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On Demand, available until December 31
Topic: Tax Planning
This online course summarizes IRS resources for small business owners using the following media: (1) On the web at IRS.gov, (2) Tax Publications, (3) Videos and (4) Social Media. It also provides specific resource information for the Recordkeeping and Understanding Gross Business Receipts issues. This is a self-paced course that is delivered via an electronic file that describes and links to various IRS resources.
Location: Online
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

November

Monday, November 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
If you are seeking capital to start or expand your business, this seminar will provide you with an insider’s view of how best to prepare when seeking a business loan. An experienced small business lender will share insights about the types of loans available through traditional lenders and what you should know before you make that all-important loan proposal. Tips on the key ingredients for a successful loan package, and even more importantly, mistakes to avoid when speaking with the lender, will be discussed.
Speaker: Pete Ellis, Jr.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are you thinking about starting your own business? Not sure what steps to take or which ones to take first? This seminar is designed to provide basic information to individuals who are thinking about starting a business. This information includes critical ingredients for start-up success such as: feasibility study; market demographics; funding sources; and business owner support. Come prepared to engage in a practical exercise of using these tools.
Speaker: Steve Gill
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This seminar is aimed at the small business owner interested in creating a Twitter profile. Information will be provided on how to set up a Twitter Handle, how to engage in the world of Twitter with Tweets and all the settings to get your account up and running by the end of the seminar. Learn how to add graphics and links to your Tweets and the use of effective hashtags. Attendees should bring a mobile device (phone or tablet) with the Twitter app installed in order to experience the full functionality of Twitter.
Speaker: Jim Fuhs
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
An excellent credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. Should you have one credit card or four? Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance? Should you carry a credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan for your business or to obtain a personal loan. Your credit score is also important in determining the interest rate of your loans, your insurance premiums and deposits required for phone and utility services. As of October 1, 2005, every adult in North Carolina has been able to receive a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus. Do you understand these reports and how to read them? In this three-hour seminar we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. You will learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score simply by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry balances. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. Make plans to attend now!
Speaker: Bob Moore
Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Come learn about the Better Business Bureau and hear about how scams are affecting small businesses. Think consumers are the only victims of fraud? Think again! Every year, thousands of small businesses find themselves targets of scams and deceptive sales practices. From phony invoices for unordered products to fake online advertising, scammers go to great lengths to duplicate letterhead and create phony websites in efforts to scam small business owners. Often, it’s a matter of identifying suspicious activity, asking the right questions and doing your research.
Speaker: Claire Abshire

December

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are you thinking about starting your own business? Not sure what steps to take or which ones to take first? This seminar is designed to provide basic information to individuals who are thinking about starting a business. This information includes critical ingredients for start-up success such as: feasibility study; market demographics; funding sources; and business owner support. Come prepared to engage in a practical exercise of using these tools.
Speaker: Steve Gill
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Would you rather eat live insects than market your small business? You are not alone. Come gain insight into your customers and learn how to reach and market to them in new, inexpensive, fun and creative ways. You’ll learn about branding, advertising and grassroots marketing while identifying some of the components of an effective marketing plan. You’ll discover how to best use one of your most powerful and least expensive marketing tools. Bring business cards if you have some, but don’t worry if you don’t. You’ll leave with over 100 inexpensive and creative ideas and tips to help you grow your business, increase your visibility and connect with your community.
Speaker: Emily Ballance
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are you thinking about starting your own business? Not sure what steps to take or which ones to take first? This seminar is designed to provide basic information to individuals who are thinking about starting a business. This information includes critical ingredients for start-up success such as: feasibility study; market demographics; funding sources; and business owner support. Come prepared to engage in a practical exercise of using these tools.
Speaker: Steve Gill
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Funeral directors are invited to come and learn how to provide outstanding customer service and strengthen customer relationships in this five-hour seminar designed to facilitate discussion about what customers think about before they buy, obstacles to great customer service, what drives customers away, how to resolve conflicts and the importance of self-care. Pocket cards are required for admission and CE credit. This course has been approved by the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service for 5 hours of continuing education credit.
Speaker: Emily Ballance
Thursday, December 07, 2017 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM, 1 sessions ending Tuesday, December 12
Topic: Financing
With the CSBDF Loan Readiness program, you’ll gain first hand insight of how lenders review loan applications, common pitfalls that can prevent liftoff, and strategies to best present your business to a lender. It will cover: Access to Capital, Business Planning, Financial Projections, Personal Credit. This program is designed to walk you through our loan application so you can more easily obtain capital, work through challenge areas, and understand business finances and documentation.
Speaker: Roxanne Reed
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Amazon is the leading e-commerce website in the United States with more than $136 billion dollars in 2016 net sales. Amazon has more than 304 million active customer accounts worldwide. In this fast paced class you’ll learn how to register online, choose the account that fits your goals, and list an item on Amazon for free to maximize your profitability. You’ll learn how to ship your items or let Amazon ship them for you with "Fulfillment by Amazon" (FBA) shipping services. Learn how to make the most money with every sale. Amazon is the fastest way to start selling online. Sell just a few items and pay no monthly fee with the Individual plan or choose the Small Business subscription for unlimited selling.
Speaker: Nick Hawks
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Learn how to develop a business plan that brings together the goals, plans, strategies and resources of your business, helping you to minimize risk and save yourself from significant financial losses. This event is co-sponsored by the CCCC Small Business Center and SBTDC
Speaker: Gloria Monroe