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Free Seminars/Webinars

Lee

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 Lee seminars.

  • Hands-On Video Marketing for Business

    Sep
    20

    Let’s put fingers to keyboards and make some videos! Using video to market your business can help you stay visible in social media longer, get more exposure and engagement, and increase sales and traffic. In this hands-on seminar, you’ll make one video from a template and at least one video from scratch, all of which you’ll get to keep and use in your marketing immediately. Participants should bring a mobile device pre-loaded with behind-the-scenes photos/videos, product photos/videos, and logos.

    • Start • End Date: 09/20/2022 • 09/20/2022
    • Day: Tu
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Bob Mackwski
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111
  • Hands-On Business Photography

    Sep
    21

    First impressions matter. People will form an opinion about your business within milliseconds of seeing your website and social media and 95% of that opinion is based on the look and design of your online presence. You need visuals to represent your business on your website and social media and that means effective use of photography. In this live seminar, photographer Bob Mackowski will give you some basic, entry-level tips to use with any camera (yes, even your cell phone) and you’ll spend time with hands-on practice. After that, you’ll learn how to make sure that it's seen and that it leaves the right impression. Please bring a mobile device (phone or tablet) and a camera (phone, tablet, DSLR or point-and-shoot) to class with you for the hands-on portion.

    • Start • End Date: 09/21/2022 • 09/21/2022
    • Day: W
    • Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Bob Mackowski
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111
  • RISE Program (Real Investment in Sanford Entrepreneurs)

    Oct
    03

    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: 10/03/2022 • 11/02/2022
    • Day: M, W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor:
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location:
  • Introduction to Starting a Business (RISE)

    Oct
    03

    In this seminar, the Sanford Area Growth Alliance - Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Sanford, Inc., and city zoning and inspections staff will discuss networking, zoning, building, and inspection considerations of starting a business in Lee County. (Not Published)

    • Start • End Date: 10/03/2022 • 10/03/2022
    • Day: M
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: SAGA and Downtown Sanford, NC
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111
  • Starting a Business/Building a Plan (RISE)

    Oct
    05

    This session offers an introduction to business startup including how to describe the key problem or unmet need that you will address for your customers, how your company will address the problem you identified, and how you will meet your customers’ needs. You’ll also discover how to describe your target market and how to break them down into segments �" that is, recognizable customer types with similar demographics, needs, and expectations. This seminar will conclude with a discussion on researching your competitors and identifying how your product or service differs from your competition. Not Published

    • Start • End Date: 10/05/2022 • 10/05/2022
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Mike Collins
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111
  • How to Find Your Customers (RISE)

    Oct
    10

    Market research isn't just for startups; it's an important ongoing process for every small business. Developing a focused and effective marketing plan requires up-to-date market analysis. Discover the variety of market research tools that will give you critical information about your industry and customers. Get the data you need to test the feasibility of a new business, find the competition, and potential customers interested in your proposed product or service. (Not Published)

    • Start • End Date: 10/10/2022 • 10/10/2022
    • Day: M
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Mike Collins
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111
  • Financing Your Business (RISE)

    Oct
    12

    Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. (Not Published)

    • Start • End Date: 10/12/2022 • 10/12/2022
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Carolina Community Impact Frank Del Villar
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111
  • Marketing Your Business (RISE)

    Oct
    17

    Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar. (Not Published)

    • Start • End Date: 10/17/2022 • 10/17/2022
    • Day: M
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Michael Barbera
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111
  • Legal Considerations of Starting a Business (RISE)

    Oct
    19

    This session will address the potential legal issues facing small business owners. Discussion will include business structure, licensing, protecting your business assets, and employer responsibilities. (Not Published)

    • Start • End Date: 10/19/2022 • 10/19/2022
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Deirdre Stephenson
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111
  • Basics of Bookkeeping and Understanding Financial Statements (RISE)

    Oct
    24

    Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. (Not Published)

    • Start • End Date: 10/24/2022 • 10/24/2022
    • Day: M
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Crystal Wambeke
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111
  • Business Taxes (RISE)

    Oct
    26

    Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Discover how everyday business decisions can have tax implications that can affect your bottom line. This seminar is important for both new and experienced business owners. (Not Published)

    • Start • End Date: 10/26/2022 • 10/26/2022
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: Shay Benton
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111
  • Business Plan Presentation and Review (RISE)

    Nov
    02

    Participants will give a short presentation on their business idea and receive feedback on their business plan from a review team. (Not Published)

    • Start • End Date: 11/02/2022 • 11/02/2022
    • Day: W
    • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
    • Instructor: SAGA and Downtown Sanford, Inc
    • Location Code: DWCC (Dennis Wicker Civic Center)
    • Building Location: 111