; can affect your business and marketing efforts. It will also cover market segmentation to unlock potential target markets. Finally it will review identifying direct and indirect competitors, how to conduct a SWOT Analysis, and creating a niche for your product.
Speaker: C. Simon
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Small business owners must do two things well: deliver a good product and capture customers. Most owners are good at the first, bad at the second. This session will help owners become more effective at capturing new customers by talking in a language and style the customer appreciates. Also, a great skill to be more effective with employees, co-workers, and family. This is a fun and interactive session that will make you more effective dealing with people....a sales basic!
Speaker: Jim Blaylock
Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Attend and discover how to recognize a good potential employee, use the only 5 management resources you have; and much, much more.
Speaker: Mike Collins
Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
LOCATION: MCGEE BLDG., JOSLYN HALL - The 3rd Annual Transportation Impact Small Business Forum will feature presentations from local businessmen and women intent on sharing their experiences with an audience of current and prospective small business owners. Each speaker will address key issues facing small business in our county and state, as well as challenges each faced and overcame during their distinguished careers. Attendees will gain expert insights from their peers on ways in which they can make their own businesses better, as well as have the opportunity to network with fellow businessmen and women from the surrounding area.
Speaker: Key Note: Brian Moffitt, CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports; Terry & Maryanne Frank, Owners of Frank Door Company; Vernon Small, Retired Entrepreneur from Automotive Industry; Clarke Merrell, Owner of Circa 81, Twisted Spoon, Beaufort Olive Oil Company, and Dank Burrito; and Berkley Stafford, Transportation Impact, VP of Sales.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The NC Department of Revenue, NC Secretary of State, NC Industrial Commission, and NC Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security will present this seminar. Each agency will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be a compliant business.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 318 - This workshop is aimed at small business owners interested in creating a Facebook page. We'll cover why a Facebook page is important vs. using a personal Facebook profile for business, how your page works, and all the settings to get your page up and running by the end of the workshop. Taking the Social Media Marketing Workshop is highly recommended prior to attending this workshop.
Speaker: Trish Forant
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
QuickBooks 2 shows participants how to set up their products and services in the QuickBooks system, manage their accounts receivable and accounts payable, receive payments on invoices, pay outstanding bills, and track payments/expenses. This seminar is designed for the small business owner or prospective owner.
Speaker: Jeffrey Weathers
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Let us help you improve your small business record keeping practices. This seminar will be held in a computer lab; therefore, you will not have to bring your laptops.
Thursday, September 10, 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 bar-code to catalog automatically, track your listing, and much more…
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar will introduce current and prospective business owners to the functionality of QuickBooks Pro. This will be an interactive seminar, allowing attendees to navigate through the QuickBooks Software, gain knowledge, and evaluate the use of QuickBooks for their business. Whether you just began with QuickBooks Pro and wish to learn more, or have never investigated the software, this seminar is for you! Registration is limited so be sure to preregister today!
Speaker: Cindy Baucom - Certified QuickBooks Instructor
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hands–On Facebook Marketing Strategies This seminar is designed to show business owners and entrepreneurs how to successfully market their products using Advanced Facebook Marketing Strategies through hands-on demonstrations. During this class, Internet Marketing Expert Teresa Broadway will set up a Facebook page for your business and demonstrate all the basic procedures for establishing the identity of your business, listing your products or services and providing potential customers with an opportunity to place orders and make payments with your business. Teresa will explain the various options available for using Facebook to effectively market your products or services on the Internet. Learn how Facebook Marketing can help your business to generate sales by reaching a multitude of Facebook users all over the country. Instructor: Teresa Broadway Date: September 10 Time: Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 143
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Do you know what types of insurance is recommended for small business owners to have? Do you understand the business policies you have? Come hear the answers to these questions and more from an expert in business Insurance!
Speaker: Jon Brinson, Guest Presenter
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Business financial statements are needed to manage and operate a small business. Every owner needs to understand the importance of the Profit and Loss Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Owner’s Equity and Statement of Cash Flows even if you have an accountant or CPA. We will review how to analyze each of these statements and the managing of your business using these reports. Using these reports to manage a business does not take a lot of time once you are comfortable with them. You will leave the seminar with this level of comfort and an understanding of how to highlight the areas you need to constantly monitor to manage your small business.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Market research isn't just for startups; it's an important ongoing process for small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Speaker: Jerry Edmonds
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
As a potential or existing business owner, discover how to analyze your market potential and your competition by using free and reliable information resources, including demographic information, marketing forecasts, and revenue projections. Make good pricing decisions and develop a promotional campaign based upon your research. The presenter has over 30 years of experience providing no costs and low costs ways for entrepreneurs to maximize their resources.
Speaker: Annette Dunlap
Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar is designed to assist individuals who have a new and unique idea for a product which the inventor wants to bring to market.
Speaker: Wayne Grubaugh
Friday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
How much will I need to have saved in order to retire? Am I on track today? How does a qualified plan benefit my employees as well as my company? I have a 401(k)/IRA from a previous employer, how do I know it is invested as it should be? If you’ve asked yourself one or more of these questions as a new or tenured business owner come to our Financial Friday session for the answers.
Speaker: TBD
Saturday, September 12, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 8 sessions ending Saturday, October 31
The Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (REAL) program is based on experiential learning exploring the key issues necessary to successfully start and operate a small business. NC REAL's hands-on approach appeals to adult entrepreneurs focused on starting or expanding a business. This course uses interactive participation to teach the skills to succeed as well as the techniques and procedure for a successful business venture. Through NC REAL, students learn many aspects of owning a business, including self-assessment, business feasibility, legal structure, marketing and financials with the opportunity to create a road map for their business. Upon completion, participants should be able to develop a viable business plan. This is a 24-hour course offered over 8 weeks. No previous business knowledge or experience is necessary.
Speaker: Shareen Berkowitz
Saturday, September 12, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
For more information contact: 252-745-7348 Should you have one credit card or four? Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance? Should you carry a credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces.
Speaker: Bob Moore is the owner of “Innovative Technology Solutions, LLC” and “Bob Moore Seminars and Presentations”. He is currently the Small Business Center Director at Robeson Community College and has many years of business experience as a manager and entrepreneur.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
For more information contact: 252-745-7348 In this seminar, you will learn a simple yet effective method to start the process of making yourself debt free! You will also learn about the shams and “quick fixes” that should be avoided and how to properly and legally deal with creditors. Bring a list of your debts with balances and monthly payments and learn how to develop your own debt elimination plan that can be implemented immediately into your lifestyle.
Speaker: Bob Moore is the owner of “Innovative Technology Solutions, LLC” and “Bob Moore Seminars and Presentations”. He is currently the Small Business Center Director at Robeson Community College and has many years of business experience as a manager and entrepreneur.
Monday, September 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
In this 3 hour overview, using one of the most popular Content Management Systems - Wordpress – you will learn to build a website. You will have the option to purchase your domain name (if it is available). Registration and a brief online questionnaire is required. Please call for information.
Speaker: Ronda Birtha
Monday, September 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center will offer a free seminar Monday, September 14th. 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, September 14, 2015 2:00 PM to 3:00 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. Expected outcome: Increased effective use of LinkedIn
Speaker: Allan Younger
Monday, September 14, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn all the basics of sales and use taxes. This seminar is ideal for retailers, or any business that wants to sell.
Speaker: Karen Bargsley
Monday, September 14, 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, September 14, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 220 - Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Kim Beauchamp
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Do you constantly think about how to create value and build new businesses and transform existing organizations? Do you continuously search for innovative ways of doing business to replace ineffective and outdated ones? If so, we do have a workshop for you. This workshop is for visionaries and game changers who seek to design and operate tomorrow’s successful enterprises.
Speaker: LaShon Harley, Small Business Center Director, Durham Technical Community College
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This workshop will cover initial steps in starting a non-profit entity: • Professionals to assist you • Form 1023 and Form 1023-EZ • Estimated costs • Mission statement – keep top of mind! • Rewards • Risks • Accounting policies and internal controls • Bank statement review • Fundraising procedures • Social Media • Whistle blower policies • Retaining records • Information back-up • Insurance • Expense reimbursements • Donations for a specific purpose • Grant requirements • Deadlines!
Speaker: Marti Asher, CPA
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Discover the opportunities within your industry and the market before you start your business. Participants will learn how to research the potential market and how to capitalize on unique ideas.
Speaker: Jennifer Barnhill
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
This three part series will pull together the key components of how a craft artist presents themselves to the world. Participants will develop their own professional material for an artist portfolio. Part one will focus on creating a curriculum vitae (CV) that participants can use to generate more specific resumes. Part two will use the CV as a foundation to create a bio and artist statement Part three will focus on photographing work and how to organize an artist portfolio. At the conclusion of this series, participants will have the tools to create a professional portfolio they can use to approach a gallery, apply to join a craft guild or show, as well as many other opportunities.
Speaker: J. Marley
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn to recognize the various sections of a business plan and what makes them work. Sample business plans will be available to study and further understanding on what makes a good plan. Participants will have the opportunity to use several business plan evaluation tools.
Speaker: Tonya Snider
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to Start, Finance and Grow YOUR Own Business-$1200 (No Fee-See Below) (A Certificate Will Be Awarded) For many years, you have dreamed about owning your own business. Now is the time to act on your desires to determine if you “have what it takes” to be your own boss; however, before money is invested or borrowed, there are many concepts that a new business owner must understand. This series has been designed to give you this critical information in just seven short evenings. During this series, you will learn about starting a business, writing a successful business plan, how to fund your business, how to keep your business legal, and the common traits that successful business owners possess. While participating in this program, you will learn how to: • Fairly evaluate your business idea • Write a successful business plan • Market your business • Finance your business • Start and grow your business • Locate your customers • Keep proper records and pay the correct taxes • Traits of successful business owners These presentations are open to the public and provided FREE of charge due to special funding arrangements to the Small Business Center and Robeson Community College. You may attend as many or as few seminars as desired but you must attend at least six seminars to receive certification. All seminars will be in the BB&T Room of the Workforce Development Center. To register for these seminars, please see the instructions above. If you do not have internet access or for additional information, please call 910-272-3631 or email bmoore@robeson.edu. Seating may be limited. “How to Start a Business” Monday, September 14, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm, Presented by Dennis Watts
Speaker: Dennis Watts
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar is geared toward helping new and established business owners get out in the real world and make money. If you feel stuck in a rut, using the same ol’ ways to sell to the same ol’ customers, then this is the seminar for you. Explore new ways of meeting new clients and growing your business more than you have ever hoped.
Speaker: Jason Owen
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 108. 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
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
This introductory seminar is designed to acquaint the business owner-to-be with the tools necessary to start their respective business. You will take lessons from an entrepreneur who has "been there, done that."
Speaker: Wayne Grubaugh
Tuesday, September 15, 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 Expected outcome: Understanding of tools for business research
Speaker: Kathleen Wheeless
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the value of a marketing plan including the importance of market analysis in projecting sales. Market research for a sample business will demonstrate the connection between a marketing plan and a cash flow statement. Identify market tools and prepare a marketing plan for a sample business.
Speaker: Tonya Snider
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