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On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
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.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Jim Myers as guest
On Demand, available until July 31
Topic: Not Set
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.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Jim Myers as guest
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
If your business has plateaued, and you and your team are operating at maximum capacity, come learn how to break that cycle and structure your business for growth! In this powerful 2-hour seminar, you’ll learn time-tested principles of how to grow your buisness, including... The 6 steps to building a business that gets extraordinary results Ideal time management, and where you fall on the time target How to turn your marketing into an investment, not an expense How to get leverage in your business, to achieve more with less Steps to financial mastery, understanding the numbers that drive your business, and how you can directly impact the key profit-drivers Who should attend this seminar: Business owners or executives who are ready for the next level of growth. You've already achieved a level of success, but your business still relies on your direct involvement in order to grow, or even maintain your current level of success.
Speaker: Dave Springett
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
This self-paced training exercise presents an overview of franchising, as well as how to determine if franchising is right for you, and how to choose the right one. Topics include defining franchising, pros and cons of owning a franchise, and how to determine if franchising is right for you.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
Learn about pricing and the impact that it has on the success of your business. From determining your price to implementing your pricing strategy this course will give you the resources to sound pricing strategies.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
Este curso les presenta a los jóvenes empresarios a los fundamentos de la creación y financiación de un negocio exitoso. Usted aprenderá a evaluar sus ideas, elegir las mejores opciones de financiamiento y registrar legalmente su negocio. El curso le dirigirá a los recursos que necesita en su viaje empresarial.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to customer service and how it impacts your business Topics include: Defining what good customer service is, implementing good customer service, and how to improve customer service
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
This course is designed to provide a basic overview of marketing. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are interested in reaching a broader customer base.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
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What is intellectual property and how do you protect your ideas? This course gives an overview of intellectual properties and explains how to protect them. Learn why you should protect your intellectual property. Explore the differences between patents, trademarks and copyrights and discover the process for filing for a patent or trademark and registering for a copyright.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
This course explains pricing models your business might adopt. Learn how to set prices, calculate costs, assess competitors and much more.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
You have a great product or service. Now you have to sell it. This course will give you an overview of sales plans and other tools to get your product or service into your customer/consumer’s hands.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
This self-paced training exercise will give you an overview of savings plans and strategies for your small business. Learn about the contingency and long-term savings, tax breaks, retirement savings and much more.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
This self-paced training exercise will give you an overview of how to sell or close a business. Topics covered include defining a business exit strategy, transferring ownership of a business, steps to closing a business, and preparing a sales agreement.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
The talent and expertise of your employees is one of your businesses’ greatest assets. This course reveals recruiting and retaining strategies to help you locate, recruit, and retain talented employees. Established business owners know that great employees add value to your business. Whether you are hiring recent graduates or seasoned professionals, having great employees can be a game changer for your business.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
This training module describes what size standards are, how they are established, why they are important, how they are used, where to find them and how to determine if a specific business concern is considered a small business. It also describes what is meant by affiliation and how such affiliations can impact the size of a business. See the Government Contracting Classroom for more training options.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
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This course will cover some basic technology tools to help you run your business more efficiently. Topics include: Benefiting from Current Desktop Technology, Using Technology to Save you Time, and Upgrading Your Accounting Practices. Users should complete all three courses to receive an SBA certificate of completion.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns for Hiring People Who Live in the U.S. But Are Not U.S. Citizens .
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
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This course explains the importance of business planning, defines and describes the components of a business plan, and provides access to sample plans and resources that can help you develop a very good business plan.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to finding and attracting investors. Topics include determining the need for outside financing, defining what an investor is and where to find them, explaining the investment process and understanding investor expectations.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
This course is designed to provide a basic overview of loan packaging. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are interested in borrowing money to start, grow or expand their businesses.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
This course is designed to provide an overview of accounting.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
Welcome to the SBA’s online training course: An introduction to crowdfunding for entrepreneurs. SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education provides this self-paced training exercise as an overview of crowdfunding (also commonly referred to as ‘crowd financing’ or ‘crowd sourced capital’). You will find the course easy to follow and the subject matter indexed for quick reference and easy access. It will take about 30 minutes to complete the course. As audio is used throughout the training, please adjust your speakers accordingly. A transcript and keyboard shortcuts are available to further assist with user accessibility. The highlighted next steps at the conclusion of the program will help you apply what you have learned and engage you in the process of crowdfunding. When you complete the course, you will have the option of receiving a completion confirmation from the SBA.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
This Module assists small- and medium-sized businesses in developing and implementing an effective safety and health management system in the workplace. Companies that do so can greatly reduce the number and severity of work-related accidents and illnesses. Other benefits include fewer employee lost work days, lower workers' compensation costs, and higher employee morale and productivity. Using the proactive approach presented in this Module, managers and employees work together to identify workplace hazards and potentially dangerous conditions. They develop and implement processes, procedures, and programs to prevent accidents, injuries, and illnesses from occurring. This Module consists of six lessons and a Final Test. After successfully passing the Final Test and completing the Module Evaluation, you may earn a certificate of completion for Module 1. Click on the tabs below to see overviews of each lesson.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with NCSU as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
Seeking certification of a safety and health management system (SHMS) can benefit a business by assuring its employees, potential customers, business partners, and government agencies that the SHMS meets the stringent safety and health standards of a particular well-recognized model. This Module assists businesses, wishing to take their SHMS to the next level, to select the best SHMS model for their organization and conform to its requirements. Because the certification process varies with the unique needs and characteristics of each company, this Module offers guidance and tools to businesses as they go through this process. The SHMS models addressed in this Module include: OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Specification OHSAS 18001:2007 ANSI Z10:2005 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems ILO-OSH 2001 Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems. This Module consists of two lessons and a Final Test. After successfully passing the Final Test and completing the Module Evaluation, you may earn a certificate of completion for Module 2. Click on the tabs below to see overviews of each lesson.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with NCSU as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
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

June

Friday, June 03, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. Registration Required. 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.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 106. Registration Required. Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer
Friday, June 17, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. Registration Required. 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.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 106. Registration Required. Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer