HP LIFE Online Entrepreneurship Training
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global 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 more aspiring entrepreneurs to participate. All you have to do is register to start. You can read more about this program at https://www.ncsbc.net/. Click on the HP Life logo.
On Demand All Days Fee: No Charge 20-30 hrs Online

ETSY ™ 101 (Taking Your Home Business to the World Market with Etsy)
Have you ever wished you could sell the things you make online? Looking for a way to market to a specific group of people (who don’t live here?) Have collectibles you have held onto for 20 years? Do you have a lot of materials that can be used to make other things? Have you written your own how-to articles that you just know would sell to the right people? Tried Ebay and gave up on it? If you have one – or all – of these situations, Etsy could be for you. This class is an orientation to Etsy.com, a world online marketplace with MILLIONS of sellers (and MILLIONS of buyers!) You will learn what you can and cannot sell on Etsy, how to choose a name and open a shop, 5 keys to success, how to list an item, how to find what
information you need on the Etsy website, how to collect money and ship, and more! Pamela Zimmerman is your presenter.
2:00pm-5:00pm Thursday May 17 Fee: No Charge 3 hrs HCDC

How to Start a Small Business
Attend this core competency workshop to answer the following questions: Are you ready to start a business? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a new business? Where do I obtain permits and licenses? What tax information is needed and where do I find it? How do I maintain objectivity?
3:00pm-5:00pm Monday May 7 Fee: No Charge 2 hrs HCDC, Engelhard

How to Write a Business Plan
Starting your own small business is a huge step for anyone. This class will help you with the fundamentals in writing a business plan. A business plan is the foundation for success when making a decision to start a new business or acquire an existing business. Your business plan is key when it comes to seeking funds for your business. Topics discussed include the Executive Summary/Describing your Business/Marketing/ Market Research/Analysis and the Financial Plan.
5:30pm-7:30pm Monday May 7 Fee: No Charge 2 hrs HCDC, Engelhard

Advertising & Marketing For Your Small Business
Drawing attention to your business is tougher than ever before! Large chain stores, a challenging economy, the Internet, etc. have made the small business venture often times frustrating. BUT you can take matters into your hands and discover what you can do to bring customers to you. In this seminar, you will learn low cost advertising/marketing strategies and methods, how to create a marketing plan, how to score greater sales with current customers and other “tricks” of the trade. Advertising and Marketing for the Small Business is a seminar you will want to be a part of
and – it is absolutely free!
3:00pm-5:00pm Monday May 14 Fee: No Charge 2 hrs HCDC, Engelhard

Financing Your Small Business
Starting your own business is part of the American dream. You’ve given this thought, you’ve sought advice, and you are just about ready to begin. Then you ask yourself: How do I finance my business? Is there someone out there who can give me good, solid, reliable advice? Are there loans/grants available to assist me? What should I be aware of? The economy is tough—I don’t want to fail—help! This workshop will put your mind at ease and provide you with the tools, steps, advice, answers and guidance you may need. By attending, you will gain knowledge and confidence in financing your business. Brian Cooke is your presenter.
5:30pm-7:30pm Monday May 14 Fee: No Charge 2 hrs HCDC, Engelhard

Recordkeeping and Taxes for Small Business
Do you know your product or service upside down and backwards, BUT the numbers just drive you up the wall? Do you work really hard, but always seem to run out of cash at the end of the month? This seminar will help you understand the financial aspects of your business. We’ll talk about tax issues. You’ll become familiar with those financial terms that confuse you, but are the road map to your success. You will learn what makes your business thrive and grow; what a CPA is and when and how to use them; how to understand financial statements; what your banker is looking for; and what federal and state reports are required. Keith Kidwell is your presenter.
2:00pm-5:00pm Monday May 21 Fee: No Charge 3 hrs HCDC, Engelhard

For more information or to register, please contact:
Lentz Stowe, Director of the Small Business Center
Phone: 252-940-6306