May 11, 9a.m.-12 p.m. – Turn Your Passion Into A Business on Etsy!!!

Etsy is a rapidly growing online marketplace for selling handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies. With more than 30 million members, there’s no better place to launch your own creative small business. In fact, sellers took home over $860 million in sales in 2012 alone.
Presenter Nick Hawks
Learn how to sell your art work, jewelry, crafts, and vintage items in this easy, fast paced seminar!!! See just how easy it is to grow your brand with a wealth of new customers and promotional tools. Learn how to register and start selling on Etsy, share the story of your craft in your profile, and post item photos and a shop banner. Escape the 9-5 grind and focus on your passion. You will be guided through planning the basics of your small business strategy and given an in-depth look at Etsy’s tools to help you succeed online.

May 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. – LinkedIn: How to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business
Did you know that LinkedIn has surpassed Facebook as the preferred place for providing small business content? With over 380 million users you can’t afford to ignore this powerful eCommerce tool. LinkedIn can be a tremendously powerful tool to grow your small business and finally get noticed.

In this seminar, you will learn how to create a compelling “Online Presence” that will attract customers to you. You will learn the five most important things to do on LinkedIn so that others can find you with ease. Discuss how to position yourself as an expert and how to increase your visibility on LinkedIn with the presenter. Learn how to GET 500 connections and expand your network while staying in front of your audience. Harness LinkedIn groups to grow your visibility and build your personal plan to quickly get results by giving only 15 minutes, 2 days a week.

May 25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. – Pinterest for Your Small Business

Looking for a free, powerful tool to quickly attract clients, market your small business, and grow your brand? In this free seminar you will learn everything you need to know about harnessing the power of Pinterest.

This seminar shows you everything you need to get results from Pinterest (without spending TONS of time on it). Pinterest is an easy, visual way to get your product in front of your audience and drive traffic to your website or with the new “Buy It” pin you can sell directly from Pinterest. By the end of this seminar, you will be ready to create a compelling, dynamic Pinterest business presence that will drive sales, spark conversation, and attract loyal customers.

During this seminar you will not only understand what Pinterest is and how people use it, but you will also be able to create a plan to effectively and strategically use Pinterest for your business marketing. In addition, you will get tips on increasing website traffic and sales by optimizing your content for Pinterest.

About the Presenter:
Nick Hawks will share his experience to help you become successful online. Voted an eBay Education Specialist in Excellence Award Winner by eBay for all of the U.S.A. and Canada. Hawks is a Power Seller and a Top Rated Seller on eBay with 19 years’ experience selling on eBay. He has been featured on TV, newspapers, and magazines for his special brand of MeCommerce. MeCommerce is eCommerce tailored for the small business owner or individuals operating a home based business. Hawks has a diverse background in business administration and owns a small business. He has taught over 15,000 small business owners at over 40 different North Carolina Community Colleges how to be successful selling online.

These seminars are free but participants are asked to register in advance. To register, call the BDEC at (336) 599-0032.

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