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Free Seminars/Webinars

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 will 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.
  • Starting a Side Hustle

    Feb
    01

    February 1, 2023 - Starting a Side Hustle Starting a business requires a plan. A side hustle is a business you create to enhance your income, but it doesn’t have to be full time. Attend this energizing workshop to see what steps you need to take to legally have a side hustle. You’ll also learn about setting expectations, time commitments, pricing & financials, and ideas about different types of side hustles.

    • Start • End Date: 02/01/2023 • 02/01/2023
    • Day: W
    • Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Chisa Pennix
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • How to Start a Childcare Business - Part 1`

    Feb
    07

    This webinar is ideal for aspiring childcare entrepreneurs. Discussion will include regulations, best practices for hiring staff, and resources to help you get your business started.

    • Start • End Date: 02/07/2023 • 02/07/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Lynda Turlington, Partnership for Childrn
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Developing a Winning Business Plan for Your Childcare Business

    Feb
    09

    A business plan can be the most important tool a childcare business owner develops to obtain funding and investors or to guide start-up and expansion. 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 childcare business owners

    • Start • End Date: 02/09/2023 • 02/09/2023
    • Day: Th
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Jess McLamb
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Understanding and Managing the Numbers for a Childcare Business

    Feb
    15

    Managing your cash flow, understanding the art of pricing, and controlling expenses are the keys to building a successful child care business. This workshop will cover some accounting basics, walk you through pricing your services and creating projections, as well as show you why your break-even analysis is crucial to a thriving business. You will also learn how to create basic financial statements to track your business growth. This webinar is designed for new business owners and accounting novices.

    • Start • End Date: 02/15/2023 • 02/15/2023
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Jess McLamb
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Selling Made Simple

    Feb
    21

    Experiences matter. It’s not what the brand offers-It’s what the customer buys. Both are not perceived to be equal. During this upbeat, in-person workshop, you’ll learn how customers perceive products & services, learn their expectations, and see how your product can improve their quality of life. You'll also learn consumer perceptions with Clicksusasions 360-degree Product Perception Framework and identify how consumers make decisions based on perceptions & lived experience. Apply behavioral science principles to strategic marketing, communication & product development. Why is behavioral science important as I market my small business? Business decisions are often influenced by countless biases that distract from an objective thought process. There’s a science to managing influence. Behavioral science studies human behavior and applies data-driven insights to produce measurable outcomes beyond intuition and guesswork.

    • Start • End Date: 02/21/2023 • 02/21/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Dr. Michael Barbera
    • Location Code: Harnett County (Harnett County -See Details)
    • Building Location: The Garden State Grill, Lillington, NC
  • Foodservice Bootcamp: Mise en Place Your Business for Success: Food Business Startup - Part 1 of 5

    Feb
    21

    Whether you’re thinking about selling your famous jam or sauce, starting a food truck, or opening a cafe or restaurant, understanding how to start a food business in North Carolina can be a daunting task. This session is designed for current and aspiring food business owners, including culinary students, and will cover a wide range of topics aimed at launching a food company. In this 60-minute session, we’ll cover everything from permits you might need based on your unique food product or service, common legal and insurance considerations and estimated startup expenses for a wide variety of food companies.

    • Start • End Date: 02/21/2023 • 02/21/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Jill Willett
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Next Level - Turn Your Idea for a Product or Scalable Service into a Profitable Business

    Feb
    21

    Have an idea for a new product or scalable service? Want to know if you can turn that idea into a profitable business? The main reason most new startups fail is because the entrepreneur invests time, money, and energy into creating a business before finding out if there is enough interest from potential customers to support the business and make money. NEXT LEVEL is a free, 10-week program hosted by the Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center, with financial support from NC IDEA, and in cooperation with Innovate Carolina. The program is designed to take you through a step-by-step process for figuring out if your idea is worth pursuing and can actually make money. NEXT LEVEL utilizes a proven process for starting a business based on Lean Startup principles that takes you from idea to sales with minimal risk. Divided into phases, NEXT LEVEL includes bite-sized lessons, activities, and a facilitator to assist you through the process. Once you’ve validated your idea, you’ll discover how to pitch your idea to potential investors

    • Start • End Date: 02/21/2023 • 04/25/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor:
    • Location Code: 79 West (79 West Innovation Hub, Pittsboro)
    • Building Location:
  • RISE Program (Real Investment in Sanford Entrepreneurs)

    Feb
    27

    This eight-class program will introduce entrepreneurs and existing business owners to the concepts and practices that will give interested individuals the tools necessary for business success. The evening classes will be held in Sanford and will run from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. At the end of the program, each participant should have produced a basic small business plan, and will have the opportunity to present their plan and business concept to a team of business professionals. All attendees must apply online. Classes are free, but participants must be pre-registered and approved to be guaranteed a space. Class size is limited to twelve individuals. The RISE Program is an entrepreneur-development program presented by the Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center, Downtown Sanford, Inc, and the Sanford Area Growth Alliance Chamber of Commerce.

    • Start • End Date: 02/27/2023 • 03/28/2023
    • Day: M, W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor:
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location:
  • Foodservice Bootcamp: Mise en Place Your Business for Success: Permits and Licensing - Part 2 of 5

    Feb
    28

    In continuing the lessons of session 1, participants will get a chance to interface with local officials regarding permits, licenses and other requirements for starting a Food Business in a Q&A format. Participants will gain firsthand insights into the Pre-Development and Food Service Application process.

    • Start • End Date: 02/28/2023 • 02/28/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Lisa Morgan, Supervisor, Food & Lodging Program
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • “A Breath of Fresh Hair”- It’s Time to Open Your Own Hair Salon: Guided Salon Opening with a Salon Owner & Operator - Part 1 of 3

    Mar
    01

    In this 3-part webinar series, you will learn the ins and outs of starting your own Salon firsthand from industry professionals. Topics include Salon Ownership 101, How to Create a Winning Business plan and how to market your salon before and after opening. Part 1 In session 1, Salon owner Jess Reiner will guide you through the Startup process while sharing her personal experiences, tips for a successful launch and what mistakes to avoid along the way. In this session Jess will cover Types of Salons, Research, Planning & Budgeting, Salon IT & Booking Systems, Location Selection, Legal Considerations, Salon Accounting & Finance, Daily Opening Procedures and more.

    • Start • End Date: 03/01/2023 • 03/01/2023
    • Day: W
    • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Jessica Trinrt
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Chatham Spark - Entrepreneurship Series

    Mar
    06

    This eight-class program will introduce entrepreneurs and existing business owners to the concepts and practices that will give interested individuals the tools necessary for business success. The evening classes will be held in Siler City and will run from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. At the end of the program, each participant should have produced a basic small business plan, and will have the opportunity to present their plan and business concept to a team of business professionals. All attendees must apply online. Classes are free, but participants must be pre-registered and approved to be guaranteed a space. Class size is limited to twelve individuals. The Chatham Spark Program is an entrepreneur-development program presented by the Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center and the Chatham Chamber of Commerce.

    • Start • End Date: 03/06/2023 • 05/08/2023
    • Day: M
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor:
    • Location Code: SCMC (Siler City Main Campus)
    • Building Location:
  • Finding Your Customer & Creating a Marketing Plan

    Mar
    07

    Just because you have an idea doesn’t mean anyone will buy it. Join Mike Collins, experienced small business presenter & practitioner, at this inspiring session & learn the 4 ways to describe your customer & sources to find out how many there are in your market area. The program features a simple, 5-part marketing plan you can use to target your best customers. You’ll also get a FREE list of 100 low-cost marketing tactics. Location: The Currinton 105 E. Branch St. Dunn, NC 28334

    • Start • End Date: 03/07/2023 • 03/07/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Mike Collins
    • Location Code: Harnett County (Harnett County -See Details)
    • Building Location: The Currinton, Dunn, NC
  • Foodservice Bootcamp: Mise en Place Your Business for Success: Food Business Startup - Part 3 of 5

    Mar
    07

    This session is designed for current or future food entrepreneurs, including culinary students, and will cover the important product development, manufacturing and selling options that come with starting a food company in North Carolina. We will discuss creative methods, both formal and informal, to test your food concepts and review commercial kitchen space and other manufacturing options to bring your product or service to market. For those focusing on a value added food product, we will talk about the different selling and distribution options and how you determine what the right selling strategy is for your food company.

    • Start • End Date: 03/07/2023 • 03/07/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Jill Willett
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • “A Breath of Fresh Hair”- It’s Time to Open Your Own Hair Salon: Creating a Winning Business Plan for Your Salon - Part 2 of 3

    Mar
    08

    Session 2 is all about that Business Plan. Creating a plan for your salon (especially if you need a loan) doesn’t have to be a hassle. In fact, we’ll talk about how to write a 3 page business plan with all the details you need. Creating a Winning Business Plan for Your Salon offers simple, easy to follow steps for creating a business plan that fits you and the future you hope to achieve with your own enterprise.

    • Start • End Date: 03/08/2023 • 03/08/2023
    • Day: W
    • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Mike Collins
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Foodservice Bootcamp: Mise en Place Your Business for Success: Strategic Marketing - Part 4 of 5

    Mar
    14

    This session will focus on gaining new customers and deepening engagement for the customers you currently have to support your existing or future food business. The reality is that not all customers are created equal. Some rockstars will support you in BIG ways. In this virtual session, Jill Willett will cover five different customer categories that you’ll encounter in your business and a system that will help move people through your customer pipeline resulting in higher revenues and an easier sales process. Leave with bonus resources that will help you identify who your customer is and content ideas that can be used on all marketing channels. This session is 90-minutes and will be “workshop-y” in nature, so come ready to participate and work on growing your food business or further developing your idea.

    • Start • End Date: 03/14/2023 • 03/14/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Jill Willett
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Quickbooks for Business: Comparing Desktop to Online Versions

    Mar
    14

    Interested in tracking your small business financials & want to see how Quickbooks software can help? Unsure whether to use the desktop or online version of the software? Then this in-person workshop with experienced SBC presenter, Jennifer Nelson, is right for you. Learn the differences between Quickbooks desktop vs. online & determine the best option for your needs. Location: CCC Lillington Campus 1075 E. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Lillington, NC 27546

    • Start • End Date: 03/14/2023 • 03/14/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Jennifer Nelson
    • Location Code: HMC (Harnett Main Campus)
    • Building Location: Room 105 Miriello Building
  • “A Breath of Fresh Hair”- It’s Time to Open Your Own Hair Salon: Dynamite Salon Marketing on a Firecracker Budget -Part 3 of 3

    Mar
    15

    In the 3rd session you will discover 50+ successful ways to market your salon and easily reach clients who will be delighted with your service AND tell their friends! If you can’t bring in clients for your salon you’ll have an expensive hobby. Marketing is the key to a successful salon and it’s never been as easy or more economical to do great marketing than now!

    • Start • End Date: 03/15/2023 • 03/15/2023
    • Day: W
    • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Mike Collins
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Foodservice Bootcamp: Mise en Place Your Business for Success: Purchasing and Cost Control - Part 5 of 5

    Mar
    21

    Whether you’re thinking about selling your famous jams or sauces, starting a food truck or becoming a restaurateur, understanding how to start a food business in North Carolina can feel overwhelming. This webinar series is for you if you are interested in launching a food business and will cover a wide range of topics aimed at getting you started. In this webinar, we will cover purchasing & receiving controls, how to source product, and the importance of food cost management.

    • Start • End Date: 03/21/2023 • 03/21/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Chef, Mark Smith
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Quickbooks for Business: Desktop Version

    Mar
    21

    Learn the basics of the desktop version of Quickbooks & how to use it to successfully track your small business finances during this in-person workshop with experienced Quickbooks Location: CCCC Lillington Campus 1075 E. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. Lillington, NC 27546

    • Start • End Date: 03/21/2023 • 03/21/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Jennifer Nelson
    • Location Code: HMC (Harnett Main Campus)
    • Building Location: Room 105 Miriello Building
  • Quickbooks for Business: Online Version

    Mar
    28

    In this on-site workshop with Jennifer Nelson, experienced SBC Quickbooks trainer, learn the basics of the online version of Quickbooks & how to use it to successfully track your small business finances. ***Prior to class, please register for a 30-day QuickBooks free trial if you do not already have QuickBooks software. Location: CCCC Lillington Campus 1075 E. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. Lillington, NC 27546

    • Start • End Date: 03/28/2023 • 03/28/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Jennifer Nelson
    • Location Code: HMC (Harnett Main Campus)
    • Building Location: Room 105 Miriello Building
  • How to Use Instagram Reels for Small Business

    Apr
    04

    Instagram is a great way to market your business. But, have you created Reels before? Reels is the new flagship of the platform & they help to increase engagement & gain followers. This lively webinar will show you how to create a Reel from scratch, access music to add to your reels, and will show you how to find trending sounds.

    • Start • End Date: 04/04/2023 • 04/04/2023
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Chisa Pennix
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location: