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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.
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
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.
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
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
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
On Demand, available until April 27
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 20, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Looking for Money for Your Business? - Attend The Support Center Lunch & Learn - Lunch is provided. Funding continues to be a challenge for many small business owners, especially for new businesses, but The Support Center, based in Raleigh, may offer a solution. The Support Center is a statewide nonprofit and approved SBA Community Advantage 7(a) Guaranteed Lender that provides loans that are not easily available through a traditional bank, and includes funding for start-ups! Join representatives in this free lunch & learn as they help you navigate the funding maze.
Speaker: The Support Center
Monday, April 20, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn what the opportunities are offered to start and/or grow your business through the Small Business Administration. The Federal Government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services, learn how to grow your business through contracting.
Speaker: April Gonzalez
Monday, April 20, 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 20, 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. Record Keeping and Taxes Keeping good financial records is a critical step in managing a successful enterprise. This seminar addresses the financial records needed for good business management. Participants develop systems and practices for collecting necessary information for tax reporting and business decision-making.
Speaker: Allan Younger, GRACE Consulting
Monday, April 20, 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 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Attend and understand where your cash is coming from and where your cash is going in your small business.
Speaker: Brenda Orders
Monday, April 20, 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 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Being able to articulate your vision to possible investors and shareholders is key to getting what your business needs. Potential clients will ask you what do you do and how can you help them. This 2 hour workshop will help you: -Master your Elevator Pitch -Offer best networking practices. -Introduce your business to the rest of the World. Location: Davidson Campus, Rittling Conference Center, Thomasville NC 27360. Check http://www.davidsonccc.edu/ for a campus map.
Speaker: Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, MBA
Monday, April 20, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Employees are a business’s greatest asset. Careful screening, hiring, and training are paramount to your business being successful. The HR professional will present the Do’s and Don’ts of hiring and firing. You will be exposed to the records that need to be kept and the records that have to be kept. Do yourself and your business a FAVOR by attending this informative and valuable seminar that all business owners need.
Speaker: Jan Whitford
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
"Drive Your Business" - Use Free Resources from the Forsyth County Public Library to: •Identify Sales Prospects •Research Competition •Find Sources of Supply •Improve Sales •Target Your Market •Create Custom Lists
Speaker: Kathleen Wheeless
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Learn more about the importance of protecting your branding as it relates to trademarks and copyrights.
Speaker: Norman J. Leonard
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A panel consisting of existing entrepreneurs will relay tips and best practices for exceptional customer service and how business owners can adapt this information to their small business.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 112 - Small business payroll is a highly regulated area involving everything from employee personal information to federal governmental legal requirements. This is an area of business that, if not done properly, can reap harsh consequences. Implementing the best payroll system and having a set payroll processing sequence and understanding the payroll tax rules and regulations that exist---all combine to assure one's success in handling this area properly, effectively and efficiently. Timeliness and adherence to details are imperative. Learn about the human resource management (HRM) business activities and the payroll cycle business activities. – Responsibilities of Human Resource Management – Payroll Tax Agencies, and your Responsibilities – Learn How To Calculate Manual Payroll – Learn How To Calculate Payroll Tax Payments for appropriate Agencies
Speaker: Kim Beauchamp
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Speaker: Brian Kennedy
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Do you find the business plan scary and don't know where to start your research? Come learn how using the Lean Canvas Model can help you focus in to the key ingredients to research for your business plan.
Speaker: Lady Bizness, Inc.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Tuesday, April 28
QuickBooks Advanced classes will teach a more advanced level of how to use QuickBooks as a cash flow building tool. The material is a critical basis for providing accurate financial information that can be used to manage a better business. Topics include, Using other accounts; Setting up inventory; Doing Payroll; Estimating progress; Invoicing; Tracking time; Customizing forms & letters; and Working multiple currencies.
Speaker: Cassaundra Edwards, QuickBooks Pro Advisor and Owner of Sandy's Advantage Plus
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Tuesday, May 05
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Two NC State agencies will cover the basic requirements to help business owners in NC understand the laws and obligations necessary to be a compliant small business. The Department of Revenue will cover the basics of tax compliance including tax withholding and sales & use taxes. The Secretary of State will cover registration of business entities and an overview of raising capital through security offerings. An additional handout from the Industrial Commission will cover Worker's Compensation laws and the types of businesses required to carry it.
Speaker: NCDOR & NCSOS
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
15 Ways Nonverbal Communication Benefits You & Your Business Learn how facial expressions, gestures, body language, posture, appearance, eye contact, and tone of voice affect the success of your business.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Janet Harllee as guest speaker
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Marketing Your Art or Craft If you are a working artist or craftsman, like it or not, you are a business owner and you have a brand. Are you happy with your brand? Is your brand generating the income you want and need? Learn how the marketing research process can help you make informed decisions as you develop a workable set of goals, objectives, strategies and tactics to create a truly memorable brand that authentically represents you and your art or craft. Learn the tools of the trade to successfully promote your art locally, regionally and beyond. Advanced marketing strategies will be explained, including networking, publicizing, exhibiting, social media marketing, developing websites and blogs and making the most of online sales websites like Etsy. Learn how to put it all together to create a faithful following for you and your art or craft. Learn how to use these concepts to generate growth in both your sales and your income. Marla Coulthard has been a very successful entrepreneur for over 30 years and she has a lot of experience with artistic business ventures. She can share a great deal of practical knowledge and important insight to help you market your art. Instructor: Marla Coulthard Date: April 21, 2015 Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Pitching to investors for funding is different from presenting your loan request to a banker. While bankers may lend money, investors are really buying part of your business. As a result, the information they need to make their investment decision is not the same. Join George McAllister, regional director of the Small Business & Technology Development Center as he shares important information on the various types of investors and what motivates them to invest. Knowing how investors think, he will show you how to put together an investor pitch that gets results. *Seminar rescheduled from February 26.*
Speaker: George McAllister
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
How to Become Self Employed After Completing Community College - Part 2 Topics Discussed - Surveying Tips To Find the Best Location, Mobile, Internet Options for Your Business: The volume of customer traffic determines cash flow in business. A new business must actively recruit customers with various marketing tools and media to reach their targeted customer groups. Learn tips about selecting the right business location and negotiating a win-win lease arrangement. Jump Start Strategies for Your New Business- 15 Ways to Boost Sales: Fifteen steps providing an action plan to jump start a small business. A business with a decent location, products and services to sell, customer traffic, a little cash reserve and/or credit line, can have a bright future provided the owner does not wait too long to make the required strategies and marketing investments to dramatically impact the local market. LOCATION: Kelley Building's Dennis Auditorium
Speaker: Steve Carver
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Do you have questions about how to use your computer, phone, or tablet? How about servers and the cloud as well? Visit our technology clinic to have your questions answered. You may also gain some tips which will result in the growth of your small business. Please register to reserve your time with Triad Tech Guys. Registration required at sbc@forsythtech.edu for your 15-30 minute one-on-one appointment.
Speaker: Tim Dixon
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Do you think LinkedIn is just for people looking to change jobs? Many business owners launched their entire business on LinkedIn. In fact, some entrepreneurs use only LinkedIn as their lead generation source. If you offer professional services, then LinkedIn is where you should be. Learn more about how to use LinkedIn to stand out from your competition. This course is for beginners.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Small business owners will explore ways to enhance effectiveness leading to greater business success. Do you use your calendar(s)? Can you stay on top of your email messages? Have you stored and edited documents? We will cover these topics and more, such as note taking, to do lists and using and external resources. Learn how to use current technology to make your business grow! Please bring your iPad/tablet to this workshop.
Speaker: Allan Younger
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Inreasing core competency in the use of major Social Media platforms and online directories, this class presents the fundamentals of Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google Maps and other online directories. Proper use of directories, which are vital for mobile marketing, will be covered in-depth: how to claim your free listings, how to correct any existing errors in directories, and how to enhance your presence with text and photos at no cost. This overview will help you target areas of concentration for implementing successful social media marketing efforts.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to Enhance Your Negotiating and Forecasting Skills This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how enhanced negotiating tactics and professional forecasting strategies can generate more inventory turns and highly successful seasonal product promotions to increase the profits of any business venture. Discover how to develop your business skills in these very important areas to help you develop better relationships with your customers that will allow your business to be more successful. Steve Carver has over 45 years of experience as a multiple business owner so he can share a great deal of practical knowledge, best practices and important insight into how you can make money in your business venture. Instructor: Steve Carver Date: April 22, 2015 Time: Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Operating a small business can challenge even an experienced business owner. That’s why adopting some essential skills early on will make a big difference in the long run. Popular presenter Mike Collins returns to share the best tips, tactics, and strategies of successful business owners. *Seminar rescheduled from April 15.*
Speaker: Mike Collins
Thursday, April 23, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
You will be part of a small group of business owners discussing several keys to success. Our April session will focus on developing customer loyalty. In previous sessions, we discussed what is working well, our challenges, how the Small Business Center has increased business success, the importance of reputation marketing, marketing strategy and how it helps us to identify effective marketing tactics, customer engagement, and collaboration. We will also discuss the ways in which the SBC can help your business to grow. In future sessions, we will continue to discuss marketing, business pitches, customer engagement, business planning, online training, and much more. Directions: http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-businesses/small-business-center/driving-directions/
Speaker: Allan Younger
Thursday, April 23, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This training focuses on preparing artists on how to be public artists. We will review contracting basics that will mainly pertain to artists, discuss the City's public art program and 1% for art policy and review an actual call for artists process.
Speaker: Brenda Mills
Thursday, April 23, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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
Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The key to any successful business is a successful marketing program that gets measureable results and keeps marketing costs low. Every business has a marketing expense – either by direct labor or purchasing. Learn how to maximize that marketing investment and improve your strategic visibility by generating leads, closing sales opportunities, increasing customer transactions and purchasing, utilize strategic pricing techniques, and dramatically improve bottom line profits. This course is a "must see" for those small businesses seeking to gain maximum exposure of their product or service within their community and be able to better measure the effectiveness of their marketing efforts through a step by step formula – the 337 ways!
Thursday, April 23, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
People have told you that you should start selling those things you make or charge money for that thing you do, but striking out on your own can be a frightening experience. This seminar will help you evaluate the business potential of your hobby or interest, and you'll learn how to set up a business & make money doing something you love.
Speaker: Russ Seagle
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar will provide tips to market your business and upcoming events. Additionally, you will get an insider’s guide to the best websites and tourism resources to promote your business and discuss how social media sites can help draw more customers to your events.
Speaker: Jessica Roberts, Marketing and Tourism Director for the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Business owners will gain understanding about the Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss (Income Statement), and Cash Flow Statement. Join us to learn what these statements tell about business operations and be empowered to make decisions about your business that lead to greater success. Explore which are the most important, who prepares them, and where the data comes from.
Speaker: Robbie Dunbar
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
This seminar will be held in the Freeland Building, room 140 at Roanoke-Chowan Community College. You are Invited!!!
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
"Developing A Customer Service Plan for Your Business" Training Employees to Build Repeat Business includes: · How to identify and provide what your market wants · Steps to helping employees develop Customer Centered Thinking · How to embolden employees faced with aggressive competition · Ways to motivate employees to encourage Return and Repeat Business
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Tim Dannelly as guest speaker
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fifteen Common Mistakes That Will Undermine Your Business This seminar is strongly recommended for all business owners and entrepreneurs. We have all heard the old saying that we should learn from other’s mistakes so we do not make the same ones. Opening and operating a business normally involves a great deal of time and a substantial financial investment. During this seminar, you will examine the fifteen most common mistakes made by entrepreneurs and business owners that will ultimately undermine their business. If you are a current business owner or if you plan to start a business soon, this seminar will prove to be very valuable in helping you develop a legal and profitable business with an excellent chance for future growth. Make a solid investment in the survival of your business by learning how to avoid these fifteen common mistakes. Bob Moore is a successful entrepreneur who is very knowledgeable on this subject. Bob truly wants to help people succeed in their business venture and in life. He will address your business concerns and provide you with a plan to help your business venture succeed. Instructor: Bob Moore Date: April 23, 2015 Time: Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 154
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Registration is strongly suggested but not required. Please click on link below to register. Thank you.
Speaker: Donald J. Clark
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Regardless of the size of your business or what industry you are in, creating LinkedIn connections can be a powerful way to build relationships that can ultimately fuel the bottom line. Using LinkedIn to Contribute, Collaborate, Connect and Cram (research) is different than just "having a profile." We'll show you how to participate and get value for your business.
Speaker: Teddy Burriss
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
NEW LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 317. This workshop is aimed at small business owners that have a Facebook page in place and could use a deeper understanding of how to use their page. We'll review set-up best practices, dive into posting do's and don'ts, how to use hashtags, social media policies and terms of use, as well as content creation. Taking the Social Media Marketing Workshop is highly recommended prior to attending this workshop.
Speaker: Trish Forant
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
With more than 500 million people -- and potential customers -- actively using Facebook each day, you know why you should be promoting your business. The question is how, especially now that Facebook has change so significantly. Get answers to this and your other pressing questions.
Speaker: Kelly Quinones
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Part two of this exciting series focuses on the marketing and revenue generation aspect of special event planning. In this course we will delve deeper into identifying your target market or ideal event guest. Attendees will learn how to develop sponsorship packages and proposals, fundraising plans, and create add-on event revenue generators.
Speaker: Renae Simon
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Create a blog that actually works for you and your business. During this session you will discuss: - Marketing Goals - Themes for communication - Target Audience and Customer Segment - Editorial Calendars Walk away with a blog that will make your customers fall in love with your business.
Speaker: Tara Swiger
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Employees are a business’s greatest asset. Careful screening, hiring, and training are paramount to your business being successful. The HR professional will present the Do’s and Don’ts of hiring and firing. You will be exposed to the records that need to be kept and the records that have to be kept. Do yourself and your business a FAVOR by attending this informative and valuable seminar that all business owners need.
Speaker: Jan Whitford
Friday, April 24, 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 three of this Friday morning three-part series in Harrisburg, sales expert Jason Owens leads attendees though a real-world exercise that follows an entrepreneur through a week of selling activities.
Speaker: Jason Owens
Friday, April 24, 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: - Business is About Relationships - People Skills - Create and Maintain a Thriving Business - Review Your Business Plan **A certificate will be given for attending all six sessions. **
Speaker: Carol Andrews
Friday, April 24, 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
Monday, April 27, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Explore your business’ service delivery as it relates to your customers. What are they saying about their experience with your company? Are the majority of comments raving testimonials or are they complaints? Who is listening to their communication: friends/family, business community, the internet via review sites or blogs? Learn how to effectively communicate your vision, mission and values to your customers. Additionally, what are the best ways to broadcast customer testimonials and to handle complaints? If online or in the media, what best way to act responsibly to make fine wine out of sour grapes?
Speaker: Brian Wright
Monday, April 27, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Discussion points include personal and professional credit; the business plan; managing cash flow; business accounting; collateral requirements; the commercial loan process; and a discussion of small business lending programs available with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Speaker: Don Spry
Monday, April 27, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Are you interested in feedback from your customers? Find out how to use Survey Monkey to see what your customers have to say about your business.
Speaker: John Marek
Monday, April 27, 2015 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
No question too big or too small..."What's the quickest, fastest, easiest way to grow my business?" "How much should I charge for my product" "How do I find customers?" These are typical questions small business owners have. Now you can get your answers in an easy open-forum setting. Directions - http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-businesses/small-business-center/driving-directions/
Speaker: Jim Blaylock
Monday, April 27, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER MEETING ROOM, 1ST FLOOR - Learn steps for starting and financing a business.
Speaker: John Smith
Monday, April 27, 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
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Understand the basic requirements for setting up your business with the NC Department of Revenue. Bring questions for the department representative to make sure you are in compliance. Also, learn about programs to support small businesses.
Speaker: Karen Bargsley North Carolina Department of Revenue Customer Education Officer Karen Bargsley North Carolina Department of Revenue Customer Education Officer Karen Bargsley
Tuesday, April 28, 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 28, 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.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Representatives from the NC Department of Revenue and the NC Secretary of State Office will present Business Essentials, which businesses operating in North Carolina need to understand in order to comply with state laws and regulations. The session covers the basics of tax compliance-such as registering your business with the Department of Revenue, withholding taxes for employees, sales taxation, and other tax requirements. The program also covers how to register your business entity with the Secretary of State’s Office. A question and answer session will complete this program.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Strategies for Effective Supervision This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to improve the effectiveness of their supervisors. Many supervisors are promoted into a management position from the production floor without any supervisory training. Just the fact that you are a great production worker does not automatically mean that you will be an effective supervisor. This seminar will provide supervisors with the basic techniques for effective supervision. You will learn the basic principles of managing employees in a way that will allow you to earn their respect and cooperation. You will learn how to communicate effectively with employees and with management, how to develop your listening skills in order to find the true cause of a problem and how to resolve conflicts between employees under your supervision. Instructor: Breon Allen Date: April 28, 2015 Time: Tuesday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
ABCs of Starting a Business This seminar is strongly recommended for all business owners and entrepreneurs. Learn the basic steps necessary to start your own small business. Learn the best way to start a small business with minimum risk and limited investment. Analyze potential opportunities to utilize your skills and resources to start a small business. Mike Collins is a very successful entrepreneur who has personally started eight small businesses. Mike 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 opportunity to learn how you could actually be able to start your own business with existing resources. Instructor: Mike Collins Date: April 28, 2015 Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How many people visited your website this week? What parts of the world are they visiting from? How long did they stay? What page keeps people's attention the longest? Google Analytics offers the free tool to track and improve business. We will start with setting up an account followed by adding the tracking code to the website. The majority of the class will cover navigating to and understanding the basic reports. The main focus of this class will be an introduction to the short and long term benefits of utilizing Google Analytics to help grow website traffic. Mobile activity, social media, and live tracking will also be discussed.
Speaker: Boomer Sassman, Owner Big Boom Designs
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Opening and operating a small business normally involves a great deal of time and a substantial investment. Come learn the fifteen most common mistakes made by entrepreneurs and many corporations that ultimately undermine the business. Regardless of whether you are opening or operating a business, regardless of the size of you company, this seminar will prove to be invaluable in helping your form a legal, profitable, and growing business. Make a solid investment in the future survival of your business by planning to attend this informative seminar taught by an experienced entrepreneur!
Speaker: Bob Moore
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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.
Speaker: Amanda Sorrells
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM
You’ve finally achieved your dream. Don’t lose it to a power outage, hacker disruption, fire, tornado or other disaster. If you’re not prepared, a disaster could put you and your employees at risk, possibly shutting down your business forever. This seminar will focus on the importance of disaster planning, emergency preparedness and business continuity.
Speaker: Melody Prevatte
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
To succeed with state and federal grants, you need to plan ahead, way ahead. You also need to step up your writing, program development and ability to follow instructions and be concise. Join us for the one day workshop to learn how to interpret federal grant application guidelines, establish standards for proposals that will be deemed highly competitive, dive deeper into compelling needs statements and the research that helps create them, while exploring best practices, budgets and other nuts and bolts of every federal grant application. This workshop is sure to get your wheels turning and help you determine if you are ready to step into the world of federal grants.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Effective Communication Strategies for Entrepreneurs Business owners and entrepreneurs must possess effective communication skills in order for their business venture to succeed. In fact, communication is one of the most powerful business tools you can possess. In this seminar, you will discover how to communicate more effectively with your employees and your customers and how to express your ideas clearly. You will gain tips for better written and oral communication, one-on-one communication, group communication and upward, downward and lateral communication. This seminar is a must for understanding the dynamics and power of communication and how to put effective communication skills to work for you. Instructor: Breon Allen Date: April 29, 2015 Time: Wednesday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
You will be part of a small group of business owners. This may be your first step to a long-term relationship with the Small Business Center. In this workshop, participants will discuss each other's existing websites. We will help each other to determine how to use our websites as effective sales tools. We will also review other websites to explore best practices.
Speaker: Allan Younger
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Learn how to use the power of mobile marketing to stay in touch with your customers and prospects. Understand how to leverage mobile marketing by creating a text message marketing campaign and using free software to create a mobile website. The course will also cover why your business may need a mobile app just as much as a website.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to Make Money with a Café, Coffee House or Bakery When you start any kind of eatery business, you must have a detailed business plan. Many factors have to be considered. Learn how to resolve important issues such as leases, equipment, licensing permits, health department inspections, menu selections, parking, traffic issues, local competition, hospitality procedures, funding issues and selecting a name for your business. Learn how to establish fair portion sizes and fair prices while providing excellent customer service in order to keep your customers coming back. Instructor: Steve Carver Date: April 29, 2015 Time: Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 136
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nonprofit crowdfunding is changing the landscape in online fundraising. As more and more donors are being exposed to crowdfunding for products and services, they’ll expect your fundraising to shift towards those approaches as well. This seminar will help you understand the benefits of crowdfunding and will cover some best practices.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Lisa Perry returns with more low cost/no cost ways to market your business on the internet. If you’re confused about where to begin with internet marketing, or want to make sure your business is found online, plan to attend. This seminar is especially helpful for new business owners and those with little experience with online marketing.
Speaker: Lisa Perry
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Three dimensional (3D) printing is a new innovation that can be of great use to entrepreneurs and small business owners. The process has become an intergral part of business development from idea generation to technical advancement. There are many in the business world that could reap great benefits from 3-D printing but are yet to understand how. Those who attend this seminar will have an opportunity to study the landscape of this innovative form of technology and develop an understanding of how to apply it in a real-life setting.
Speaker: Steven Schain of Spectralight Images
Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
The Health of your Business will present ways of generating a healthy workforce and allow participants to learn more about methods of improving, protecting and successfully growing their business. Location: J. Smith Young YMCA, Uptown Lexington 119 W. Third Event Center, Lexington, NC .
Speaker: Jason Brown
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, April 30, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
As non-profits engage in conversations and focus on increasing the levels of giving to their cause, they often leave out the most important part of fundraising… building relationships. Relationships, steps from meet to ask, follow ups, thanking donors, keeping the relationship going and more are all elements of quality donor relations. Join us for this 3 hour workshop to discuss building donor relations that have a solid foundation, that will keep donors engaged, create interest, cause action on the part of a donor and ultimately result in donor retention. Get a look at donor relations through the eyes of your donor and take home nuggets that you can implement right away to create stronger development departments and happier donors.
Speaker: Amanda Pearce
Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Do you have questions that you want to ask about lending or banking? Do want to get ready for your official visit to the bank or credit union? Do you understand how they can help you to start or grow your business? Do you want to learn best practices that move you from pretty good to very good? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you should take advantage of this opportunity to meet those who are committed to your financial success. You will have the opportunity to speak with them confidentially about your financial needs.
Speaker: Tommy Hicks
Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Want to design a website, but don't know where to start? Have a website and want to start over? All Businesses need an online presence and "Websites Made Easy" will help you create a winning site. This 3 hour workshop will help you to do the following: • Review multiple site options • Understand the differences in Blogs, Traditional Sites, and Landing Pages • Create content that uses keywords and reinforces SEO • Analyze good design that you can implement
Speaker: Lady Bizness, Inc.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thursday, April 30, 2015 3:00 PM to 4:00 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
Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 112 - 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, utilizing 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!
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA
Thursday, April 30, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn how your credit affects your business and as well as you personally. There are many credit factors that determine your ability to qualify for a business loan. This session will discuss credit scores, reports, how to repair your credit and the impact of your personal credit on your existing or future business. Location: Davidson Campus, Rittling Conference Center, Room 110, check www.davidsonccc.edu for a campus map.
Speaker: April Gonzalez
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Speaker: Sam Gore
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Before a business can develop a social media marketing strategy, the owners must understand and be able to use Facebook. This seminar is designed to introduce participants that are small business owners or prospective owners, to Facebook. This seminar will be presented in two parts.
Speaker: Jennipher Harrill, of Blue Eyes Social Media Connections
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This seminar will assist small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs with resources available for small businesses, including the programs and services provided by the Rural Center. Learn how to best access services as you start, grow and manage your business.
Speaker: Amanda Sorrells, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship, NC Rural Economic Development Center
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Why Successful Businesses ARE Successful Too often we hear that “luck” is the main reason a business fails or succeeds. This could not be further from the truth as successful businesses share common traits and luck is not one of them. After researching hundreds of small businesses in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for the past 10 years, Bob Moore created this seminar which reveals common traits that successful small businesses possess. Small businesses that possess these traits have shown growth and produced handsome profits for their owners. This seminar is designed for individuals thinking of opening a new business as well as existing entrepreneurs who seek the inside secrets of how to make their business more profitable. Opening and operating a small business involves a huge investment of time, talent and resources. Insure the success of your business and your personal success by attending this informative and enlightening seminar. Instructor: Bob Moore Date: April 30, 2015 Time: Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 154
Thursday, April 30, 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
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Proactive Selling in a Reactive World (Sales, Purchasing, Management, Business Owners) The difference in SUCCESSFUL Salespeople includes: · How to ask for the money and get it · Negotiating with confidence and honor · Closing in a timely way without leaving money on the table
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Tim Dannelly
Friday, May 01, 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
Saturday, May 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Finding ones passion is often easier said than done. People work for many years and sometimes never live the lives they were destined to live. Passion 2 Profit will not only help you uncover your passion, but it will also inspire you to turn your passion into a profitable business!
Speaker: Deanna Hamilton
Saturday, May 02, 2015 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Using money responsibly plays a vital role in your business and personal future. Do you know where to begin the budgeting process? Gain tools and insights to craft, plan and manage the budget you need to overcome obstacles, achieve success and plan for major purchases.
Speaker: Tonya Debnam
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