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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


Thursday, January 19, 2017 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Do you have a local business and are trying to get the word out about it? Looking for new clients, or trying to show that your business has a new and improved look? From landscaping to catering companies, everybody needs a website and there is no easier platform these days than WordPress. With the ability to easily add content, Google maps, videos and photos, that is no reason why your business should not have an impressive looking website full of details and ways for potential clients to contact you.
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Tuesday, January 24, 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, January 25, 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
Saturday, January 28, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Owning and operating a small business can be overwhelming and frustrating, but with the right skills and knowledge, you will see it can also be rewarding and successful. This 3-part seminar outlines skills in operating your business, navigating the environment around your business, and communicating with your customers. You will learn strategies for business operations, discover how to plan and think strategically, and develop or refine and communicate the core values of your business to your customers and others.
Speaker: SCORE


Wednesday, February 01, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Startup Founders and Business Owners: If you care about your family, business, partners, team, and income, then you should care about insurance. Melody Herman, Benefits Shaman and The Entrepreneur's Agent, will guide you through the ways to protect what you've worked so tirelessly to create, regardless of life or business stage. Get ready to change your perspective, transform fears, and learn about insurance in a whole new way. Topics include: Life & disability Insurance, Key Person, Buy-Sell, Loan Protection, Business Overhead Expense, Employee Benefits.
Speaker: Melody Herman
Thursday, February 02, 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
Saturday, February 04, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop-oriented seminar will provide a framework for analyzing the key areas of your business. During the workshop, we will examine key activities and resources in your business, look at customer relationships and segments, explore the value proposition for your business, identify channels to your customers, examine the cost structure and revenue streams of your business, and determine what partnerships are valuable to your business. This framework is useful in tracking the performance of your business and in making key decisions affecting your business.
Speaker: SCORE
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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.
Wednesday, February 08, 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
Thursday, February 09, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
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
Saturday, February 11, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Why do some entrepreneurs succeed and others fail? Together we will explore the critical things most people are unaware of or avoid when starting a business - the assumptions, interpretations and limiting beliefs that get in the way of success. In this workshop you will define success and what you do to ensure you are successful: learn how different levels of engagement attract or repel success; explore five blocks to success an how they affect your ability to accomplish important goals in your life and business.
Speaker: SCORE
Wednesday, February 15, 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