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

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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.
Speaker: Rosalie Lulis
Thursday, March 05, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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. The date of this seminar has been changed from February 26th because instructor had a conflicting event.
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
This training focuses on preparing artists on how to be public artists. We will review contracting basics that will mainly pertain to artists, discuss the City's public art program and 1% for art policy and review an actual call for artists process.
Speaker: Brenda Mills
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
This 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 contracts and include additional resources that businesses can utilize to list themselves for bidding purposes.
Speaker: Brenda Mills
Thursday, March 12, 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
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This seminar will present an overview of intellectual property for current and potential small business owners.
Speaker: Norman J. Leonard
Thursday, March 26, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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

Start-up Assistance

Saturday, February 28, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This seminar will enlighten you on how to close the deal in addition to learning the process of getting the handshake, getting the signature on a purchase order, or just completing a deal.
Speaker: SCORE
Saturday, March 07, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Who is your target market? Do you have the ability to fill the need that exists within the market? Does the market have a need for your products or services? Proper research can help to answer all of these questions and , without it, businesses lose both time and money. This seminar will provide attendees with tips and information on how to conduct market research.
Speaker: SCORE
Thursday, March 12, 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: Noah Raper and Duane Adams
Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This class will help attendees understand the importance of positioning their businesses in the marketplace in order to create more visibility and expand their client base. Creative ways of marketing the business will be discussed.
Speaker: SCORE
Saturday, March 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This FREE course is good for anyone who is curious about their ability to be an entrepreneur. It also serves as the introduction course for SCORE's Simple Steps to Starting a Business four-week business planning workshop. Attendees will be able to assess whether or not they are truly cut out to endure the rigors of entrepreneurship. They will learn the truth about business ownership and look at various ways of starting a business. This seminar also aims to help attendees understand the myriad of roles that entrepreneurs have to play. They will also learn the nuts and bolts of launching a new business and discover why a business plan is needed.
Speaker: SCORE
Monday, March 23, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This seminar provides an overview of the various structural elements and questions that every business must face such as, Why do I need a business plan? Why do I need a CPA? What type of insurance do I need? do I need a marketing plan?
Speaker: SCORE
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this introductory seminar you learn more about how the Internet, maintain and grow your business.
Speaker: SCORE


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