Lee Seminars

Please check each individual seminar to see its location and registration information. Attend any 5 seminars with the Core Business Seminar (CBS) designation, and you will receive an Entrepreneurial Foundation Certificate.

Call (919) 718-7544 to pre-register or for more information about Lee County seminars.

Basics of Bookkeeping (CBS)

Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. If you’re a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you.

  • Start • End Date: 07/31/2018 • 07/31/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Crystal Wambeke-Barbera
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation (Sanford))
  • Building Location: 147
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Business Taxes (CBS)

Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners.

  • Start • End Date: 08/07/2018 • 08/07/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Lynda Ward
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation (Sanford))
  • Building Location: 147
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The Best Small Business to Start Right Now

What would be the best small business for you to start right now? This might be the best time in decades to start a business; marketing is low-cost and more easily targeted, resources are cheaper, and good people aren’t hard to find. In this seminar, you’ll discover: “hot” businesses that will grow in coming years, 30+ specific types of businesses with growth potential, how to use the skills you have to create a business idea that fits you, businesses you can start for under $100, and the 5 areas you must know in order to start a business.

  • Start • End Date: 08/21/2018 • 08/21/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Mike Collins
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation)
  • Building Location: 147
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How to Start a Business…the Right Way (CBS)

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.

  • Start • End Date: 08/28/2018 • 08/28/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Bob Moore
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation)
  • Building Location: 147
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Selling Made Simple

Learn how to identify and sell to your customers by developing your whole product and whole customer. The whole customer consists of several consumer avatars and each should be approached differently. The whole product is how the consumer perceives the use and value of your products and services. Attendees will learn how to use the consumer’s perceptions to sell their products and services. This seminar will give attendees an understanding of the concept and framework of the whole customer and the whole product including how consumers make buying decisions.

  • Start • End Date: 09/06/2018 • 09/06/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Michael Barbera
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation)
  • Building Location: 147
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Veteran Entrepreneurship Programs

Veteran businesses succeed at a far higher rate than those started by non-veteran entrepreneurs. The SBA has been tasked with providing our nation’s veterans (and their current spouses and widows) with detailed program information on the availability of special benefits they may be eligible for when starting or growing their small business.

  • Start • End Date: 09/27/2018 • 09/27/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Patrick Rodriguez
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation)
  • Building Location: Conference Room
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Business Plan Basics (CBS)

A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.

  • Start • End Date: 10/09/2018 • 10/09/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Melissa Terrell
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation (Sanford))
  • Building Location: 124
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How to Find Your Customers (CBS)

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, find the competition, and find potential customers interested in your proposed product or service.

  • Start • End Date: 11/01/2018 • 11/01/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Terri Brown and Beth List
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation)
  • Building Location: 148
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Starting Your Own Home-Based Business

Are you ready to put your talents and skills to use in your own home-based business? During this seminar, we'll discuss refining your business idea, testing your idea, getting started, putting together a plan, and selling your product or service.

  • Start • End Date: 12/04/2018 • 12/04/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Terri Brown
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation)
  • Building Location: 147
  • Register Now!