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On Demand, available until February 29
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 March 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 April 08
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 April 30
Topic: Not Set
What sets you apart from your competition? Learn how to get a competitive advantage with this course. Learn how to brand, study your competition, identify customers and their preferences, create pricing strategies and much more. Leverage the uniqueness of your business to create a real competitive advantage.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until April 30
Topic: Not Set
The course is directed to small business owners who are concerned about crimes within and around their businesses. This module will help you become aware of how crime can affect your firm and suggest ways to help prevent it.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until April 30
Topic: Not Set
The values and culture of your company have a direct effect on your employees, customers and ultimately your bottom line. What are you doing to establish, cultivate and grow this precious commodity? This course will introduce you to the processes of implementing company values for your company by including input from stakeholders and customers. Learn about the steps in the planning process, potential problems you may face, and how to implement your company’s values using a strategic plan.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until April 30
Topic: Not Set
This course is about financing a small business and SBA's loan guaranty programs. It is a practical course with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small firms who are interested in borrowing money.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until April 30
Topic: Not Set
This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to financing options for your business. Topics include; determining your financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding and other financial options available to small businesses.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until March 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Related Guidance for Child Care Providers.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until March 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Things to Ask Your Accountant.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until March 31
Topic: Not Set
IRS Affordable Care Act: Employer Shared Responsibility Provision (IRC 4980H) On Feb. 10, 2014, the IRS and Treasury issued final regulations on the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code. More information is available on the employer shared responsibility page. The following video provides helpful information about the guidance.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until March 31
Topic: Not Set
IRS Affordable Care Act: Information Reporting of Minimal Essential Coverage Learn more about the IRS Affordable Care Act: Information Reporting of Minimal Essential Coverage requirements with this video seminar.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until February 29
Topic: Not Set
Many SMEs are interested in selling their U.S.-made goods to Chinese consumers. However, online sales may not be as straightforward as in other jurisdictions. Please join us as Howard Wu, a partner at Baker & McKenzie in Shanghai, outlines strategies for e-commerce in China, including licensing and regulatory approvals as well as common business models.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary speaker
On Demand, available until February 29
Topic: Not Set
In this webinar, you will learn about several Department of Commerce and private sector tools designed to help grow an online business in markets around the world. You will learn about new trade corridors and how to estimate duties and taxes for your buyer. In addition, you will learn about seasonal sales peaks around the world and how to classify a product for export as well as shipping and distribution logistics and key export documents.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary speaker
On Demand, available until February 29
Topic: Not Set
In this webinar, you will learn how the Small Business Administration assists U.S. small and medium sized businesses with the proper financing, loans and business solutions to help them succeed internationally. You will learn about export loans available through the U.S. Small Business Administration and other global business solutions from the Federal Government. You will get tips from a small business exporter who has used these programs successfully to enter new markets and increase export sales and you will hear directly from an SBA lender on how to prepare to get the financing you need to grow your export business.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary speaker
On Demand, available until March 31
Topic: Not Set
No matter the size of your business, the Internet is a great way to promote your products and generate orders worldwide. This webinar will focus on helping you maximize exposure for your products and services. Discussion will cover customers and their new buying habits and the consequences of these changed habits for the sellers; using websites as an effective marketing channel; making your site “visible” to customers; search engine optimization. Participants will also learn how to leverage Social Media in exporting.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary speaker
On Demand, available until March 31
Topic: Not Set
In this webinar, you will learn about the major trends in China's eCommerce market. You will also hear about one approach to selling direct to China retail consumers via Tmall, the largest on-line marketplace in China. In addition, you will learn about IT and logistics support to US consumer goods companies wanting to sell on-line in China via US service provider ExportNOW.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary speaker
On Demand, available until March 31
Topic: Not Set
In this webinar you will learn how to use and apply proven tools and strategies for market selection including how to evaluate cultural, economic, logistical, competition, risk and other factors.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary 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

February

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 322. Registration required.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, February 11, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 220. Registration Required. A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Speaker: Jim Myers
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 223. Registration Required. A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Speaker: Jim Myers
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. Registration Required. Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. If you’re a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 106. Registration Required. Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Thursday, February 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Room 101. Registration required. Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
Speaker: C Simon
Monday, February 29, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 106. 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

March

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 223. Registration Required. A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.
Speaker: Jim Myers
Thursday, March 03, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 106. Registration Required. Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Thursday, March 03, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Room 101. Registration required. Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
Speaker: C Simon
Monday, March 07, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 101. 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
Thursday, March 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 322. 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: C. Simon