Free Online Entrepreneurship Training

the first online academy

GTCC’s Small Business Center is proud to offer full-length, on-demand seminars provided by SmallBizU, the first online academy created especially for the education and training needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs. SmallBizU teaches entrepreneurs about the “3Ms” – Money, Marketing, and Management. It achieves this objective through the delivery of 20 core seminars that teach the “language of business”. Each seminar is delivered via the Internet and is full of animated slides accompanied by voice-over narration, PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, toolsets, and access to a comprehensive knowledgebase. Each seminar is typically completed in two to four hours. For more information on a seminar, or to register, click on the Register Now button below. Once you register for a seminar, you will have immediate access to the seminar content and resources. You can access your seminar anytime and anywhere you have an Internet connection. If you have any questions, please contact the Small Business Center at or 336-334-4822 ext. 62001.


  • Finding Money To Start a Business
  • Creating a Loan Package
  • Find and Attracting an Investor
  • Creating Financial Projections
  • Accounting 101: The Fundamentals


  • Creating Buzz: Marketing On Small Budget
  • Pricing Strategy and Tactics
  • Market Insight: Conducting Market Research
  • Positioning
  • Understanding Advertising and Promotions
  • Understanding Intellectual Property
  • Marketing 101: The Fundamentals


  • Crafting a Business Plan
  • Elaborando un Plan de Negocios
  • Strategic Planning and Execution
  • Starting a New Business
  • Choosing a Legal Structure for a Business
  • Buying a Business
  • Hiring and Managing Employees
  • The Entrepreneurial Strategies

hp LifeNow available through the GTCC SBC, the HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global, online program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners a chance to further develop much-needed business skills. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced (do it on your own time), interactive, and full of key strategies and practical exercises.

IRS TaxIRS Small Business Resources

This online course summarizes IRS resources for small business owners using the following media: (1) On the web at, (2) Tax Publications, (3) Videos and (4) Social Media. It also provides specific resource information for the Recordkeeping and Understanding Gross Business Receipts issues. This is a self-paced course that is delivered via an electronic file that describes and links to various IRS resources.