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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
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
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 06
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 May 25
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, May 26, 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, May 26, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Business planners are often faced with the challenge of finding objective information that can be used to justify the ability of their enterprise to survive in a competitive market. Many don't realize that going to their local library they can utilize tools that can help them know who their customers are; where they are; and how efficient their business model will be at capturing and servicing potential clients. This seminar is a must for anyone who is in the planning process and looking to gain insight on how to locate statistical data that can help them develop a business plan that will allow them to capitalize their business and make wiser decisions.
Speaker: Margaret Higgins
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
iPad productivity tips, model comparison, button review, navigation review, built-in apps review, security recommendations, theft protection, etc.
Speaker: John McCann
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to Start an Ecommerce Store to Market Your Products Online This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to market their products online by starting their own Ecommerce Store. Learn how to expand your market by opening online stores or selling your products through Amazon and other online channels. Learn about the various platforms that are available for starting an Ecommerce Store and determine which one is right for your business. Evaluate strategies for developing your Ecommerce Budget, examine the legal aspects of operating an Ecommerce Store and discover ways to streamline and automate your online order processing procedures. During this seminar, Internet Marketing Expert Teresa Broadway will explain the advantages of using Amazon and other several other online marketing channels to explode the marketing opportunities of your business. She will also share a wide range of highly successful Ecommerce Marketing Strategies that you can adapt to your online business venture. She will share several real world case studies so you can decide which strategies you need to employ to maximize your chances for success in Ecommerce. If you are thinking about selling your products online, either now or in the future, please do not miss this seminar. Instructor: Teresa Broadway Date: May 26, 2015 Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 105 – Blair Auditorium
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Bylaws define how a nonprofit organization will be managed and how it will run. They create a framework for the organization The seminar is a guideline for starting and understanding the process.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This seminar will discuss what expenses are, how to pay out, and the impact on cash flow. In addition, it will cover negotiating terms with vendors. Also, it will discuss who the employees are, how we pay them, and payroll taxes.
Speaker: Shelly Lands
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
What are the tax rules for a home based business? How do I organize my work center or office in my house to be eligible to claim a home office? Learn tips for keeping up with expenses on your home and learn when a home office is not deductible.
Speaker: Angelia Alden
Tuesday, May 26, 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
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities. The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:00am in locations all around the country. Click the link below to register to present or attend!
Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The purpose of the Small Business Center is “Increasing Business Success” and this seminar discusses one of the keys. Our ability to effectively manage this major communication method is essential to our success. Join us for this hands-on, interactive clinic. We will explore best practices to minimize email madness.
Speaker: Angela Wilder, Nellie Coates, & Allan Younger
Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Government is always in need of your products and services - but where does one find those opportunities? In this workshop you will learn to find federal and state contracts on the internet. Topics include: Federal business opportunities, NC e-Procurement, DOD e-mail and GSA.
Speaker: Ariana Billingsley, PTAC
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
During this monthly series, we will discuss issues that business owners and their employees will find very helpful. These may include the Affordable Care Act: How it Affects Business Owners and Employees, Small Business Employee Benefits: Attracting and Retaining Key Employees, Maximizing Your Business Retirement Plan, Social Security Planning, Financial Planning for Women, Retirement Planning for Entrepreneurs, Small Business Tax Planning, Business Legal Structures: Which is Best?, Business Law 101, Encore Entrepreneur (starting a business after age 50), Disaster Planning for Small Businesses, Business Valuation and Succession Planning, Financing Options for Business Owners, and Bookkeeping for Small Businesses. Directions - http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-businesses/small-business-center/driving-directions/
Speaker: Matt Hearn
Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Before selling a business, business owners should understand how businesses are valued for sale and what can enhance the business valuation. This seminar shows both potential business buyers and sellers the buy/sell process, how businesses are valued, and ways that a business can be enhanced before the sale. How to find buyers for your business is a topic that will be covered also.
Speaker: Michelle Garey
Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Media Marketing Strategies – Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and More! This seminar is strongly recommended for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn the latest marketing strategies to attract more customers and increase your sales with less work and expense through the power of Social Media on the Internet. Learn how to connect with customers and prospects, how to generate more leads and how to be perceived as the expert in your field. Learn how to increase your revenues, reduce your marketing expenses and get the word out about your business with social media marketing. Learn how to create a following with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites that will have people talking about your business. Internet Marketing Expert Teresa Broadway is an excellent speaker who will show you how you can utilize social media to expand your business by reaching more prospective internet customers. Instructor: Teresa Broadway Date: May 28, 2015 Time: Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fee: Free, Building 100, Room 105 – Blair Auditorium
Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Registration Required. Social Media 102 - Marketing for Small Business Success (1-2 Hours) This presentation is a guide for small businesses or nonprofits who have been using social media marketing, but need some tips to take them to an intermediate level and/or add new channels to their marketing efforts. You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your business or nonprofit, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This seminar takes a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don’ts of each channel. You’ll also get tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working. Core concepts introduced include: A closer look at the 5 most popular social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest Within each network: ? How to tell if it’s right for your business ? What kind of content to create and post ? Etiquette ? How to tell if your content is working ? Suggestions on what to do next Why social media & email marketing must be used together
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Mary Ann Gerney as guest speaker
Thursday, May 28, 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, June 01, 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
Speaker: Jim Blaylock
Monday, June 01, 2015 5:00 PM to 6:00 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
Tuesday, June 02, 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. This month’s keynote topic is the use of Social Media/Facebook for your business.
Tuesday, June 02, 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, June 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Take the fear out of financial accounting by maximizing efficiency and financial control of accounting tasks with one of the most popular accounting applications for small businesses. Start with the basics of bookkeeping and launch into advanced financial management systems.
Speaker: Tonya Snider
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Budgeting funding sources is a key part of nonprofit management. The instructor sits on several boards and is a financial planning with experience in seeking and awarding grants Learn strategies for good budgeting that can lead to streamlining the management of grants and other funding sources.
Speaker: Ken Griffin
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This course is geared for the beginner/startup, or for those small businesses needing a refresher on the basics of how to start, manage, and grow their small business. Key items include elements of the business plan, putting the business plan to work, assessing results of the business plan, developing the marketing plan, conducting a needs assessment, types of business incorporation, cash flow analysis, small business investment strategies, and developing winning customer outreach initiatives to develop win-win customer metrics which synergize sales and marketing opportunities. Case studies on real-world small businesses which have developed success through reinventing their business model will also be provided.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Starting a nonprofit organization can be rewarding and fulfilling. Review the basics on how to start such an organization, how to manage it and what resources are available.
Speaker: Mike Sowinski
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Marketing can increase small business growth. Unfortunately, most small businesses have tow major challenges - limited time and resources. So choosing a target customer you can actually hit is important. Attendees will learn how to develop a marketing plan as a sales tool, ho to identify your target market customer, how to figure out your niche, how to find your customers online, and how to build sales activities that achieve your marketing goals. By developing a marketing plan you will define your target customer, your niche, your differentiation and most importantly how you are going to tell the world you are open for business. Plus, you'll find out how much capital you'll need to put your plan into action. Sponsored by the Unite States Small Business Administration.
Speaker: Patrick Rodriguez, SBA
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Starting your own business may seem like an overwhelming task, but it really is not so hard if you take it step by step. This workshop is an in-depth walk-through on the mechanics of developing a business concept, feasibility, licensing, and the written plan, plus the financial projections by line item. This is a must for those starting their own business.
Speaker: Melissa Evans
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM - The NC Rural Economic Development Center will offer a free seminar that 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: Barry Ryan
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
**Lunch PROVIDED** An organized business is a productive business. You may not consider yourself blessed with natural organizational skills, but now is the perfect time to get your business and work space organized.
Speaker: Tanya Roberts & Karen Monroe
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
This business planning seminar will cover a number of specifics that must be considered in your journey to starting a business. Come and learn how to assess your business ownership skills; how to assess the feasibility of your business idea; the parts of a business plan; the different types of business formations; the licenses that are required; and the financing options that are available. The goal of this seminar is to give those who attend the information that they need to make better decisions which should also give their business ideas a better chance of success.
Speaker: SBC and SBTDC
Wednesday, June 03, 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, June 03, 2015 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
In this rapidly changing economy, building and protecting your assets is more important than ever. Please join us to learn the fundamentals of intellectual property – patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets – and the steps you should take to safeguard your business.
Speaker: Martha Larson
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Crowdfunding is one of many new creative ways of getting funding for small businesses. This class demystifies crowdfunding and other new ways to get money for small business today with a lower barrier to entry. You will learn the how to of getting money for your business and what is the right funding to explore. Developed by Social Media and Small Business Marketing expert Martin Brossman and Small Business Funding expert Dan Scalla. You will walk away with a clear understanding the different new top creative funding ideas and which one is right for you.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, June 04, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Come dressed for a professional headshot to boost your Linkedin profile. Turn your profile into connections. Learn how to use Linkedin as a networking and job seeking tool.
Speaker: Martha Larson - John Baucom
Thursday, June 04, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
When visitors are considering spending money in your town, they go first to their phones and tablets-which draw from online directories to make their decision. Is your business ready to be found? You can get ready with these 3 information- packed hours delivering valuable tips and strategies for making the most of the online directories like Google Local that enable businesses to be found when shoppers are searching from their desktop or mobile devices. Since basic listings are free, directories provide a great opportunity for a small business to look as professional as big competitors, and this class will give you the guidelines for setting up your listings in a way that improves search results and builds a stronger Web presence. Many businesses are surprised to see they are already listed in a number of free directories with a small amount of information, sometimes with mistakes. We will show you how to claim, correct and expand your listings before someone else does. Discussion will also include how to target desired customers with low-cost online ads.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, June 04, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This training is an introduction to doing business with the federal government. Training will include: levels of federal purchasing; how the federal government buys products; construction and engineering and non-personal services; marketing a business to the federal government; socio-economic small business programs; registering as a federal contractor; locating, identifying and responding to federal business opportunities and resources available to assist federal contractors in North Carolina.
Speaker: Paulanne Page, NC Military Business Center
Thursday, June 04, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This training is an introduction to doing business with the federal government. Training will include: levels of federal purchasing; how the federal government buys products; construction and engineering and non-personal services; marketing a business to the federal government; socio-economic small business programs; registering as a federal contractor; locating, identifying and responding to federal business opportunities and resources available to assist federal contractors in North Carolina.
Speaker: Paulanne Page, NC Military Business Center
Thursday, June 04, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Simple techniques on getting more value from promoting your business on Facebook.
Speaker: Tom George
Thursday, June 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Starting and operating a successful non-profit business requires you to develop a community of supporters. This seminar is designed to lay the foundation for writing great fundraising material, newsletters, and donation and thank you letters, as well as preparing press releases, developing website content ideas, writing the annual report, grant proposals, and letters of inquiry. Learn common grant proposal mistakes to avoid and receive an online marketing guide for nonprofits. Existing non-profits will glean fresh ideas while those considering starting a non-profit will find beneficial ideas to jump start their cause.
Speaker: Sam Gore
Thursday, June 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Goal-Setting for Bigger Sales. “Sales don’t just happen,” so how do you achieve your goals (sales quota) and make your marketing plan succeed? You do so through proactive Goal Setting. This seminar first shows you how to break down a sales quota to a manageable daily plan that could involve a large sales team or possibly just yourself. Once you have set your goal you now have a target that gives you motivation to plan for the achievement. Topics such as where to find prospects, how to plan a typical day, methods to get appointments with decision makers, what local business organizations are available to help you in your search, and what to do if you are coming up short in your results.
Thursday, June 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Maintaining and understanding financial information is critical to operating a profitable business. This seminar will help the small business owner identify methods for maintaining financial records and using key reports (P&L / Cash Flow Statements and Balance Sheet) to operate the business. This seminar will explain how owners can use their financial statements to identify potential problems before they become a serious threat to the business' survival.
Speaker: Michelle Garey
Thursday, June 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Baffled with the thought of grants and not sure where to begin? This class helps you learn how to do the research, weigh the options, build relationships, incorporate what is needed in the proposals and submit for funding. With step-by-step guidance, you will become an effective grant seeker and will be on your way to writing a winning proposal.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Calvin Patterson as guest speaker
Thursday, June 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Are you considering a career in the publishing industry? Are you trying to get your small press off the ground? Are you struggling to keep up with the changes? L. Diane Wolfe walks you through the steps of locating or creating a marketable product, business setup, production, printing, and distribution. Learn how to use the Internet as a resource and platform for your business and tap into the eBook revolution. Those serious about writing and publishing are encouraged to attend this informative seminar!
Speaker: L. Diane Wolfe
Thursday, June 04, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Stress managing is one of the biggest challenges facing small business owners. This seminar will provide strategies, techniques and tips to set priorities and manage the daily pressures of operating a small business.
Speaker: Gurmay Fraser-Darlington
Friday, June 05, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 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. Expected outcome: Increased effective use of LinkedIn
Speaker: Allan Younger
On Demand, available until June 15
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, June 08, 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, June 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Have you created a food product and want to get it on the store shelves? Our panel of experts can help you learn about: *North Carolina Legal Requirements *How to get into a Local Store *How to get into a National Chain
Monday, June 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn how to determine exactly who your customers are, and how to reach them effectively. Participants will learn how to market their business and really separate themselves from their competition.
Speaker: Jenny Barnhill
Tuesday, June 09, 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, June 09, 2015 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM
Registration Required. Learn how to retain key team members, reward them appropriately and convert them into Raving Fans.
Speaker: Dave Springett
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 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.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
For Reaching Multiple Channels of Revenue on Smart Phones, Tablets & Computers
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
This seminar will be focused on nine of the bigger pieces to the SEO algorithm (there’s over 200 different factors to Google’s rankings!) and what each business owner can better or look out for when it comes to their website. It could mean some minor fixes or some big holes—either way, We will empower you to take your website into your own hands to make it the best it can be. Expected outcome: Understanding of how to make our websites more visible
Speaker: Lindsay Dinkins
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
If you needed to borrow money to help your business grow, would a lender be willing to take a risk on your business? Should you decide to sell your business, would a potential buyer be able to borrow money against your business in order to help them purchase it? These and other questions regarding the financial strength of your business will be discussed in this seminar. Some of the topics to be discussed are: • What does it mean for your business to be bankable? • How are you financing your business now? • What does a banker want to know about your business? • 4 What role does your business plan play in financing your business? • What does a banker look for mostly in your business plan? • Do I know how my cash really flows into and out of my business? • How long does it take to obtain funding? • What other issues can a banker help me with? • Do I really need that loan? • Can I afford an extra monthly debt?
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Turn your interest in growing vegetables, fruits, herbs and other crops into a sustainable agricultural-based business. This four-part series will use the REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship Through ActionLearning) Ag-Entrepreneurship curriculum to teach you the business side of farming. -Gain insights on the marketing of your product. -Hear about current issues facing small agribusinesses. -Understand rules and regulations and learn about funding options and other resources. Agripreneur Workshop Series: -Class 1 - Exploring Agriculture Entrepreneurship and Business Planning (Self-Assessment·Community Analysis·Feasibility) -Class 2 - Market Research and the Marketing Plan -Class 3 - Business Operations (Legal Structure·Operating Procedures·Taxes, Licenses & Insurance·Key People·Roles & Responsibilities) -Class 4 - Business Financials (Breakeven Analysis·Cash Flow·Budget)
Speaker: Jeff Rieves North Carolina Department of Revenue Customer Education Officer Karen Bargsley North Carolina Department of Revenue Customer Education Officer Karen Bargsley
Wednesday, June 10, 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, June 10, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
In this clinic, participants will learn how to maximize the effectiveness of LinkedIn. They will enhance their profiles, learn about groups, leverage recommendations, and much more. The purpose of LinkedIn (social media for business people), is to build relationships that can lead to partnerships and sales. Expected outcome: Increased effective use of LinkedIn
Speaker: Allan Younger
Thursday, June 11, 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 Being Busy vs Being Productive, Customer Loyalty, LinkedIn, Marketing Collateral, Business Pitches, Ways to Grow Our Businesses, Networking, Customer Engagement, and Business Research. In addition to finding customers, we must know what is involved in enhancing our relationships. Discussion topics will be based largely upon experiences and interests of the roundtable participants. The purpose of the Small Business Center is “Increasing Business Success” and we will explore ways to do this during each roundtable. Expected outcome: Understanding of how to increase our business success
Speaker: Allan Younger
Thursday, June 11, 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.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Sales is one of the biggest challenges faced by small business owners. There are many traditional selling systems in the marketplace. Did you know the buyers also have a system? Have you ever felt you were not really in control of the sales process? We will examine the systems at work in the marketplace and how they interact to put the buyer in control. We will look at the traditional selling system, the buyers' system and suggest a possible alternative that gives control to the seller. Expected outcome: Increased knowledge of ways to experience sales success
Speaker: Steve Rayburn
Thursday, June 11, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 112 - A good-to-excellent personal credit score is vital for every small business. Can you qualify for a commercial business loan? The lender decision is based on personal credit score. Good credit is a cherished asset to protect and maintain. The course focuses on how to build good personal credit AND establishing commercial credit for your company. Commercial credit is key for those companies needing short term credit for their cash flow management. Good commercial credit becomes a tangible asset of your business. Learn about the factors of credit scoring; how to overcome negative credit issues; the hidden costs of bad credit; how to minimize the risk of identity theft; how to rebuild negative credit reports, and how to engage creditors successfully.
Speaker: Don Spry, SBA
Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Have you ever thought about owing your own business, but wondered if it was right for you? This workshop will examine some of the questions that you should ask yourself before going into business. Key terms and the steps you need to take to open a small business will be discussed.
Speaker: Dr. Becky Sain
Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Attend and learn 10 important steps to starting a business. Topics include: choosing legal structure, registering business, obtaining tax identification number, and many more steps to starting up your small business.
Speaker: Brenda Orders
Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Baffled with the thought of grants and not sure where to begin? This class helps you learn how to do the research, weigh the options, build relationships, incorporate what is needed in the proposals and submit for funding. With step-by-step guidance, you will become an effective grant seeker and will be on your way to writing a winning proposal.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Calvin Patterson as guest speaker
Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Using your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, & Blackberry) existing and potential small business owners will learn how to research sales trends to set competitive prices, scan your item's barcode to add product details from eBay's catalog automatically, take and add pictures to your listing with your device, accept PayPal as a payment method, track your active listings, relist items, predefine and save your listing preferences for shipping and return policy, provide tracking information to buyers, and respond timely to questions.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Turn your interest in growing vegetables, fruits, herbs and other crops into a sustainable agricultural-based business. This four-part series will use the REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship Through ActionLearning) Ag-Entrepreneurship curriculum to teach you the business side of farming. -Gain insights on the marketing of your product. -Hear about current issues facing small agribusinesses. -Understand rules and regulations and learn about funding options and other resources. Agripreneur Workshop Series: -Class 1 - Exploring Agriculture Entrepreneurship and Business Planning (Self-Assessment·Community Analysis·Feasibility) -Class 2 - Market Research and the Marketing Plan -Class 3 - Business Operations (Legal Structure·Operating Procedures·Taxes, Licenses & Insurance·Key People·Roles & Responsibilities) -Class 4 - Business Financials (Breakeven Analysis·Cash Flow·Budget)
Speaker: Jeff Rieves North Carolina Department of Revenue Customer Education Officer Karen Bargsley North Carolina Department of Revenue Customer Education Officer Karen Bargsley
Friday, June 12, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Today, lots of consumers are using mobile devices to find what they need, to assess their options, to make decisions, and to make purchases. Small businesses and nonprofits who start embracing mobile now will be the ones best able to compete. Let us help you understand this mobile transition so you don't get left behind. *Marketing is critical to every small business or non-profit’s success. Join us in Harrisburg this summer for an informative FREE marketing seminar series and learn some great new strategies to help your email and social media efforts be more effective and help grow your business. All seminars will be held from 8:30 am – 10:30 am at the Harrisburg Town Hall and will be presented by Lisa Perry with Perry Productions, a digital marketing and website development firm in Concord, NC.*
Speaker: Lisa Perry
Friday, June 12, 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. Expected outcome: Increased comfort with public speaking
Speaker: Angela Wilder
Monday, June 15, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Offered by the US Small Business Administration, topics will include startup requirements; the business plan; the marketing plan; the financial plan; and how to obtain alternative lending for your home based small business. SPECIAL OFFER: A 200+ page E-book of all 50 Home Based Business ideas will be provided.
Speaker: Don Spry
Monday, June 15, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides a variety of resources to assist small businesses. This course will help you gain knowledge that may help you grow your own small business opportunities through SBA programs and partnerships in your area. In this overview of the SBA, learn about SBA alternative capital lending programs, how to qualify for lending assistance, natural disaster preparation and lending, and how to take advantage of SBA managed procurement programs (HUBZONE and 8a) to help market your business to the federal government for women, minority owned, disabled veterans, and those lacking net worth of under $250k.
Monday, June 15, 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, June 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM - Learn steps for starting and financing a business.
Speaker: John Smith
Monday, June 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Do you know your product or service upside down and backwards, BUT the numbers just drive you up the wall? Do you really work hard, but always seem to run out of cash at the end of the month? This seminar will help you understand the financial aspects of your business. We’ll talk about tax issues. You’ll become familiar with those financial terms that confuse you, but are the road map to your success. You will learn… • What makes your business thrive and grow? • What is a CPA and when and how do you use them? • How to understand financial statements • What your banker is looking for? • What federal and state reports are required? • If I made that much money, where is it?
Speaker: Keith Kidwell
Monday, June 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Do you know your product or service upside down and backwards, BUT the numbers just drive you up the wall? Do you really work hard, but always seem to run out of cash at the end of the month? This seminar will help you understand the financial aspects of your business. We’ll talk about tax issues. You’ll become familiar with those financial terms that confuse you, but are the road map to your success. You will learn… • What makes your business thrive and grow? • What is a CPA and when and how do you use them? • How to understand financial statements • What your banker is looking for? • What federal and state reports are required? • If I made that much money, where is it?
Speaker: Keith Kidwell
Monday, June 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hiring the right talent is vital to the success of your business. Streamline the process and hire great employees - and once you have them, keep them!
Speaker: Russ Seagle
Tuesday, June 16, 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, June 16, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
During this workshop you will get the skills to write a technical response to a Federal proposal. Topics include: reading a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quote (RFQ), proposal development teams for writing an RFP/RFQ, capabilities matrix development, team selection, developing a proposal schedule, a compliance matrix, and a proposal outline.
Speaker: Ariana Billingsley, PTAC
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn all the basics of sales and use taxes. Every person engaged in business in North Carolina is required to collect and remit the tax due on all taxable tangible personal property, taxable services or certain digital property sold or delivered for storage, use, or consumption in North Carolina. Every person or business who purchases any taxable tangible personal property, taxable services or certain digital property sold or delivered for storage, use, or consumption in North Carolina from out-of-state vendors upon which the tax has not been fully paid must remit the use tax due on such purchases. Learn more detail about these topics and more.
Speaker: Karen Bargsley
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
LOCATION: WAYNE WEST ROOM 319 - Learn how to use Microsoft Excel for your business. Whether your need is simple or sophisticated, once you begin to understand the basics you will find it easy to learn and helpful to use.
Speaker: Kim Beauchamp
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar will cover the basics of grant writing and the necessary skills needed to create effective proposals to secure funding.
Speaker: Althea Lewis
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn the basics of writing grant proposals for non-profit organizations. Understand the grant writing process, marketing your proposal to government agencies and foundations, as well as other tips for success. Most non-profits are small businesses and need the basics.
Speaker: Sam Gore
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Turn your interest in growing vegetables, fruits, herbs and other crops into a sustainable agricultural-based business. This four-part series will use the REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship Through ActionLearning) Ag-Entrepreneurship curriculum to teach you the business side of farming. -Gain insights on the marketing of your product. -Hear about current issues facing small agribusinesses. -Understand rules and regulations and learn about funding options and other resources. Agripreneur Workshop Series: -Class 1 - Exploring Agriculture Entrepreneurship and Business Planning (Self-Assessment·Community Analysis·Feasibility) -Class 2 - Market Research and the Marketing Plan -Class 3 - Business Operations (Legal Structure·Operating Procedures·Taxes, Licenses & Insurance·Key People·Roles & Responsibilities) -Class 4 - Business Financials (Breakeven Analysis·Cash Flow·Budget)
Speaker: Jeff Rieves North Carolina Department of Revenue Customer Education Officer Karen Bargsley North Carolina Department of Revenue Customer Education Officer Karen Bargsley
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
LOCATION: BRYANT STUDENT CENTER 1ST FLOOR MEETING ROOM - Join us for the Small Business Roundtable as we hear from Ashley E. Randall, Assistant Director of Public Service & Pro Bono Activities, with the NC Bar Association Foundation. NC LEAP provides free legal services to low-wealth entrepreneurs and inventors. They recently partnered with the USPTO to expand our services to include a regional Inventor Assistance Program. NC LEAP IAP provides qualified inventors and small businesses with pro bono patent assistance. This workshop is for anyone who may want to learn about the benefits of NC LEAP's services.
Speaker: Ashley E. Randall
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Speaker: Various Speakers
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Attend to increase your understanding of the proposal development process and learn how to determine if procurement is a good fit for your business. You will identify submission requirements; what information to include in your proposal; and how the Government will evaluate the proposals for award.
Speaker: La Nell Grissom
Wednesday, June 17, 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, June 17, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Thursday, June 25
Deciding what business entity formation is best for your company is among the most critical early decisions every entrepreneur must make. The legal structure chosen must adequately protect the enterprise's core intellectual property and enhance the appropriate funding structure as well as responding to taxation, regulatory and liability concerns. This seminar will cover the different business entities and the advantages and disadvantages for choosing one type over another for the start-up biotech business.
Speaker: Rosalie Lulis
Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Registration Required. The DISC Behavioral Style Model was developed by William Moulton Marston, Ph.D., more than 75 years ago, and has become one of the most widely-used models for understanding the behavioral differences in people. Learn about the DISC model in our seminar because it is easy to understand, and can help you understand yourself and your team.
Speaker: Dave Springett
Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Get information about your customers, prospects, and competition. Learn about current and reliable sources of information to help grow your business.
Speaker: Chisa Pennix-Brown, Lady Bizness
Thursday, June 18, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
During this workshop you will get the skills to write a technical response to a Federal proposal. Topics include: reading a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quote (RFQ), proposal development teams for writing an RFP/RFQ, capabilities matrix development, team selection, developing a proposal schedule, a compliance matrix, and a proposal outline.
Speaker: Ariana Billingsley, PTAC
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, June 18, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center will offer a free seminar Thursday, June 18th. 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.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar will identify personal qualities and skills of successful business owners and other factors that contribute to the success of small businesses. Participants will develop a better understanding of personal budgeting and its relationship to business planning. Basic concepts such as start-up cost, revenue and operating cost will be explained. This class is for the small business owner or prospective owner.
Speaker: Dr. Becky Sain
Thursday, June 18, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
This is the second part of the QuickBooks seminar and will cover setting up customers, vendors, how to prepare invoices, assess finance charges, enter and pay bills. Presenter: Jennifer Nelson
Speaker: Nancy Blackman
Thursday, June 18, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Small business owners must first determine what legal structure their business should take which makes sense for both their business and personal lives. Making the decision between sole proprietorship, Limited Liability Company, and Corporation have important ramifications in a business’ ability to protect itself from business risks. Taxes are also treated differently, so these can impact your decision. This 1.5 hour session reviews the basics of each legal structure, pros and cons, and how they can protect your business.
Speaker: Harry Ponder
Thursday, June 18, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
How to Sell on Etsy Turn Your Passion Into A Business on Etsy!!!!! Etsy is a rapidly growing online marketplace for selling handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies. With more than 30 million members, there’s no better place to launch your own creative small business. In fact, sellers took home over 860 million in sales in 2012 alone. Attend this class to learn how to sell your art work, jewelry, crafts, and vintage items in this easy fast paced class!!!! See just how easy it is to Grow Your Brand with a wealth of new customers and promotional tools. Learn how to register and start selling on Etsy. Share the story of your craft in your profile, item photos, and shop banner. Escape the 9-5 grind and focus on your passion. You will be guided through planning the basics of your small business strategy and given an in-depth look at Etsy’s tools to help you succeed online.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
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