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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

September

Wednesday, September 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
Friday, September 09, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Small business owners can reduce employee turnover by becoming more informed about the interviewing process. This seminar is designed to provide the small business owner with the knowledge base required to build a competent staff. This knowledge base will include good hiring practices and superb interviewing skills which will lead to hiring exceptional employees.
Speaker: Darryl Rhymes
Saturday, September 10, 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, September 12, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
A great seminar for the dabbler or the entrepreneur wanting to make eBay a primary business tool. During this fast-paced session, learn best practices to use when setting up an account, listing items for sale, taking payments, and shipping. Topics will include eBay appraisals and research, registering on eBay and starting a seller's account, choosing formats and categories, writing descriptions that sell, submitting photos, feedback, using PayPal, shipping tips and pricing philosophies that will make you an eBay Top Rated Seller!
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Monday, September 12, 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
Wednesday, September 14, 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, September 14, 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 which is now one of the most popular website publishing platforms on the open source market. This course will offer a very 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
Thursday, September 15, 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
Saturday, September 17, 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
Monday, September 19, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This session is for individuals having knowledge/experience of selling on eBay who want to establish a continual retail presence. Topics in this fast-paced session will include starting and growing an eBay business, finding merchandise to sell, creating professional listings, marketing your business on eBay, managing active listings, resolving issues and feedback, and protecting your eBay business. You also will learn those tricks of the trade that you have to know to become an eBay Power Seller!
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 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
Wednesday, September 21, 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
Thursday, September 22, 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
Saturday, September 24, 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