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Durham Tech Small Business Center 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. Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Preregistration 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.

COMING SOON! SBC Webinars!! Join The Small Business Center for live webinars to discuss important and current business topics with business counselors, coaches, and industry experts. Attendees can be anywhere but will need to have access to the Internet, preferably with speakers and a microphone.


New! Entrepreneurs Avoiding Common Business Plan Mistakes

Using real-life stories, potential and existing entrepreneurs will learn the common mistakes made during the business planning process for start-up, emerging, and existing businesses that are revealed in the written document. Entrepreneurs gain an understanding of the potential effects of these mistakes and how to avoid them. Taught by SBTDC.

40168 T 4/15 6–8 p.m. SBB 312

Manage Your Debt and Credit Prior to Starting Your Business

Start or grow your business in strong financial shape by learning how to obtain, review, and understand your personal credit report, how to significantly increase your credit score in as little as 90 days, techniques to rapidly reduce or eliminate debt, and how to successfully negotiate with creditors and lower your interest rates. Leave ready to play the credit game to win. Taught by Greg Frank, Financial Fitness Center.

40119 T 4/22 6–9 p.m. OCC 203

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 start-up questions.

40141 T 4/29 6–8:30 p.m. SBB 312
41108 M 5/19 6–8:30 p.m. SBB 312
41126 T 7/1 6–8:30 p.m. OCC 110

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 start-up questions.

40144 M 5/5 6–8:30 p.m. OCC 110
41109 T 5/20 6–8:30 p.m. OCC 110
41127 M 6/30 6–8:30 p.m. SBB 312

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 my 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? Or are those issues specific to only your business? Come and discuss the answers to these and other questions with other business owners and business advisors in a roundtable format. Seating is limited.

40148 W 4/30 11:30–1:30 p.m. SBB 312 Feel free to bring your lunch.
41110 W 5/28 11:30–1:30 p.m. OCC 105 Feel free to bring your lunch.
41128 T 7/15 6–9 p.m. SBB 312  

Finance for Entrepreneurs Series

NEW! Entrepreneurs Getting an Understanding of Their Financial Statements

So you have your accountant or accounting software program generate your financial statements, but what are they saying? This seminar helps entrepreneurs understanding balance sheets, income or profit/loss statements, and statements of cash flows, as well as the secrets they may hold to your business’ success. Taught by SBTDC.

40156 M 4/14 6–8 p.m. OCC 110
40158 M 4/28 6–8 p.m. SBB 312

Establishing a Positive Banking Relationship for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs should establish a positive banking relationship. Learn the right questions to ask, the benefits of scheduling regular discussions, and how to work with your banker through challenges. Taught by representatives from local financial institution.

40123 T 4/24 6–9 p.m. SBB 312

Financing Your Business the SBA Way

Learn about federal financing for starting, expanding, or purchasing a small business – and the free resources available from the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA will present government lending options and show you how to match loan programs to your needs, including inventory, working capital, and commercial real estate. You'll also learn how to craft a business plan that will attract potential funders, even in a difficult economy. Taught by SBA.

40125 M 5/12 6–8 p.m. SBB 312

The Competitive Edge – Fundamentals of Grant Writing, Level II

Learn how to develop a competitive grant proposal that includes clear and concise program goals and objectives using SMART method, a compelling needs statement, and a sensible budget. Participants should have taken The Competitive Edge – Fundamentals of Grant Writing - Level 1 or be familiar with the basic grant writing process and have had some experience in writing or reviewing a grant RFP. Taught by Excellence by Choice, Inc.

40170 T 5/13 6–9 p.m. SBB 312

Introduction to Fund Development for Social Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs cannot rely solely on grant dollars to finance a nonprofit. Every nonprofit should have a good fund development plan to diversify and increase organizational funding sources. Participants gain an understanding of the need for a diversified fund development plan to create and sustain a nonprofit. Taught by Rick Leggett, Excellence By Choice Inc. .

41115 T 5/27 6–9 p.m. SBB 312

Building a Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Entrepreneurs learn how to build a successful Kickstarter campaign by following simple rules that work. Learn how to establish credibility, create a powerful design, and reach your audience effectively. After identifying and engaging a project’s target audience, entrepreneurs are then ready to invite them to invest in that project. Taught by Justin Massion, CreatorUp!

41129 Th 5/29 6–9 p.m. SBB 312

Options for Funding Your Business

EThis workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs offers an overview of financing options for new or existing business. Outside funding options, including commercial bank loans, SBA-backed loans, and sources of equity capital are covered. Taught by Alyssa Mako, The Women’s Business Center.

41116 T 6/17 6–8:30 p.m. SBB 312

Federal and Department of Defense Issues for Entrepreneurs Series

Introduction to Federal and Department of Defense Business Opportunities

Want to participate in North Carolina’s military procurement boom? Learn how to look up and identify federal procurement opportunities. Understand the next steps needed to position your business to get registered and ready to bid on federal/Department of Defense contracting opportunities. Start taking advantage of the sizeable federal dollars being spent in the state. Taught by Bill Greuling, NC Military Business Center.

41111 W 6/11 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. OCC 110 Feel free to bring your lunch.

Introduction to Federal and Department of Defense Proposals

Learn the basics of how to review and prepare federal/Department of Defense proposals. This session addresses understanding the Federal Solicitation format (Uniform Contract Format), the rule of “shall,” a sequential view of proposaling activities from corporate capture management onward, constructing and controlling your proposaling team, pulling everything together for final proposal review and submittal, and the aftermath. Some would say it is easier said than done, but it is doable! Bill Greuling, NC Military Business Center.

41112 W 7/9 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. OCC 110 Feel free to bring your lunch.

Introduction to Federal and Department of Defense Cost Estimating Techniques

At the federal/Department of Defense level, there are three basic purchasing groups from whom the Feds buy: 1) manufactured goods (something someone can touch, such as blankets, cars, food, etc., 2) professional services (labor such as program management, financial services, research & development, landscaping, janitorial, food services, etc., and 3) A/E – general construction services. Each category has different cost elements. If you don't know of them or their costs, how can you calculate a profit? This seminar reviews cost elements for each of the three categories and provides examples of how to calculate costs and rates. You have to know your cost before you can calculate your profit! It is as simple as that...not really! Bill Greuling, NC Military Business Center.

41113 W 8/13 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. OCC 110 Feel free to bring your lunch.

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’ 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.

40132 Th 4/10 Canceled SBB 312

Social Media Series Marketing for Entrepreneurs Series

NEW! 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. .

40154 T 4/23 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. SBB 312 Please note: Bring your own lunch.

Marketing for Entrepreneurs Series

Designing a Brand for Your Business

Entrepreneurs learn how to design a brand that will set their businesses apart from others in their industry; build a unique brand identity; conceptualize a logo design and creative direction; and apply this branding to establish credibility and increase exposure. Taught by Matthew Manos, CreatorUp!

41117 M 6/2 6–9 p.m. SBB 312  

Making Videos to Market Your Business

Entrepreneurs learn how to make professional-looking business videos that will inspire customers to buy their products and services. Participants learn how to write their stories, shoot high-quality visuals, and edit the video into a story using simple free software. Taught by Mike Tringe, CreatorUp!

41118 Th 6/5 6–9 p.m. SBB 312  

Human Resource Management for Entrepreneurs Series

NEW! Herding Cats: Managing Employees in a Small Business

Management in today's workplace can be like herding cats – employees are more independent and often don't respond to authoritarian management styles. How do you motivate and train today’s workers? This class shows you how to recognize good employees, understand what they need, motivate those who are not performing or are underperforming, create effective training, use low-cost rewards to improve performance, and much more. Taught by Mike Collins, The Perfect Workday Company.

40151 T 5/6 6–9 p.m. SBB 312

Tax Issues for Entrepreneurs Series

BASIC

New and Improved! Business Organization and Recordkeeping

This seminar discusses the difference between a sole proprietor, a partnership, and a corporation; the importance of record keeping; and the documents that entrepreneurs should keep and for how long. Entrepreneurs also get an overview of their tax responsibilities as a small business.

Participants receive a packet of information for each session attended at no cost. The following publications are covered:

  • Publication 583, Starting a Business and Keeping Records
  • Publication 1635, Understanding Your EIN
  • Publication 1518, Tax Calendar for SB/SE
  • PPublication 4591, Small Business Federal Tax Responsibilities
  • Publication 4667, IRS Tax Information for SB/SE Taxpayers
    • 41119 M 6/16 9 –9 p.m. SBB 312
      41120 T 6/24 9 –9 p.m. OCC 110

      INTERMEDIATE

      New and Improved! Employment Tax and Business Expenses

      Entrepreneurs learn about the employment tax filing and payment requirements for the various business entities (sole proprietors, partnerships, and corporations). This seminar also discusses various business expenses that may be deducted in the course of the entrepreneur’s business.

      Participants receive a packet of information for each session attended at no cost. The following publications are covered:

      • Publication 535, Business Expenses
      • Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home
      • Publication 15, Employer’s Tax Guide (Circular E)
      • Publication 1518, Tax Calendar for SB/SE
      • PPublication 4591, Small Business Federal Tax Responsibilities
      • Publication 4667, IRS Tax Information for SB/SE Taxpayers