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On Demand, available until September 30
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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
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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
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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
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 October 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 October 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 October 31
Topic: Not Set
If your business is dependent on income during peak periods of the year, you may have a seasonal business. If so, we have some rules and advice to help guide you through the unique tax issues that you face. Seasonal businesses often hire temporary help for such diverse ventures as fireworks stands, Christmas-tree lots, haunted houses and pumpkin patches, or for sporting events, holidays, commercial fishing, and harvest seasons. Questions often come up about the tax treatment of payments for casual labor, temporary help, and seasonal help. The main rule is seasonal employees are subject to the same tax withholding rules that apply to all other employees. As an employer, you normally have to file a quarterly Form 941 to report your employees´ wages and withholding. However, seasonal employers do not have to file a Form 941 for quarters where you haven´t paid wages and don´t have a tax liability. To tell the IRS that you will not file a return for one or more quarters during the year, check the box on Form 941 "seasonal employer" for every quarter you file Form 941. All employers must keep good records to file accurate returns. It´s a good idea to keep all receipts, payment information, and tax information in one location to make your filing taxes easier when the time comes. For more information on seasonal employment, visit our website at IRS.gov and type the words "Seasonal Help" in the search box. You can also refer to IRS Publication 15, Circular E, Employer´s Tax Guide to learn more about your tax responsibilities as an employer. And if you hire farm workers, follow the rules in Publication 51, Circular A, Agricultural Employer´s Tax Guide. For more on your record-keeping requirements, you can visit us on IRS.gov and type the words "Employment Tax Recordkeeping" in the search box. You can also download our helpful Publication 583, titled "Starting a Business and Keeping Records" at our website.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 31
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Welcome to What You Need to Know about Federal Taxes and Your New Business. In this lesson, we'll provide a basic overview of what you need to know about successfully operating your business as well as provide you with some resources for additional information. In this lesson, we'll explain the purpose of the employer identification number, describe basic recordkeeping requirements for tax purposes, define basic bookkeeping and accounting methods, explain the forms of business organizations, and finally, suggest how to select a paid tax preparer.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 31
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In this lesson we'll provide an.. Overview of Form 1040, Schedule C, Profit or Loss From Business, and discuss how to calculate gross profit and gross income, Show you how to identify and deduct expenses, and how to calculate net profit or loss. Discuss how to determine whether the Form 1040, Schedule C EZ, Net Profit from Business , should be filed instead of the Schedule C as well as some areas on Form 1040, US Individual Income Tax Return, that may be of interest to small business owners. And, we'll also discuss self-employment tax and estimated tax. And, as always, we'll provide you with references for more information. We have a lot to share with you, today, so let's get started. I'm feeling better already.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 31
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Hello everyone, and welcome to How to File and Pay Your Taxes Electronically. In this lesson, we'll describe IRS e-file and its benefits for your individual and business returns as well as describe electronic payment options so you can determine which is best for your business. By the end of this lesson, we hope to convince Doug, and you, of the benefits of filing and paying your taxes electronically.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 31
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Hello, and welcome to What You Need to Know When You Run Your Business out of Your Home. In this lesson, we'll provide information on calculating and claiming the deduction for business activities in the home as well as business use of the home. We'll review the requirements you must meet to qualify for a deduction, how to determine the business percentage of home use, the types of expenses you can and cannot deduct either in full or according to the percentage, how to determine the limits on deductions, and where to deduct the expenses on your return. And that term home includes a house, apartment, condominium, mobile home, boat, or similar property which provides basic living accommodations. It also includes structures on the property such as an unattached garage, studio, barn, or greenhouse.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 31
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Welcome to How to Set Up a Retirement Plan for You and Your Employees. In this lesson, we'll help Mark, and you, navigate your way through some of the various retirement plan options. And, as always, we'll provide you with IRS resources for more information so you can make the best informed decision for your situation. Mark had some good reasons for not wanting to think about retirement plans at this stage of his business, but he thought of even better reasons why a retirement plan would be a good investment-- both for him and for any potential employees.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 31
Topic: Not Set
In this lesson... you'll learn about the differences between an employee and an independent contractor; how to determine eligibility to work legally in the United States; the importance of the Form W 4 and the employer's responsibility regarding withholding; how to verify work names and Social Security numbers; the purpose of the state new hire registry; the process for filing Form W 2; your obligations to notify employees about the Earned Income Tax Credit; the role of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers; and finally, the process for enrolling in and using the Filing Information Returns Electronically system, also known as FIRE.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 31
Topic: Not Set
Welcome, everyone, to How to Manage Payroll so You Withhold the Correct Amount from Employees. In this lesson... we'll discuss your responsibilities as an employer to identify wages that are subject to employment taxes; we'll explain the difference between an accountable plan and a non-accountable plan; and we'll show you how to calculate your payroll taxes using the appropriate method.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 31
Topic: Not Set
In this lesson, we'll cover... your responsibilities for depositing taxes and filing a return to report payroll taxes. Specifically, we'll explain the federal tax deposit process, deposit requirements and penalties, and show you how to file Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until October 31
Topic: Not Set
Hello everyone, and welcome to Hiring People Who Live in the U.S. but Who Aren't U.S. Citizens. It's probably not a surprise that hiring people who are legally in the U.S. but who are not U.S. citizens can require treating them differently for federal income tax purposes. In this lesson, you'll learn how to verify an employee's identity and status with proper documentation; withhold federal taxes at the proper withholding or treaty rate; deposit or pay the tax withheld properly; and file accurately and timely- withholding tax returns.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with IRS as our guest speaker
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 October 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 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

September

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 223. Registration required. Are you interested in learning how to use Facebook, but having a hard time understanding how to make real money with it? Are you concerned about adding one more thing to your to-do list? Many businesses use Facebook, but most don’t know how to do it strategically. This course will teach you: How to use Facebook to generate repeat business and increase marketing ROI How to build a Facebook page that makes you stand out from your competition How to consistently grow the number of “fans” on your Facebook page How to read and interpret Facebook page performance statistics The class will include a walk-through of the process for setting up a business page separate from your personal page. When you have completed this class, you will be equipped with an action plan to start growing your business and generating sales using Facebook. Sign up today to get started.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Room 117. 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

October

Monday, October 03, 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, October 04, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 307. Registration required. The internet can work for you 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. In this 3-hour seminar, you’ll discover multiple ways to make money online, and many of the ways have nothing to do with selling a tangible product. Best of all, most of the ways have a low startup cost with a high income potential. If you want to make money online while you sleep, you don’t want to miss this 3-hour session. This includes how to not get ripped off by on-line business scams.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 117. 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, October 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
Friday, October 07, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This talk is geared toward helping new entrepreneurs and established business owners get out in the real world and make money. If you feel stuck in a rut of using the same ol’ ways, to sell to the same ol’ customers, this is the workshop for you. Branch out! Explore new ways of meeting new clients, and grow your business more than you had ever hoped.
Speaker: Jason Owen
Monday, October 10, 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, October 11, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 117. 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
Thursday, October 13, 2016 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
Monday, October 17, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. Registration Required. Setting up and managing a nonprofit organization is very different from a for-profit business. There are literally millions of dollars available through both government and private agencies and foundations for non-profit entities. Identifying those that might apply to your specific business is important. Understanding and following their individual requirements, however, are essential to successful presentations. This seminar is designed to explain and prepare you not only for setting up a nonprofit business, but also for the grant proposal process. Anyone new to the grant writing process should attend this seminar. Ed Ormsby has been providing counseling and consulting services to small business owners for over twenty years. He has held virtually every sales, marketing and executive management position with Fortune 500, mid-sized and small businesses throughout the Southeast. He has been a small business developer and owner for over twenty years. Ed's passion for helping others is apparent in the way he conducts his seminars as well as in his personal life. His presentation style is informal and engaging, encouraging participants to interact throughout.
Speaker: Ed Ormsby
Monday, October 17, 2016 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 as guest speaker
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 103. 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
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. 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
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 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
Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 101. Registration required. This talk is geared toward helping new entrepreneurs and established business owners get out in the real world and make money. If you feel stuck in a rut of using the same ol’ ways, to sell to the same ol’ customers, this is the workshop for you. Branch out! Explore new ways of meeting new clients, and grow your business more than you had ever hoped.
Speaker: Jason Owen