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Tuesday, March 03, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This seminar will help new or current business owners: Identify the federal tax reporting requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for federal taxes. Identify the general state/local tax reporting requirements of a small business, and establish a plan to account and pay for state/local taxes. Identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small business.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Thursday, March 05, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important. This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Mary Ann Gerney as guest speaker
Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business! If you don't have cash to pay the bills, your business won't survive. Learn how to construct realistic cash flow statements by developing good financial assumptions.
Speaker: Jim Myers
Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Conversational Business Spanish - Beginners Learn Spanish for situations including greetings and goodbyes, social niceties, compliments, employment issues, hiring and dismissal, medicinal emergencies, work rules and regulations, business operations, quality control and more.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Jared Hotchkiss as guest speaker
Monday, March 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Learn the fastest, easiest way to manage your business! This course provides small business owners with an introduction to one of the most popular small business accounting applications that tracks general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and checking accounts and provides easy-to-use reporting features.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM
Learn how to turn your marketing into a predictable investment with a measurable return.
Speaker: Dave Springett
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Can I make a living by operating a new or existing home-based business? How can a new business hope to survive in a marketplace where selling at cost appears to be the norm? Where do successful businesses find those great employees who have that special something? What enables Fast Food stores to do so well on a street with nothing but other Fast Food stores? Tim Dannelly – author of Selling The American Dream – believes effective planning, execution and marketing are involved in all successful businesses. If you’re serious about succeeding in business, you’ll want: The success factors already present in your market Essentials for the home office Those “little things” that get big results in your business Effective “Cut To The Chase” employee training Advertising that attracts customers without giving away profits Generating and controlling cash flow Ways to keep employees committed to the success of your business Now is a great time to start and grow a business!
Speaker: Tim Dannelly
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
SBA Financing-How to Get an SBA Loan • Why SBA? o SBA Loan Candidates o The Special Purpose Nature of SBA loans o The Credit Elsewhere Test • Roadblocks to SBA financing o Lack of clear plan o Inability to generate sufficient cash flow o Poor credit history o Outstanding judgments & liens o Criminal record • Preparing to Submit a Loan Request o Knowing what you need and why o Business Plan with 12 month projections ? https://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/how-write-business-plan o Resume o 3 years of previous years’ results o 3 years of personal tax returns for each guarantor
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with David Caster as guest speaker
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This seminar will help new or current business owners: Identify the federal tax reporting requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for federal taxes. Identify the general state/local tax reporting requirements of a small business, and establish a plan to account and pay for state/local taxes. Identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small business.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Many entrepreneurs believe that if they have a great product or service and provide an outstanding customer experience, customer retention will naturally follow. And if this is your startup philosophy you would be right … but only for a while. Customers don’t owe you their loyalty. You have to earn it — continually. Having an effective customer retention program in place gives you the ability to identify, track, and custom promote to those customers who are most likely to become loyal, long-term sources of revenue. This seminar will cover how to get and maintain customers.
Speaker: Glenn Osbourne
Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your organization, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This seminar will take a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.. It will highlight the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don'ts of each channel. There also will be tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working. This session is best suited for beginners who have begun to use social media for business but are ready to go a little further.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Mary Ann Gerney as guest speaker
Thursday, March 12, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Conversational Business Spanish - Intermediate Learn Spanish for situations including greetings and goodbyes, social niceties, compliments, employment issues, hiring and dismissal, medicinal emergencies, work rules and regulations, business operations, quality control and more. This a basic seminar designed to expose seminar attendees to what they need to know for a slightly more advanced form of conversational business Spanish
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Jared Hotchkiss as guest speaker
Monday, March 16, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Learn the fastest, easiest way to manage your business! This course provides small business owners with an introduction to one of the most popular small business accounting applications that tracks general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and checking accounts and provides easy-to-use reporting features.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Financing and Loan Structure: Matching the Funding Source to the Need • The Loan Purpose o Short term needs ? Matching short-term loans to short-term needs ? Operating Cycle Coverage • Inventory • Accounts Receivable • Business Seasonality o Long term needs ? Matching long term loans to long term needs ? Equipment Purchases ? Business Expansion ? Permanent Working Capital ? Real Estate Purchases • Sources and Uses o Money from the financing source o Equity in-skin in the game • Paying Back the Loan o Primary Source: Cash Flow ? Operational cash flow ? Global cash flow o Secondary Source: Guarantors o Tertiary Source: Collateral liquidation o Last Resort: Legal action and judgment enforcement
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with David Caster as guest speaker
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This seminar will help new or current business owners: Identify the federal tax reporting requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for federal taxes. Identify the general state/local tax reporting requirements of a small business, and establish a plan to account and pay for state/local taxes. Identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small business.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This presentation is a guide for small businesses or nonprofits who have been using social media marketing, but need some tips to take them to an intermediate level and/or add new channels to their marketing efforts. You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your business or nonprofit, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This seminar takes a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don’ts of each channel. You’ll also get tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Mary Ann Gerney as guest speaker
Thursday, March 19, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Conversational Business Spanish - Advanced Learn Spanish for situations including greetings and goodbyes, social niceties, compliments, employment issues, hiring and dismissal, medicinal emergencies, work rules and regulations, business operations, quality control and more. This a seminar designed to expose seminar attendees to what they need to know for basic conversational business Spanish
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Jared Hotchkiss as guest speaker
Monday, March 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Learn the fastest, easiest way to manage your business! This course provides small business owners with an introduction to one of the most popular small business accounting applications that tracks general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and checking accounts and provides easy-to-use reporting features.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
What Banks Look For in a Commercial Loan Candidate • Business Type o High risk vs. low risk industry o Viability • Business Longevity • Business Performance History o Positive trends o Managed margins o Profitability o Cash flow adequate to service debt o Stable balance sheet • Business Reputation • Loan Support o Personal or corporate guarantees o Collateral coverage o Government guarantees
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with David Caster as guest speaker
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This seminar will help new or current business owners: Identify the federal tax reporting requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for federal taxes. Identify the general state/local tax reporting requirements of a small business, and establish a plan to account and pay for state/local taxes. Identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small business.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Today, lots of consumers are using mobile devices to find what they need, to assess their options, to make decisions, and to make purchases. Small businesses and nonprofits who start embracing mobile now will be the ones best able to compete. Let us help you understand this mobile transition so you don't get left behind.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Mary Ann Gerney as guest speaker
Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Many entrepreneurs believe that if they have a great product or service and provide an outstanding customer experience, customer retention will naturally follow. And if this is your startup philosophy you would be right … but only for a while. Customers don’t owe you their loyalty. You have to earn it — continually. Having an effective customer retention program in place gives you the ability to identify, track, and custom promote to those customers who are most likely to become loyal, long-term sources of revenue. This seminar will cover how to get and maintain customers.
Speaker: Glenn Osbourne
Thursday, March 26, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
In this one day interactive seminar you will learn how to make your town more competitive, develop the tools to find prospects and close the deal.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Bud Young as guest speaker
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
• First Things First-The Business Plan o The real purpose of a Business Plan o https://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/how-write-business-plan • Through the Banker’s Eyes-The 5 C’s of Credit (in order of importance) o Character o Cash Flow o Capital o Conditions o Collateral • Financing Options o Savings o Investors o Private loans o Consumer loan options ? Credit cards ? Home equity lines and loans o Commercial loans • The Bankable Deal • Discussing the Deal with your Banker • When a Business is not Bankable, Then What?
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with David Caster as guest speaker
Thursday, April 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
It occurs to most individuals that there is “free” money—from government and nonprofit foundations—that is available to support creative projects and professional development. However, it requires writing grants, and it’s not a skill or experience that many people have. If it’s something you’re curious about, here’s a primer.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Sam Gore as guest speaker

HP LIFE

On Demand, available until June 30
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