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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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
Tuesday, June 02, 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
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The NC Department of Revenue, NC Secretary of State, NC Industrial Commission, and NC Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security will present this seminar. Each agency will cover basic requirements to help businesses in North Carolina understand the laws and obligations necessary to be a compliant business.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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, June 17, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Thursday, June 25
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
Monday, June 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
With over 237 million active users world-wide, Amazon is the leading e-commerce website in the United States and it is one of the fastest ways to start selling your products online. In this fast paced class you will learn how to register online, choose the account that fits your goals and list an item on Amazon to maximize your profits. You will also learn how to ship your items and minimize your expenses. This will help you get the most out of every sale.
Speaker: Nick Hawks

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, June 04, 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: Tommy Dennison and Duane Adams
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
In today's job market and business environment it is important for every entrepreneur to learn how social media can strengthen their reputation, build a recognizable brand, and make long-lasting connections. Learn tips for making the most out of your social media accounts, as well as for setting privacy and security settings to protect your personal information.
Speaker: Sarah Benoit


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