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HP LIFE Online Entrepreneurship Training

HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global online learning 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 busy aspiring entrepreneurs to participate.  It includes hands-on activities along with downloadable materials to help you start and grow your business.  The program can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  For more information and to register, visit the NC Small Business Center Network website at www.ncsbc.net.  Click on the HP LIFE block in the bottom right section of the homepage.

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IRS Small Business Workshop

This online course summarizes IRS resources for small business owners using the following media: (1) On the web at IRS.gov, (2) Tax Publications, (3) Videos and (4) Social Media.  It also provides specific resource information for the Recordkeeping and Understanding Gross Business Receipts issues.  This is a self-paced course that is delivered via an electronic file that describes and links to various IRS resources.

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April 2018

How to Create World Class Branding for Your Small Business

Tuesday, 4/10/18
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Learn the basics of online reputation management and how to utilize digital media to build networks, increase credibility, generate income and reach your business goals by creating an effective brand for your business.

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Understanding & Controlling Cash Flow

Wednesday, 4/11/18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Business analysts report that poor management is the main reason for business failure. Poor cash management is probably the most frequent stumbling block for entrepreneurs. Understanding the basic concepts of cash flow will help you plan for the unforeseen eventualities that nearly every business faces. This seminar will give you the tools and knowledge to understand budgeting and to learn how to practice good cash flow management in order to keep your small business running at a healthy pace.

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Developing Personal and Commercial Credit for Your Business Success

Wednesday, 4/11/18
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This seminar focuses on how to build good personal credit AND establishing commercial credit for your company. Commercial credit is key for those companies needing short term credit for their cash flow management. Good commercial credit becomes a tangible asset of your business. Learn about the factors of credit scoring; how to overcome negative credit issues; the hidden costs of bad credit; how to minimize the risk of identity theft; how to rebuild negative credit reports, and how to engage creditors successfully.

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ABCs of Starting a Small Business

Thursday, 4/12/18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

“ABCs of Starting a Small Business” can be your first step to small business ownership. You will learn how to find out about licenses, should you incorporate, how to hire good people, how to create low-cost advertising, how to do a quick business plan, where the money will come from and much more.

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Small Business Roundtable

Friday, 4/13/18
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses

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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

Tuesday, 4/17/18
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
New River Air Station, Building AS-913, Cobra Room
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Are you thinking about starting your own business? Not sure what steps to take or which ones to take first? This seminar is designed to provide basic information to individuals who are thinking about starting a business. This information includes critical ingredients for start-up success such as: feasibility study; market demographics; funding sources; and business owner support. Come prepared to engage in a practical exercise of using these tools. Must present either a military ID or DD214 to attend this session.

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Small Business Roundtable

Wednesday, 4/18/18
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses. Pete Ellis, Jr.

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Twitter for Small Business Owners

Thursday, 4/19/18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104 B/C
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This seminar is aimed at the small business owner interested in creating a Twitter profile. Information will be provided on how to set up a Twitter Handle, how to engage in the world of Twitter with Tweets and all the settings to get your account up and running by the end of the seminar. Learn how to add graphics and links to your Tweets and the use of effective hashtags. Attendees should bring a mobile device (phone or tablet) with the Twitter app installed in order to experience the full functionality of Twitter.

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Jacksonville Onslow Nonprofit Resource Forum

Monday, 4/23/18
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session facilitated by United Way of Onslow County leadership, individuals interested in starting a nonprofit, current nonprofit board members, Executive Directors, and community members interested in becoming board members can learn best practices and skills needed to successfully operate their nonprofit.

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

Tuesday, 4/24/18
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success for effectively operating their arts and crafts businesses. Topics for each monthly session are carefully selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience. The unique monthly topic will center on one or more of the following: discussion of trends in marketing and showcasing art and craft products; best practices for networking; increasing sales; pricing products; exhibiting in art and craft shows and festivals; and website marketing.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

Tuesday, 4/24/18
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune Building 825
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success for effectively operating their arts and crafts businesses. Topics for each monthly session are carefully selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience. The unique monthly topic will center on one or more of the following: discussion of trends in marketing and showcasing art and craft products; best practices for networking; increasing sales; pricing products; exhibiting in art and craft shows and festivals; and website marketing.

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The ABC's of Managing Your Small Business

Wednesday, 4/25/18
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This course is geared for the startup, or those small business still seeking the basics of how to start, market, manage, and grow their small business. Discussion includes: Elements of the business plan, putting the business plan to work and assessing its results; developing the marketing plan; conducting a needs assessment; types of legal structure; strategic small business investment strategies; and developing customer outreach initiatives with win-win customer metrics that synergize sales and marketing success.

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Beyond the Business Plan

Thursday, 4/26/18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Learn how to bring your business plan to life and implement the goals and strategies for optimal success, utilizing effective and trusted project management tools and applications. This seminar provides you with project management insight, via experienced entrepreneurs, that will enable you to focus on the necessary steps and tasks that will propel your business towards success. This workshop is designed for established business owners.

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May 2018

Introduction to QuickBooks Pro for Small Businesses

Tuesday, 5/1/18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A.D. Guy Business Technology Building, Room 203
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This seminar is an introduction to QuickBooks. Its main objective is to introduce you to the basic features in QuickBooks and give you an opportunity for hands-on practice. You’ll learn about the types of information you need to track in your business, and you’ll see how to enter that information and track it in QuickBooks. Learn about all that QuickBooks offers, the most common tasks, and where to find information about more advanced features.

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Boots to Business

Wednesday – Thursday, 5/2/18 – 5/3/18
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This class will provide participants with an introduction to business ownership and guide them through the start-up process. Topics include: entrepreneurship assessment, business feasibility, the business plan, understanding your market, business legal structure, and sources of funding. Participants will be provided with a number of resources and tools to compliment the training topics. This is a special program offered by the Small Business Administration and the Department of Defense in cooperation with Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station for active duty military, veterans, and their immediate family members only.

To register for this seminar, call 910-938-6322 and speak with April or 910-938-6302 and speak with Carla

SnapChat for Small Business Owners

Thursday, 5/3/18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

SnapChat is capturing the attention of millennials with it’s disappearing photos and messages, filters and lenses, and private messaging. Businesses have an opportunity to reach millennials not only with their engaging stories but by encouraging your customers to include your business in their special moment. Do you want to reach the growing market of millennials between the ages of 25-35 or maybe their parents, then you need to understand how to use SnapChat. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of SnapChat, how you can use it for your business and how to use SnapChat’s On-Demand Geo-Filters to make your business part of your customer’s special moments.

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Small Business Roundtable

Friday, 5/4/18
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses.

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Creating a Winning Business Plan

Tuesday, 5/8/18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Whether you have a service business, retail, manufacturing or direct marketing you need a plan. In fact, if you try to borrow money for a business the first question asked by the lender will be, “Do you have a business Plan?” The seminar will focus on: how to create a simple full-length business plan that can guide your business, which parts of the plan must be done in specific ways, which parts of the plan bankers focus on, how to create the important marketing segment of the plan, and what the plan must look like.

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So You Think You Want to Start a Business?

Wednesday, 5/9/18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This seminar has been created for those individuals who are thinking about starting and operating their own business. During this seminar, attendees will honestly assess “themselves” in order to discover their strengths and weaknesses; where from, they can make a better informed decision on moving forward at this point in time. The seminar will also incorporate various exercises and “role playing” events where the attendee will be faced with realistic challenges encountered by entrepreneurs and they will have to determine or design a solution.

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Business Model Canvas

Thursday, 5/10/18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

You will learn how to organize, strategize, and launch your business concept, product, or service with full confidence in this seminar! Learning the tools that today’s most influential business leaders use to build successful business products and services will prepare your for a path towards success. This seminar is led by experienced entrepreneurs who will teach you the necessary steps to ensure that you learn how to explore and utilize the Business Model Canvas to its full potential. This workshop is designed for start-ups and current businesses.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

Tuesday, 5/15/18
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Camp Lejeune
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Are you thinking about starting your own business? Not sure what steps to take or which ones to take first? This seminar is designed to provide basic information to individuals who are thinking about starting a business. This information includes critical ingredients for start-up success such as: feasibility study; market demographics; funding sources; and business owner support. Come prepared to engage in a practical exercise of using these tools. Must present either a military ID or DD214 on the day of seminar.

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Intermediate QuickBooks Pro for Small Businesses

Tuesday, 5/15/18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A.D. Guy Business Technology Building, Room 203
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This seminar builds on information provided in the Introduction to QuickBooks. You’ll learn about the more advanced features of QuickBooks including: analyzing financial data, setting up inventory, tracking and paying sales tax, doing payroll with QuickBooks, estimating and progress invoicing, tracking time, customizing forms, and writing QuickBooks letters.

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50 Home-Based Businesses for Start-Up Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, 5/16/18
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This seminar is designed to provide start-up entrepreneurs with the flexibility they seek in career options by exploring the availability of a home-based small business career. Offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, topics will include developing the key processes for a home-based business such as: the startup requirements; the business plan; the marketing plan; the financial plan; and how to obtain alternative lending for your home-based small business. SPECIAL OFFER: A 200+ page E-book of all 50 home-based business ideas is provided for participants attending the seminar that takes you through how to jump start and grow that home-based business.

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Small Business Roundtable

Wednesday, 5/16/18
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses.

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Introduction to the SBA & Its Small Business Resource Programs

Thursday, 5/17/18
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

The U.S. Small Business Administration has a number of business development programs providing a variety of resources to assist small businesses. This seminar will help you gain knowledge that may help you grow your own small business opportunities through SBA programs and partnerships in your area. This presentation will provide information about SBA lending programs, qualifying for lending assistance, natural disaster preparation and lending, and an overview on SBA managed procurement programs (HUBZone and 8a) to help market your business to the federal government.

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Small Business Video Marketing-Improve Your Customer Reach

Thursday, 5/17/18
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Video gets consumed on social media more than any other type of post. If you want your business to be seen, video is the way to make it happen. Local photographer Bob Mackowski will tell you why you need to get in on this and how to make social media videos, no video camera required.

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How Data Breeches Affect Small Business and Ways to Protect Sensitive Info

Friday, 5/18/18
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Cyber security is a complex topic because businesses of all sizes are vulnerable to cyber threats. In fact, did you know sensitive information hackers want is in nearly every part of a company? From personal information on an employment application to network files with customer’s credit card information, scammers steal this data from a business and use it t make unauthorized purchases, open new lines of credit and commit other crimes. Since almost all businesses rely some degree on a computer, cyber-attacks and data breaches are a constant possibility. Come learn about the ways a data breach affects a company and the importance of protecting sensitive information

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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

Tuesday, 5/22/18
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
MCAS New River
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Are you thinking about starting your own business? Not sure what steps to take or which ones to take first? This seminar is designed to provide basic information to individuals who are thinking about starting a business. This information includes critical ingredients for start-up success such as: feasibility study; market demographics; funding sources; and business owner support. Come prepared to engage in a practical exercise of using these tools. Must present a military ID or DD214 on the day of seminar.

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How Small Businesses Can Get Found on Google

Tuesday, 5/22/18
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Learn how to get your business on the Map with Google. See the tools and tips that will help you manage this free resource that can help your business grow. Learn about other Google products, such as Google Search, Google Ad Words, and Google Analytics. Learn how to properly upload your photos to your Google location to help with your Search Engine Optimization Results.

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SBA Alternative Capital Programs for Every Small Business

Wednesday, 5/23/18
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Meet with an SBA Area Manager to discuss how to successfully obtain a commercial credit loan and how to approach your lender regarding applying for an SBA loan guaranty. Discussion points include personal and professional credit; the business plan; managing cash flow; business accounting; collateral requirements; the commercial loan process; and a discussion of small business lending programs available with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Much of small business lending is not through a bank. This key topic on “alternative lenders and brokers” provides you access to capital when your bank does not.

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

Tuesday, 5/29/18
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success for effectively operating their arts and crafts business. Topics for each monthly session are carefully selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience. The unique monthly topic will center on one or more of the following: discussion of trends in marketing and showcasing art and craft products; best practices for networking; increasing sales; pricing products; exhibiting in art and craft shows and festivals; and website marketing.

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Registration

You can register online by completing the following steps:

  • Go to www.ncsbc.net
  • Click on “Contact Your Local SBC”
  • On the map, click on “Onslow County”
  • Scroll down to “Events” and choose your seminar
  • Click “Register”

If you do not have an email address, you must create one in order to use this registration system. You may use any of the free online email accounts, such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, etc.

Coastal Carolina Community College
Small Business Center
(910)938-6322/6389
sbc-itc@coastalcarolina.edu