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Dec. 22

Charlotte SCORE - Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. 5:45-8 p.m. at Packard Place, The Garage meeting area, 222 S. Church St. For details and to register: conta.cc/1lwmyr2

Available until Dec. 31

HP LIFE Online Entrepreneurship Training:

HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small-business owners valuable business skills. The N.C. Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, is offering this program to North Carolina entrepreneurs and small-business owners free of charge. Online. Register at bit.ly/1Oqam6W.

Jan. 12

Small Business Certification Workshop:

Learn about federal certifications in this free SBA workshop. Categories include woman-owned small business, small disadvantaged business, veteran and service-disabled veterans, 8(a) business development program and the HUBZone empowerment contracting program. 9-11:30 a.m. at SBA district office, 6302 Fairview Road., Suite 300, Charlotte. For more information, contact Erin Connell @ 704-344-6590.

Jan. 14

Tax Information for Small Business:

Learn the basic business requirements for the North Carolina Department of Revenue. Participants will become familiar with state tax laws that are pertinent to businesses and the responsibilities of a business owner. Topics will range from how to register a business to filling out and sending a tax return. Free. 9-11 a.m. at CPCC Central Campus, Hall Building Room 215, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. For details, go to www.cpcc.edu/sbc/seminars-and-workshops/register.

Jan. 19

The Affordable Care Act and Small Business:

Through this seminar, learn how to comply with obligations of the federal healthcare act. Learn about insurance plan options, and potential tax credits. Free. 10-11:30 a.m. at CPCC Central Campus, Hall Building Room 215, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. For details, go to www.cpcc.edu/sbc/seminars-and-workshops/register.

Jan. 20

Basics of Bookkeeping:

This seminar is designed for new business owners and those needing a refresher on the basics of accounting. Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, Hall Building Room 215, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. For details, go to www.cpcc.edu/sbc/seminars-and-workshops/register.

Jan. 26

Entrepreneurs' Start-Up Workshop at Winthrop:

This workshop touches on a variety of business basics – including municipal requirements, development of a sound business plan, anticipated expenses and projected income, and networking for businesses. The event is for both members and non-members of Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. Fee: $25. 6-8 p.m. at Winthrop Region Small Business Development Center at Winthrop University, Thurmond Building Room 415, Park Avenue and Memorial Circle, Rock Hill, S.C. For details, go to bit.ly/1jKuLqk.

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