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SBA Summer Workshop Series: SBA Socio-Economic Contracting Programs for Small Business

Tuesday, July 24th

4:00 – 6:00 PM

In 2016, SBA 8a and HUBZone programs developed over $435 million in federal government contracting revenues in North Carolina! SBA is one of the largest prime contractors for the federal government.

This seminar will provide information and steps necessary to enroll in SBA 8a and HUBZone programs for minorities, women, disabled veterans, and the economically disadvantaged (net worth under $250,000), or in low-income geographic areas (HUBZone). You should be in business 2+ years and financially able to provide contracting services to the U.S. government.

You will learn about contracting opportunities with the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). You'll also hear a number of North Carolina-based small businesses' success stories in contracting.

Free. Register here.


5 Ways Technology Will Change How You Age

Tuesday, July 26th

4:00 – 6:00 PM

A new array of devices and services is transforming aging, making it easier for you to
continue working, stay healthy, live at home, and remain connected to friends, family, and
life’s small pleasures as you grow older.
 
Join us to hear research from the MIT AgeLab:
  • See how broad the universe and scope of these devices is for everyday tasks
  • Gain a better understanding of how these apps and devices can improve your quality of life
  • Learn how easy it is to try out some of these technology innovations

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers.  Register here.


Welcome Wednesday

Wednesday, August 1st

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Join us for a tour of the CIE facilities! Learn what goes on at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Free for everyone.


AI Hub

Thursday, August 2nd

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Wilmington has UNCW and CFCC for education, tekMountain to encourage and promote innovation, the CIE to support start-ups and innovative solutions, established companies such as PPD, GE/Hitachi, Corning, and NHRMC, and an increasing population with a wide variety of talent, skills, and experiences.  So...

Can these resources be brought together to make Wilmington a hub for Artificial Intelligence? 

Multiple work teams will be sharing their thoughts and results on the following topics:

  •  Answer the question, "What allows us to comprehend we can do this?"
  • Review how to become an AI Hub by looking at other "hubs"
  • Define AI Hub success criteria
  • Establish an organizational proposal
  • Brainstorm names
  • Possible Cucalorus participation

Following the review of the above topics. an organizational and "next steps" discussion will be facilitated to keep this initiative moving forward.  Anyone interested in participating in, or just learning about, this effort is welcome to attend.

 

Free for all!  Register by emailing cie@uncw.edu.


AI Meetup

Thursday, August 9th

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Are you interested in Artificial Intelligence? Do you want to understand how it may affect your business? Are you creating products that use AI? Could you benefit in talking with others in the Wilmington area that share your interest? 

The AI Meetup Series meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss a hot topic in the world of AI.

Free for all!  Register by emailing cie@uncw.edu.


Welcome Wednesday

Wednesday, August 15th

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Join us for a tour of the CIE facilities! Learn what goes on at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Free for everyone.


Welcome Wednesday

Wednesday, August 29th

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Join us for a tour of the CIE facilities! Learn what goes on at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Free for everyone.


How to Effectively Present Yourself and Your Ideas

Thursday, August 30th

8:00 - 11:00 AM AND 3:00 - 6:00 PM

What happens when you're asked to give a speech or presentation?

If you get nervous, you start sweating, and hope it's all just a bad dream then you aren't alone, but you need help. Giving a presentation does not have to be painful, or even stressful. Public speaking is a means to giving great, helpful material to an audience and the speaker is the vehicle to achieve that goal.

This program discusses such topics such as:

-7 Aspects of a dynamic presentation

- How to deal with speaking anxiety

- Explains how to easily organize your presentation

- How to effectively use gestures and body movement

- Using visual aids as part of your presentation

- How to effectively use vocal variety

- How to handle regular questions

- How to handle difficult questions

And much, much more…

During this workshop Lenny Laskowski will provide you with techniques for organizing, developing and delivering presentations that win over your audience every time. This workshop will demonstrate to effectively present yourself and your ideas so you can be successful.

Lenny Laskowski is the author of the books, “10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking” and “Painless Presentations – The Proven Stress-Free Way to Successful Public Speaking.” This program offers wisdom from Lenny’s 35 year professional speaking expert. Lenny has delivered over 2700 programs world-wide to clients from over 178 countries and is one of the leading authorities on public speaking and presentation skills.

$10 for members, $20 for nonmembers

Morning Session - register here

Afternoon Session - register here


Welcome Wednesday

Wednesday, September 5th

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Join us for a tour of the CIE facilities! Learn what goes on at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Free for everyone.


What's Your Plan B?

Wednesday, September 5th

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Every business today, no matter how large or small you are, depends on IT in some form

What would happen if your office building and all the equipment in it just “went away” over the weekend, or your provider’s cloud hosting site had a disaster and their cloud dissipated, or a disgruntled employee (…or maybe just an innocent one) “wiped out” a key file system? What’s your Plan B?...or do you have one…or are you really sure?  Mike Orr, Director of IT Services and Operations at Modoc Research Services will take you through a discussion of the basic steps you should take to ensure you have a Plan B and that it will work when you need it to. 

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers. 


AI Hub

Thursday, September 6th

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Wilmington has UNCW and CFCC for education, tekMountain to encourage and promote innovation, the CIE to support start-ups and innovative solutions, established companies such as PPD, GE/Hitachi, Corning, and NHRMC, and an increasing population with a wide variety of talent, skills, and experiences.  So...

Can these resources be brought together to make Wilmington a hub for Artificial Intelligence? 

Multiple work teams will be sharing their thoughts and results on the following topics:

  •  Answer the question, "What allows us to comprehend we can do this?"
  • Review how to become an AI Hub by looking at other "hubs"
  • Define AI Hub success criteria
  • Establish an organizational proposal
  • Brainstorm names
  • Possible Cucalorus participation

Following the review of the above topics. an organizational and "next steps" discussion will be facilitated to keep this initiative moving forward.  Anyone interested in participating in, or just learning about, this effort is welcome to attend.

 

Free for all!  Register by emailing cie@uncw.edu.


The Simple Resume and Nailing the In-Person Interview

Thursday, September 13th

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Looking for a new job or next great step in your career path? Join Corey Lewis, President of Cape Fear Jobs as he guides you through "The Simple Resume" and Nailing the In-Person Interview". You will learn the simple steps in creating the last resume you will ever need and the strategies needs to stay ahead of your competition on interview day. Learn more about Cape Fear Jobs at www.capefearjobs.com.

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers.  Register here.


AI Meetup

Thursday, September 13th

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Are you interested in Artificial Intelligence? Do you want to understand how it may affect your business? Are you creating products that use AI? Could you benefit in talking with others in the Wilmington area that share your interest? 

The AI Meetup Series meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss a hot topic in the world of AI.

Free for all!  Register by emailing cie@uncw.edu.


Resilience Workshop

Tuesday, September 18th

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Come learn how your energy flows during times of change. In this course you will if you have the personal resilience to absorb high levels of disruptive change, as well as, the daily challenges of running a Small Business, while maintaining high levels of performance. from Tracey Jackson, Your Certified Personal Resilience Practitioner.

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers.  Register here.


How Do You Build a Company Culture that Can Scale Beyond the Startup Phase?

Thursday, September 20th

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Maintaining a strong company culture is hard work, but building one from the ground up is even harder. So, what does it take to create and preserve a company culture, while also working in the trenches of your startup business? Join Cindy Anderson, managing partner of Thinc Strategy, and learn the need-to-know elements of cultivating a culture that keeps employees wanting to come back.

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers.

Register here.


Welcome Wednesday

Wednesday, September 26th

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Join us for a tour of the CIE facilities! Learn what goes on at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Free for everyone.


The Hiring Process

Tuesday, October 2nd

8:00 - 11:00 AM

Employers, are you needing to make your first hire and need help getting started? Or looking to add to your experienced team and having trouble finding local talent?

Join Corey Lewis, President of Cape Fear Jobs and have an open discussion on the Hiring Process. Covering topics such as Job Description Writing, Interviewing, Where to Find Talent, Reading Resumes and Pay Scale Competiveness; Corey has the experience and knowledge to share with you and your hiring team to ease the pain of hiring. Learn more about Cape Fear Jobs at www.capefearjobs.com.

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers.

Registration coming soon.


Sage Island Series: Brand Strategy and SEO

Tuesday, October 2nd

11:30 AM- 1:30 PM

Join Katie Harden and Mike Duncan to discuss brand and search engine strategies to boost your business online.

The success or failure of your brand relies entirely on proper strategy. To attract the right support, you must clearly define your brand’s identity, story and persona. Without this, your business lacks direction. After developing the branded content targeting your chosen demographic, search engine optimization is key. Keyword research, internal linking and developing a content structure are proven techniques to increase revenue and visibility by helping your business land on the first page of search results. This course will define best practices of brand strategy and search engine optimization so you start reeling in business.

Topics will include the following:

Brand strategy (0.5 hours)

  • Brand story
  • Brand identity
  • Persona development
  • Logo design
  • Graphics.

SEO (0.5 hours)

  • Content development structure
  • Keyword research
  • Meta data/social meta
  • Sitemaps
  • Webtools
  • Backlinks
  • Internal linking

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the workshop will run from 12-1:15 p.m.

Free for everyone.

Registration coming soon.


The Small Business Owner's Guide to Results-Driven Goal Setting

Tuesday, October 9th, 16th, and 23rd

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Come learn a Sustainable and Repeatable process to move your goals from Visualization to Realization. In this course you will complete the three Phases of Results Driven Goal Setting. from Tracey Jackson, Your Execution Coach.

Tracey Jackson, PHR is an Execution Coach/Certified Personal Resilience Practitioner with a unique ability to operationalize anything! She lives by a "You Touch it! Operationalize it!” motto.

u-nex-o! unity excellence operationalized was birthed out of Tracey's desire to share the sustainable systems (frameworks) she deployed while in corporate America to repeatedly build High Performance Individuals and therefore High Performance Teams.

Tracey's corporate career afforded her the opportunity to work in several different industries, primarily in Human Resources, from not for profits, to big box retail, to museum, to healthcare, to city government, and pharmaceutical. After a 12 year career with Verizonwireless, as an Executive, Tracey transitioned from her corporate career to one of an entrepreneur. Tracey currently serves as the Chair of the Chambers newly created African American Business Council. She is the Vice President for the Wilmington Chapter of WIN (Women In Networking). She serves on the WARM Board. She attends New Beginning Christian Church where she oversees the Entrepreneurs Group and acts as the church's Business Consultant and Change Effectiveness Leader.

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers.

Registration coming soon.


Sage Island Series: Content Marketing

Tuesday, October 9th

11:30 AM- 1:30 PM

Join Katie Harden and Mike Duncan to discuss current social media and content marketing trends and how your business is impacted.

The community you’re looking to bring to your business is online. From social media to email marketing and all the content in between, nearly every consumer is looking for answers from their new best friends, Siri and Alexa. This course will clearly define the diverse ways to utilize blog posts, landing pages, social media posts and even video to answer the questions your customers are already asking. This will make you the authority on the topic and the go to for all the right answers in your vertical.

Topics will include the following:

  • Copywriting
  • Blog/landing page development
  • Social media marketing
  • Email marketing
  • Video

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the workshop will run from 12-1:15 p.m.

Free for everyone.

Registration coming soon.


Welcome Wednesday

Wednesday, October 10th

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Join us for a tour of the CIE facilities! Learn what goes on at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Free for everyone.


Sage Island Series: Paid Advertising

Tuesday, October 16th

11:30 AM- 1:30 PM

Join Katie Harden and Mike Duncan investing in your brand and how this pays off.

The best things in life may not always be free. Sometimes, frankly most of the time, marketing dollars are necessary to present your brand to new customers. The tried and true traditional advertising techniques are being tested daily. Innovative approaches like retargeting online ads and bringing influencers on board is working for brands across the globe. This course will help identify key strategies of paid advertising so you may ensure that every penny is well spent and your business sees growing profit return.

Topics will include the following:

  • Social
  • Search
  • PR
  • Linking
  • Affiliates
  • Influencers
  • Traditional

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the workshop will run from 12-1:15 p.m.

Free for everyone.

Registration coming soon.


Welcome Wednesday

Wednesday, October 24th

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Join us for a tour of the CIE facilities! Learn what goes on at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Free for everyone.


Establishing Sound Systems and Structures in Your Business...How to Keep (and Grow) the Money You Earned!

Wednesday, October 24th

4:30 - 6:00 PM

The workshop will instruct existing business owners on the most critical areas to focus on when creating structure and systems within their business. It will also introduce to business owners the importance of structure - defining what that is and how it impacts not only daily operations but the businesses ability to grow and become sustained. We will cover structures for marketing and sales, operations and finance (why have a budget and what will one do for your business) as well as working with teams (contractors and vendors).

Free for members, free for MED Week participants, $15 for nonmembers.

Registration coming soon.