All 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 willl receive an Entrepreneurial Foundation Certificate.

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

Call (910) 892-2884 to pre-register or for more information about Harnett County seminars.

Call (919) 774-6442 to pre-register or for more information about Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce seminars.

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

The Business of Agriculture: Production and Processing

This session will discuss the infrastructure and equipment needed to operate a small farm or food processing business. Participants will also learn about regulations that may affect their farm or food business and what resources are available to help.

  • Start • End Date: 10/22/2018 • 10/22/2018
  • Day: M
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Debbie Roos
  • Location Code: PMC (Pittsboro Main Campus)
  • Building Location: Building 42, Room 108
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Merchandising: How to Price Products & Services for a Small Business

New entrepreneurs must learn the important merchandising skills to insure inventory sells and turns a profit. A short list of topics to include designing floor plan grids and customer flow, fixture and rack type choices, displaying, seasonal presentations and rotation, showcasing, show windows, medial tools, lighting and sales team training. New business owners will benefit from these fundamental strategies to achieve enhanced merchandising and marketing presentations.

  • Start • End Date: 10/22/2018 • 10/22/2018
  • Day: M
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Steve Carver
  • Location Code: HMC (Harnett Main Campus)
  • Building Location: Miriello Building Room 141
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Small Business Lending (CBS)

Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.

  • Start • End Date: 10/25/2018 • 10/25/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: JaLisha Richmond
  • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
  • Building Location:
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The Business of Agriculture: Accounting Terms and Tools

This session will review basic accounting terminology useful in formulating a business plan and then work through examples of Income Statements and Balance Sheets and how they help you set up and manage your business.

  • Start • End Date: 10/29/2018 • 10/29/2018
  • Day: M
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Bob Armantrout
  • Location Code: PMC (Pittsboro Main Campus)
  • Building Location: Building 42, Room 108
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Finding Right Customers for Your Small Business by Helping Them Find You

A business cannot be all things to all people. It must be everything to some people. The challenge is how to find your customers by helping them find you. Discover 8 ways to reach various customer groups. Explore possibilities of print, broadcast, social media, web site, and telemarketing, appointment setting and face to face to successfully reach all the customer groups. Tips and strategies for positive results for every business.

  • Start • End Date: 10/29/2018 • 10/29/2018
  • Day: M
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Steve Carver
  • Location Code: HHSC (Harnett Health Science Center)
  • Building Location: Room 113
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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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The Business of Agriculture: Business Planning

This session will discuss Enterprise Budgets, Whole Farm Budgets, Breakeven Analysis, Risk Analysis, SWOT Analysis, and the creation of a Business Plan.

  • Start • End Date: 11/05/2018 • 11/05/2018
  • Day: M
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Bob Armantrout
  • Location Code: PMC (Pittsboro Main Campus)
  • Building Location: Building 42, Room 108
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The Business of Agriculture: Operations

This session will provide a framework for operating your business including taxation, zoning and licensing, bookkeeping, human relations, insurance and others.

  • Start • End Date: 11/12/2018 • 11/12/2018
  • Day: M
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Jon Spoon
  • Location Code: PMC (Pittsboro Main Campus)
  • Building Location: Building 42, Room 108
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The Business of Agriculture: Final Presentations

This will be an opportunity for participants to share the progress they have made throughout the series and discuss their goals as they move forward with their businesses.

  • Start • End Date: 11/19/2018 • 11/19/2018
  • Day: M
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Class Presentations
  • Location Code: PMC (Pittsboro Main Campus)
  • Building Location: Building 42, Room 108
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Creating a Clear, Compelling, and Effective Marketing Message

How do you create a clear and compelling message for your marketing? In this class, professional copywriter Stella Orange will walk you through the steps to create a clearer, more effective marketing message for your business. First, you’ll create a simple story to understand the ‘hero’s journey’ your customers are on. Then, you’ll develop the three elements of a powerful marketing message: the group of people you work with, the #1 benefit of your work, and three things that make you unique in the marketplace. This class will be a mix of teaching and workshopping participant ideas " we’ll improve your marketing message together! Includes an 8-page PDF worksheet.

  • Start • End Date: 11/27/2018 • 11/27/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Stella Orange
  • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
  • Building Location:
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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
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