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Small Business Center

Seminars & Workshops WINTER/SPRING 2014

Sponsored by the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network. No cost to the public

StartupSeminar SeriesDate
» You, Inc

Tue, May 6

» From Idea to Opportunity

Tue, May 13

» Creating the Image, Crafting the Message

Tue, May 20

» Reaching Customer Targets

Tue, May 27

» Keeping $ Score $

Tue, June 3

» Roadmap to Success

Tue, June 10

Small Business Challenges

Date

Small Business Taxes, A-Z  Thurs, Dec 5
$ecrets To Explode $ales  Thurs, Jan 9
ABC's Of Starting A Business (Alexander County)  Thurs, Jan 16
Finance 101 For Small Business  Thurs, Jan 30
Fundraising Fundamentals For Non-Profits  Thurs, Feb 6
Doing Business With The Federal Government  NEW DATE!! Thurs, April 29
Getting Your Business On-Line (Alexander County)  Thurs, Feb 20
Record Keeping & Taxes  Tue, Feb 25
Funding Options For Small Business  Thurs,Feb 27
Writing A Winning Business Plan  Thurs,March 6
The Basics Of Selling On eBay  Tue, March 11
Small Business Taxes, A-Z (Alexander County)  Thurs, March 13
Building Your Small Business On eBay  Tue, March 18
Networking For Small Business    NEW DATE!! Fri, April 11
Creating Your eBay Store  Tue, March 25
Growing Your Small Business Through Social Media  Tue,April1
Facebook For Your Small Business  Thurs, April 3
Pinterest, Blogging & Mobile Marketing For Small Business Tue, April 8
Making An Impact With Social Media  Thurs, April 10
Market Research & Marketing Your Small Business (Alexander County)  Tue, April 15
Human Resource Survival Presents:  Hiring Your First Employee  Tue April 29
How To Insure & Bond Your Small Business  Thurs, May 1
Grant Writing 101  Thurs, May 1
Legal Structure For Small Business  Thurs, May 8
Facebook For Your Small Business  Thurs, May 15
Cash Flow Killers  Thurs, May 22
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SMALL BUSINESS CHALLENGES

Small Business Taxes, A-Z

Tax compliance for the small business owner can be a formidable task. In this seminar, the instructor will provide an overview of taxes and fees applicable to a small business whether the business operates as a sole proprietorship, corporation, partnership, or Limited Liability Company (LLC). Topics include sales tax, federal payroll, employment security, personal income for sole props, corporate income tax, franchise tax and local property tax.

Meet the Instructor - Mel Steiner

Thursday, December 5,2013,5:30 - 8:30 PM
Corporate Development Center

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or click here to register on line.




$ecrets To Explode $ales

 

A slow economy is difficult to navigate, but a key to survival is continuing to grow sales. What can small business owners learn from companies that have successfully implemented strategies to grow sales during tough economic times? This three-hour session shows participants what growth companies do to maintain and increase their top line. Participants review research results from small business studies to identify sales strategies and initiatives that are often overlooked by many businesses.

Meet the Instructor - Sherre DeMao

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 9:00 AM - Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center

To register call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or click here to register on line


ABCs of Starting A Business

Starting a business is a daunting task that can be overwhelming. Where do you start, and what do you need to know? This three-hour program provides an in-depth walk-through of the mechanics of developing a business concept, evaluating business feasibility, licensing and basics of startup costing. The workshop covers all facets of a business start-up including the need for a well thought out business plan.

Meet the Instructor - Ruben Gonzales

Thursday, 1/16/14, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Alexander Center For Education, Taylorsville

To register call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or click here to register on line.

Finance 101 For Small Business

Maintaining and understanding financial information is critical to running a profitable business. This two-hour seminar helps small business owners identify methods to maintain financial records and focuses them on using key financial reports to understand and operate their businesses. The seminar also explains how business owners can use their financial statements to identify potential problems before they become serious threats to the company's survival.

Meet the Instructor - Jesse Braswell

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6:30- 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or
click here to register on line.


Fundraising Fundamentals For Non-Profits

Non-Profit organizations must continually look for new funding sources and ways to support their services and mission. Fundraising is a needed skill for many non-profits as support from traditional sources shrinks and organizations search for new sources of support. This 2.5 seminar reviews the primary elements of fundraising, compares the types of fundraising to an organization's needs, and provides best practices. Participants evaluate their organization's needs and determine where fundraising events can supplement their operations.

Meet the Instructor - Amanda Pearce

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
CVCC Corporate Development Center

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or click here to register on line.


Doing Business With The Federal Government

You believe your small business has a product or service the Federal Government can use; but how do you sell to Uncle Sam? Where do you begin? How do you compete with large businesses? What about the forms and red tape? Selling to the Federal Government can be an overwhelming endeavor through a maze of agencies and regulations. This information packed workshop will provide attendees with first step priority actions to identify and create opportunities, and begin their adventure into the Federal market.

Thursday, April 29, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or click here to register on line


Getting Your Business On-Line 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You're getting your business up and running and now you're ready to go on-line and let the world know that you exist. But how do you build your on-line presence on a budget? This 2.5-hour program gives you concrete steps to make an immediate impact and begin reaching your customers on the web. Participants learn how to set up their businesses on Google Places, as well as create a Facebook business page to start promoting their business without breaking the bank.

Meet the Instructor - Matt Rudisill

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Alexander Center For Education, Taylorsville

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or
click here to register on line.


Record Keeping & Taxes

Keeping proper records can help small business owners save time and save money. This two-hour seminar shows participants how business decisions impact their tax bill and how to keep records that will allow them to track their business' profits while maintaining the information needed to file federal and state taxes. Participants learn which expenses can be deducted for tax purposes and walk through a record-keeping process from sales receipts to tax returns.

Meet the Instructor - Mel Steiner

Tuesday, February25, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or
click here to register on line.


Funding Options For Your Small Business

A great idea is the starting point for your business, but do you have the money to make it go? Some businesses have low start-up costs, and some businesses require more money to begin operations. This 2 hour seminar identifies the various funding options that small businesses can consider, starting with bootstrapping with their own funds and discussing debt and equity options. The seminar provides tools to help participants understand how much money they'll need and provides useful tips for the best ways to approach lenders.

Thursday, February27, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or click here to register on line.


Writing A Winning Business Plan

A business plan is not a document that should be put away on your shelf to collect dust. A business plan is your map to laying out the actions you need to take to achieve profits and success. It's also something that must be updated to reflect changes in your business and changes in the competitive environment. This three-hour workshop shows participants the significance of a well-written business plan, focusing on the audience for the plan, and key elements which should be included such as a marketing plan and financial projections. The last segment of the workshop is reserved for one-on-one feedback to participants on their individual business plan.

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or
click here to register on line


The Basics Of Selling On eBay

With more than 100 million active users globally, eBay is the world's largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. Founded in 1995, eBay connects a diverse and passionate community of individual buyers and sellers, as well as small businesses. Many individuals have created their own business through selling products on eBay. This three-hour overview gives participants the basics to get up and running on eBay, showing them how to open their account and create listings, through using PayPal to accept and complete transactions.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or click here to register on line


Small Business Taxes, A-Z

Tax compliance for the small business owner can be a formidable task. In this seminar, the instructor will provide an overview of taxes and fees applicable to a small business whether the business operates as a sole proprietorship, corporation, partnership, or Limited Liability Company (LLC). Topics include sales tax, federal payroll, employment security, personal income for sole props, corporate income tax, franchise tax and local property tax.

Meet the Instructor - Mel Steiner

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Alexander Center For Education, Taylorsville

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or click here to register on line.



Building Your Small Business On eBay

This session is for individuals having knowledge/experience of selling on eBay who want to establish a continual retail presence on eBay. Topics in this fast-paced session will include: Starting and growing an eBay business, Finding merchandise to sell, Creating professional listings, Marketing your business on eBay, Managing active listings, Resolving issues & feedback, and protecting your eBay business. Plus learn those "tricks of the trade" that you have to know to become an eBay PowerSeller!

Meet the Instructor - Nick Hawks

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center

To register call 828-327-7000, ext 4117

or click here to register on line.


Networking For Small Business

Operating a small business comes with many challenges, but none are more important than finding customers and building customer relationships. Networking is a critical skill, but one that not everyone is comfortable with. This three-hour session helps small business owners and prospective business owners develop their elevator pitch to describe their business, helps them understand how to connect to their existing network, shows them how to expand their network, and builds a plan for promoting their business through networking.

NEW DATE!!  Fri, April 11, 2014, 9:00 AM - Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center

To register call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or click here to register on line.


Creating Your eBay Store

Participants go to the next level of their eBay e-commerce experience. This 2 1/2 hour hands-on course is a fantastic way to provide a step-by-step approach to those individuals who are ready to become eBay Store owners. You will learn how to start, brand, and optimize your eBay store website. Understand how to market your eBay store more effectively with email newsletters, traffic reports, and the markdown manager sales tool. Learn how to use the "Quick Store Tune-up" feature and "Manage My Store" page to customize your eBay Store, plus learn tips for search engine optimization that will bring even more internet shoppers to your eBay Store!! (Participants will work on-line, so class size is limited.)

Meet the Instructor - Nick Hawks

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center

To register call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or click here to register on line.


Growing Your Small Business Through Social Media

Social media is now an important method for small businesses to reach and communicate with new and existing customers, but it continues to evolve at a fast pace. This seminar provides an overview to primary social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and LinedIn and shows participants how to begin engaging with these web sites. Learn the basics of each, why they are important, and how they fit into your marketing strategy.

Meet the Instructor - Matt Rudisill

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center


Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117 or
click here to register on line


Facebook For Your Small Business

Facebook is used by millions to communicate and share information. And now more more and more businesses are using Facebook as a way to get their business on-line, share information. This seminar shows participants how to set up a Facebook business page, as well as use Facebook promotions and advertising to make an impact for their business on-line.

Meet the Instructor - Matt Rudisill

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center


Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117 or
click here to register on line


Pinterest, Blogging & Mobile Marketing For Small Business

Step further out into social mediamarketing and learn how new sites and technologies are helping businesses build relationships with their customers. New sites such as Pinterest provide another avenue for businesses to share information and communicate with their customers. Blogging sites such as WordPress are also inexpensive marketing options for businesses. Small businesses must also understand the power of mobile marketing and the opportunities that it presents. This seminar covers each of these topics and helps small businesses move ahead with connecting to customers.

Meet the Instructor - Matt Rudisill

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center


Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117 or
click here to register on line



Making An Impact With Social Media

With so many social media options and sites, what is right for your business? This three hour seminar reviews the popular social media sites covered in previous seminars and helps small business owners identify what is appropriate for their business to move to the next level. Participants learn tips and tactics to use social media wisely and productively and develop a social media marketing plan tailored for their individual business.

Meet the Instructor - Matt Rudisill

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center


Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117 or
click here to register on line


Market Research and Marketing Your Small Business

As a small business owner, understanding your market and your customers are critical for your business' success. This three hour program shows participants the basics in establishing a marketing plan for their small business, identifying key marketing elements, segmenting target markets and developing strategies to reach customers. Information is also provided on marketing research tools and databases to assist you in conducting research on your industry, competition, and customers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 5:30-8:30 PM
Alexander Center For Educations, Taylorsville

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117 or
click here to register on line


Human Resource Survival Presents:  Hiring Your First Employee

 

 

 

 

 

Many businesses initially rely upon contractors during their start-up and early stages.  But when do contractors become your full-time employees?  And what do you need to do in order to meet federal and state employment guidelines?  This session co-sponsored by the Small Business Center and the Catawba Valley Society for Human Resource Management helps companies understand and work through these issues and make sure they are compliant with state and federal legislation.  The program helps you make the determination on contractor vs. employee and meet the requirements for payroll taxes.  The program will conclude with a roundtable Q & A session with HR experts from SHRM taking your questions on HR issues. 

Tuesday April 29, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center

Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117
or click here to register on line.




How To Insure and Bond Your Small Business

Going into business presents many opportunities, but it can also create risks. Purchasing business insurance can help you manage these risks, but with so many types of insurance products what should you do? This two-hour seminar reviews business insurance products and helps participants determine what is right for their business. Workers compensation and the use of bonds are covered to help participants understand how they can protect their business and their assets.


Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center


Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117


Grant Writing 101

As funding becomes more difficult to secure, non-profit organizations face significant challenges to fulfill their missions. This 2.5 hour seminar reviews the questions non-profits need to answer prior to searching and applying for grant funds, outlines the 7 basic elements of most

 
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