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On Demand, available until February 28
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
On Demand, available until February 28
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Advance your core competency skills by understanding how to analyze and evaluate your Social Media results. You will learn how to monitor analytics and insights for adjustments, and how to evaluate and adjust for optimum conversion. Engagement with content and secondary validation—vital components for measuring ROI—are highlighted. You will come away with a plan for ongoing reputation monitoring and, if needed, knowledge to counteract online negativity with a positive Web presence.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
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

March

Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 305. Registration Required. Series I: Business Organization/Record Keeping: We will discuss the difference between a Sole Proprietor, Partnership and Corporation; the importance of record keeping; what you should keep and for how long. Participants will also get an overview of their tax responsibilities as a small business.
Speaker: Elbert Lassiter with the IRS
Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 321A. 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, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 223. Registration required. 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
Monday, March 06, 2017 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: Ed Ormsby
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Registration Required. Struggling with your local market? Need new ideas to increase your sales, market penetration or brand awareness? Join us in this seminar where we will focus on helping you to start, expand, or grow your business locally with creative ideas, simple strategies and real world examples that you can implement immediately to start or move your business forward.
Speaker: Janet Harlee
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 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
Thursday, March 09, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 223. Registration Required. 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: Ed Ormsby
Thursday, March 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 305. Registration Required. Series II: Independent Contractor vs. Employee: We will define an Independent Contractor and an employee and explain the importance of knowing the difference between the two. Participants will leave with an understanding of what is required when hiring an independent contractor or an employee as it relates to federal taxes. We have also included a message for ALL Schedule C filers that will further educate you on your tax responsibilities.
Speaker: Elbert Lassiter with the IRS
Monday, March 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. Registration Required. Most business owners and prospective business owners know that networking is essential to the success of any business. And yet, many fail to invest the time and energy to do it for a variety of reasons. It could be because they are introverted, stressed out, or just do not know how to do it, according to Emily Ballance, professional speaker and entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience as owner of two businesses. “Because there’s such an emphasis on social networking these days, people sometimes forget the importance of face-to-face networking,” Ballance said, “But if you want to get business in your local community, you must invest time in both. And fortunately, face-to-face networking is low-cost and can be very effective, if you know the right way to approach it. “In this seminar, I’ll be offering tips on how to build relationships and make connections within your local community. I will discuss highly effective face-to-face networking techniques.” “Bring your business cards if you have some,” Ballance said. “But don’t worry if you are just getting started or don’t have any. This is a fun, informative, and interactive presentation. It’s a great chance to meet people and…yes…practice networking! But without pressure.” Ballance is a Certified Speaking Professional, which is the highest earned designation awarded by the National Speakers Association. Women who have earned this designation make up less than 8% of the organization.
Speaker: Emily Ballance
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. Registration Required. Would you rather eat live insects than market your small business? You are not alone. Come learn new, inexpensive, fun and creative ways to market. And find out how to best use one of your most powerful and least expensive marketing tools. Bring business cards if you have some, but don’t worry if you don’t. You’ll leave with over 100 inexpensive and creative ideas and tips to help you grow your business, increase your visibility and connect with your community.
Speaker: Emily Ballance
Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 305. Registration Required. Series III: Employment Taxes and Business Expenses: We will explain the filing requirements as it relates to various business organizations, including Sole Proprietors; Partnerships and Corporations. We will also discuss various Business Expenses that may be deducted in the course of business.
Speaker: Elbert Lassiter with the IRS
Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 322. Registration required. Getting more business for your local business capitalizing on the high use of mobile phones and tablets. As a small business owner, you may be missing a large population of your market if you have not yet discovered the importance of being found and looking good on a phone or a tablet. This training will instruct you in having a mobile web presence, using QR codes, apps and how to place and track mobile ads. If you have to spread your fingers on the screen to see a website on a mobile phone, that website is not mobile ready!. Many of your customers are now searching for you and your products through their smartphones. Will they find you or your competition that is mobile ready? This class will include free and low cost ways to embrace the power of mobile for your business.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Monday, March 20, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. Registration Required. 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: Ed Ormsby
Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 305. Registration Required. Series IV: Putting it All Together: Back to Basics for Your Small Business: In this session, we will briefly review tax responsibility basics essential to every small business owner, from start to finish. We will briefly discuss business structure, record keeping requirements, independent contractor vs. employee and business expenses. Attendance is free and open to the public. Participants will also receive a packet of information for each session attended at no cost.
Speaker: Elbert Lassiter and the IRS
Monday, March 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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