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On Demand, available until May 31
Topic: Not Set
This course will cover some basic technology tools to help you run your business more efficiently. Topics include: Benefiting from Current Desktop Technology, Using Technology to Save you Time, and Upgrading Your Accounting Practices. Users should complete all three courses to receive an SBA certificate of completion.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
In this webinar, you will hear from Richard Zheng, partner at King & Wood Mallesons in Shanghai, and a registered patent agent in both the U.S. and China, explains the basics for patent registration in China, including invention patents and utility models.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
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 August 31
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 August 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 August 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Schedule C: Who needs to file and how to do it.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Small Business Owners: Get All the Tax Benefits You Deserve
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns for Closing a Business.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns for Reporting Business Income .
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns for Outsourcing Payroll.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns the Business Use of Your Home.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns When Employing Family Members.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Payments to Independent Contractors.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
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 August 31
Topic: Not Set
Learn about: Requirements a 501(c)(7) organization must meet Types of social club organizations How to obtain and maintain tax-exempt status Unique aspects that make 501(c)(7) organizations different from other tax-exempt organizations Important IRS resources
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns for Closing a Business.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
This webinar provides small business owners with: •The basics for effective conversations with their accountants •Three important questions to ask before hiring an accountant, and •Seven common business deductions that may be available to them.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
Learn about: •Low-cost retirement plans •Low-maintenance alternatives to traditional 401(k)s •Points to consider in choosing the right plan for your business •How to get help setting up and operating your plan •How to avoid plan mistakes
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
Webinar Description: •Learn about business expenses and deductions •What is a business depreciation deduction? •Find out which business tax credits are available for your business •Get the latest facts about the American Taxpayer Relief Act •What are the qualifications for the Earned Income Tax Credit?
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
Webinar Description: •Learn about business expenses and deductions •What is a business depreciation deduction? •Find out which business tax credits are available for your business •Get the latest facts about the American Taxpayer Relief Act •What are the qualifications for the Earned Income Tax Credit?
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns When Employing Family Members.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
Discussion Topics will include the following: •Simplified and Regular Option for claiming the home office deduction •Requirements for qualifying to deduct expenses •Types of expenses you can deduct and how to figure the deduction •...and more
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
My name is Kim from the IRS here to talk to you about the most common federal tax form filed by most one-owner businesses, the Schedule C. Schedule C is the tax form filed by most sole proprietors. As you can tell from its title, "Profit or Loss From Business," it´s used to report both income and losses. Many times, Schedule C filers are self-employed taxpayers who are just getting their businesses started. In addition to those who do well at the start, this group can also include new business owners who make very little or no profit or even lose money. There´s also a shorter form, Schedule C-EZ, "Net Profit From Business." You can use the Schedule C-EZ if you have a profit from your business and your expenses are less than $5,000, no inventory, no employees, and you are not using depreciation or deducting the cost of your home. You will need to file Schedule C annually as an attachment to your Form 1040. The quickest, safest, and most accurate way to file is by using IRS e-file either online or through a tax professional that is an authorized IRS e-file provider. Here are a few tips for Schedule C filers. Keep good records. This will help you complete your tax forms accurately. And be sure to have a plan in place to back up and protect all those financial and tax records in case of a disaster. Start making quarterly estimated tax payments to cover your own income tax and Social Security self-employment tax. You can make deposits electronically using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, EFTPS. Be sure to also deposit your federal employment taxes for your employees on time using EFTPS and timely file your Form 941, Employer´s Quarterly Federal Tax Return. And if you have workers, follow the tax law to classify them properly as employees or independent contractors. If you need assistance or more information, the IRS has set up a very helpful online resource called the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 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 August 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 August 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 September 30
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 September 30
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 September 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 September 30
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 September 30
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 September 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 with Jim Myers as guest
On Demand, available until September 30
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns for Closing a Business.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until September 30
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns for Closing a Business.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
Topic: Not Set
The following video seminar provides helpful information about Tax Concerns for Hiring People Who Live in the U.S. But Are Not U.S. Citizens .
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until August 31
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 September 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 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

August

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. Registration Required. Market research isn’t just for startups; it’s an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.
Speaker: C. Simon

September

Thursday, September 01, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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
Thursday, September 01, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 307. Registration required. Whether you are a store owner wanting to use a booth, a restaurant owner hoping to gain a larger customer base, a cooking enthusiast who enjoys the outdoors and serving your favorite recipes, a craft person looking to share you works for a profit, or anyone wanting more from their festival experience, you can earn money as a vendor at fairs and festivals. Though the specific requirements may vary according the event, the scale of effort,, individual state laws, local laws, etc, following a few basic guidelines can get you well on your way to becoming a successful vendor at festivals and events. Come and learn from Greta some of the best things you can do to get the most out of your next festival effort. This seminar will use the Bush Hill Event in Archdale NC or the Asheboro Fall Festival, as an example and is intended to be useful for most events in our state.
Speaker: Greta Lint
Tuesday, September 06, 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
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. 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, September 08, 2016 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
Monday, September 12, 2016 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: Jim Myers
Monday, September 12, 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
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 106. Registration required. eBay provides a low-cost way to sell items on-line and learn something about what is selling. You don’t need a store front, website or shopping cart to get going. It also provides a great way to learn about having your own business at a low cost. I became sold on eBay when I became interested in Amateur Radio (or Ham Radio) a few years ago (my call sign is KI4CFS). After passing my test I wanted to buy some radio equipment and made an agreement with myself– whatever junk in the attic that I could sell on eBay I could spend on radio equipment. After making a few thousand dollars from “stuff” in my attic, I not only became sold on eBay but now have some very nice radio equipment (see picture). Here are the basics your need for selling on eBay and let me know how you are making money with it. I am going to recommend you set aside $50.00 to learn how to use eBay. What you will need to sell on eBay: a checking account; a paypal account; internet connection; some boxes and packing tape. First the general overview. Go to paypal.com and set up an account then go to eBay and set up an account. Paypal is how you will pay for items and receive money. Next sign-in to ebay: Look up your item in completed listings Photo your item Box your item (collected) List your item Sell your item Ship it Use Paypal & Parcel tracking Give feeback after receive Repeat the process and make lots of money. Now for a few more detailed tips and notes. Even before you sell you should find a few low cost items to buy online using eBay. Like a new case or plastic protective cover for your phone.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, September 15, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. Registration Required. Inexpensive and Creative Ways to Market Your Small Business – 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
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. 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: Daniel Farmer with the IRS
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 223. Registration required. There are lots of reasons to send press releases, but there are rules to follow and ways to do it to maximize their effectiveness and minimize annoying the media. Both are extremely important to do properly, or you will waste your time and energy. You’ll end up being one of those people who complain no one ever prints what you send. This seminar will help you get the most marketing results from your press release efforts.
Speaker: Greta Lint
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Room 102. 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, September 21, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 307. Registration required. Whether you are a store owner wanting to use a booth, a restaurant owner hoping to gain a larger customer base, a cooking enthusiast who enjoys the outdoors and serving your favorite recipes, a craft person looking to share you works for a profit, or anyone wanting more from their festival experience, you can earn money as a vendor at fairs and festivals. Though the specific requirements may vary according the event, the scale of effort,, individual state laws, local laws, etc, following a few basic guidelines can get you well on your way to becoming a successful vendor at festivals and events. Come and learn from Greta some of the best things you can do to get the most out of your next festival effort. This seminar will use the Bush Hill Event in Archdale NC or the Asheboro Fall Festival, as an example and is intended to be useful for most events in our state.
Speaker: Greta Lint
Thursday, September 22, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. 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: Daniel Farmer with the IRS
Monday, September 26, 2016 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
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. 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: Daniel Farmer with the IRS