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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 July 31
Topic: Not Set
E-commerce is the fastest growing portion of the retail sector in China, as the number of people shopping online and using mobile far outweigh any other county in the world. The total value of E-commerce sales in China has increased by 25% year-on-year in terms of total market value, reaching USD $2.1 trillion in 2014 according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. Many foreign companies are now selling their products directly to Chinese consumers using E-commerce shopping websites, B2C online promotions and social media to enhance their brand image and reputation in China.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary speaker
On Demand, available until July 31
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Many SMEs are interested in selling their U.S.-made goods to Chinese consumers. However, online sales may not be as straightforward as in other jurisdictions. Please join us as Howard Wu, a partner at Baker & McKenzie in Shanghai, outlines strategies for e-commerce in China, including licensing and regulatory approvals as well as common business models.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary speaker
On Demand, available until July 31
Topic: Not Set
This webinar will help you understand the different options for methods of payment in international transactions; learn about how letters of credit can ensure payment for exports and how the U.S. government provides direct financing, guarantees, and credit insurance in support of exports.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary speaker
On Demand, available until July 31
Topic: Not Set
In this webinar you will learn how to use and apply proven tools and strategies for market selection including how to evaluate cultural, economic, logistical, competition, risk and other factors.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary speaker
On Demand, available until July 31
Topic: Not Set
How to get your product to an international customer? This Webinar covers the practical aspects of how to ship your product overseas: > Learn the role of a freight forwarder and how to identify and select one based on your company's specific needs; > Clarify your responsibilities and what the freight forwarder will take care of; > Understand the time, costs, and delivery considerations that are integral to your export pricing. Basic Guide to Exporting: How to Ship Your Products Overseas
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with export.gov as primary speaker
On Demand, available until July 31
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 July 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 July 31
Topic: Not Set
This is an educational presentation on how to develop a meat goat marketing plan. JJ Jones OSU Southeast Area Ag Economist discusses the three W's to marketing along with production and market situations that need to be considered when developing a goat marketing plan. This is one of the sessions taught during the OSU Meat Goat Boot Camp.
Speaker: OSU
On Demand, available until July 31
Topic: Not Set
This is an educational presentation that discusses the six steps to developing a business plan for a meat goat operation. The six steps discussed are: 1) Mission Statement; 2) Goals; 3) Key Planning Assumptions; 4) Organizational Management; 5) Marketing and 6) Financial Plan. JJ Jones OSU Southeast Area Ag Economist leads the discussion. This is one of the sessions taught during the OSU Meat Goat Boot Camp.
Speaker: OSU
On Demand, available until July 31
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 July 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. To view the course on an iPad, you can download the free Articulate player from the App Store.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA - David Caster as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until July 31
Topic: Not Set
This self-paced training provides an overview of the process of buying a business and provides resources to help you decide if buying a business is right for you. Topics include how and what to research, how to determine the value, and how to transfer ownership of a business.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA - David Caster as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until July 31
Topic: Not Set
What sets you apart from your competition? Learn how to get a competitive advantage with this course. Learn how to brand, study your competition, identify customers and their preferences, create pricing strategies and much more. Leverage the uniqueness of your business to create a real competitive advantage.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until July 31
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This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to securing information in a small business. Topics include: Defining cybersecurity; Explaining the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; Identifying types of information that should be secured; Identifying the types of cyber threats; Defining risk management; and Listing best practices for guarding against cyber threats.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
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This Module assists small- and medium-sized businesses in developing and implementing an effective safety and health management system in the workplace. Companies that do so can greatly reduce the number and severity of work-related accidents and illnesses. Other benefits include fewer employee lost work days, lower workers' compensation costs, and higher employee morale and productivity. Using the proactive approach presented in this Module, managers and employees work together to identify workplace hazards and potentially dangerous conditions. They develop and implement processes, procedures, and programs to prevent accidents, injuries, and illnesses from occurring. This Module consists of six lessons and a Final Test. After successfully passing the Final Test and completing the Module Evaluation, you may earn a certificate of completion for Module 1. Click on the tabs below to see overviews of each lesson.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with NCSU as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
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Seeking certification of a safety and health management system (SHMS) can benefit a business by assuring its employees, potential customers, business partners, and government agencies that the SHMS meets the stringent safety and health standards of a particular well-recognized model. This Module assists businesses, wishing to take their SHMS to the next level, to select the best SHMS model for their organization and conform to its requirements. Because the certification process varies with the unique needs and characteristics of each company, this Module offers guidance and tools to businesses as they go through this process. The SHMS models addressed in this Module include: OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Specification OHSAS 18001:2007 ANSI Z10:2005 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems ILO-OSH 2001 Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems. This Module consists of two lessons and a Final Test. After successfully passing the Final Test and completing the Module Evaluation, you may earn a certificate of completion for Module 2. Click on the tabs below to see overviews of each lesson.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with NCSU as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
Learn about pricing and the impact that it has on the success of your business. From determining your price to implementing your pricing strategy this course will give you the resources to sound pricing strategies.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
This course is designed to provide a basic overview of marketing. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are interested in reaching a broader customer base.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
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What is intellectual property and how do you protect your ideas? This course gives an overview of intellectual properties and explains how to protect them. Learn why you should protect your intellectual property. Explore the differences between patents, trademarks and copyrights and discover the process for filing for a patent or trademark and registering for a copyright.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
This course is about financing a small business and SBA's loan guaranty programs. It is a practical course with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small firms who are interested in borrowing money.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
This course is designed to provide an overview of accounting.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
What sets you apart from your competition? Learn how to get a competitive advantage with this course. Learn how to brand, study your competition, identify customers and their preferences, create pricing strategies and much more. Leverage the uniqueness of your business to create a real competitive advantage.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
This course is about financing a small business and SBA's loan guaranty programs. It is a practical course with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small firms who are interested in borrowing money.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
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 June 30
Topic: Not Set
This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to financing options for your business. Topics include; determining your financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding and other financial options available to small businesses.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until July 31
Topic: Not Set
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aims to enhance preparedness through a "whole community" approach by providing training, products, and resources to a broad range of stakeholders on issues such as active shooter awareness, incident response, and workplace violence. In many cases, there is no pattern or method to the selection of victims by an active shooter, and these situations are, by their very nature, unpredictable and evolve quickly. DHS offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters. This webinar is one of those training opportunities.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with Homeland Security as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 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 June 30
Topic: Not Set
You have a great product or service. Now you have to sell it. This course will give you an overview of sales plans and other tools to get your product or service into your customer/consumer’s hands.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
This self-paced training exercise will give you an overview of savings plans and strategies for your small business. Learn about the contingency and long-term savings, tax breaks, retirement savings and much more.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
This self-paced training exercise will give you an overview of how to sell or close a business. Topics covered include defining a business exit strategy, transferring ownership of a business, steps to closing a business, and preparing a sales agreement.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
The talent and expertise of your employees is one of your businesses’ greatest assets. This course reveals recruiting and retaining strategies to help you locate, recruit, and retain talented employees. Established business owners know that great employees add value to your business. Whether you are hiring recent graduates or seasoned professionals, having great employees can be a game changer for your business.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until June 30
Topic: Not Set
This training module describes what size standards are, how they are established, why they are important, how they are used, where to find them and how to determine if a specific business concern is considered a small business. It also describes what is meant by affiliation and how such affiliations can impact the size of a business. See the Government Contracting Classroom for more training options.
Speaker: Daniel Farmer with SBA as our guest speaker
On Demand, available until July 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 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

June

Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 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: Daniel Farmer

July

Monday, July 11, 2016 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: Jim Myers
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 108. 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
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 307. Registration Required. Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.
Speaker: Jo Ann Harris
Thursday, July 14, 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, July 18, 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, July 19, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Room 101. 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
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Room 101. 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