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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

Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Room 103. Registration required. Topics covered could include: how to produce professional presentations, using templates, importing video/audio, slide animation, how to set up timing/transition, preparing your slideshow for publishing online or at a kiosk. Speaker Jennifer Lee joins us to explore the many uses of Microsoft Power Point. This is a tool that businesses can implement in many facets of their operation. Join us today and learn how to use Microsoft Power Point to your advantage in your small business.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 103. Registration required. Essential tips for anyone who sells their work directly! These pointers will help you sell more work – and be comfortable doing it – in your studio, or anywhere else (street fair/art festival, exhibition, special event, co-op, etc.)
Speaker: Greta Lint
Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 103. Registration required. This informative seminar will serve as a step-by-step guide on how to set up a Twitter account that is properly optimized. What are hashtags and how to use them on Twitter. Using link shorteners. Keeping tweets to 140 characters or less and still get your message across. Best practices for using Twitter for business. Twitter is one of the fastest growing marketing tools that small businesses are utilizing. Join us for this seminar to learn how to maximize your marketing reach and dollars by using Twitter.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee

October

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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: Ed Ormsby
Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
JB and Claire Davis Training Center. Room 148. Registration required. Join the Small Business Center at Randolph Community College for a special event. Speaker Bruce Nelson is a former CEO of Office Depot and now runs and operates a farm and cafe in Saxapahaw, NC. Bruce has one of the most unique perspectives on the difference an entrepreneur and small business can have on their local community versus what a large corporate entity can. As consumers we always hear about the benefits of shopping local but this seminar will show you the true impact of a dollar spent in your local community. Also, many small businesses are great corporate citizens and help their customers and community achieve their dreams. This seminar will help attendees see the difference that the small business community makes on their everyday life and creates the change that people want to see.
Speaker: Bruce Nelson
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Room 103. Registration required. Topics covered could include: how to produce professional presentations, using templates, importing video/audio, slide animation, how to set up timing/transition, preparing your slideshow for publishing online or at a kiosk. Speaker Jennifer Lee joins us to explore the many uses of Microsoft Power Point. This is a tool that businesses can implement in many facets of their operation. Join us today and learn how to use Microsoft Power Point to your advantage in your small business.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Thursday, October 05, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 322. Registration required. Developed and taught by Martin Brossman Learn how to generate a dynamic Shop Local strategy to help your business, your town and your county. Because keeping more money in the local economy creates a foundation for real economic growth, it’s important to add the power of Social Media to rev up traditional local marketing efforts and build a higher level of enthusiasm for reaching current and future customers. This is where the New Media—on the air —connects with old-fashioned customer service on the ground to appeal to an ever-widening audience that is searching and making purchase decisions online. Major topics of the seminar include: ? Maximizing the attracting power of smart phones and tablets used by prospective customers, to draw them into your business. ? Understanding effective ways of investing your time, attention and money that help your own business and community. ? Using the right combination of marketing, web directories and social media to multiply your marketing efforts ? Integrating the mission of the town with the individual mission of each business to make your area a true destination for outside visitors to spend more money in your area.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Thursday, October 05, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 322. Registration required. Course Description: Learn how to get started with free Social Media platforms and web-based directories, and understand which marketing approaches are best for your business.
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
Room 107. Registration required. It's the subject that no one wants to ask or talk about. TAXES! However, being afraid to ask about taxes can be one of the most expensive mistakes you'll ever make. The Small Business Center is teaming up with Randolph County to help you understand what numbers you need to know and keep records for. Also, we will cover how to organize your business and personal finances in a way that will save you money and headaches in the future. A question and answer session will follow the presentation to answer specific questions and concerns so you can walk away confident in yourself and your business.
Speaker: Web Grubb, Debra Hill
Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Room 322. Registration required. Topics covered could include: how to produce professional documents, using templates, creating tables and using mail merge to save time, converting Word documents to PDF, sharing files and restricting permissions of documents. Instructor Jennifer Lee will be teaching this seminar. Join us to learn how to maximize profits and time through Microsoft Word skills!
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
New Location: RCC Asheboro, CTC Building, Room 104. 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
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 107. Registration required. Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most popular social media sites for both personal and business use. Small business owners must understand the difference between a personal Instagram account and a business Instagram account. This seminar will serve as a step-by-step guide on how to set up an Instagram account that is properly optimized with relevant keywords. What are hashtags and how to use them on Instagram to grow your following. Resources for providing great images for your brand. Help expand your marketing budget and reach with this informative and fun seminar!
Speaker: Jennifer Lee
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
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
Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 322. Registration Required. One of the number questions the Small Business Center receives from clients and seminar attendees is "How do I build a website?" This seminar is here to answer that question for you! The majority of small businesses conduct more than 50% of their business through e-commerce and if your small business is not you may be missing out on sales. If your business does not have a product or service that can be sold online you still need a website so potential customers can find you when searching online. Join us for this FREE informative seminar that will help equip you to set your small business up for success.
Speaker: Jennifer Lee