Monthly Seminars

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For more detailed seminar information, or to see the most recently added seminar training opportunities, please visit the NC Small Business Center Network website by clicking the link here.

January 2019

Introduction to Facebook Business Page

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-17-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
BT 203

This seminar is aimed at small business owners interested in creating a Facebook business page. We will cover why a Facebook business page is important vs. using a personal Facebook profile for your business, how your business page works, and all the settings to get your page up and running by the end of the seminar. Jim Fuhs

This seminar will be held in the Business and Technology building, Room 203.”

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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-22-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
MCAS

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. Steve Gill

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Small Business Roundtable

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-23-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses. Pete Ellis Fans of Pete Ellis should mark their calendars for Pete’s final roundtable in January. Come January 23rd from 6-8 pm to learn about tools every small business owner should know about. We all know about Facebook and LinkedIn, but what about tools like EchoSign, Odesk- just to name a couple? Pete will share with the group information about 20 tools for small business owners and then facilitate a discussion with the group about their favorite tools so everyone can leave more equipped to run full steam into 2019!

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Small Business Taxes

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-24-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

To successfully operate your business, you need to understand Federal and State tax reporting requirements. This 3-hour seminar will cover the following: applying for a Federal Identification Number (FEIN); forms of business organization; choosing a paid tax preparer; keeping good business records; accounting methods; bookkeeping systems; understanding the Form 1040 Schedule C. Will Rogers Seminar will be held in Skills 104 B/C.

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-29-2019
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Calling all Artists & Crafters! Want to turn your passion into a real business, or build upon the existing business you already have, while networking with other creative and passionate people? Come learn best practices and secrets of success for effectively operating an arts and crafts business. Topics for each monthly session are selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience. Come learn about things like 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; website marketing and so much more. Mark your calendar for this session and come learn in a collaborative environment! Come early for networking which begins at 6:30pm and stay for instruction that begins at 7:00pm. Laura Voss Seminar will be held in Skills 104 B/C

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-29-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM MCB

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. Steve Gill

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Boots to Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-30-2019-Jan-31-2019
8:30 AM-5:30 PM 104 B/C

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. Steve Gill & Pete Ellis, Jr.

Please call to register (910-938-6302)

Onslow Board Development & Training Conference

January 31 – February 1, 2019

Jacksonville Youth Center

For More Information, please visit:
https://aceweb.uncw.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=19CQNO0500

Understanding, Working, and Serving With An Age Diverse Workforce for Nonprofit Leaders

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-31-2019
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center

Please note: This session is part of the Jacksonville Onslow Nonprofit Board Development Conference. The conference is designed to help new and existing nonprofits enhance their operations. The conference is open to the public and will take place at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center. Attendees must register for the conference through the link provided by QENO below.

Join us for a humorous exploration of the generation gaps of today and learn how to work effectively with an age diverse workforce. Gain a better understanding of why a multi-generational workforce of paid staff and volunteers is a real business booster in this fun and informative session! Charles Pearson

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Fundraising Strategies That Work

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-31-2019
10:15 AM-12:15 PM
Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center

Please note: This session is part of the Jacksonville Onslow Nonprofit Board Development Conference. The conference is designed to help new and existing nonprofits enhance their operations. The conference is open to the public and will take place at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center. Attendees must register for the conference through the link provided by QENO below.

It is not an easy task to raise funds for your organization! However, the need to create multiple streams of revenue is vital to the sustainability of any non-profit organization. This exciting session will discuss the trends in fundraising and explore how to implement successful strategies, which will help you organize successful donor and capital campaigns. Teresa Lewis

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Why Can't We Solve This?!?! Embracing the Tensions of Leadership

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-31-2019
10:15 AM-12:15 PM
Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center

Please note: This session is part of the Jacksonville Onslow Nonprofit Board Development Conference. The conference is designed to help new and existing nonprofits enhance their operations. The conference is open to the public and will take place at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center. Attendees must register for the conference through the link provided by QENO below.

Nonprofit organizations are created to solve problems and make positive changes. Yet we can often feel like we are not making progress at all. Sometimes we feel that way because the “official” problem we are trying to fix still exists. Sometimes we feel that way because almost every meeting seems to be about the same two or three “enduring problems” we just can’t seem to solve. This interactive session will offer a tool that reframes “enduring problems” in a new way that will empower members to see the challenge more clearly and feel empowered to manage rather than solve your biggest challenges. Rick Olsen

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Seven Steps to Building an Awesome Nonprofit Team

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-31-2019
1:45 PM-3:45 PM
Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center

Please note: This session is part of the Jacksonville Onslow Nonprofit Board Development Conference. The conference is designed to help new and existing nonprofits enhance their operations. The conference is open to the public and will take place at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center. Attendees must register for the conference through the link provided by QENO below.

Come explore the People Powered Performance™ model that takes candidate’s expertise, traits, and character into consideration in this high-energy session. Learn about the risks and challenges to hiring in today’s work environment while understanding the open position’s essential activities. Discover the 7 steps to hiring prospective employees or inviting board members to join the team and learn how to create and use action plans which help ensure success! Brian Kennedy

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Why Didn't We See This Coming?$?$ Tips to Making Proactive Financial Decisions

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-31-2019
1:45 PM-3:45 PM
Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center

Please note: This session is part of the Jacksonville Onslow Nonprofit Board Development Conference. The conference is designed to help new and existing nonprofits enhance their operations. The conference is open to the public and will take place at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center. Attendees must register for the conference through the link provided by QENO below.

Explore nonprofit financial reports that help you to see into the future. We will discuss some of the most common financial errors that occur and how board members can not only find them early, but prevent them. We will discuss cash flow difficulties, payment of invoices, receipt of gifts, payroll tax and more. Natasha

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How Nonprofits Can Use Facebook Live for Real Results!

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jan-31-2019
4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center

Please note: This session is part of the Jacksonville Onslow Nonprofit Board Development Conference. The conference is designed to help new and existing nonprofits enhance their operations. The conference is open to the public and will take place at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center. Attendees must register for the conference through the link provided by QENO below.

**Limited to the first 10 participants. Only one participant from a nonprofit should register for this session.**

In this action-packed hour, we will cover how to get your non-profit using Facebook live to expand your organization’s awareness and message. Cisco has stated that video will be 80% of content by 2020. We will get you on the right track as we will talk about equipment, technique, and the tools to help you go live quickly and easily. We will also cover how to repurpose your Facebook Live Videos and how you can use Facebook Live during events and in groups. Participants should bring their smartphone

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Strategic Leadership

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-01-2019
8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center

Please note: This session is part of the Jacksonville Onslow Nonprofit Board Development Conference. The conference is designed to help new and existing nonprofits enhance their operations. The conference is open to the public and will take place at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center. Attendees must register for the conference through the link provided by QENO below.

This session will discuss the need for non-profits to take a strategic approach to their work. Processes will be covered that will drive board and leadership retreats to the next level utilizing a strategic thinking process. The art of Compressed Planning, as well as, the use of Action Planning will be presented and demonstrated. Participants will leave knowing how to make their strategic plans work for their organization. Dick Blouse

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February 2019

Small Business Success Stories Featuring: Dan Spangler of A Dog's Dream

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-05-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM 104 B/C

Join us for a fun and informative evening where you will learn from someone who has been there and done that! In our Small Business Success Stories Series, learn what drove successful entrepreneurs into business, the lessons they have learned along the way, their secrets for success, advice they would give others, and what is coming next for the featured owner and their business. At the end, there will be time for questions and answers. So mark your calendar for this great monthly event! Dan Spangler of A Dog’s Dream Seminar held in Skills 104 B/C

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Quickbooks Desktop Version for Small Business Owners

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-06-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
BT 202

This seminar is an introduction to the QuickBooks desktop version. 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 task, and where to find information about more advanced features. Will Rogers Seminar will be held in the Business and Technology Building, Room 202.

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The 123's of Small Business Cash Flow Management

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-07-2019
9:00 AM-11:00 AM
104 B/C

According to the SBA, 81% of small businesses do not manage their cash flow on even a monthly basis! And, nearly 70% of small businesses suffer a cash flow “crisis” during their annual business cycle. Cash is king. Cash flow is the pulse of your business. Managing cash flow effectively means the difference between success and failure. You can show a profit and still be running out of cash!

In this seminar, learn the trends and processes of cash flow management; when to use an accounting or bookkeeping service; the pros and cons of doing the books yourself; and how to position your company for strategic profit through good cash flow management. Don Spry Seminar will be held at Melton Skills Building, Room 117.

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337 Ways to Market for Greater Profits in Your Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-07-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

Half of your marketing plan is not working and costing you money. Do you know which half that is? Every business has a marketing expense – either by direct labor or purchasing or services and resources. The key to any successful business is a successful marketing program that gets measurable results and keeps marketing costs low. Learn how to maximize that marketing investment and improve your strategic visibility by generating leads, closing sales opportunities, increasing customer transactions and purchasing, utilize strategic pricing techniques, and dramatically improve bottom line profits. Don Spry Seminar will be held in Skills 104 B/C.

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How to Conduct Business Research to Start and Grow Your Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-11-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Market research is an important ongoing process for every small business or potential new business. Come discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Pete Ellis Jr. Seminar will be held in Skills 104 B/C

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How Small Business Owners Can Use Canva for Marketing Success

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-12-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
BT 202

Business Owners: Don’t spend thousands on a graphic designer when you don’t have to! Save your marketing dollars for where you can get the biggest return on investment. In this seminar you will learn the basics of designing flyers, brochures, and business cards which will be noticed by your customers using the free online tool, Canva. Gain hands on experience uploading your business logo and images and leave with marketing collateral ready to print in this three-hour seminar. Jim Fuhs This seminar will be held in the Business and Technology building, Room 202.

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How to Start a Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-13-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

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. Roxanne Reed This seminar will be held in the Vocational Skills building, Room 104 B/C.

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Boots to Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-13-2019-Feb-14-2019
8:30 AM-5:30 PM 104 B/C

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. Steve Gill & Pete Ellis, Jr. Seminar will be held in Skills 117

Please call to register (910-938-6302)

How to Increase Your Credit Score to Over 740 Points; Prepare for a Bank Business Loan

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-14-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan for your business or personally. Come learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score by simply the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make payments, and carry balances. This seminar will also include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Using several methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. Bob Moore This seminar will be held in the Vocation Skills building, Room 104 B/C.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-19-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
MCAS

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. Steve Gill

Register Now!

Small Business Roundtable

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-20-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

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

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How to Build a Low Cost Website You Can Easily Manage!

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-21-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Come learn how to build a website that attracts the right customers you can manage yourself which allows for maximum expansion over time as your grow. This is a results driven class with over 4 years of experiences in producing results. For under $100 a year, you can have a professional website using the user-friendly web software of WordPress. In this seminar, we will show you how to make your site easy for Google to find, how to secure your domain name, and choose a graphic theme. Students have access to instructional videos to support and add to the seminar instruction. If you do not have a website, or are, dealing with a difficult one- this seminar is for you! Martin Brossman This seminar will be held in the Vocational Skills building, Room 104 B/C.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-26-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
MCB

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. Steve Gill

Register Now!

Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-26-2019
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Calling all Artists & Crafters! Want to turn your passion into a real business, or build upon the existing business you already have, while networking with other creative and passionate people? Come learn best practices and secrets of success for effectively operating an arts and crafts business. Topics for each monthly session are selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience. Come learn about things like 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; website marketing and so much more. Mark your calendar for this session and come learn in a collaborative environment! Come early for networking which begins at 6:30pm and stay for instruction that begins at 7:00pm. Laura Voss

Register Now!

Marketing Your Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Feb-27-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar. Wanda Bennett

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March 2019

Small Business Success Stories Featuring: Jim Fuhs of Fuhsion Marketing

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-05-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

Join us for a fun and informative evening where you will learn from someone who has been there and done that! In our Small Business Success Stories Series, learn what drove successful entrepreneurs into business, the lessons they have learned along the way, their secrets for success, advice they would give others, and what is coming next for the featured owner and their business. At the end, there will be time for questions and answers. So mark your calendar for this great monthly event! Jim Fuhs of Fuhsion Marketing Seminar will be held in Skills 104 B/C.

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Boots to Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-06-2019-Mar-07-2019
8:30 AM-5:30 PM
104 B/C

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. Steve Gill & Pete Ellis

Please call to register (910-938-6302)

Small Farming Business Basics 101

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-06-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Calling all Farmers! In this 3-hour course, farmers will learn the importance of having an agribusiness plan, explore Agri-Biz marketing tactics and techniques, and get an introduction to budget, cost accounting and other important financial issues that face all small farming business. Roxanne Reed This seminar will be held in the Vocational Skills building, Room 104 B/C.

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How to Calculate Your Product or Service's Break-Even Point and Be Profitable

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-11-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Do you really know how much money you can or will make when you sell your product or service? Knowing how to calculate your break-even point is an essential skill all small business owners and potential small business owners must have. Come learn the difference between fixed and variable costs and how small changes in pricing affect your overall bottom line. Pete Ellis Jr. Seminar will be held in Skills 104 B/C.

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How to Find Merchandise to Sell Online

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-14-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Online

Taught by an industry expert! In this fast-paced online seminar, learn the secrets to sourcing merchandise to sell online or in your storefront from many different sources. Learn about wholesalers, drop shippers, foreign sources and liquidators. This seminar is a “”must-attend”” for anyone who buys and resells merchandise and wants to be able to buy like the pros do at great prices. Nick Hawks Online Seminar

Please call to register (910-938-6302)

How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-19-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
MCAS

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. Steve Gill

Register Now!

Small Business Roundtable

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-20-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

In this session, participants will learn best practices and share secrets of success to effectively operate their small businesses. Wanda Fisher Seminar will take place in Skills 104 B/C

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The ABC's & XYZ's of Starting and Growing Your Own Small Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-21-2019
9:00 AM-11:00 AM
104 B/C

The course is geared for the true startup, or those small businesses still building on the basics of how to start, market, manage, and grow their small business. Discussion elements include: organically building a business plan, building goals and assessing the business plan results; creating buzz in the marketing plan; determining which legal structure is right for you; leveraging capital as an investment strategy in YOU; and developing customer outreach initiatives with win-win customer metrics that synergize sales and marketing success. Don Spry Seminar will be held in Skills 104 B/C.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-26-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
MCB

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. Steve Gill

Register Now!

Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-26-2019
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Calling all Artists & Crafters! Want to turn your passion into a real business, or build upon the existing business you already have, while networking with other creative and passionate people? Come learn best practices and secrets of success for effectively operating an arts and crafts business. Topics for each monthly session are selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience. Come learn about things like 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; website marketing and so much more. Mark your calendar for this session and come learn in a collaborative environment! Come early for networking which begins at 6:30pm and stay for instruction that begins at 7:00pm. Laura Voss Seminar will be held in Skills 104 B/C.

Register Now!

Quickbooks Online Version for Small Business Owners

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-27-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
BT 202

This seminar is an introduction to the QuickBooks online version. 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. Seminar will be held in the Business and Technology Building, Room 202.

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Social Media Certificate

Participants who attend all four sessions on 3/30/19 will earn their Social Media for Business Certificate issued by CCCC’s Small Business Center

How to Use Facebook for Business Success; Social Media for Business Certificate Program, Session 1

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-30-2019
9:00 AM-10:30 AM
BT 202

Come to this hands-on session as the first part of our new Social Media Certificate program and learn about ways to use Facebook to build your business. In this session, we will cover Facebook ads, creating graphics, Facebook Love Videos, and Insights. Participants should have a working knowledge of the basics of Facebook and Facebook business pages. Attendance at one of our Introduction to Facebook Business Pages seminars is strongly recommended prior to attending.

Participants who attend all four sessions on 3/30/19 will earn their Social Media for Business Certification issued by CCCC’s Small Business Center. Jim Fuhs

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How to Use Instagram for Business Success; Social Media for Business Certificate Program, Session 2

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-30-2019
10:45 AM-12:15 PM
BT 202

Come to this hands-on session as the second part of our new Social Media for Business Certificate program and learn about ways to use Instagram to build your business. Gain access to account analytics, your contact options, and how to run Instagram Ads. Attendees should bring a mobile device (phone or tablet) with the Instagram app installed.

Participants who attend all four sessions on 3/30/19 will earn their Social Media for Business Certification issued by CCCC’s Small Business Center. Jim Fuhs

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How to Use Twitter for Business Success; Social Media for Business Certificate Program, Session 3

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-30-2019
12:45 PM-2:15 PM
BT 202

Come to this hands-on session as the third part of our new Social Media for Business Certificate program and learn about ways to use Twitter to build your business. Find out how to engage in the world of Twitter with Tweets, how to add graphics and links to your Tweets and use of effective hashtags to get the most out of your Twitter account. Attendees should bring a mobile device (phone or tablet) with the Twitter app installed in order to experience the full functionality of Twitter.

Participants who attend all four sessions on 3/30/19 will earn their Social Media for Business Certification issued by CCCC’s Small Business Center. Jim Fuhs

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How to Use Google for Business Success; Social Media for Business Certificate Program, Session 4

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Mar-30-2019
2:30 PM-4:00 PM
BT 202

Come to this hands-on session as the fourth part of our new Social Media for Business Certificate program and learn about ways to use Google to build your business. Learn how to get your business on the Map with Google. Learn about other Google products, such as Google Search, Google Ad Words, and Google Analytics. Participants who attend all four sessions on 3/30/19 will earn their Social Media for Business Certification issued by CCCC’s Small Business Center. Jim Fuhs

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April 2019

Small Business Success Stories Featuring: Eli Patino of Sweet Spot

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-02-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

Join us for a fun and informative evening where you will learn from someone who has been there and done that! In our Small Business Success Stories Series, learn what drove successful entrepreneurs into business, the lessons they have learned along the way, their secrets for success, advice they would give others, and what is coming next for the featured owner and their business. At the end, there will be time for questions and answers. So mark your calendar for this great monthly event! Eli Patino

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Boots to Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-03-2019-Apr-04-2019
8:30 AM-5:30 PM
104 B/C

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. Steve Gill & Pete Ellis, Jr.

Please call to register (910-938-6302)

How to Start a Nonprofit

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-03-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

There is a great deal of misunderstanding of how to start a non-profit organization. This seminar will provide a brief overview of the non-profit sector and will cover the essential steps to successfully form a non-profit organization in North Carolina. Teresa Lewis This seminar will be held in the Vocational Skills building, Room 104 B/C.

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7 Steps for Small Business Success in Any Economy

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-09-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

A must attend for any new or existing small business owner! In this workshop explore behaviors of successful people and organizations which thrive in any economic situation by learning and following the 7 Steps for Small Business Success. Brian Kennedy

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Delete- Delegate- Defer- Do

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-10-2019
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
104 B/C

Today, people are overwhelmed by what they need to do for their business and how to go about doing it. Technology can make most owners feel like they must do everything. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will learn to use a powerful, yet simple, worksheet to help them combat this stress by “”deleting, delegating, deferring, or doing”” everyday business tasks. Come learn how to work less in your business and more on your business for ultimate business success. Dan Spangler

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You Have the Skills! Put Them to Work! Attend 50 Home Based Businesses for Start Up Entrepreneurs!

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-11-2019
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
104 B/C

This course, offered by the US Small Business Administration, is designed to provide startup entrepreneurs with the flexibility they seek in career options by exploring the availability of a home based small business career. Topics covered will include developing the key processes for a home based business such as; the startup requirements; the skills plan; the business plan; the marketing plan; the financial plan; and how to obtain alternative lending for getting your own home based small business up and running. Don Spry Seminar will be held in the Melton Vocational Skills 104 B/C.

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Veteran Entrepreneurship Lunch and Learn

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-17-2019
11:30 AM-2:00 PM
104 A/B/C

Are you a veteran entrepreneur or military spouse seeking capital to start or grow your business? Join us for a lunch and learn seminar on access to capital and opportunities to expand your business in your community. We will also share resources and programs available for veteran and military spouse owned small businesses that will help you succeed. Free to attend and lunch is provided courtesy of the Carolina Small Business Development Fund. Robert Rehder Seminar will be held at Melton Skills 104 A/B/C.

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Small Business Roundtable

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-17-2019-Apr-18-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

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

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-23-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
MCB

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. This class is open to all active duty military, veterans, and their immediate family members only. Steve Gill

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How To Research the Market and Find Your Customers

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-24-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

Market research isn’t just for start-ups; it’s an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, product or service, and find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners. Jennifer Wisely

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Grant Writing Fundamentals

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-25-2019-Apr-29-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Seeking and securing funding for a non-profit organization is vital for sustainability. This seminar is designed to help participants identify potential funding opportunities and to discuss the basic skills needed to write effective proposals. Teresa Lewis Seminar will be held in Melton Vocational Skills 104 B/C.

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The Name of the Game is Credit. How to Make Personal and Business Credit Work for You.

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-25-2019
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
104 B/C

Today, a good-to-excellent personal credit score is a MUST for every small business. This course focuses on how to build good personal credit AND how to establish commercial business to business working capital credit for your company. 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. Don Spry Seminar held in Melton Vocational Skills 104 B/C.

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-30-2019
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Calling all Artists & Crafters! Want to turn your passion into a real business, or build upon the existing business you already have, while networking with other creative and passionate people? Come learn best practices and secrets of success for effectively operating an arts and crafts business. Topics for each monthly session are selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience. Come learn about things like 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; website marketing and so much more. Mark your calendar for this session and come learn in a collaborative environment! Come early for networking which begins at 6:30pm and stay for instruction that begins at 7:00pm. Leslie Lewis Seminar held in Melton Vocational Skills 104 B/C.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Apr-30-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
MCAS

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. This class is open to all active duty military, veterans, and their immediate family members only. Steve Gill

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May 2019

Boots to Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-01-2019-May-02-2019
8:30 AM-5:30 PM
104 B/C

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. Steve Gill & Pete Ellis, Jr.

Please call to register (910-938-6302)

How Small Business Owners Can Use Canva for Marketing Success

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-02-2019
BT 203

Business Owners: Don’t spend thousands on a graphic designer when you don’t have to! Save your marketing dollars for where you can get the biggest return on investment. In this seminar you will learn the basics of designing flyers, brochures, and business cards which will be noticed by your customers using the free online tool, Canva. Gain hands on experience uploading your business logo and images and leave with marketing collateral ready to print in this three-hour seminar. Jim Fuhs This seminar will be held in the Business and Technology building, Room 203.

Small Business Success Stories Featuring: Brian Feil of M&B Metal Works

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-07-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

Join us for a fun and informative evening where you will learn from someone who has been there and done that! In our Small Business Success Stories Series, learn what drove successful entrepreneurs into business, the lessons they have learned along the way, their secrets for success, advice they would give others, and what is coming next for the featured owner and their business. At the end, there will be time for questions and answers. So mark your calendar for this great monthly event! Brian Feil

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How to Start a Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-08-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

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. Roxanne Reed

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How to Invest in Yourself and Your Small Business Through the US Small Business Administration

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-09-2019
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
104 B/C

Small business lending does not always occur through a bank. Learn from an SBA Area Director to discover how to successfully obtain a commercial credit loan and how to approach an alternative lender when applying for an SBA loan guaranty. This key topic on “”alternative lenders and brokers”” provides you access to capital when your bank does not. 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. Don Spry

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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-14-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
MCAS

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. This class is open to all active duty military, veterans, and their immediate family members only. Steve Gill

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Small Business Roundtable

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-15-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

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

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Creating a Winning Business Plan

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-16-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

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. Mike Collins

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-21-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
MCB

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. This class is open to all active duty military, veterans, and their immediate family members only. Steve Gill

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Developing Your Ideal Client Profile

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-22-2019
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
104 B/C

Not all customers within the marketspace are the ideal client for every business. Can you tell the difference between the ones your looking for and the ones you aren’t? Join us for this engaging 90-minute workshop which provides the tools necessary to identify who you need to reach with your marketing efforts, and then how to build better campaigns targeting the customers you really want to serve. Dan Spangler

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Hiring Championship Performers for Your Small Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-23-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 AM
104 B/C

Do you know the risks and challenges of hiring in today’s work environment? Come to this engaging seminar to learn the 7 steps for building a winning team. Learn what to do and what not to do before, during, and after the selection of your next championship employee. Brian Kennedy

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-28-2019
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Calling all Artists & Crafters! Want to turn your passion into a real business, or build upon the existing business you already have, while networking with other creative and passionate people? Come learn best practices and secrets of success for effectively operating an arts and crafts business. Topics for each monthly session are selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience. Come learn about things like 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; website marketing and so much more. Mark your calendar for this session and come learn in a collaborative environment! Come early for networking which begins at 6:30pm and stay for instruction that begins at 7:00pm. Leslie Lewis

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Business Development Opportunities Through the US SBA Contracting Programs of 8A and HUBZone

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-29-2019
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
104 B/C

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS BUYING. Last year, SBA 8a and HUBZone programs developed over $435M in federal government contracting revenues in North Carolina alone. That makes SBA one of the largest prime contractors within the federal government! This seminar will provide information and steps necessary to enroll in the SBA Socio-Economic programs known as 8a and HUBZone. Discover contracting opportunities with the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and hear a number of North Carolina based small business success stories in contracting. Don Spry

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Basics of Bookkeeping

Fee:  FREE Seminar
May-30-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

Accurate business records are needed to monitor the health of your business. This workshop is designed to help both small business owners in the start-up and early phases of their business learn the basics of sound record keeping, as well as existing business owners who want to learn best practices and tips for making the record keeping process painless. Tonia Watkins Vocational Skills Bldg, Rm 104 B/C

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June 2019

Small Business Success Stories Featuring: Brian Vinciguerra of Cracked It! Escape Games LLC

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-04-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

Join us for a fun and informative evening where you will learn from someone who has been there and done that! In our Small Business Success Stories Series, learn what drove successful entrepreneurs into business, the lessons they have learned along the way, their secrets for success, advice they would give others, and what is coming next for the featured owner and their business. At the end, there will be time for questions and answers. So mark your calendar for this great monthly event! Brian Vinciguerra This seminar will be held in Vocational Skills building, Room 104 B/C

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Boots to Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-05-2019-Jun-06-2019
8:30 AM-5:30 PM
104 B/C

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. Steve Gill & Pete Ellis, Jr.

Please call to register (910-938-6302)

Marketing Your Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-06-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar. Wanda Fisher

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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-11-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
MCAS

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. This class is open to all active duty military, veterans, and their immediate family members only. Steve Gill

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337 Ways to Market for Greater Profits in Your Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-12-2019
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
104 B/C

Half of your marketing plan is not working and costing you money. Do you know which half that is? Every business has a marketing expense – either by direct labor or purchasing or services and resources. The key to any successful business is a successful marketing program that gets measurable results and keeps marketing costs low. Learn how to maximize that marketing investment and improve your strategic visibility by generating leads, closing sales opportunities, increasing customer transactions and purchasing, utilize strategic pricing techniques, and dramatically improve bottom line profits. Don Spry

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CLAIM YOUR MARK! The ABCs of TMs and SMs in North Carolina

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun- 13-2019
6:00 PM-7:00 PM
104 B/C

Did you know that if you don’t legally claim your mark (whether it’s a trademark or service mark), you’re on your own trying to enforce it? This class offers an overview of State trademark and service mark registration, how that differs from registration at the federal level, and distinguishing that from patents and copyrights. This training also covers applicable North Carolina criminal laws, the harm caused by counterfeit goods, and counterfeit enforcement initiatives.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-18-2019
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
MCB

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. This class is open to all active duty military, veterans, and their immediate family members only. Steve Gill

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Email Marketing for Your Small Business: The Power of The Inbox

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-18-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
104 B/C

Email marketing is and continues to be one of the most effective forms of digital marketing for a small business/organization. In this session, we’ll reveal the latest best practices, industry trends and techniques to maximize success using this powerful digital tool. You will learn the benefits of email marketing, how to design, create, send and track your email’s success.

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Small Business Roundtable

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-19-2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
117

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

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Be Free From Debt's Hold; Retire Early, Start a Small Business

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-20-2019
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Are you starting to think about how you will retire? Have you ever thought of being your own boss and starting a small business? Now is the time to learn how to “”Be Free From Debt’s Hold….””. How would you like to pay off all your consumer debt, credit cards, car payments, and loans? How would you like to know the exact month and year you could be out of debt, legally and without a tax liability? In this three-hour seminar, you will learn a simple yet effective method to start the process of making yourself debt free! You will also learn about the shams and “”quick fixes”” that should be avoided and how to properly and legally deal with creditors. Bring a list of your debts with balances and monthly payments and learn how to develop your own debt elimination plan that can be implemented immediately into your lifestyle. Bob Moore Seminar will be held in the Vocational Skills building, Room 104 B/C

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-25-2019
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
104 B/C

Calling all Artists & Crafters! Want to turn your passion into a real business, or build upon the existing business you already have, while networking with other creative and passionate people? Come learn best practices and secrets of success for effectively operating an arts and crafts business. Topics for each monthly session are selected to enable participants to gain knowledge and experience. Come learn about things like 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; website marketing and so much more. Mark your calendar for this session and come learn in a collaborative environment! Come early for networking which begins at 6:30pm and stay for instruction that begins at 7:00pm. Leslie Lewis

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Small Business Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Workshop

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-26-2019
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
104 B/C

Our community has already faced disaster more than its share of times. The best time to plan for disaster is always before disaster strikes! Join us for a discussion on developing strategies to help your business, or potential business, become more resilient when the next disaster occurs. This workshop will: Help business owner determine the probability of the next natural disaster while utilizing a score card to scale their business resiliency practices. Teach best practices and provide resources that will guide businesses through planning, execution, and post disaster strategies.

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Veteran Entrepreneurship Programs by the SBA

Fee:  FREE Seminar
Jun-27-2019
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
104 B/C

Veterans: Come learn about your opportunities through the SBA! Veterans have specific SBA lending programs to gain working capital for startup, expansions and acquisitions, or to purchase and occupy commercial real estate property. SBA also provides special benefits programs for service disabled veterans seeking contracting and sole-source opportunities with the federal government. Don Spry

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You can register online by completing the following steps:Registration

  • 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