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On Demand, available until August 31
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
Thursday, July 30, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Home-Based Businesses What do Apple Computer, Hershey's, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and the Ford Motor Company have in common? These well-known corporations all started out as home-based businesses. In fact, more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner's home. Starting a home-based business has many rewards as well as challenges. This guide provides resources that will help you learn more about working out of your house, starting a home-based business and managing your business within the law.
Speaker: Steve Carver
On Demand, available until August 01
Starting a business is exciting—but also demanding. This "how to start a business guide" addresses some of the most common start up steps to ensure that your company is ready for success.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Jim Myers as guest
Monday, August 03, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Registration Required. While current business owners may think they no longer need a business plan, a business plan can be of immense benefit if used properly throughout the life of a business. Not only should you have a business plan when you apply for a loan, you should have a business plan to set future goals and to plan for contingencies. The saying, “Those who fail to plan plan to fail,” is perhaps never more true than those who run a business. Take this seminar if you want to learn more about business plans.
Speaker: Jim Myers
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Registration Required. Guerrilla marketing is an advertisement strategy concept designed for small businesses to promote their products or services in an unconventional way with little budget to spend. This involves high energy and imagination focusing on grasping the attention of the public in more personal and memorable level. Learn how to use this strategy to increase your business!!
Speaker: Greta Lint
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Whether you are a store owner wanting to use a booth, a restaurant owner hoping to gain a larger customer base, a cooking enthusiast who enjoys the outdoors and serving your favorite recipes, a craft person looking to share you works for a profit, or anyone wanting more from their festival experience, you can earn money as a vendor at fairs and festivals. Though the specific requirements may vary according the event, the scale of effort,, individual state laws, local laws, etc, following a few basic guidelines can get you well on your way to becoming a successful vendor at festivals and events. Come and learn from Greta some of the best things you can do to get the most out of your next festival effort. This seminar will use the Bush Hill Event, in Archdale NC, as an example and is intended to be useful for most events in our state.
Speaker: Greta Lint
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Registration Required. A results-driven Pinterest for business training. Learn how to use Pinterest, the newest social media service, to drive traffic to your business website, establish credibility, convey expertise and a sense of who you are as a business person, and develop a relationship with clients and partners. Pinterest marketing is most obviously useful for anyone who uses pictures of their work as a sales tool. However, people in many other fields are learning how they can use Pinterest to send traffic to their business as well. Learn how small businesses are successfully using Pinterest!
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, August 06, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Required. 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, August 06, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Today’s Business Owner faces overwhelming changes in Labor cost. Expensive mandatory benefits and endless wage increases cause many to scale down their Labor force. But fewer employees produce less profit, and result in business shrinkage rather than growth. What is an Owner to do when the cost of Labor rises sharply while the market remains stagnant? Tim Dannelly, seasoned Owner and author of Living The American Dream, believes this is a time of great opportunity for the truly great Entrepreneurs of America. Most great companies reach their zenith when crisis forces innovative thinkers to explore a new path to the goal. Join Tim and explore affordable ways to bring the necessary talent to your Business, regardless of economic times. You’ll learn how to: ? Make Success Achievable for Each Team Member ? Plan 100 cents Return on Every Labor Dollar ? Build a Team That Fits the Economics of Your Business Whether you employ 1 employee or 100, you need to attend this Seminar!
Speaker: Tim Dannelly
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM
Registration Required. Learn how to use time to your advantage. Budget your time and achieve focus with a default calendar. Learn how to run your schedule instead of your schedule running you.
Speaker: Dave Springett
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Whether you are starting a new business or expanding a successful existing business, it is essential to know the financial sources that are available to you. Evaluate sources of business financing to determine which would best serve your needs. Prepare for the process of securing business financing and identify the lender's considerations in granting credit. Discuss federal and state loan guarantee programs. Prepare yourself to work with an SBDC counselor to finalize your business plan and loan application.
Speaker: C Simon
Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Whether you are starting a new business or expanding a successful existing business, it is essential to know the financial sources that are available to you. Evaluate sources of business financing to determine which would best serve your needs. Prepare for the process of securing business financing and identify the lender's considerations in granting credit. Discuss federal and state loan guarantee programs. Prepare yourself to work with an SBDC counselor to finalize your business plan and loan application.
Speaker: C Simon
Monday, August 17, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 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
Monday, August 17, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Required. 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, August 18, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. While many people in business ownership and sales careers barely get by, true professionals exceed expectations! Tim Dannelly invites you to take a walk down memory lane and see what has worked for years, even when the economy was in a slump! Learn some of the proven ways great salespeople go about building a loyal customer base and increasing gross profit. This seminar is for Sales Professionals who want to earn more money!
Speaker: Tim Dannelly
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Come and find out why marketing your work is as exciting and creative as the process of making art! Learn the top ten marketing methods of over twenty-five artists—painters, sculptors, folk artists, jewelry makers, musical instrument makers, theatre artists, writers, crafters, etc.—who make their livings from their art. You'll come away with palette of bold, bright ideas and a plan to implement them. Stop suffering from starving artist syndrome and instead become a marketing maven in this fun, invigorating seminar!
Speaker: Greta Lint
Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. DISC 2, a tool used to manage better. DiSC is a behavior assessment tool based on the DISC theory of psychologist William Moulton Marston, which centers on four different behavioral traits: Dominance, inducement, submission, and compliance. This theory was then developed into a behavioral assessment tool by industrial psychologist Walter Vernon Clarke. It is not a personality assessment. DiSC shows your behavior when the person is in a particular environment. For example, most people would say they do not behave the same at home and at work - but they are the same single personality. Learn how to better manage you team by using DISC!!
Speaker: Dave Springett
Monday, August 24, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Required. If you want to succeed in business, you need to know about financial management. No matter how skilled you are at creating a product, providing a service, or marketing your wares, the money you earn will slip between your fingers if you don't know how to efficiently collect it, keep track of it, save it and spend or invest it wisely. This seminar will help current or future business owners understand what they need to record and how to do it properly.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. If you have an excellent product but no one knows about it, will you still make sales? Of seminar not! In this session we will challenge small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to develop a reasonable and effective marketing plan that can be implemented on any budget. It will cover the importance of branding and consistency, customer relations and communication, advertising, social media management, and how to create a targeted marketing campaign for your consumer.
Speaker: C. Simon
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Registration Required. 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
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Required. 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, August 27, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. After learning to weld, the entrepreneur must learn how to run and operate a business. This work shop brings insight, benefits and strategies from a successful business owner with over 50 years experience. Discussions will include: - What skills and funds will be needed to start the business? - How to survey your marketing region to find potential long term customers, creating many profit centers (revenue generators) for the new business? - How to create business and marketing plans while using the guidelines booklet provided at the seminar? - What is the cost of minimum welding equipment, tools, vehicles and materials needed to start? - Tips on quoting or bidding welding and fabrication projects and much more.
Speaker: Steve Carver

HP LIFE

On Demand, available until December 31
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