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On Demand

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

September

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
This class will review contracts (both business and employment-related) and policies utilized by businesses and the process for implementing various employment-related policies. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Ken Gray
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Financing
Bring your lunch and learn with other entrepreneurs! Learn from a local entrepreneur his ten best strategies for success in business.
Speaker: Mike Aman
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
In this class we will go over a broad overview of how to use Adobe Lightroom for your business. From importing, applying meta data, batch editing, and exporting. Lightroom is useful for anyone taking large amounts of images. It is a great way to organize, sort, and edit your photos for your business. Students MUST bring their own laptops with Lightroom software INSTALLED or simply take notes.
Speaker: Erica Letchworth
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Success in business begins with a plan. By committing your idea to paper, you face tough questions and identify strengths and weaknesses. Business plans are not just for financing purposes; they are working documents to guide your business. For new and established small business owners, the course will start you down the path of small business success. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Jim Ensor
Monday, September 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This seminar is an introduction to the popular QuickBooks accounting software. Participants must have basic computer skills – how to use a mouse, etc. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Connie Haithcock
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
There are literally hundreds of threats that can affect a small business. A new big box store competitor, key employees leaving, rising gas prices, recessions, health problems, new legislation and the list goes on and on. Most existing and new business owners either lack the ability or never “slow down” long enough to identify possible internal and external threats to their businesses, Often, by the time a threat is realized, damage to the business has occurred. This seminar will reveal many common threats small businesses face, assist entrepreneurs in learning how to determine if possible threats currently exist or if they could exist in the near future and most importantly, how to avoid these threats. Insure the success and sustainability of your business by gaining the information presented in this seminar. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Bob Moore
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Financing
After completing this course, the participants will be able to: Recognize the most common banking services for small business, including merchant services, payroll processing, business credit, and others Understand how other small business owners decide which banking services to use and evaluate the applicability of each banking service to their business needs. **No banking services will be sold at this meeting.
Speaker: Magen Jones
Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Financing
This workshop gives participants an overview of the lending process and how to make it work for you. Discussion will cover what lenders look for and expect with regards to your personal credit, cash flow coverage, collateral requirements, capital injection, and character. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Robbie Dunbar

October

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Do you know your product or service upside down and backwards, but the numbers just drive you up a wall? We’ll talk about calculating and recording payroll taxes and sales tax. You’ll become familiar with those financial terms that confuse you but that accountants love to use. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Kim Beauchamp
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This seminar is an introduction to the popular QuickBooks accounting software. Participants must have basic computer skills – how to use a mouse, etc. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Connie Haithcock
Thursday, October 05, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Jim Ensor
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Snap Chat is capturing the attention of millennials with its disappearing photos and messages, filters and lenses, and private messaging. Businesses have an opportunity to reach millennials not only with their engaging stories but by encouraging your customers to include your business in their special moment. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
Bring your lunch and join other entrepreneurs and small business owners! Each lunch meeting will feature a different topic and guest speaker. Learn from Martin Brossman ways to get more people in your business and how to handle business complaints you might have in today's business world where social media can impact your bottom line.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Financing
With the new credit card laws and the scoring changes made by the three credit bureaus, the rules for having a “good” credit score have changed. “Good “ credit is now considered to be 740 and above compared to 680 a year ago. In this seminar you will learn the legal and ethical ways a person can increase their credit score. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Bob Moore
Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Success in business begins with a plan. By committing your idea to paper, you face tough questions and identify strengths and weaknesses. Business plans are not just for financing purposes; they are working documents to guide your business. For new and established small business owners, the course will start you down the path of small business success. Cost: FREE
Speaker: Jim Ensor
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Speaker: Kim Beauchamp
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Speaker: Jim Young
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Speaker: Erica Letchworth