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Small Business Center

Seminars & Workshops WINTER/SPRING 2015

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

StartupSeminar SeriesDate
» You, Inc

Tue Jan 13

» From Idea to Opportunity

Tue Jan 20

» Creating the Image, Crafting the Message

Tue Jan 27

» Reaching Customer Targets

Tue Feb 3

» Keeping $ Score $

Tue Feb 10

» Roadmap to Success

Tue Feb 17

Small Business Challenges

Date

Pricing Your Products Fri Jan 16
Writing A Winning Business Plan Thurs Jan 22
Facebook For Small Business (Alexander Center For Education) Thurs Jan 29
Sales Workshop For Small Business Thurs Feb 5
eCommerce Part 1 - Selling Products On-Line Thurs Feb 12
eCommerce Part 2 - Create an On-Line Store Thurs Feb 19
Record Keeping & Taxes Tue Feb 24
Social Media For Small Business (Details coming soon!) Wed March 4
The Basics Of Selling On eBay Tue March 10
Building Your Small Business On eBay Tue March 17
Crowd Funding Options For Small Business Thurs March 19
Getting Your Small Business On-Line Fri March 20
Creating Your eBay Store Tue March 24

Funding Summit:  Funding Options For Small Business"
(Details coming soon!)

Thurs March 26
Small Business Taxes, A-Z (Alexander Center For Education) Tue March 31
How To Start A Small Business Tue April 14
Financial Statements (Alexander Center For Education) Thurs April 16
Growing Your Small Business Through Social Media Tue April 21
Facebook For Your Small Business Thurs April 23
Pinterest, Blogging and Mobile Marketing Tue April 28
Making An Impact With Social Media Thurs April 30
Business Plan Workshop (@ Alexander Center For Education) Thurs May 7
New Business Survival Strategies (Details coming soon!) Thurs May 21
Getting Your Business On-Line (@ Alexander Center For Education) Fri June 5
Check Back for Additional Offerings!

SMALL BUSINESS CHALLENGES

Pricing Your Products
Whether you're selling a service or product, making sure you price it properly is critical to your success.  This 3-hour workshop provides guidelines on different ways to determine a pricing strategy and provides practice time for working on your business. 

Friday, January 16, 2015, 9:00 AM - Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center

Meet the instructor - Sherre DeMao 

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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.

Meet the instructor - Ruben Gonzales

Thursday January 22, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center

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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 January 29, 2015, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Alexander Center For Education, Taylorsville

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call 828-327-7000, ext 4117


Sales Workshop For Small Business

Ever wanted more customers but didn't know how to get them? Tired of being discouraged about your sales efforts?  Ready to find more time for boosting your revenue?  The Sales Workshop reviews over a dozen channels for businesses to get their goods and services to the market and then decide which strategies are the best fit for their business. 

Meet the Instructor - Jason Owens

Thursday February 5, 2015, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory

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eCommerce Part 1 - Selling Products On-Line

One way to expand your market is to sell products online. We will explore the features of well-known e-commerce hosts such as the eBay Store and Amazon.com, as well as other options for creating an online store. PayPal and other payment gateways will also be discussed. 

Meet the Instructor - Matt Rudisill

Thursday February 12, 2015, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory

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eCommerce Part 2 - Create An On-Line Store 


Do you want to sell online and reach more people with better marketing concepts? Now is the time to set up your online store! In this 2 night seminar, you will learn the basics of setting up your online presence and actually leave with a fully functional operating store where your products will be available to the world.

Meet the Instructor - Matt Rudisill

Thursday February 19, 2015, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory

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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 February 24, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory

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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. 

Meet the Instructor - Nick Hawks

Tuesday March 10, 2015, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory

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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 17, 2015, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory

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call 828-327-7000, ext 4117

 


Crowd Funding Options For Small Business

There are more opportunities for non-traditional funding for business startup and expansion than ever before. Crowd funding campaigns are becoming an important tool for businesses to raise funds outside of traditional lending institutions. Participants in this seminar will explore the differences and similarities between this new resource and traditional funding, review a number of crowd funding web sites, and prepare a brief presentation suitable for launching a crowd funding campaign.

Meet the instructor - Ruben Gonzales

Thursday March 19, 2015 9:00 AM - Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center

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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

Friday March 20, 2015, 9:00 AM - Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center

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call 828-327-7000, ext 4117.


 

 

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 24, 2015, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory

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call 828-327-7000, ext 4117


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


Tuesday March 31, 2015 , 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Center For Education, Taylorsville

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call 828-327-7000, ext 4117

 


How To Start 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 two-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. 

Tuesday April 14, 2015, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
CVCC Corporate Development Center, Hickory

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or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117

Financial Statements 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 April 16, 2015, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
CVCC Center For Education, Taylorsville

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or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117


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 21, 2015, 9:00 AM - Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center

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call 828-327-7000, ext 4117


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 23, 2015, 9:00 AM - Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center

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


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 28, 2015, 9:00 AM - Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center

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

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 30, 2015, 9:00 AM - Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center

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call 828-327-7000, ext 4117


Business Plan Workshop

Do you need a business plan?  The answer is a definate "Maybe".  But regardless of whether you have a formal business plan document, you need to think through the important issues which will determine whether your business can be profitable or not.  This two-hour program reviews the major elements of a business plan and provides tools to assess the plan's profitability. 


Meet the Instructor -- Jeff Neuville

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Alexander Center for Education, Taylorsville, NC

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Call 828-327-7000, ext 4117


 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

Friday June 5, 2015, 9:00 AM - Noon
CVCC Corporate Development Center

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


 

 
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