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On Demand, available until June 30
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, July 06, 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, July 07, 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
Thursday, July 09, 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
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. Baffled with the thought of grants and not sure where to begin? This class helps you learn how to do the research, weigh the options, build relationships, incorporate what is needed in the proposals and submit for funding. With step-by-step guidance, you will become an effective grant seeker and will be on your way to writing a winning proposal.
Speaker: Calvin Patterson
Thursday, July 16, 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, July 20, 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
Tuesday, July 21, 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, July 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Required. Starting a nonprofit organization can be rewarding and fulfilling. Review the basics on how to start such an organization, how to manage it and what resources are available.
Speaker: Lora Howard
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Registration Required. 15 Ways Nonverbal Communication Benefits You & Your Business Learn how facial expressions, gestures, body language, posture, appearance, eye contact, and tone of voice affect the success of your business.
Speaker: Janet Harlee
Thursday, July 23, 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
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration Required. Marketing Your Business Using Free Online Directories When visitors are considering spending money in your town, they go first to their phones and tablets (which draw from online directories), to make their decision. Is your business ready to be found? Find out how to make the directories work for you with Martin Brossman.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
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

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, July 23, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
This seminar is for those who would like to learn how to better communicate and market with the millennial generation.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer

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