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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


Wednesday, May 25, 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
Thursday, May 26, 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, June 07, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
In this seminar, participants will learn best practices to increase and sustain business cash flow using financial information and tax strategies.
Speaker: Mike Sowinski
Wednesday, June 08, 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
Thursday, June 09, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Having a web presence is critical for any business. Learn how to build your business' web platform with WordPress one of the most popular website publishing platforms on the open source market. This course will offer a thorough overview of the background, install process, setup, and build out process of a WordPress website. Topics covered will be: Initial setup, Inserting content, selecting the correct template, selecting the correct plugins, optimization, and security. This class is great for beginners but advanced WordPress users will also benefit greatly. Laptop recommended but not required.
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Tuesday, June 14, 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, June 15, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
The 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 contacts and include additional resources that businesses can utilize to list themselves for bidding purposes. Presented by the City of Asheville.
Speaker: Brenda Mills
Wednesday, June 15, 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
Thursday, June 16, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This interactive seminar is for those who are taking initial steps in starting a business. Learn more about what it takes to validate the strength of your idea. Also learn to identify issues related to the industry, the market, you, your team and finances. Those in attendance will leave with a better understanding of how to assess the overall potential of any business idea prior to writing a lengthy business plan. There are a limited number of seats available.
Speaker: Diane Hendrickson
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Learn more about the process of buying and selling a business. Discover how to prepare and market your business for sale, how to analyze a business to buy and how to structure the deal.
Speaker: Mike Sowinski
Thursday, June 23, 2016 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