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Free Entrepreneurial Seminars

These two- to three-hour seminars cover a wide range of small business topics. Most of these seminars are held at Durham Tech’s Small Business Center, located in the SOUTHBank Building in Durham or at the Orange County Campus in Hillsborough.

Small Business seminars are free. Registration is strongly encouraged. Registration allows the SBC to contact you regarding any changes (inclement weather, location, cancellations, etc.). We also encourage you to come early to secure your seat, since seating is limited.

Durham County seminars are offered in partnership with the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Orange County seminars are offered in partnership with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, the Hillsborough/Orange Chamber of Commerce and Chapel Hill SCORE.

Business Over Lunch (BOL) Seminars (11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.) seminars are offered in partnership with the NC Women’s Business Center.

Next Level Growth Series sessions are offered in partnership with the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Small Business and Technology Development Center, and the NC Women’s Business Center.


HP LIFE Online Entrepreneurship Training: July 1 – December 31, 2014

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.


Starting a Business Series

Introduction to Business Modeling

Are you a startup or existing entrepreneur wondering how you should develop your business idea? Building and understanding your business model is a critical first step in the business planning process. Learn how to design and analyze your business model on one -page. With your one-page business model, you can develop your business plan more efficiently and effectively. Taught by Carl Baumann, Chapel Hill SCORE.

Th 11/20 6:30 –9 p.m. OCC 105

Thinking of Starting a Business?

This seminar provides information including, but not limited to, whether or not you are ready, questions to answer prior to starting the business, where business ideas come from, governmental requirements, and available resources. This session is the perfect place to bring all your startup questions.

43248 T 12/16 6:30 –9 p.m. SBB 312

Thinking of Starting a Nonprofit?

This seminar provides information including, but not limited to, whether or not you are ready, questions to answer prior to starting the business, where business ideas come from, governmental requirements, and available resources. This session is the perfect place to bring all your nonprofit startup questions.

43251 M 11/24 6:30 –9 p.m. SBB 312
43252 Th 12/4 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. OCC 203

Business Planning Basics for Entrepreneurs Series

Next-Level Growth

What are the issues affecting small business? What are the benchmarks that businesses should be using? Is your business running efficiently and effectively? What books are recommended for entrepreneurs to read and/or reference? Where can you get assistance with issues specific to your company? Come and discuss the answers to these questions and more with other business owners and business advisors in a roundtable format. Seating is limited.

43255 M 12/1 6:30–8:30 p.m. SBB 312

Entrepreneurs Getting an Understanding of Their Financial Statements

So you have your accountant or accounting software program generate your financial statements, but what do they mean? This seminar helps entrepreneurs understand balance sheets, income or profit/loss statements, and statements of cash flows, as well as the secrets they may hold to your business’s success. Taught by Joe Battle, ISYSIS Inc.

43172 M 12/8 6:30–8:30 p.m. SBB 312

Government Issues for Entrepreneurs Series

Certification Programs

What does it mean to be a “certified” minority- or woman-owned business? What is required to receive this designation, and how will it help you grow your business? Learn about the various government and private entities that provide certifications and have programs to support Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certifications. Discover how to use these certification programs to boost your business. Taught by Alyssa Mako, Women’s Business Center.

43176 W 12/10 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. WBC

Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs Series

Intellectual Property Law for Small Businesses

Have a logo? Slogan? Website? Original artwork? Secret recipe? Have you written a book? Developed a new product? Learn the crucial points of protecting a business’s or an organization’s valuable intangible assets through basic information about copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Taught by Donna Ray Berkelhammer, Sands, Anderson, PC, or an attorney from NC LEAP..

43181 Th 11/20 6:30–9 p.m. SBB 312

Social Media Law for Small Businesses

Social media is being used more and more as part of marketing strategies for businesses and nonprofits. Learn the growing legal issues surrounding social media: trademark and copyright issues, employee use of social media, and protecting your business/nonprofit from potential lawsuits and possible regulatory violations when using social media. Taught by Donna Ray Berkelhammer of Sands, Anderson, PC, or an attorney from NC LEAP.

43184 Th 12/11 6:30–8 p.m. SBB 312

Social Media Marketing for Entrepreneurs Series

Rules for Online Branding

So you think you have the perfect company name and logo, and now you are ready to implement your online marketing strategy, right? Successful online branding requires more than these two items. Entrepreneurs learn rules to successfully brand a business online. Taught by David Mooring, BurlapSky Inc.

43190 M 11/17 6:30–8:30 p.m. SBB 312

Technology Issues for Entrepreneurs Series

Small Business Cybersecurity

Hackers continue to disrupt smaller businesses that lack the knowledge and resources for executing a strong security program. This workshop helps small business owners develop a customized cybersecurity program. After discovering how to identify and manage cybersecurity risks when selecting security procedures that align with your company’s business standards, you can then develop the training your employees need on cybersecurity best practices. Taught by Bianca Montes Jones, justotech.

43285 W 11/19 6:30–8:30 p.m. OCC 203