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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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November 2018

How to Start a Drone Business

11/10/2018
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Come learn the required information necessary to enter the drone services industry and find out how to start your own drone business. Participants will learn about setting up a successful and legal ()regulatory: Federal and State) drone business, what it takes to obtain a FAA-Part 107 ‘Commercial Drone Pilot’ license, the different types of drone equipment available, and the various market ‘verticals’ that are profitable. Probe Thompson III of Air Probe LLC Seminar will take place in the vocational skills building room 104 B/C

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Disaster Recovery for Small Businesses

11/13/2018
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, this seminar will help you learn about the disaster recovery resources that are available to your small business. Learn the steps to help you get back in business and gain important information to help strengthen your business for the future. You’ll hear about assistance for developing recovery strategies and building resiliency, capital resources to support both immediate cleanup costs as well as longer-term recovery from physical damage and economic losses, and where to get help from federal, state, and local resources. Presented in partnership with the UNCW SBTDC, Coastal Carolina Community College Small Business Center, and the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee. SBTDC, SBCN, Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee, Carolina Small Business Development Fund, Rural Center, Thread Capital, SBA, FEMA SBTDC, SBCN, Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee, Carolina Sma

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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SBA Alternative Capital for Every Small Business

11/14/2018
3:00 am – 5:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Meet with an SBA Area Manager to discuss how to successfully obtaining 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 a 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. Don Spry

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Small Business Roundtable

11/14/2018
6:00 am – 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. Wanda Fisher Join us for this informative session where instructor Wanda Fisher will discuss with particpants the best ways to use social media to drive business.

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Nonprofit Executive Roundtable: Growing Your Nonprofit One Relationship at a Time

11/14/2018
9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this workshop, nonprofit executives and board members will learn the purpose, fundamentals, and benefits of relationship marketing. Come learn how to increase giving, shorten donation cycles, reduce the cost of donor partner acquisition, create higher donor retention, and how to convert your donors into active fundraisers through relationship marketing. Brian Kennedy of Brian Kennedy Global Please note the time for this event has changed. This event will now be a breakfast and learn session. All attendees should register prior to attending to ensure an accurate headcount for breakfast. Breakfast starts at 8:30 am and Instruction starts at 9am. To register to attend, please visit: https://aceweb.uncw.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=19BCQNO8087

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Twitter for Small Business Owners

11/15/2018
6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
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. Jim Fuhs This seminar will take place in the Vocational Skills Building Room 104 B/C.

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Dynamite Marketing On a Firecracker Budget

11/20/2018
6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Let “Dynamite Marketing on a Firecracker Budget,” help you create a low-cost marketing plan for your business. Learn inexpensive, easy-to-use ideas for growing your business, 50 ways to grab new customers, how to reinforce relationships with current customers and pique the interest of customers you don’t even know about. Mike Collins Seminar will be held at Melton Skills 104 B/C.

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

11/20/2018
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. Steve Gill To register to attend, please visit: http://www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/trs/

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

11/27/2018
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. Steve Gill To register to attend this session, please visit: http://www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/trs/

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters Session #5

11/27/2018
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. Laura Voss

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Boots to Business

11/28/2018
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. Steve Gill & Pete Ellis, Jr. To register to attend, please call 910-938-6322/6302

Must Phone 910-938-6302 to Register

How to Start a Nonprofit

11/29/2018
6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

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. Althea “Teresa” Lewis

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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December 2018

How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

12/4/2018
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. Steve Gill

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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How Small Businesses Can Get Found on Google

12/4/2018
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.

Jim Fuhs

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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So You Think You Want to Start a Business?

12/5/2018
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. Bob Moore

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Inexpensive & Creative Ways to Market Your Small Business

12/5/2018
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Would you rather eat live insects than market your small business? You are not alone. Come gain insight into your customers and learn how to reach and market to them in new, inexpensive, fun and creative ways. You’ll learn about branding, advertising and grassroots marketing while identifying some of the components of an effective marketing plan. You’ll discover how to best use one of your most powerful and least expensive marketing tools. Bring business cards if you have some, but don’t worry if you don’t. You’ll leave with over 100 inexpensive and creative ideas and tips to help you grow your business, increase your visibility and connect with your community. Emily Ballance

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Understanding and Working with Different Ages and Generations for Funeral Directors

12/6/2018
12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  $71.00

Different age groups and generations have their own characteristics and values based on life experiences and the time they grew up. Knowing what they are can help you connect with families, build trust, strengthen relationships, improve employee morale and boost productivity. We’ll listen to music and go on an entertaining and nostalgic adventure through history as we discuss the unique talents, struggles, motivators and defining events of each generation and how they relate to the funeral industry – Millennials, born 1981-2000; Gen-Xers, born 1965-1980; Baby boomers, born 1946-1964; and Traditionalists, born 1925-1945.

Cost to Attend is $70.00

Pocket cards are required for admission and CE credit. This course has been approved by the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service for 5 hours of continuing education credit.
Emily Ballance To register for this event, please contact 910-938-6322/6302.

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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How to Find Your Customers

12/6/2018
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Market research isn’t just for startups; 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, and find the competition and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service. Roxanne Reed

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Small Business Roundtable

12/7/2018
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. Pete Ellis, Jr.

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters Session #6

12/11/2018
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. Laura Voss

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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Small Business Roundtable

12/12/2018
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.

To register for this event, please contact April Priester in the Small Business Center at 910-938-6322, or via email at priestera@coastalcarolina,edu to obtain a registration form.

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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