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Online

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 Online 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • “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:
  • 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: