Business Notes: Aug. 28

August 26, 2013 

Free business seminars

The Small Business Center at Johnston Community College has scheduled the following free seminars. To register, call Shelley Gardner at 919-209-2591, email swgardner@johnstoncc.edu or visit www.johnstoncc.edu/sbcseminars.aspx.

Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business? – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton.

Government Contracting Basics – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn about government contracting, the registration process, small-business programs and certifications, and finding and bidding on opportunities.

337 Ways to Market for Greater Profits in Your Business – 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn how to generate leads, increase customer transactions and improve bottom line profits.

Small Business Management and Recordkeeping – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center.

Networking 101 for the Small Business Owner – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center.

Financing Your Small Business – 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn from a lender what it takes to get funding for your business.

Business training

Johnston Community College has scheduled the following continuing education classes for business and industry professionals. For more information, call Rosa Andrews at 919-209-2015 or email rsandrews@johnstoncc.edu. To register, visit www.johnstoncc.edu/ceregistration.aspx.

Excel Level I – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. Learn to make a basic workbook. The course requires basic knowledge of PCs and the Windows environment. The cost is $71.

Excel Level II – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to enhance and refine a workbook. Also learn about charts, calculations, sorting and filtering. The cost is $71.

Excel Level III – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn advanced functions, PivotTables, worksheets, consolidating data, protecting data, analyzing data, macros and import and export options. The cost is $71.

MS Excel List Management – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn tips and tricks for sorting, filtering, subtotaling, printing and freezing large lists of data in Excel. The cost is $71.

MS PowerPoint Made Easy – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to create a PowerPoint presentation. The cost is $71.

MS Word Columns, Tables and Merges – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to master columns, tables and mail merges in Microsoft Word. The cost is $71.

MS Excel Calculations – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to use common business calculations and troubleshoot results. The cost is $71.

Foundations in Entrepreneurship – 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Oct.22-Dec.16, in Room 1033 of the Workforce Development Center. The course is designed for people who want to start a small business. Students will develop a business plan and learn basic planning principles. The course includes weekly face-to-face meetings from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, plus online courses. Internet access and a reliable computer are required. The cost is $125.

Supervision 101: Essential Skills for Today’s Supervisor – 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9-Nov. 25, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. The course is divided into 10 topics, and students can choose which series to attend. Students who attend eight out of 10 topics will receive a Supervision 101 certificate. Topics include: putting your best foot forward at work; leadership skills; winning presentations; facilitating effective meetings; teambuilding techniques; today’s telecommuting workforce; blending intergenerational workers; motivation in the workplace; stress management in the workplace; and employee retention. The cost is $125.

Quickbooks 2012 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Room 4 of the Cleveland Center. Learn the basics of QuickBooks. The cost is $125.

Managing a Nonprofit Business – 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct.8-Nov. 12, in Room 1032 of the Workforce Development Center. Learn to start, manage or take part in a nonprofit business, agency or organization. The cost is $70.

Adobe InDesign – 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept.10-Nov. 5, in Room B128 of the Graphic Arts Center on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. The cost is $73.

Notary Public – The class is required for anyone wishing to apply through the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office to be commissioned. Students must be 18 or older and have a GED or high school diploma. The cost is $98. The following sessions will be held at the Cleveland Center: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 6-9 p.m. Sept. 23-24. The following sessions will take place at the Workforce Development Center: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11; 6-9 p.m. Oct.21-22; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

Smithfield-Selma chamber

The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Chamber Eye Opener, a networking event, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Adam & Eve, 225 N. Equity Drive, Smithfield.

Business seminar in Washington

Chambers of commerce in the 7th Congressional District are invited to the N.C. Business and Economic Development Summit Sept. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. The event allows business leaders to meet with federal government officials to discuss policies affecting their livelihoods and communities.

The seminar will include breakfast on Tuesday morning, but attendees are responsible for all other expenses, including lodging, transportation and meals. A block of rooms is available at the Phoenix Park Hotel. The rate is $264 per night for single or double occupancy.

For more information, or to register, call the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce at 919-934-9166 or visit forms.house.gov/mcintyre/webforms/ncbeds.shtml.

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