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Fayetteville Enterprise Calendar:

Bobby Parker
| The Fayetteville Observer

Webinars, workshops and opportunities for businesses

• Virtual small business networking breakfast, 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 1 and Jan. 5, online. Small group networking for businesses of all sizes. Sponsored by Greater Fayetteville Chamber. Free to members. Limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration required. Kia McMillan, 910-483-8133, Ext. 6774.

• N.C. LEAP workshop on commercial lease agreements, 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 4, online. Introduction to office, retail, and storage, warehouse and distribution space leases. Review of documents related to commercial leases. Sponsored by Fayetteville Technical Community College Small Business Center. Free. 910-678-8496 or

• “How to Avoid Home Office Nightmares”: 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 2, online. Speaker: Kent Hill, director of FTCC’s Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business. A home office “survivor,” he will share best practices, legal requirements, tips and tricks to have an efficient home office. Topics include setup, equipment, setting the rules, meeting clients and co-working spaces. Sponsored by Fayetteville Technical Community College Small Business Center. Free. 910-678-8496 or

• “Create Brand Videos in Canva”: 6:30-8 p.m., Dec. 9, online. Workshop on marketing and sales. Topics include making branded videos using Canva, a free online software. Led by Beth Hess of Keys to Your Brand. Sponsored by Fayetteville Technical Community College Small Business Center. Free. 910-678-8496 or

• Robeson County Center Beginner Beekeeper School, 6-8 p.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 3 and 23 and March 2 and 23, O.P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton. Topics include benefits of beekeeping, the honeybee hive, apprehensions and decisions, basic equipment, where to get bees, diseases and remedies, pests and harvest day. Class is limited to 20. Nelson Brownlee, extension area farm management agent, 910-671-3276 or

• The Greater Fayetteville Chamber is offering a series of training programs to help businesses improve financial knowledge. It’s made possible by a grant from the city’s COVID relief program. Sessions are at 7 p.m. Mondays and will be led by Johnnie Marshburn, a lecturer of entrepreneurship for the Broadwell College of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University. They will include topics such as credit scores, budgets, cash flow, inventory and financing. Upcoming sessions include “Understanding Where the Money Goes,” 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 30, online.

• Central Carolina Community College offers non-degree, short-term training opportunities to help students enter the workforce or change career paths. Courses often lead to state licensure or a certificate upon completion. Upcoming sessions include “Skilled Trades Academy,” for people interested in carpentry, construction, electrical, heavy equipment, HVAC, welding, or other construction and maintenance jobs. Begins Oct. 19. $181.60; textbook required. “Wastewater Operator II Training,” covering general mechanical and maintenance, activated sludge, solids disposal, and lab procedures. This course prepares students for the N.C. Water Pollution Control System Operators certification exam. Begins Monday. Oct. 12. $126.60; textbook required. Prerequisite: Wastewater Operator I. 910-814-8823 or

• Online speed networking: The Greater Fayetteville Chamber offers online speed networking at 1 and 2 p.m. Thursday. Each session can accommodate 10 businesses.

• The Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center offers a variety of free seminars and webinars. For a list or to learn how to register, go to

• Central Carolina Community College’s Small Business Center has implemented the Central Carolina Recovery Program for small businesses in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes virtual consulting in areas such as online sales, social media, business startup, marketing, training platforms, technology and legal assistance, and complying with SBA funding requirements. Apply at or email 

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