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  FREE SEMINARS - From Across the State to Just Down the Road

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Are you considering starting a food business for yourself? This course covers the issues that an individual should consider before thinking about opening the doors. In other words, this course is the starting point on your journey into business ownership. Learn how to identify critical issues and make the right decisions as you prepare to start your food business. The seminar is being presented by Mary Lou Surgi food entrepreneur consultant and creator of Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Ms. Surgi has helped hundreds of food entrepreneurs get their start - leading to profitable businesses, creating jobs, and building a strong local food economy in Western North Carolina.
Speaker: Mary Lou Surgi
Monday, April 13, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Perhaps you have heard that WordPress is an easy way to post progressive dialogue about your business on the Internet...but how do you get started? Join Boomer Sassmann, owner of a local website company, to learn how to get your content, photos, and voice onto the Internet. Using WordPress for blogging is a great platform that is constantly updated, produces new features, and integrates better ways to import photos, videos, and links. Questions? Sign up for the class!
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Starting a nonprofit organization can be rewarding and fulfilling. Review the basics on how to start such an organization, how to manage it and what resources are available.
Speaker: Mike Sowinski
Wednesday, April 15, 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 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This seminar will mainly focus on the process of public contracting with an emphasis on assisting business owners on how to market themselves. It will also cover various forms of contracts and include additional resources that businesses can utilize to list themselves for bidding purposes.
Speaker: Brenda Mills
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
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

Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The more companies there are online the harder it is to maintain a number one spot on the search engines and the more difficult it is to achieve the online attention you need. Discover how to increase your website's online performance.
Speaker: SCORE
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Discover how social media can improve online visibility as well as strengthen branding and increase sales for your business. This seminar was previously scheduled for April 22nd.
Speaker: SCORE
Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This seminar is aimed specifically at new start ups that think or know they need to have a presence on the Internet either for marketing or branding purposes.
Speaker: SCORE
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This business planning seminar that 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: Noah Raper and Duane Adams


On Demand, available until June 30
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