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On Demand, available until April 30
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
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 April 30
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

April

Monday, April 24, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 117. 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
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Registration required. Trust Me – I’m A Car Salesman! High personnel turnover in the Automotive Sales profession is disheartening to Sales Professionals as well as to Dealers. One reason people don’t stay in the Car Business is they simply can’t afford to! Customers and Managers are confrontational and the Salesperson is always in the middle. By the time a new Sales Professional has learned their way around, their savings is depleted and they leave for a salaried job. How do some Automotive Sales professionals do so well? Tim Dannelly, seasoned Automotive Salesman and Sales Manager, believes customers are actually looking for that ‘insider’ in the Car Business and Managers are actually looking for that committed person who will take charge. Invest an evening on August 8th and learn some of the proven ways great Automotive Sales Professionals go about making a good living as they are building a loyal customer base. Find out why it’s important to sell with a plan and negotiate with confidence. Learn the source of perpetual leads. This Seminar is for Dealers and Automotive Sales Professionals who want to earn more money and have more fun! Selling Cars For Fun and Profit Learn how to develop: A proven plan for successfully selling vehicles – which includes: Determining what it's going to take to earn their business How to help the Customer mentally own the car Negotiating with confidence and holding gross profit Closing with confidence and kindness, handling objections
Speaker: Tim Dannelly
Wednesday, April 26, 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, April 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 117. Registration required. Small business owners can explore innovative ways to market and advertise their business on a limited budget. Understand key points of an effective website, networking, getting the most out of your money with radio/print/social media advertising and using “word of mouth” to your advantage. Find out how to be visible and branded in the community-whether you are a start-up or existing business.
Speaker: Martin Brossman

May

Thursday, May 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
Room 307. Registration required. Cash Flow problems are the top reason for Small Business failure. This happens to Business Owners regardless of education, upbringing, or even the quality of their product. Tim believes you can maintain a positive Cash Flow regardless of aggressiveness of competitors or the state of the economy. He will show you how to quickly spot positive and negative Cash Flow indicators. And he will share with you the simple ways to guide your business to a profitable and secure future. This presentation is an honest look at ways to avoid losing a great business!
Speaker: Tim Dannelly
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Room 223. 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
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 322. Registration required. Crowdfunding and other creative ways to get money for Small Business developed by Martin Brossman & Dan Scala Crowdsourcing and Fund Raising Crowdsourcing and Fund Raising Crowdfunding is one of many new creative ways of getting funding for small businesses. This class demystifies crowdfunding and other new ways to get money for small business today with a lower barrier to entry. You will learn the how to of getting money for your business and what is the right funding to explore. Developed by Social Media and Small Business Marketing expert Martin Brossman and Small Business Funding expert Dan Scalla. You will walk away with a clear understanding the different new top creative funding ideas and which one is right for you.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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
Thursday, May 11, 2017 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
Tuesday, May 16, 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, May 17, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 117. 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
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Room 307. 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