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On Demand, available until December 31
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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


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Financing
After completing this module, the participants will be able to: Understand how credit reports are used in the underwriting of business loans. Apply common business practices and tools to help in proper credit reporting. Develop strategies to build or improve their business’ credit. Protect themselves from credit-related scams and know what to do if their business becomes a victim.
Speaker: Paul Licary, Small Business Specialist - AVP, Woodforest National Bank
Location: Online
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Attend this offering to increase your understanding of the proposal development process and learn how to determine if Government procurement is a good fit for your business. Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to develop a competitive response to a federal solicitation. Topics covered include: - Reading and understanding a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quotation (RFQ) - Selecting a proposal development team - Proposal development team for writing a RFP and a RFQ response - Developing a proposal schedule - Developing a compliance matrix - Developing a proposal outline - Responsiveness and compliance Facilitated by a Business Development Specialist, NC Military Business Center, with emphasis on proposal submission requirements and what to include in the proposal.
Speaker: Boyce Haywood
Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Are you running out of ideas for what to do with your art? Come to this fun, invigorating seminar and get a taste of thirty-three free or low-cost ways you can get your art out there, get it seen, and get it sold! Be sure to bring some of your art along too so we can brainstorm what will work best for you and your particular talent/medium.
Speaker: Dr. Barnsley Brown


Thursday, December 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Craft beer is a fast-growing business. Learn what it takes to develop a successful microbrewery business from two experts in the field. Attorney, John Szymankiewicz, wrote "Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know" and is the founder of The Beer Law Center. Four of John's books will be given in a drawing at this seminar! Audra Gaiziunas, co-facilitator, served as Dogfish Head's Controller and Mother Earth Brewing's CFO, until launching Brewed For Her Ledger LLC, in 2013. As a fractional CEO/CFO for craft beverage, Audra has served 110+ brewery and cider clients from coast to coast in the areas of strategic finance, accounting information systems, marketing management, and strategic operations. 70% of her clients are startups.
Speaker: John Szymankiewicz with Audra Gaiziunas
Friday, December 08, 2017 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
This seminar will teach attendees how to get the most out of QuickBooks for their business. You will learn the basics to better understand your financial data. Topics include how to set up your business, create invoices, pay bills, reconcile bank accounts, and create reports.
Speaker: Jess McLamb
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to create a marketing strategy that supports your business goals. This seminar will cover some of the best marketing tools that are free or at a very low-cost and explore creative ways to promote your business without breaking the bank or your budget. Taught by Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center.
Speaker: Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center
Location: Online