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Durham Tech Small Business Center Courses

Presented within a classroom environment, these hands-on courses offer a wide range of specific small business topics, along with the opportunity to apply this new information immediately. Courses are held at Durham Tech’s Small Business Center, located in the SOUTHBank Building in Durham or at the Orange County Campus in Hillsborough.

Important Note: Registration is required for all courses and must be completed by the Thursday of the week prior to the start of each course. If registration enrollment is low, classes may be canceled.

Learn how one of these courses can help you in starting your own business by reading Rimas Vilgalys's story in the News and Observer.

New Initiatives

SBC FOCUS: SBC Facilitating One-on-One Counseling to Uncover Solutions

The Small Business Center provides 30-minute, one-on-one counseling sessions for current clients and attendees to meet with professionals focusing on a specific issue or set of issues. For example, talk to a banker about loan readiness, an intellectual property attorney about trademark issues, or a strategist to brainstorm. Current clients and attendees will receive an email roughly two weeks in advance with information on when and how to register for one of the available slots. Slots are very limited.

The SBC WIRE: Webinars as Internet Resources for Entrepreneurs

SBC webinars are here! Starting this fall, SBC WIRE provides one- or two-hour sessions packed with current information beneficial to entrepreneurs. Sessions will be held on various topics at various times. Beginning in August, monthly schedules for the upcoming month will be available at the SBCís website, LinkedIn and Facebook pages, in the SBC Own It newsletter, at the SBC Resource Center, and at the Small Business Center. The schedule will also include replays of recorded sessions.

SBC On-the-Go

SBC comes to the community! Would you like to have one of the SBC offerings on-site at your business or organization? The Small Business Center presents SBC On-the-Go, which brings our offerings into the Durham and Orange counties. For more information, please contact our office at 919-536-7241, ext. 4504, or sbc@durhamtech.edu. (Please put SBC GO in the subject line of your email.)

 

Entrepreneurial Courses

Registration is required for all courses and ends the Thursday of the week prior to the start of each course.

Entrepreneur in Action: From Idea to Implementation

Students are led by an instructor through the business planning process to develop their business ideas into a well-thought-out basic strategic business plan. Students leave with a written plan and a complete presentation. Students should be proficient users of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet, which will be used extensively throughout this course to complete assignments. Taught by La-Tasha Best-Gaddy. 30 hours. $154

43156 T 9/16–11/18 6– 9 p.m. SBB 311

Entrepreneur in Action: From Idea to Implementation

This is a hybrid version of the course listed above. 30 hours. $154

43157 Th 9/18– 11/20 6– 9 p.m. OCC 109

Venture Accelerator

Have a business idea but need to know the quickest way to successfully launch it? This dynamic online course helps students conceive, test, and create a new business venture around a unique idea following principles from Business Model Canvas, Lean Startup, and Customer Development methodologies. Students should be proficient users of the Internet, which will be used extensively throughout this course to complete assignments. The course fee includes $35 for course materials, which is nonrefundable. Taught by La-Tasha Best-Gaddy. 24 hours. $105

43279 10/13–12/7 Online

Fund Development for Social Entrepreneur

Students are led by an instructor through the fund development planning process. The process is designed to help students think or rethink how to create an organizationís fund development plan; understand what should be included in the plan; learn the essential steps in creating the plan; discern the major challenges to the process; and improve their ability to diversify and increase organizational funding sources. By following this courseís process, each student will leave with a fund development plan that can sustain organizational missions, goals, and programs. Taught by Rick Leggett, Excellence By Choice Inc. 12 hours. $89

43237 T 11/4–11/18, 12/2 6– 9 p.m. SBB 312

Social Media Marketing

Business owners facing tighter budgets are turning to social media outlets for branding and marketing purposes. This hands-on, in-lab class teaches you how to effectively incorporate social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn into your marketing efforts. This course is for entrepreneurs who have already established a basic social media presence. Student should have an email account and be familiar with Facebook and LinkedIn. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 8 hours. $69

43163 W 10/8–10/29 6– 8 p.m. SBB 310

QuickBooks Note: Students should bring a USB flash memory card to save their work from computer classes. Before taking software courses, students should have a good understanding of their computerís operating systems and basic computer skills. Students may bring their own computers if they have QuickBooks Pro software installed.

Introduction to QuickBooks Pro

Learn the fastest, easiest way to manage your business! This course introduces small business owners to one of the most popular small business accounting applications that tracks general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and checking accounts, and provides easy-to-use reporting features. (Because this course is selfsupporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) Taught by Gregg Lasseter, Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. $89 12 hours. $89

41104 M 8/4–8/25 6– 9 p.m. SBB 310
43161 F 9/5–9/26 9 a.m.–noon OCC 204
43159 M 11/3– 11/24 6– 9 p.m. SBB 310

Introduction to QuickBooks Pro for Contractors

Learn the fastest, easiest way to manage your contracting business! This course introduces contractors to one of the most popular small business accounting applications that tracks general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and checking accounts, as well as provides easy-to-use reporting features. (Because this course is selfsupporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) Taught by Gregg Lasseter, Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. 12 hours. $89

43280 Sat 10/4–10/25 9 a.m.–noon OCC 204

More QuickBooks Pro

Youíve taken the Introduction to QuickBooks Pro course or are already writing checks and making deposits in QuickBooks. Ready to learn more? Register for this intermediate-level course to gain insights into invoicing and statements, APs and ARs, balancing bank statements, writing checks, taking credit cards, customizing reports and graphs, and much more. Participants must have previously worked with QuickBooks. (Because this course is selfsupporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) Taught by Gregg Lasseter, Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. 9 hours. $55

43162 M 12/1–12/15 6– 9 p.m. SBB 310

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