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On Demand, available until June 30
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

February

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar is for those who are looking to learn about what it takes to become an entrepreneur. Several overarching questions will be examined that will allow one to assess the potential of a business concept. Those who attend this seminar will be challenged to answer: Why - why would one want to be an entrepreneur? What - what problem are you trying to solve or what need are you trying to fill? Who - who has the problem and how much – can this be profitable?
Speaker: Duane Adams and Diane Hendrickson
Thursday, February 23, 2017 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
Friday, February 24, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
As a result of legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly in July 2016, small businesses will soon be permitted to raise up to $2 million form average investors with certain limits. Businesses that use the "Invest N.C. exemption" can utilize the Internet to organize such a fundraiser. However, there are requirements on how much can be raised form each investor, what kind of financial information must be disclosed, and periodic reporting requirements to keep investors informed. This seminar provides an overview of federal and state investment crowdfunding. Speakers will cover the following: how crowdfunding fits within securities laws; legal do's and don'ts; and the marketing aspects - what you can say and how to reach investors.
Speaker: Leo John, Agency Legal Specialist, N.C. Department of the Secretary of State; Jake Farrar, Attorney, Merithew Law, Asheville
Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar covers choosing the right web developer for your business. What questions do you ask your developer, what duties must you undertake to work with this developer, and what information and tools should the developer leave with you when the job is finished? Building a web site is very similar to building a custom home and we will show you all the pitfalls.
Speaker: SCORE

March

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
In this introductory seminar you learn more about how the Internet can help you start, maintain and grow your business.
Speaker: SCORE
Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This seminar will cover: Entity Formation; S-Corporation Status; Estimated Taxes; and Business Deductions.
Speaker: Mike Sowinski
Saturday, March 04, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Before creating a business plan, you need a business model. This seminar covers the fundamentals of business operational and financial planning for a new business.
Speaker: SCORE
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 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, March 07, 2017 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 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
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Discover how social media can improve online visibility as well as strengthen branding and increase sales for your business.
Speaker: SCORE
Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This fast-paced workshop gives you current best practices on how to build your customer base. You will work through team exercises to get a fresh perspective on how to better position your products/services, target the right customers, and frame your communications to sell more. The Workshop is given by Grace Major a long term small business owner who designed award-winning workshops and authored Take Charge! How To Manage Your Customer Relationships.
Speaker: SCORE
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Thinking of selling your products or services to the government, but don't know where to start? Already doing business with a government entity, but want to brush up on your knowledge and skills? Attend this seminar to learn more about the process of government contracting. This seminar will de-mystify government procurement so you can make an informed decision on whether to enter (and how to get the most out of) this important market.
Speaker: SBTDC
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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
Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Is your company name important to you? Have you spent time and money developing a logo or a slogan? Small business owners that answer yes should consider registering for a trademark as a way to protect their business brand. North Carolina's trademarks registry is administered by the N. C. Secretary of State's Office, while federal trademarks are overseen by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. This seminar focuses on various aspects of trademarks - from the creation of rights associated with state, federal, and common law trademarks to methods of enforcing those rights. Attendees can expect to get an overview of the costs, benefits, and pitfalls of trademarks..
Speaker: Leo John (Legal Specialist, NC Dept. of Secretary of State) and Lake Farrar (Merithew Law - Asheville)
Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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