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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

Tuesday, February 16, 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, February 16, 2016 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, February 17, 2016 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, February 17, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Are you interested in starting a child care business? This one-hour session will answer the following questions: 1) Where can I obtain financing? 2) What is the process of getting a loan? 3) What critical steps should I take in running a child care business? 4) What other training is available to child care operators? And 5) What are some of the statewide resources that are available to help? Participants will delve into some of the more intimidating but useful concepts of financial management, including price setting, break-even analysis, cash flow management and understanding financial statements.
Speaker: Jane Hatley
Thursday, February 18, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
In today’s fast paced world we often forget to create clear boundaries for ourselves. Fortunately, technology and the internet can be used to help streamline our tasks. This seminar will demonstrate ways to take back your most valuable asset - time. Those in attendance will examine a digital tool box of utilities and services to help paint a picture of proper productivity in today’s fast paced world. Attendees will also explore tools like Zapier and, “If This, Than That”, (IFTTT) to learn how to automate the tedious tasks that one must deal with on a daily basis.
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Saturday, February 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar will cover choosing the right structure for your business, risk management through proper insurance coverage, and legal issues in state and federal employment law.
Speaker: SCORE
Monday, February 22, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar provides an overview of key elements and issues that every business owner must face: the Business Plan, Record Keeping, Legal Structure, Financing, Promotion/Marketing and Risk Management. Presented by SCORE.
Speaker: SCORE
Saturday, February 27, 2016 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 02, 2016 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
Saturday, March 05, 2016 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
Monday, March 07, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Monday, April 04
Topic: Business Basics
The A-B Tech Small Business Center in collaboration with Asheville SCORE; the Support Center; the NC Industrial Extension; and local artists is proud to announce a new interactive workshop series which will be held at the Hive AVL/the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in downtown Asheville. Advanced Business Skills for Artists has been developed based on feedback from local creative business owners asking for assistance in marketing and selling, operations, and finance. It is structured so that participants can immerse themselves in a supportive environment that will provide each individual with knowledge that can be utilized to grow their business. Each collaborative three-hour session will allow participants to share their own professional wisdom and get answers to questions that are relevant for their business. This fee-based program, comprised of six independent sessions, will begin on Monday, March 7th with the final session being held on Monday, April 4th.
Fee: $ 250.00
Tuesday, March 08, 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
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 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
Thursday, March 10, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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
Friday, March 11, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don'ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Speaker: SBTDC & SBC
Saturday, March 12, 2016 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