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On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: HP LIFE
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. HP LIFE offers participants a path to realizing their business dreams. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced, making it possible for more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start.
Speaker: Various
Location: Online


Wednesday, July 27, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class walks the business owner through all of the steps involved with building a simple e-commerce website using WordPress. From purchasing the proper domain name, selecting hosting, install and setup of WordPress, content planning, keyword research, payment and shipping gateways, tracking, to Adwords. It's ideal for someone who has 1-5 products (including digital products like e-books) and wants to learn the basic steps involved in selling online. Let Boomer Sassmann of Big Boom Design take you through this process. Sign up today!
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann


Wednesday, August 03, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This training focuses on preparing artists on how to be public artists. We will review contracting basics that will mainly pertain to artists, discuss the City's public art program and 1% for art policy and review an actual call for artists process.
Speaker: Brenda Mills
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
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, August 09, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Learn about the personnel/human relations issues you need to understand as a business owner such as employee handbooks, disciplinary/hiring/firing policies, basic benefits, sexual harassment, wage guidelines, etc.
Speaker: Teresa White
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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 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 Sassmann
Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Come and join the A-B Tech Small Business Center and Small Business and Technology Development Center for this collaborative event aimed at preparing small business owners, entrepreneurs, and creative minded individuals for business planning. Find out how to assess your business ownership skills and the feasibility of your idea. Participants will also learn what type of information is needed in order to produce a viable and successful business plan. Session handouts will include the SBTDC Business Startup and Resource Guide, a business plan outline, additional planning documents, and helpful resources to guide the planning process. There will be an opportunity for discussion and to ask questions about specific aspects of business. This session is FREE and open to anyone interested in starting a business, but registration is required in order to secure seating.
Speaker: SBC & SBTDC
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This seminar will focus on getting your bookkeeping system set up correctly by discussing the chart of accounts, general administrative and selling expenses, fixed assets versus operating expenses, and options for inventory management. participants will learn the importance of getting the bookkeeping system set up correctly and how to use their system to make comparisons to industry standards and minimize tax preparation time and expense. This seminar is a prerequisite for the hands-on workshop.
Speaker: Rosalie Lulis
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
Discover the programs and services offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration for start-up and existing small businesses. Find out which SBA-sponsored and SBA-funded resources are available for counseling and training small business owners in all areas of small business management (including business planning). find out what it takes to obtain a small business loan and to access SBA financing sources in particular. Discover the SBA's government contracting, minority and other certification programs which can enable your small business to obtain federal government contract work.
Speaker: Steve White