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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

July

Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
JB and Claire Davis Training Center. Registration required. Randolph Community College's Small Business Center and the NC Pottery Center are teaming up to offer a unique seminar about how to break into and succeed in the thriving NC pottery industry. This industry has been one of the most prominent in our part of the state for decades. Even though this area of NC is one of the most active and thriving within the pottery industry the risk of opening and operating your own small business in this industry runs the risk often associated with opening your own venture. This seminar will give you first hand information of how to build your business on a solid foundation and then provide tailored information for success and best practices within the pottery industry. Please join us for this FREE event and an evening packed full of information and comradery. Our speakers include: Ed Ormsby- who is a published author and has many years of on hand experience in starting small businesses and helping them succeed. Hitomi Shibata- is a local pottery artist who has studied and made pottery for more than 25 years and has operated her own studio and kiln since 2008 Dan Triece- a very popular NC potter who runs Dirtworks Pottery and has had his pieces featured all over the east coast.
Speaker: Ed Ormsby, Hitomi Shibata, Dan Triece
Monday, July 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Room 307. Registration required. An excellent credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. Should you have one credit card or four? Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance? Should you carry a credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan for your business or to obtain a personal loan. Your credit score is also important in determining the interest rate of your loans, your insurance premiums and deposits required for phone and utility services. As of October 1, 2005, every adult in North Carolina has been able to receive a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus. Do you understand these reports and how to read them? In this three-hour seminar we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. You will learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score simply by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your payments and carry balances. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. Make plans to attend now!
Speaker: Bob Moore

August

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Room 108. Registration required. Topics covered could include: how to produce professional documents, using templates, creating tables and using mail merge to save time, converting Word documents to PDF, sharing files and restricting permissions of documents. Instructor Jennifer Lee will be teaching this seminar. Join us to learn how to maximize profits and time through Microsoft Word skills!
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Thursday, August 03, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 223. Registration required. Course Description: Learn how to get started with free Social Media platforms and web-based directories, and understand which marketing approaches are best for your business.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Customer Relations
Room 101. Registration required. Let’s face it, before social media and Yelp, Google+ Pages, TripAdvisor, Angies List, and Amazon, most unhappy customer’s complaints didn’t reach thousands of people. Now, they do. How your business chooses to respond to these reviews can either help or damage your business’ reputation. This class shows you how to handle those situations. Two-thirds of all consumers use review sites to search for business services and 86% said buying decisions were impacted by negative reviews. It’s your reputation! Don’t ignore what they are saying about you. Presenter for the course is Martin Brossman. Martin has a passion for helping small businesses micro businesses, associations and other organizations, work smarter, utilize the resources of the Internet, and integrate their online marketing efforts with their traditional marketing. Social Media is a big part of that
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Room 322. 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
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Room 106. 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
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Customer Relations
Room 106. Registration required. As everyone knows businesses must adapt to the internet crazy world we live in. Everyone goes to their phone or Google to find whatever it is they are looking for. That is why small businesses and entrepreneurs must focus on SEO! What is SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? Why is it important to my business? This seminar will discuss best practices for an SEO-friendly website, how to use a blog to improve SEO. Join us for this informative seminar on how to get your business online and popping up on the various search engines that drive consumer decisions.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Room 101. Registration required. Have you ever thought of being your own boss and starting a small business? Perhaps you have another dream but your debt is out of control and preventing your dream from becoming a reality. Now is the time to learn how to “Be Free from Debt’s Hold…..” How would you like to pay off all your consumer debt, credit cards, car payments, and loans? How would you like to know the exact month and year you could be out of debt, legally and without a tax liability? Now is the time to start living a better life; a life without debt. In this three-hour seminar, you will learn a simple yet effective method to start the process of making yourself debt free! You will also learn about the shams and “quick fixes” that should be avoided and how to properly and legally deal with creditors. Bring a list of your debts with balances and monthly payments and learn how to develop your own debt elimination plan that can be implemented immediately into your lifestyle. You will learn how to control debt, instead of allowing debt to control you! Before you apply for a business loan, consider making that next large purchase or accept a new credit card, take the time to attend this life-changing seminar. Bring a calculator! “The Worse Place You Can Ever Live Is Beyond Your Means!”
Speaker: Bob Moore
Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Room 106. Registration required. Topics covered could include: how to produce professional spreadsheets, using functions, creating templates, using workbooks and worksheets, using filters, creating charts, exporting and importing data to Excel, converting Excel documents, sharing files, and using comments Jennifer Lee will be the instructor for this FREE seminar. Please join us to learn more about one of the most important tools for a small business owner. Microsoft Excel has revolutionized the way many entrepreneurs run their business and also can help make business decisions. This class will help save your small business time and money.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Room 322. Registration required. Topics covered could include: how to produce professional presentations, using templates, importing video/audio, slide animation, how to set up timing/transition, preparing your slideshow for publishing online or at a kiosk. Speaker Jennifer Lee joins us to explore the many uses of Microsoft Power Point. This is a tool that businesses can implement in many facets of their operation. Join us today and learn how to use Microsoft Power Point to your advantage in your small business.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Thursday, August 24, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 322. Registration required. How to Sell on Amazon for Business Owners Selling on Amazon for Business Owners Speaker: Nate Hawks Course Description: Amazon.com, it’s not just for books. Whether you are looking for a business to start, or are already in business and want to expand, Amazon is the opportunity you need to explore. In this training you will learn the basics of how to start selling on Amazon. Topics include: what you need to get started, how much it will cost, choosing your account type, what you shouldn’t sell, and how to run an online business without filling your house with stuff, or even going to the post office. There will also be some discussion of how it differs from selling on eBay and how you can make the two platforms work together. Learning Objectives: Understand the basic requirements to start selling on Amazon and make money. Who is it for: People that have never sold on Amazon or have sold on eBay and are looking to sell on Amazon.
Speaker: Nick Hawks