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September 2020
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  • SCORE: Understanding Financial Reports

    SCORE: Understanding Financial Reports

    Topic: Start-up Assistance
    Most business owners know they need a set of books to be able to file tax returns but may not appreciate how this financial information can be used to run their business. This seminar will help you gain a basic understanding of how to use financial reports to run your business and file tax returns. Just as a CPR class teaches you how to perform the basics of cardiac pulmonary resuscitation, this seminar will explain how to read and use basic Quickbooks reports: Profit and Loss (“P&L”), Balance Sheet, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll Earnings Summary and Transaction reports. It will not train you to be an accountant (just as a CPR course will not make you a cardiac doctor), but it should give you the confidence to be able to understand and use information from your books to effectively run your business and, of course, file tax returns.

    Sep 01 @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST

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  • Lean Relaunch: Developing and Executing an Adaptive Strategy During Uncertain Times

    Lean Relaunch: Developing and Executing an Adaptive Strategy During Uncertain Times

    This four-week workshop will be delivered via Zoom from 2 pm – 5 pm on Wednesdays from September 2 – 23rd, 2020.

    Many companies have recently re-opened or are preparing to re-open their businesses to the public against a backdrop of tremendous uncertainty. Business models have pivoted, customer behavior has shifted, revenues are no longer predictable, employees may not come back. A successful lean relaunch in uncertain times will develop and execute a clear and adaptive near-term and mid-term strategy based on four critical tools: customer re-discovery, impact scenario planning, cash flow projections, and cross-organizational leadership and communication. These foundational tools will support you currently and throughout your journey as an entrepreneur and leader.

    Sep 02 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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  • Invested Course (Virtual): An Investment Crowdfunding Learning Journey

    Invested Course (Virtual): An Investment Crowdfunding Learning Journey

    The State of North Carolina recently passed legislation (called NC PACES) making it possible to take on non-accredited investors for your small business. This allows you to raise funds from your friends, family, and broader community and to offer them a stake in (and a return on) the success that they are helping you to build.

    Invested: An Investment Crowdfunding Learning Journey will assist a small cohort of interested business owners who are currently experiencing growth opportunities in preparing for, designing, and launching an investment crowdfunding campaign. The full course will entail four 3-hour sessions starting Thursday, September 3rd and running through October 8th

    Sep 03 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

  • September Business After Hours

    September Business After Hours

    Join us for a virtual Business After Hours

    September is a great time to renew your dedication to making quality connections in the business community! Our Business After Hours is scheduled for September 3rd, and tentatively set as a virtual gathering. If COVID conditions improve and we find we’re able to host this as an in-person event, we’ll be communicating this information via all Chamber channels.

    The group meets promptly at 4:00 pm.

    After a few brief messages from our sponsors, we’ll break into small groups to engage each other in conversation. Be prepared to socialize and share thoughts about what’s going on in your world — work-related or not! We’ll throw in a few fun questions to get everyone started.

    Please register in order to receive the Zoom link you’ll need for joining us. If you’d like to contribute a door prize, let us know when you register so we can be prepared to recognize you!

    A list of all attendees registered will be shared with everyone following the event.

    Remember… TOGETHER, we are MORE resilient!

    This event is offered as a benefit for Chamber membership and no registration is necessary. If you’re considering Chamber membership and would like to attend this event we welcome you to come and check us out! Please contact Tommy Dennison, our director of member development, at tdennison@ashevillechamber.org

    Sep 03 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

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  • Using WordPress to Build a Website for Your Business

    Using WordPress to Build a Website for Your Business

    Topic: Marketing and Sales
    Do you have a local business and are trying to get the word out about it? Looking for new clients, or trying to show that your business has a new and improved look? From landscaping to catering companies, everybody needs a website and there is no easier platform these days than WordPress. With the ability to easily add content, Google maps, videos and photos, that is no reason why your business should not have an impressive looking website full of details and ways for potential clients to contact you.

    Speaker(s): Boomer Sassmann

    Preregistration required.

    Fee: No Cost

    Sep 08 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

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  • Financial Tools (Virtual Class)

    Financial Tools (Virtual Class)

    Financial Tools will introduce you to the basic financial management principles that all small business owners should know. Participants will walk away with the tools to understand the basics of business finance so they can make informed decisions on how to organize and manage their business finances. Topics discussed are record keeping; bookkeeping; accounting; creating, understanding, and using financial statements and reports.

    Class will be held virtually via videoconferencing platform, and be held in 3 sessions over three weeks, for a total of 7.5 hours of training.

    Sep 09 @ 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

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  • Deep Dive Lab: Business Blueprint for Creatives and Alternative Learners

    Deep Dive Lab: Business Blueprint for Creatives and Alternative Learners

    Topic: Start-up Assistance

    Not sure where to start in your creative business? Started, but feeling stressed, confused, or overwhelmed? If traditional business education has been challenging, then this deep dive is for you. Johanna Hagarty an Arts Economic Development Specialist and Creative Business Coach for 10 yrs has created many business courses specifically geared towards the creative mind. Using the ABC’s, a proven education model ALL entrepreneurs are familiar with, this deep dive will discuss the 5 most important areas of business and how to manage each of them as a team or a solopreneur.

    Sep 10 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST

  • Invested Course (Virtual): An Investment Crowdfunding Learning Journey

    Invested Course (Virtual): An Investment Crowdfunding Learning Journey

    The State of North Carolina recently passed legislation (called NC PACES) making it possible to take on non-accredited investors for your small business. This allows you to raise funds from your friends, family, and broader community and to offer them a stake in (and a return on) the success that they are helping you to build.

    Invested: An Investment Crowdfunding Learning Journey will assist a small cohort of interested business owners who are currently experiencing growth opportunities in preparing for, designing, and launching an investment crowdfunding campaign. The full course will entail four 3-hour sessions starting Thursday, September 3rd and running through October 8th

    Sep 10 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

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  • SCORE: How to Find Your Customers

    SCORE: How to Find Your Customers

    Topic: Marketing and Sales
    Finding customers is about understanding your markets. 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. Suitable for those starting a business as well as those with an established business.

    Speaker(s): Tom Mock, Asheville SCORE

    Fee: No Cost

    Sep 12 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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  • Digital Marketing Part 1 – Sales Funnels and Processes

    Digital Marketing Part 1 – Sales Funnels and Processes

    Topic: Marketing and Sales
    As part of our COVID-19 Small Business Support Series, the Western Women’s Business Center is offering monthly sessions on digital marketing. This is session 1 of 5: Digital Marketing Part 1- Sales Funnels and Processes

    TOPICS THAT WILL BE DISCUSSED in Digital Marketing Part 1:

    – How marketing and sales are related
    – What is a sales funnel vs. sales process
    – How to integrate and streamline marketing in your sales process

    Sep 14 @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

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  • Using Analytics to Develop Your Business Platform

    Using Analytics to Develop Your Business Platform

    Topic: Marketing and Sales
    How many people visited your website this week? What parts of the world are they visiting from? How long did they stay? What page keeps people’s attention the longest? Google Analytics offers the free tool to track and improve business. We will start with setting up an account followed by adding the tracking code to the website. The majority of the class will cover navigating and understanding the basic reports. The main focus of this class will be an introduction to the short and long term benefits of utilizing Google Analytics to help grow website traffic. Mobile activity, social media, and live tracking will also be discussed.

    Speaker(s): Boomer Sassmann

    Preregistration required.

    Fee: No Cost

    Sep 15 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

  • September Business Before Hours

    September Business Before Hours

    Start your day off right connecting with others in the business community! Grab a cup of coffee and your favorite breakfast snack and join us for a VIRTUAL Business Before Hours on Tuesday, September 15th, at 9:00 am!

    This month’s gathering is sponsored by Quality Janitorial Group, an award-winning professionally trained team that cleans industrial, commercial, and medical facilities. In addition to janitorial service, they’re also a supplier of janitorial, sanitation, and break room supplies. The company is owned and operated by Jonathan and Namurah Blakely, native Ashevillians. Check out more about them here: Quality Janitorial

    We’ll host our Before Hours event via Zoom, where you’ll have an opportunity in small group settings to reconnect with others, meet new faces, and share about your business!

    After the event, we will share everyone’s contact info with all attendees — since you can’t hand out a business card — please let us know if we have permission to share your email address.

    And of course, we hope to have door prizes to give away — we’ll coordinate the logistics, so if you’d like to contribute a prize, let us know when you register.

    Sep 15 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST

  • Effective Leadership During a Crisis

    Effective Leadership During a Crisis

    We all have leadership skills – many of us simply don’t know it, or don’t know how to access these characteristics when necessary. Good leadership is something you can learn and master with practice. The real test of leadership does not occur when everything is smooth sailing. Rather, leadership is oftentimes tested during a crisis.

    In this workshop, you will learn:
    ○ The components of good leadership
    ○ Leadership styles and which work best during a crisis
    ○ How leadership skills impact all aspects of your business
    ○ Awakening the leader within

    Sep 15 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST

  • African American Business Association- Gene Ettison and J. Hackett on Collaboration

    African American Business Association- Gene Ettison and J. Hackett on Collaboration

    This month’s African American Business Association is all about collaboration. Gene Ettison and J. Hackett are two local entrepreneurs who have just collaborated to open Asheville’s first Black-owned coffee shop, GRIND. GRIND is a place for coffee. It’s also a place for co-working, and for events, team meetings, and business decisions. And for hanging out and enjoying the best coffee in town. Join us to celebrate this new business and learn how collaboration can benefit you as an entrepreneur.

    Additional topics include:
    * The Dos and Don’ts of Venture Capital with Kasem Rodriguez Moshen
    * Building your Brand Kit with Erica Lewis

    Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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  • Federal Certification: Eligibility and what it Means for Your Business

    Federal Certification: Eligibility and what it Means for Your Business

    Topic: Financing
    The SBA works to ignite change and spark action so that small businesses can confidently start, grow, and recover. This program will help you determine if you are ready to consider Federal contracting. It will also inform you as to whether or not your business qualifies. It will cover woman-owned small businesses (WOSB), the 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Certification, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and other programs.

    Fee: No Cost

    Sep 17 @ 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

  • The Entrepreneurial Equation TM

    The Entrepreneurial Equation TM

    It’s Your Business. Only You Can Make the Most of It. As a business owner, you probably have your hands full minding day-to-day activities. Are you taking advantage of the financial strategies and tools available to help you run your business more effectively? Join us for our presentation The Entrepreneurial Equation TM. We’ll discuss the various banking, retirement plan, and insurance options that can help you save time, attract and retain employees, and preserve your business for yourself and your heirs.

    Sep 17 @ 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST

  • Invested Course (Virtual): An Investment Crowdfunding Learning Journey

    Invested Course (Virtual): An Investment Crowdfunding Learning Journey

    The State of North Carolina recently passed legislation (called NC PACES) making it possible to take on non-accredited investors for your small business. This allows you to raise funds from your friends, family, and broader community and to offer them a stake in (and a return on) the success that they are helping you to build.

    Invested: An Investment Crowdfunding Learning Journey will assist a small cohort of interested business owners who are currently experiencing growth opportunities in preparing for, designing, and launching an investment crowdfunding campaign. The full course will entail four 3-hour sessions starting Thursday, September 3rd and running through October 8th

    Sep 17 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

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  • MBW Orientation (Virtual)

    MBW Orientation (Virtual)

    Join us for an online, interactive information session to discover what resources are available at Mountain BizWorks that will help you start, grow, and thrive in your business. This session is hosted by our Learning Services Associate, Millie Smith, and is a great opportunity to learn more about Mountain BizWorks’ small business lending and learning programs.

    Sep 18 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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  • SCORE: Basic Internet Marketing

    SCORE: Basic Internet Marketing

    Topic: Marketing and Sales
    Creating a strong Internet presence can help a small business get started and grow. This seminar is perfect for any beginner that wants to learn the basics of how to promote a website. Students will gain a better understanding of website usability and the different strategies and tools available for small businesses, organizations, and established companies. Students will see some tools in action and will have access to a presentation that includes links to a variety of suggested tools. Keep in mind some systems require sign up and verification so students may not be able to sign up for these tools during class. Best for those new to internet marketing.

    Sep 19 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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  • How to Build Sales: Surviving an Economic Downturn

    How to Build Sales: Surviving an Economic Downturn

    Economic downturns can lead to decreased sales and challenge small businesses. But there a few best practices you can implement to help your business stay strong, even during a crisis.

    Join us to learn about:
    ○ Winning new customers
    ○ Making the most of your current customers
    ○ Focusing on your core lines of business
    ○ Managing cash flow and inventory
    ○ Meeting your company’s bottom line

    Sep 22 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST

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  • Foundations: Business Planning Class w/ Holly Rivers (Virtual Class)

    Foundations: Business Planning Class w/ Holly Rivers (Virtual Class)

    Our Foundations business planning class helps guide ideas from concept to reality in a participatory, supportive learning environment. Join a cohort of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to gain an aerial perspective of your vision and the comprehensive business skills necessary to help bring your visions into reality.
    Participants will gain a clear aerial perspective of their business operations, financials, research and development, and marketing strategies. They will leave the course with a comprehensive business plan, a clear vision for their business, and concrete tasks for future work.
    Class will meet every Wednesday, September 23 – October 28 from 6pm – 8:30pm.

    Sep 23 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

  • Using Analytics to Develop Your Business Platform

    Using Analytics to Develop Your Business Platform

    Topic: Marketing and Sales
    How many people visited your website this week? What parts of the world are they visiting from? How long did they stay? What page keeps people’s attention the longest? Google Analytics offers the free tool to track and improve business. We will start with setting up an account followed by adding the tracking code to the website. The majority of the class will cover navigating and understanding the basic reports. The main focus of this class will be an introduction to the short and long term benefits of utilizing Google Analytics to help grow website traffic. Mobile activity, social media, and live tracking will also be discussed.

    Sep 23 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

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  • The Business of Craft Beverage: Developing a Brand

    The Business of Craft Beverage: Developing a Brand

    Topic: Start-up Assistance
    During this panel we will discuss the process of branding your business and products. There is no one way to do so and we will dig into different approaches to brand development, consumer trends, and considerations as well as what it means to be burned out creatively.

    Sep 24 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

  • September Virtual Pitch Party

    September Virtual Pitch Party

    Have a big idea that you’re itching to pitch? Virtual Pitch Parties are like open-mic nights for entrepreneurs. Come with a one-minute pitch for your startup and get feedback from peers!

    One of the most important skills an entrepreneur needs to develop is the pitch. While there are several kinds of pitches, Virtual Pitch Party is your chance to perfect the 1-minute pitch. Just you, no slides.

    Take advantage of this rare opportunity to validate your ideas to an unbiased audience. If you haven’t been to a Virtual Pitch Party yet, you’re missing out!

    Sep 24 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EST

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  • SCORE: Marketing Your Business

    SCORE: Marketing Your Business

    Topic: Marketing and Sales
    Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to effectively and efficiently use marketing tools. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Suitable for those starting a business as well as those with an established business.

    Speaker(s): Asheville SCORE

    Fee: No Cost

    Sep 26 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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  • Time Management for your Small Business

    Time Management for your Small Business

    Do you need help staying focused on your small business goals? Whether you are working from home or out in the community, time management can be especially challenging right now. We can all feel overwhelmed during these uncertain times, but with the right effort, you can stay productive while taking care of yourself and your loved ones.

    Join us for this session to:
    ○ Stay at the top of your professional game
    ○ Gain insights on how to partition your time effectively
    ○ Develop personal strategies that increase your productivity and help you stay focused
    ○ Create a plan for self-care

    Sep 29 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST

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  • Using SquareSpace to Build a Website for Your Business

    Using SquareSpace to Build a Website for Your Business

    Topic: Marketing and Sales
    Squarespace® is the leading content management system available today. Whether you’re just getting started or are an established brand, this powerful and secure platform helps grow your business. We will learn how to design handcrafted websites that look beautiful on every device and that produce top results in Google. We will start by choosing a template on the new 7.1 platform, and learn how to edit fonts, colors, and web page layouts. We will go over all their tools, and how to design a great business website for Google and your customers.

    Speaker(s): Heather Neff

    Fee: No Cost

    Sep 30 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

  • Foundations: Business Planning Class w/ Holly Rivers (Virtual Class)

    Foundations: Business Planning Class w/ Holly Rivers (Virtual Class)

    Our Foundations business planning class helps guide ideas from concept to reality in a participatory, supportive learning environment. Join a cohort of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to gain an aerial perspective of your vision and the comprehensive business skills necessary to help bring your visions into reality.
    Participants will gain a clear aerial perspective of their business operations, financials, research and development, and marketing strategies. They will leave the course with a comprehensive business plan, a clear vision for their business, and concrete tasks for future work.
    Class will meet every Wednesday, September 23 – October 28 from 6pm – 8:30pm.

    Sep 30 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST