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Tuesday, September 08, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
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, September 09, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This course will help to educate business owners on web-based resources and tools that can help streamline day-to-day operations for their business and alleviate stress from the digital world. The goal is to help raise the level of comfort and understanding when it comes to the internet as it continues to embed itself into more and more areas of one's business. Topics covered include website tracking using Google Analytics, search engine optimization, blogging platforms, WordPress, social media basics, and many web-based applications that are free to use online (Evernote, Dropbox, AnyMeeting, Mint, etc.).
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 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, September 15, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
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
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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 & categories, writing descriptions that sell, submitting photos, feedback, starting up and using a PayPal account, shipping tips and pricing philosophies that will make you an eBay Top Rated Seller!!
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action – collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Many small businesses have used Social Media Offers and Promotions to drive action. This could be in the form of a simple coupon or a Facebook campaign. Learn what you need to know about successful deals, and how you might use them for your marketing efforts.
Speaker: Aaron Means
Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Open Enrollment for 2016 Health Insurance coverage thru the Affordable Care Act starts November 1, 2015. Get answers from Dave Trout of Trout Insurance who has helped over a thousand folks go thru the Insurance Marketplace. Learn how your estimated income for 2016 will affect your premium discount tax credit. And how this can make your insurance affordable. We discuss new plans and insurance companies’ options as well as how your insurance works with networks of doctors. And we’ll review plan benefits – including 100% coverage for preventive care and no pre-existing condition exclusions. How to choose the coverage which best fits your needs, values and budget. Join us for this upbeat and interactive presentation.
Speaker: Dave Trout
Friday, September 18, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Starting a non-profit 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. Please note that this seminar will also be offered, simultaneously, at the A-B Tech Madison campus via iTV.
Speaker: Mike Sowinski
Friday, September 18, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Starting a non-profit 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. This seminar will be conducted at the A-B Tech South site and is being made available for live interactive viewing via iTV.
Speaker: Mike Sowinski
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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
Wednesday, September 23, 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.
Speaker: Boomer Sassmann
Thursday, September 24, 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, September 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
eBay now has a mobile application that allows you to manage your store while on the go. Busy sellers can research sales trends; set competitive prices for items; and add photos to listings that can now be created with a simple form. This synchronized application allows a seller to easily add product details simply by scanning a product's barcode. Sellers will also be able to utilize new features that will help to increase their ratings by providing buyers with tracking information and prompt customer service.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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

Start-up Assistance

Saturday, September 05, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: SCORE
Tuesday, September 08, 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
Saturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: SCORE
Saturday, September 19, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: SCORE
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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: Duane Adams
Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: SCORE
Saturday, October 03, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: SCORE

HP LIFE

On Demand, available until December 31
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