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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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July 2018

REAL Entrepreneurship

7/9/2018 – 8/13/2018
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Do you REALLY want to learn how to start your own business? Participants in this popular course on starting a small business will examine in detail the development of a business idea, market analysis, and the components of a business plan. A complete, written business plan is the goal for graduates of this course. Students will gain knowledge from hands-on activities and guest speakers who are successful business owners.

This seminar runs on Monday evenings starting 7/9/18 through 8/13/18 from 6-9pm. Class dates are: 7/9/18, 7/16/18, 7/23/18, 7/30/18, 8/6/18, and 8/13/18. 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.

Small Business Roundtable

Friday, 7/13/18
8:30 pm – 10:00 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. In this session, participants will explore tax savings tips for small business owners as shared by Forbes magazine.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

Wednesday, 7/17/18
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
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 event, please visit http://www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/trs/
Must have either a military ID or DD214 to attend this session.

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Small Business Roundtable

Wed, 7/18/18
6:00 pm to 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. In this session we will explore tactics and strategies for holding shorter, more productive, client meeti

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How to Start a Business

7/19/18
Thu 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

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 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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QuickBooks Part II for Small Business Owners

7/24/18
Tue 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, 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. Kim Beauchamp Will be held in the Business and Technology Building, Room 203.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

7/24/18
Tue 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
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 event, please contact http://www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/trs/
Must have either a military ID or DD214 to attend this session.

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SBA Socio-Economic Contracting Programs for Small Business

7/25/18
Wed 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This seminar will provide information and steps necessary to enroll in SBA 8a and HUBZone programs for minorities, women, disabled veterans, and economically disadvantaged (net worth LESS than $250K), or in low-income geographic areas (HUBZone). Learn about contracting opportunities with the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA and a number of North Carolina based small business success stories in contracting.

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Selling from Your eBay Website

7/26/18
Thu 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This hands-on course is a fantastic way to provide a step-by-step approach to those individuals who are ready to become eBay Store owners. You will learn how to start, brand, and optimize your eBay store website. Understand how to market your eBay store more effectively with email newsletters, traffic reports, and the markdown manager sales tool. Learn how to use the “Quick Store Tune-up” feature and “Manage My Store” page to customize your eBay Store, plus learn tips for search engine optimization (SEO) that will bring even more internet shoppers to your eBay Store via Google, Yahoo, and Bing search engines! Nick Hawks

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters Session #1

7/31/18
Tue 6:30 PM to 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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August 2018

Intermediate Facebook Business Pages

8/1/18
Wed 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 203
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This seminar is aimed at the small business owners who have an existing Facebook business page. Topics covered will include how to increase engagement, both organically and through paid methods, creating graphics, video (to include Facebook Live) and why video has become so important. By the end of the seminar, each business page owner will have a campaign and content management plan to help continue and grow their online presence.

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Boots to Business

8/1/10 – 8/2/18
8:30 am – 5:30 pm

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, please contact 910-938-6322/6302/6389 Steve Gill & Pete Ellis, Jr. SBA

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Small Business Roundtable

8/3/18
Fri 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Melton Skills Center
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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Advanced Facebook Business Pages

8/7/18
Tue 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 202
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This workshop is aimed at small business owners that have a Facebook page in place and could use a deeper understanding of how to market more effectively. We will cover the basics of Facebook Ads, insights, demographics and data mining, content scheduling and creation, along with scheduling features and monitoring tools. Learn how to effectively and efficiently manage your Facebook page and community. Taking Facebook Intermediate seminar is highly recommended prior to attending this workshop.

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Growing Your Small Business One Relationship at a Time

8/9/18
Thu 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this workshop, attendees will learn the purpose, benefits, principles, and fundamentals of relationship marketing to increase sales, improve close rates, reduce the cost of customer acquisition, grown customer retention rates, and best practices to convert customers into active sales advocates.

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Small Business Roundtable

8/15/18
Wed 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Topic: Managing a Business

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

Speaker(s): Pete Ellis, Jr.

In this session we will explore pricing strategy. What works and how you can determine the best pricing strategy for your product or service.

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Nonprofit Executive Roundtable: Where and How to Find Grants

8/15/18
11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Melton Skills Center
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this workshop, attendees will learn about the different types of grants available, how to plan for grant funding, where to look for grants, and the steps to take to find the perfect funder. Database searches of grants available will be covered and a live demo of grant searches will be performed for attendees. If your nonprofit is in need of grant funds, this is a session you will not want to miss. Sam Gore This seminar is open to the public. Pre-registration is required. To attend, please use the following link: https://aceweb.uncw.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=19BCQNO

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Financing Your Small Business?

8/16/18
Thu 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Learn how to successfully leverage capital wisely for business startups, business expansion, refinancing of business debt, lines of credit, business acquisition, contracting, building, commercial real estate, and much more!

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

8/21/18
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Camp Lejeune

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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How to Find Merchandise to Sell Online

8/22/18
Wed 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center
Fee:  FREE Seminar

The most asked question I get as an ecommerce guru is “where do you get the stuff you sell online?” That’s the million dollar question isn’t it? In this fast paced class you will learn my secrets to sourcing merchandise to sell online in many different ways. Learn about wholesalers, drop shippers, foreign sources and liquidators.

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters Session #2

8/28/18
Tue 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center
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.

Speaker(s): Laura Voss

Special Guest Speaker will be Steve Gill of CCCC who will discuss Strategies for When Business is Slow. When business is busy, you know what to do- take orders and make sales. When business slows down- then what? Come learn some effective strategies for what to do when you don’t have all the business you want.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

8/28/18
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
MCAS New River

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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Creating Sizzle in a Dull Economy

8/29/18
Wed 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Melton Skills Center
Fee:  FREE Seminar

If your business is stagnating, or not growing the way you think it should be, it DOES NOT have to be that way. This course has two themes: (a) develop a business plan to capitalize on the marketing opportunities in your area and your industry (b)focus on developing other revenue streams from existing product and service lines. Learn how to enhance marketing and outreach effectiveness, lower operational costs, how to incentivize your customers to grow your dramatically your business word of mouth marketing opportunities, make use of low cost or no cost technologies to market to customers and prospects, and successfully build your brand equity.

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QuickBooks Part I

8/29/18
Wed 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, 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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How to Start a Boutique

8/30/18
Thu 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this course you will learn important principles and practical step-by-step techniques for opening a boutique. You will learn: what boutique owners do, how to develop your skills to succeed as a boutique owner, how to open and run a boutique, how to market your boutique and get customers.

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September 2018

Instagram for Small Business Owners

9/6/18
Thu 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Come learn how to gain access to account analytics, your contact options, and how to run Instagram Ads. Find out about creating content, hashtags, and Instagram tools which will make utilizing the platform more efficient. Attendees should bring a mobile device (phone or tablet) with the Instagram app installed in order to experience the full functionality of Instagram.

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Small Business Roundtable

9/7/18
Fri 8:30 AM to 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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Business Model Canvas

9/11/18
Tue 6:00 PM to 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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Boots to Business

9/12/18 – 9/13/18
8:30 am – 5:30 pm

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 for this event, please call 910-938-6322/6302

Call to Register (910) 938-6322/6302

Copyright & Your Small Business

9/12/18
Wed 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

What is copyright and, more importantly, how does it affect your small business? Learn what you can and can’t do with something that you didn’t create. This includes photography, graphic design, music, video, and more. Don’t get sued; get educated.

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Why Successful Businesses ARE Successful

9/13/2018
Thu 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Many believe “luck” is the main reason businesses fail or succeed. When examining successful small businesses, common traits can be identified that lead to growth and profit. If you’re thinking about starting a new business or have an existing business, come learn the inside secrets of how to make your business better by attending this informative and enlightening seminar.

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QuickBooks Part II

9/18/18
Tue 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 202
Fee:  FREE Seminar

This seminar is a continuation of QuickBooks Part I. Topics include 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. Attendance at QuickBooks Part I, or prior QuickBooks knowledge, is strongly recommended prior to attending this session.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

9/18/18
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. Steve Gill To register to attend this event, please visit http://www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/trs/
Must have either a military ID or DD214 to attend this session.

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Small Business Roundtable

9/19/18
Fri 8:30 AM to 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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337 Ways to Market for Greater Profits in Your Business

9/19/18
Wed 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

The key to any successful business is a successful marketing program that gets measurable results and keeps marketing costs low. Every business has a marketing expense – either by direct labor or purchasing. Learn how to maximize that marketing investment and improve your strategic visibility by generating leads, closing sales opportunities, increasing customer transactions and purchasing, utilizing strategic pricing techniques, and dramatically improving bottom line profits. This seminar is a “must see” for those small businesses seeking to gain maximum exposure of their product or service within their community and be able to better measure the effectiveness of their marketing efforts through a step by step formula – the 337 ways!

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters Session #3r

9/25/18
Tue 6:30 PM to 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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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

9/25/18
Tue 9:00 AM to 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 for this seminar, please visit http://www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/trs/

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How to Start a Drone Business

9/27/18
Thu 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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October 2018

Small Business Taxes

10/2/18
Tue 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center
Fee:  FREE Seminar

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.

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

10/3/18
Wed 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

An excellent credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. Should you have one credit card or four? Should you pay off your balances every month or carry a balance? Should you carry a credit card even though you have not used it in years? The answers to these questions may surprise you when it comes to increasing your credit score. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan for your business or to obtain a personal loan. Your credit score is also important in determining the interest rate of your loans, your insurance premiums and deposits required for phone and utility services. As of October 1, 2005, every adult in North Carolina has been able to receive a free credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus. Do you understand these reports and how to read them? In this three-hour seminar we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating your FICO or Beacon score. You will learn the legal tricks credit bureaus do not reveal on how to raise your score simply by the way you use your credit cards, treat inquiries, make your 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 proven methods, your credit score could increase by 50-100 points or more within 60 days. Make plans to attend now!

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Small Business Roundtable

10/5/18
Fri 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Melton Skills Center
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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The Effects of Identity Theft on Small Business & How to Counter Them

10/9/18
Tue 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

In this workshop we will talk about: 1) Financial Risks of ID Theft and Data Breaches to Business: Identity Theft costs businesses a price when the owner or employees deal with ID Theft. The cost of those losses from business, lost productivity, and even possible increases in health insurance costs to the company. 2) Five Types of Identity Theft: Possibly resulting from breaches. 3) Sensitive Data Provisions: In existing laws and regulations pertaining to businesses. 4) FTC Guidelines: Outlining the steps to take for businesses to protect sensitive data. 5) Action Steps. 6) Resources for additional information and assistance.

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The ABC's of Managing Your Small Business

10/10/18
Wed 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Melton Skills Center
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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The Basics of Selling on Ebay

10/11/18
Thu 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

A great seminar for the “beginner”, small business owner, or the entrepreneur wanting to make eBay a primary business tool. During this fast-paced session, learn best practices to use when setting up an account, listing items for sale, taking payments, and shipping. Topics will include eBay appraisals and research, registering on eBay and starting a seller’s account, choosing formats & categories, writing descriptions that sell, submitting photos, feedback, starting up and using a PayPal account, shipping tips and pricing philosophies that will make you an eBay Top Rated Seller!

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How to Find Your Customers and Market Your Business

10/16/18
Tue 6:00 PM to 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.

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Small Business Roundtable

10/17/18
Wed 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Melton Skills Center
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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Boots to Business

10/17/18 – 10/18/18
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
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

Call to Register (910) 938-6322/6302

Creating a Winning Business Plan

10/18/18
Thu 6:00 PM to 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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How to Start a Small Business, MCAS New River

10/23/18
Thu 9:00 AM to 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/

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Business Networking for Artists & Crafters

10/23/18
Tue 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center
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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Shop Local, Buy Local, Invest Local to Gain More Business for You and Your Area

10/24/18
Wed 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Melton Skills Center, Room 104
Fee:  FREE Seminar

Learn how to generate a dynamic Shop Local strategy to help your business and your business and your town. We know keeping money in the local economy creates a foundation for real economic growth. Come learn about maximizing the attracting power of smart phones, tablets, and social media to draw customers to your business, as well as effective ways to invest your time, attention and money to help your own business and community. See how using the right combination of marketing, web directories and social media can multiply your marketing efforts and how integrating the mission of the town with the mission of your business will make your area a true destination for outside visitors to spend more money in.

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How to Start a Small Business, MCB Camp Lejeune

10/30/18
Tue 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
MCB 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, please visit: http://www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/trs/

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Developing Personal & Commercial Credit for Your Business Success

10/31/18
Wed 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Melton Skills Center
Fee:  FREE Seminar

A good-to-excellent personal credit score is vital for every small business. Good credit is a cherished asset to protect and maintain. 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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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