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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

October

Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Friday, October 20
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Seminar: Facebook for Business Date: October 19 & 20 Day: Thursday & Friday Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: BRCC Flat Rock Campus Technology Building Room: 119 Description: Businesses need to engage their customers with social media. Facebook Business Pages are your portal for nonprofits, for-profit small businesses, and cause marketing. First 3-hour class you will learn how to set-up and organically market your content and cause, and set-up a live paid ad campaign. The second 3-hour class will leverage Facebook Insights to analyze the ad campaign and critic influencer pages. Recommended that students have at least a year of experience using Facebook as an individual.
Speaker: Marc Czarnecki
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
How to Start a Business and Form an LLC Location: BRCC Transylvania County Campus - Brevard Date: October 24, 2017 Time: 1:00-5:00 PM Building: Transylvania County Campus Room: 149 Cost: Program is offered at no charge, due to sponsor support, from the State of North Carolina and Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center. 1:00-5:00 PM - Designed for pre-start and start-up business owners that want to learn more about what it takes to start a for-profit organization using the popular Limited Liability Company (LLC) form of business. Topics will include: how to create an operating agreement, how major business decisions are made and what fees and licenses are required. You’ll also learn how to choose a unique name that meets state requirements. All attendees will receive a copy of the book - 'Form Your Own Limited Liability Company' a $44.99 value FREE with registration.
Speaker: Michelle Tracz, CPA, CFE, CGMA, PLLC
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Seminar: How to Create Effective Videos to Promote Your Business Date: October 25, 2017 Day: Wednesday Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Flat Rock Campus Building: Technology Room: 302 How to Create Effective Videos to Promote Your Business Description: Using properly crafted video is a proven strategy to enhance your business's bottom line. Google demands video for improved search ranking, video on social media platforms improve engagement numbers, and video attracts and holds people's interest in this day of shortening attention spans. The class will cover how to create the type of video needed in today's competitive digital environment, how to use video effectively for promotions and various marketing platforms, and how to do so without breaking your budget.
Speaker: Brooks Norman
Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Seminar: How to Negotiate the Perfect Workplace Lease Date: October 26, 2017 Day: Thursday Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM Location: BRCC Transylvania Campus Room: TRCT 217 Description: Learn how to read a lease and find all the obvious and hidden “gotcha” clauses that may should be eliminated or modified – and business terms that should be added - before you sign that lease. You will be introduced to terms and concepts that will minimize your leasing risk and lower your occupancy cost – both initially, and if unexpected circumstances come your way. Bring in your lease and ask questions. Be ready for your next lease renewal or negotiation. This is not presented by an attorney and is no legal advice will be given. This course covers the myriad business-points of the lease only.
Speaker: Craig Melby, CCIM
Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Seminar: How to Find Your Customers Date: October 26 Day: Thursday Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Transylvania County Campus Building: Applied Technology Building Room: 218 How to Find Your Customers Description: Market research isn’t just for startups; it’s an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey
Monday, October 30, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Seminar: How to Find Your Customers Date: October 30, 2017 Day: Monday Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Henderson County Campus Building: Continued Education Room: 122 How to Find Your Customers Description: Market research isn’t just for startups; it’s an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey

November

Thursday, November 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
Seminar: Your Small Business Taxes Date: November 2, 2017 Day: Thursday Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Transylvania County Campus Building: Applied Technology Building Room: 218 Description: Your Small Business Taxes Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey
Saturday, November 04, 2017 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Create a Business Plan Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: November 4, 2017 Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (one hour lunch) Building: BRCC Technology Education & Development Center Room: 201 Cost: Program is offered at no charge, due to sponsor support, from the State of North Carolina and Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center. Description In this day, create a business plan. A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are inter-related. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for pre-start, start-up and existing business owners that want to create a business plan for 2018 to manage their business or access money through through local microloan organizations, SBA, traditional banks, angel investing, bootstrapping, crowd funding, etc. Use your plan to submit to the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce Business Plan Competition.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey
Monday, November 06, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
Seminar: Your Small Business Taxes Date: November 6, 2017 Day: Monday Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Henderson County Campus Building: Continued Education Building Room: 122 Description: Your Small Business Taxes Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Description: Start Grow Thrive Conference Location: BRCC Henderson County Campus - Flat Rock Date: November 14, 2017 Time: 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM Building: BRCC Conference Hall Cost: Program is offered at no charge, due to sponsor support Sponsors: Mountain BizWorks, the State of North Carolina SBCN and Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center. Mountain Bizworks assists with business planning, business coaching, and business financing through business development classes and programs. Conference Agenda 8:00-8:20 am Check-in 8:20-8:30 am Welcome 8:30-9:30 am Entrepreneurism in Western North Carolina Panel: Carolina West, Venture Asheville, Mountain West Partnership, High County Region for MBW 9:30-9:45 am Break and meet Panelists for Entrepreneurism in Western North Carolina 9:45-10:45 am Tips and Success Stories to Starting a Business in WNC 10:45-11:00 am Break 11:00 am-12:00 pm Tips and Success Stories to Scaling-up a Business in WNC 12:00-1:15 pm Lunch Keynote: Olivia Collier, North Carolina State Program Manager for Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC); “Olivia brings a unique perspective from being at the front lines of investing in entrepreneurial development both here in NC and across the Appalachian region.” ; Mountain BizWorks - Lunch Sponsor 1:15-1:30 pm Break 1:30pm-2:30pm Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs - Panel of Providers SBA , USDA, Asheville Savings Bank, Natural Capital Investment Fund, MBW, Self Help, The Pinnacle Fund, and Investor Protection & Education Services Program NC Department of the Secretary of State on Crowdfunding 1:30-3:45 pm Work For Yourself Over 50+ in collaboration with AARP 2:30-2:45 pm Break 2:45-3:45 pm 3 Breakout Programs - Select One Option A - Overview of Financial Tools and Quickbooks for Small Business Option B - Crowdfunding for Small Business Option C - Legal Entity Workshop with Pisgah Legal Start Grow Thrive Conference Bonuses: 1. Complimentary Lunch 2. Participants can bring business cards, brochures or rack cards to have on display to market their business
Speaker: Olivia Collier, North Carolina State Program Manager for Appalachian Regional Commission
Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Seminar: Basics of Bookkeeping Date: November 16, 2017 Day: Thursday Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Location: Blue Ridge Community College - Transylvania County Campus Building: TRCT Room: 218 Seminar: Basics of Bookkeeping Description: This seminar introduces the new or prospective business owner to the fundamentals of understanding the types of financial transactions that are the most common and provides information about how to properly record them. The seminar also introduces the three most important financial reports: cash flow, profit & loss and balance sheet statement, and discusses how business owners use them to make the best-informed business decisions.
Speaker: Gary C. Heisey