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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.
  • Chatham Spark - Entrepreneurship Series

    Mar
    04

    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: 03/04/2024 • 05/06/2024
    • Day: M
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor:
    • Location Code: SCMC (Siler City Main Campus)
    • Building Location:
  • Conceptos básicos de impuestos de negocios (en línea) (Business Tax Essentials)

    Apr
    16

    Enter your email address and click Continue. Email Address Email address is used as your unique id Continue En este seminario, cubriremos los requisitos básicos para ayudar a las empresas de Carolina del Norte a comprender las leyes y obligaciones necesarias para ser una empresa que cumple con los impuestos. Los participantes aprenden sobre los requisitos administrativos y de presentación, los conceptos básicos de la ley de impuestos sobre las ventas y el uso de Carolina del Norte, los conceptos básicos de la ley de retención de impuestos de Carolina del Norte, instrucciones paso a paso para completar declaraciones de impuestos sobre las ventas y retención, e instrucciones para presentar y pagar en línea. Este seminario web se presentará a través de la plataforma Webex. Si nunca ha usado Webex, le pedirá que lo descargue en su computadora. Le pedimos que continúe y complete este paso, utilizando el mismo nombre, apellido y dirección de correo electrónico que utilizó durante el registro. Una vez que haga esto, le permitirá acceder al seminario web. Le recomendamos que inicie sesión en el seminario web al menos cinco minutos antes del comienzo de la sesión para asegurarse de que no tenga ningún problema técnico.

    • Start • End Date: 04/16/2024 • 04/16/2024
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: NCDOR
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Business Tax Essentials for the Small Business Owner (Online)

    Apr
    17

    Enter your email address and click Continue. Email Address Email address is used as your unique id Continue In this seminar, NC Department of Revenue (NCDOR) will cover basic requirements to help North Carolina businesses understand the laws and obligations necessary to be a tax compliant business. Participants learn about filing and administrative requirements, the basics of NC sales & use tax law, the basics of NC withholding tax law, step by step directions for completing sales tax and withholding returns, and directions for filing and paying online. This webinar will be presented via Webex platform. If you've never used Webex it will ask you to download onto your computer. We ask that you go ahead and complete this step, utilizing the same First Name, Last Name and Email address used during registration. Once you do this it will allow you access to the webinar. We recommend that you sign in to the webinar at least five minutes prior to the start of the session to ensure you don't have any technical issues. For assistance please contact Ginny Hayes via email: ghayes@cfcc.edu

    • Start • End Date: 04/17/2024 • 04/17/2024
    • Day: W
    • Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: NCDOR
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • AI for Small Business - 3 of 3

    Apr
    17

    Advanced: Building Custom AI Solutions for Your Small Business This advanced webinar is for those ready to explore tailored AI solutions for their businesses. Learn about the fundamentals of custom AI development, how to communicate with developers, access tools for non-experts, and the basic principles of machine learning. The session will include case studies, ethical considerations in AI, and resources for further learning. Ideal for business owners seeking to innovate and gain a competitive edge through AI applications. Speaker(s): Katie Stokes Fee: No Cost Register Online

    • Start • End Date: 04/17/2024 • 04/17/2024
    • Day: W
    • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Katie Stokes
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Owning a Veteran-Owned Small Business (Boots to Business Reboot)

    Apr
    17

    Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Enroll in Boots to Business Reboot. About Boots to Business Reboot - For Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses Boots to Business Reboot is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Veterans of all eras, Active-Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and spouses are eligible to participate. During Reboot, participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. The program is facilitated by subject matter experts from the SBA and their extensive network of skilled business advisors. Participants that complete an in-person B2B Reboot course can elect to further their study through one of many B2B online courses, offered at no cost to Service members, Veterans and military spouses.

    • Start • End Date: 04/17/2024 • 04/17/2024
    • Day: W
    • Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Veterans Business Outreach Center
    • Location Code: HHSC (Harnett Health Science Center)
    • Building Location: 51 Red Mulberry Way. Lillington, NC
  • Doing Business in NC Series: Starting A Business in NC (Online)

    Apr
    18

    Enter your email address and click Continue. Email Address Email address is used as your unique id Continue This webinar covers business formation and registration requirements by state and federal agencies for someone starting a business in NC. Participating agencies include the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR), the North Carolina Secretary of State (SOS), and Business Link North Carolina. This webinar will be presented via Webex platform. If you've never used Webex it will ask you to download onto your computer. We ask that you go ahead and complete this step, utilizing the same First Name, Last Name and Email address used during registration. Once you do this it will allow you access to the webinar. We recommend that you sign in to the webinar at least five minutes prior to the start of the session to ensure you don't have any technical issues. For assistance please contact Ginny Hayes via email: ghayes@cfcc.edu

    • Start • End Date: 04/18/2024 • 04/18/2024
    • Day: Th
    • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: NCDOR
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Sales and Use Tax Workshop for the Small Business Owner (Online)

    Apr
    25

    Enter your email address and click Continue. Email Address Email address is used as your unique id Continue This workshop will help business owners better understand their sales and use tax obligations including covering sales and use tax basics, registering for an account, and learning about the most common types of sales and use taxes collected. In addition, participants will receive hands-on help preparing sales and use tax returns. Sales and use tax law changes regarding capital improvements and repair, maintenance, and installation services will not be addressed in any depth during this workshop. This webinar will be presented via Webex platform. If you've never used Webex it will ask you to download onto your computer. We ask that you go ahead and complete this step, utilizing the same First Name, Last Name and Email address used during registration. Once you do this it will allow you access to the webinar. We recommend that you sign in to the webinar at least five minutes prior to the start of the session to ensure you don't have any technical issues. For assistance please contact Ginny Hayes via email: ghayes@cfcc.edu

    • Start • End Date: 04/25/2024 • 04/25/2024
    • Day: Th
    • Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: NCDOR
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • How to Do Business with Large Institutional Purchasers (Lee, Chatham, and Harnett Counties)

    Apr
    29

    • Start • End Date: 04/29/2024 • 05/01/2024
    • Day: M, Tu, W
    • Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor:
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: Room 111
  • Digital Marketing for Small Business Owners (Part 1)

    May
    22

    Digital Marketing for Small Business Owners Certification Program (Must attend all 6 sessions for certification) Dates: May 22, May 29, June 5, Jun 12, Jun 19, and June 26. Time: 6;00 pm - 8:00 pm Location: May 22 (Dennis Wicker Civic Center, Sanford), May 29 (online), June 5 (online), June 12 (online), June 19 (online), June 26 (Dennis Wicker Civic Center, Sanford) Session 1 - Sharpen Who Your Best Customers Are This kick-off session will be available in person only. This will be an engaging start to the 6 series Digital Marketing Certificate program. To gain the greatest success in Digital Marketing and Social media, you must start by answering the question: What is your unique offering? Who is the best person that needs your product or services? What is your competition? This training will help you sharpen your perspective on those topics with other small business owners on your same journey to support you. This is a participatory class, so come ready to move your business forward! Topics covered will include: Your core message brand and customer persona (Yours Only) Customer persona - Who are we speaking to (Customer) Learn from your competition online (Market Research) Must Attend all 6 Sessions for Certification

    • Start • End Date: 05/22/2024 • 05/22/2024
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Martin Brossman
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111
  • Digital Marketing for Small Business Owners (Part 2) - Online

    May
    29

    Session 2 - The Content Online That Attracts Your Best Customer Must Attend All 6 Sessions for Certification Understanding and being able to consistently create as well as distribute the right content to support the growth of your business is key. With the limited time and multiple hats that a business owner has to wear, it is critical they attract the customers they can serve well and are not attractive to the customer they can not serve well. This training will sharpen your saw on the topic of collecting, creating, curating, engaging, and distributing the right stories and content for the growth of your business. Topics covered will include: Where are they and the people that trust you Social proof and secondary verification The customer's journey to you Capturing, Curating, and Creating content (SEO) Your Story, Your origin story, Your customer's story (Pixar and Hero's Journey)

    • Start • End Date: 05/29/2024 • 05/29/2024
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Martin Brossman
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Digital Marketing for Small Business Owners (Part 3)

    Jun
    05

    Session 3 - Where Is The Best Place for You To Be You can be everywhere online and you should be. You need to know the right platforms where your customers are and your business to be. Have priorities on where you distribute your content, as well as engage with your future and current clients. This is a survey class addressing the qualities, features, to-do, and what not to do on the key platforms. Topics covered will include: Understanding the different platforms, Specifics on how to reach and update on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, Snapchat, Clubhouse, Linkedin, Alignable

    • Start • End Date: 06/05/2024 • 06/05/2024
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Martin Brossman
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • How to Start a Business in Harnett County

    Jun
    11

    In this seminar, you will begin to learn how to get your business started. The program will include: - The only 5 resources everyone has - How to find out about licenses - Should you incorporate? - How to hire good people - How to create low-cost advertising - Two questions to ask any expert - How to do a quick business plan - Where the money will come from - Local resources in Harnett County to help you get started "How to Start a Business in Harnett County" can be your first step to small business ownership.

    • Start • End Date: 06/11/2024 • 06/11/2024
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Mike Collins Mari-inetta Pavlic
    • Location Code: HMC (Harnett Main Campus)
    • Building Location: Miriello Bldg. Room 135
  • Digital Marketing for Small Business Owners (Part 4)

    Jun
    12

    Session 4 - Having A Sustainable Marketing Plan in Action Must Attend all 6 Sessions for Certification Are you setting yourself up to win over time with a sustainable marketing plan you can manage and maintain? You need to know what to track and what to change in this ever-changing world online. Learn how to gain more 5-star reviews and what to do with one-star reviews. Find out how to further develop the “voice” of your business and how to maintain it across all social media platforms you may use. Topics covered will include: Sustainable Marketing over time, building your content feed, distribution, tracking, adjusting, reputation monitoring and responding - Positive and Negative reviews, and gaining more 5-star reviews and handling 1-star reviews.

    • Start • End Date: 06/12/2024 • 06/12/2024
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Martin Brosmann
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Digital Marketing for Small Business Owners (Part 5)

    Jun
    19

    Session 5 - Maximizing the Use of Video & Photos to Gain More Business You have about 3 seconds to capture your customer's attention. This training addresses how to grab their attention with compelling videos, photos, and directory updates to build and expand your business. We address how to optimize your YouTube video to get maximum results. You will understand how to add both photos and videos to your Google Business Profile in the right way. This Google Profile for your business is an often-overlooked component of marketing your business that can bring new customers, and it’s free! Topics covered will include: video, Photography, and Directories, capturing Video, Audio - Tips in photography, YouTube and Google Business Profile

    • Start • End Date: 06/19/2024 • 06/19/2024
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Martin Brossman
    • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
    • Building Location:
  • Digital Marketing for Small Business Owners (Part 6)

    Jun
    26

    Session 6 - Digital Ads, Email Marketing, and Customer Retention This final session will celebrate those who have completed the Digital Marketing Certificate series. Now that you have a solid web game and are seeing good tracking in your online presence, what is next? We will cover the fundamentals of paid ads and how to start without losing your shirt. We also will include how to build up your ground game with the right Relationship Marketing strategy that increases the enduring strength of sincere person-to-person connections Topics covered will include: Paid Ads,Facebook paid and Google ads,and relationship marketing.

    • Start • End Date: 06/26/2024 • 06/26/2024
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Martin Brossman
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111