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.

Bare Bones Scorekeeping

From “The Plumber’s Wife” to the president of ZOOM DRAIN franchising, Ellen Rohr has lived and learned what it takes to create cash and profits in any business. During this webinar, Ellen will discuss: the REAL reason you aren’t as successful as you would like to be, how to make money every month, the 3 Minute Budget, no-fuss goal setting, and the FEW Numbers that make ALL the difference. The simpler you make your financial systems, the more money and cash you can make. She’ll also cover: ending the never-caught-up accounting excuses and building wealth. This is NOT dry-as-dust accounting. This is “street smart” strategy for creating real wealth in business.

  • Start • End Date: 05/01/2018 • 05/01/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Ellen Rohr
  • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
  • Building Location:
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Fueling Your Business �

This session is designed to help women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs understand how to access credit for their businesses. It will review the six basic principles many lenders use to make credit decisions. Finally, you will learn about the Rural Center’s Micro-enterprise Loan Program and details about its lending criteria and application process.

  • Start • End Date: 05/03/2018 • 05/03/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: JaLisha Richmond
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation (Sanford))
  • Building Location: Multipurpose
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Grant Writing 101

This seminar focuses on the principles of grant writing from preparation through submission of a grant proposal. Beginning with a one-page flowchart of the grant writing process, the session will offer step-by-step instruction on each component in the flowchart in detail so that the attendee will leave with a clear understanding of exactly what they need to know to develop a winning proposal.

  • Start • End Date: 05/07/2018 • 05/07/2018
  • Day: M
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Olga Abrams
  • Location Code: TSEC (Triangle South (Dunn))
  • Building Location: 106
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Planning for a Healthy Business

Planning is essential when starting or growing a business. It is important to navigate and research the best plan to assist your small business. In this one hour seminar a 4-Step Planning Model will be introduced to assist small businesses both new and existing to create a healthy and thriving business.

  • Start • End Date: 05/10/2018 • 05/10/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Michelle Hudson
  • Location Code: TSEC (Triangle South (Dunn))
  • Building Location: 106
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Marketing Your Business (CBS)

Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.

  • Start • End Date: 05/10/2018 • 05/10/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Terri Brown
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation (Sanford))
  • Building Location: Multipurpose
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Taking Quality Photographs for Artists and Small Business Owners

Whether you are an artist applying for galleries or a small business owner operating an online sales page, taking quality photos is one of the most important tasks in being successful. This seminar will focus on using available tools to create high-quality photographs. Come out and learn how to use your smartphone or digital camera to create and capture the best lighting for your work. (participants are welcome to bring a small piece of their work which may be selected for a demonstration on how to shoot different subjects)

  • Start • End Date: 05/12/2018 • 05/12/2018
  • Day: Sa
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Rhonda Kowald
  • Location Code: CCL (Chatham Community Library)
  • Building Location: Chatham Community Library, Holmes Meeting Room
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Get Massive Exposure to Grow Your Business (Webinar)

Christina Daves is a DIY-PR expert, having appeared in over 250 media outlets including national television. She is a bestselling author on the topic and she and her students have generated well over 7 figures in sales from free publicity. In this webinar, Christina is going to share her proven 3-step process of exactly how to do this so you can start generating buzz for your business today.

  • Start • End Date: 05/15/2018 • 05/15/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Christina Daves
  • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
  • Building Location:
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Finding and Writing Grants

This seminar focuses on how to get organized to prepare grant proposals with grant-writing tips. Topics to be discussed include: identifying funding sources, how to be prepared as an organization, elements of a grant proposal, etc. This is an excellent seminar for Non-Profits.

  • Start • End Date: 05/17/2018 • 05/17/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Karen Kennedy
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation)
  • Building Location:
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Record Keeping for a Small Business

During this seminar record keeping will be discussed and different accounting systems will be reviewed. Attendees will gain valuable insight to how and why record keeping is essential for their small business.

  • Start • End Date: 05/24/2018 • 05/24/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Michelle Hudson
  • Location Code: TSEC (Triangle South (Dunn))
  • Building Location: 106
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WAVE Accounting Part 1

Wave is a free, cloud-based accounting program for freelancers, home-based businesses, and small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. This workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to become proficient with Wave Accounting software through a hands-on learning approach.

  • Start • End Date: 05/24/2018 • 05/24/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Crystal Wambeke-Barbera
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation)
  • Building Location:
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WAVE Accounting Part 2

This workshop is a continuation of Wave Accounting Part 1. Wave is a cloud-based accounting software that provides free accounting, invoicing, receipt scanning and personal finance, plus affordable credit card processing (payments).

  • Start • End Date: 06/05/2018 • 06/05/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Crystal Wambeke-Barbera
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation)
  • Building Location: https://www.ncsbc.net/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=110380035
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Risk Management for a Small Business

What types of risks are associated with owning a small business? During this seminar an experienced presenter will review and discuss how to identify and control internal and external business risks.

  • Start • End Date: 06/07/2018 • 06/07/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Michelle Hudson
  • Location Code: TSEC (Triangle South (Dunn))
  • Building Location: 106
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Business Basics for Artists

Artists are not always excited about locking in the core practices and habits that are necessary to effectively run a business, but the skills needed can be learned. This seminar focuses specifically on the business practices necessary to run a creative enterprise. Come out and learn some tips and tricks for developing your creative passion into a viable source of income.

  • Start • End Date: 06/09/2018 • 06/09/2018
  • Day: Sa
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Jon Spoon
  • Location Code: SCC (Siler City Center)
  • Building Location: NC Arts Incubator
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Conquer the Competition

The big companies have huge budgets and resources for advertising and marketing. It seems they have major advantages over young, start up and small business owner entrepreneurs. This seminars shares tips and strategies to help level the field for the little businesses and give them some skill to develop knock-out competitive advantages to build their companies in small towns and rural communities. Seminar will be held at Pizza Inn in Dunn, NC

  • Start • End Date: 06/12/2018 • 06/12/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Steve Carver
  • Location Code: TSEC (Triangle South (Dunn))
  • Building Location: Pizza Inn
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Business Plan Basics

Learn the key elements of a successful business plan, how to develop one, and why it's important! Find out how to outline your plan, craft a mission statement, analyze the market and the industry, create a financial plan, and locate resources.

  • Start • End Date: 06/12/2018 • 06/12/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Melissa Terrell
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation)
  • Building Location:
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Referral Marketing: How to Use the Power of Word-of-Mouth to Grow Your Business and Create Loyal Customers (Webinar)

During this webinar, you’ll learn how to create more buzz for your business by utilizing referral marketing strategies. Up to 92% of people trust recommendations from family and friends, while as little as 36-48% trust advertising, so a referral marketing plan can reap big rewards for a small business.

  • Start • End Date: 06/21/2018 • 06/21/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Terri Brown
  • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
  • Building Location: Online
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Selling a Small Business and Succession Planning

How can your small business continue to strive beyond your scope? Is selling the best option for you and your small business? What are the challenges and benefits when planning for succession? Find out answers to these questions and more during this face-to-face seminar with a field experienced professional.

  • Start • End Date: 06/21/2018 • 06/21/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Michelle Hudson
  • Location Code: TSEC (Triangle South (Dunn))
  • Building Location: 106
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Introduction to Google Tools

Who says "Nothing good is free"? Google offers hundreds of services and tools, many of which are free. This seminar will introduce you to some of Google's most popular tools such as Drive, Calendar, and Alerts, as well as some of the less common applications. Learn how to keep your business or organization running using one of the world's most well-known platforms.

  • Start • End Date: 06/26/2018 • 06/26/2018
  • Day: Tu, Th
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Kelly Klug
  • Location Code: CWI (Center for Workforce Innovation (Sanford))
  • Building Location: Multipurpose
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The Facebook Algorithm: How to Stop Freaking Out and Start Staying Ahead in the Facebook News Feed

Feeling frustrated at dwindling exposure on Facebook? Feeling like the only way to be seen is by begging for likes or paying for ads? There's a better way, but it relies on an understanding of how Facebook decides what users see! We’ll explore the concept of the Facebook News Feed Algorithm and how to ensure your followers are actually seeing and engaging with your content. We’ll also look at distinct types of posting strategies as well as how to creatively leverage Facebook Groups, Facebook Live and Facebook Messenger for deeper engagement with potential customers.

  • Start • End Date: 07/10/2018 • 07/10/2018
  • Day: Tu
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Jennifer Cario
  • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
  • Building Location:
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Tax Planning and Reporting for a Small Buisness

Managing small business tax obligations can be daunting to a new or existing business. During this seminar attendees will gain insight to valuable resources for primary business taxes. Tax forms, obligations, and management will be reviewed to assist small business owners with planning and reporting taxes.

  • Start • End Date: 07/12/2018 • 07/12/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Michelle Hudson
  • Location Code: TSEC (Triangle South (Dunn))
  • Building Location: 106
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Time Management for a Small Business

How can a small business owner have time to do everything needed to run a successful business? Time Management is key when operating a business of any size. During this seminar the importance of time management will be discussed as well as ways to improve managing daily tasks and goals for your business.

  • Start • End Date: 07/19/2018 • 07/19/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Michelle Hudson
  • Location Code: TSEC (Triangle South (Dunn))
  • Building Location: 106
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Starting a Business in Harnett County - Essential Resources

In this seminar participants will learn what is key in starting and/or growing a business in Harnett County. Whether an individual is just starting a business plan or is looking for expansion this event will answer questions of who, where, and how for potential business owners looking to utilize the resources Harnett County has to offer.

  • Start • End Date: 07/26/2018 • 07/26/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Mari-Inetta Pavlic Nick Dula
  • Location Code: TSEC (Triangle South (Dunn))
  • Building Location: Harnett County Library
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Credit Reporting for a Small Business

This 1-hour seminar will review the basics for accurate credit reporting including: Business Credit Reports, Consumer Reporting Agencies, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and Personal Guarantor. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge to assist existing businesses and start-ups.

  • Start • End Date: 08/02/2018 • 08/02/2018
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Michelle Hudson
  • Location Code: TSEC (Triangle South (Dunn))
  • Building Location: 106
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