Build Authority With Journalism & Know Your Liabilities
Sep
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Build Authority With Journalism & Know Your Liabilities

Help grow your personal brand and/or shape the reputation of your company, cause, or organization you support through bylined articles. Bylined articles in consumer and trade publications build your authority in your niche(s). What's a stake when you write an article for a website, newspaper or magazine? Even when a writer delivers error-free fact-checked material, claims or litigation are possible. Learn about the types of claims writers need to be aware of to prevent and minimize conflicts. Session led by full-time freelance writer Tara Lynne Groth who has written for local, regional, national and in-flight markets.

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Food Startup Festival
Aug
25
1:00pm 1:00pm

Food Startup Festival

Come join us for dinner, dessert, beer, and a show outdoors in CoOperative's ally. Kick off the fall season with your friends in Downtown Graham, and support local food startups in the region.

Startups include:

Sour Bakery

Chick’n & Chops

Eric’s Cheesecakes

Haw River Farmhouse Ale

 

Vendors include Kitcheneez and more!

$10 admission in advance/$12 at the door -- click here to register. 

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Intellectual Property: Office Hours with Doug Tsao
Aug
24
9:00am 9:00am

Intellectual Property: Office Hours with Doug Tsao

If you are interested in meeting with Doug Tsao, please email us at info@thecooperative.co to set up a time and bring your questions.

Doug Tsao is a resident of Burlington, North Carolina and a patent attorney at MacCord Mason. He graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Biochemistry, then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry.  After receiving his Ph.D., Doug attended Wake Forest University for law school.

Doug’s practice is primarily focused in areas of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks and copyrights. He assists clients develop, maintain and protect their IP portfolios as well as provide litigation support. Doug has helped clients develop and defend their patents on a wide range of technologies including software, firearms, biochemical assays, textiles and mechanical devices. He has also helped companies protect their brands by registering and enforcing their trademarks, including clients in retail, restaurant and music industries. In addition, Doug counsels clients on how to protect their creative works from potential infringers as well as defending them from actual infringers.

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Engage Alamance
Aug
15
8:30am 8:30am

Engage Alamance

We invite you to join us for the third installment of the Engage Alamance series on August 15th @ 8:30am at the Haw River Ballroom. This will be our final event for the year and a big part of setting our course for the next 12 months, we invite you to show up and be part of the direction.

In the first two events, we discussed the “why” and the “how” of creating an engaged, action-oriented community. Recap the first and second installments on our blog. 

For the third installment, we have some exciting news to share as we begin discussion on the "what."What we are currently doing, what we want to see as outcomes for our community, and the starting steps to get us there. 

We've also retired the tag line Participation > Observation and moved on to Action > Conversation.(See more on that here).

This is reflected in a change to the format for the Engage Alamance too. As part of the third event, we're putting the community in the driver's seat to talk about what action looks like. 

We will have moderated round tables for everyone to participate in one of several key themes related to how we move Alamance County forward -- in terms of community development and arts, entrepreneurship and innovation, and impact investment. 

To be clear, these round tables aren't to debate what's wrong, who is responsible, or what's fair. That's backwards looking and we aren't using rear view mirrors here. It's to identify, from our own community, the resources we have, what's missing, and how to go get what we need in order to turn ideas into action. 

Best of all, the results that come from each of these groups will be developed into actual action plans, eligible for funding to test or implement the ideas. In effect, we're telling the community to give us what YOU want to see so we have some marching orders. And if you show up you'll see we're ready to put money to work to do so.

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Turning Your Idea Into a Business: Building Your Power Team
Jul
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Turning Your Idea Into a Business: Building Your Power Team

Join us as we hear from Pam Jordan, who has over 15 years of corporate finance, human resources, and operations experience, as well as Chris Southern, a local insurance agent. Learn about raising funds and how to get what you need from banks and investors, as well as the importance of relationships and shaping your power team for a successful business.

Don't miss out on this experience to take your business to the next level!

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Intellectual Property: Why It Really Matters
Jun
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Intellectual Property: Why It Really Matters

Come learn everything you need to know about Intellectual Property from Kurt Moore, a recently retired professional who has managed IP for over a decade. Kurt will give a high-level introduction to the major types of intellectual property that inventors, creative types, and entrepreneurs need to know. Inventions, copyrights, and trademarks will be discussed as well as their corresponding ways of registration and protection via patents, copyright and trademark registration, and trade secret contracts. Discussion will include their relevance to for-profit businesses, non-profits and creative individuals including sole proprietors and when to engage an IP attorney for these tasks. There will be time for open discussion and Q&A.

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HR Event: Best Practices for Management
Jun
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

HR Event: Best Practices for Management

Come Hear from Elon Professor Brian Lyons about the do's and don'ts of Human Resources for a small business. Bring your most pressing questions about everything from hiring and firing to dealing with employees in the workplace.

Professor Lyons has years of experience teaching about Human Resources and has down lots of work with organizations throughout the Northeast.

RSVP here.

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Local Food, Local Places: A Workshop
May
11
to May 12

Local Food, Local Places: A Workshop

The City of Graham was rewarded a grant from the EPA to help revitalize our downtown. We have a two-day information gathering workshop that your presence at would help to get a more complete picture of what we can do to help. On May 11th from 6PM to 8:30PM, the first portion of the workshop deals with discovering where we are and where we want to be. On May 12th, from 9AM to noon, the second portion focuses on what we want to happen. Lastly, the third session is on how we can make it happen.

For more information, specifics, and to RSVP, click here.

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Engage Alamance
May
2
8:30am 8:30am

Engage Alamance

This event is the second installment in our Engage Alamance series. Our first installment focused on why we need to re-engage Alamance County -- this event, we will be focusing on the how. For more information on the series or to get caught up on what you missed, please visit our blog. 

The focus of the Engage Alamance series will be for attendees to leave with tangible next steps that we can take as participants in the community to connect, innovate, and collaborate.

During this event, attendees will be updated on the progress made since our last Engage Alamance, hear from the Chair of the Alamance Chamber Board of Directors, and be presented with the winning Awesome Fund idea.

Space is limited, so don't wait! Register here.

Speakers include:

Katie Chung: Manager @ Southland Electrical Supply
Jensen Roll: Director @ CoOperative
Paul Koonts: Chair of the Board of Directors @ Alamance Chamber
Ian Baltutis: President @ The Awesome Fund

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Social Entrepreneurship: Adding to the Bottom Line
Apr
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Social Entrepreneurship: Adding to the Bottom Line

Come hear from Elon Professor Elena Kennedy and local businessman Eric Henry on ways they see businesses becoming more socially oriented. Learn about ways that you can run your company with a focus not only on profit, but on people and the planet.

Elena Kennedy, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, shared her research examining the revenue strategies of nonprofit social ventures, focusing on how revenue is earned, allocated and maximized in the face of competing charity and entrepreneurial mindsets. 

Eric Henry, president of TS Designs, started his business creating screen designs in 1978. Outside of TS Designs, Eric devotes much of his time to furthering the sustainable agenda in various community organizations.

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Engage Alamance: Follow-up
Feb
17
9:00am 9:00am

Engage Alamance: Follow-up

On January 26th we kicked off a series of events to start a conversation. Join us for a follow-up discussion from our first Engage Alamance event. We'll dive in further about the future of entrepreneurship, small business, and economic development in Alamance County. All are welcome!

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Management & Motivation with Rob Moorman
Feb
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Management & Motivation with Rob Moorman

You may think of work motivation as the means in which your employers use an array of rewards and punishments to dictate your performance.

However, this evening we will discuss how managers can create positive and motivating work environments by aligning their motivation strategies with their understanding of why people work.

We will begin with a discussion of the meaning of work and the meaning of work motivation. We will also discuss the two main sources of motivation, extrinsic and intrinsic sources, and discuss how these two may interrelate to create highly motivating work environments. We will conclude with two models that help managers develop the most effective motivation plans.

Join us at CoOperative at 6 PM!

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Engage Alamance
Jan
26
8:30am 8:30am

Engage Alamance

This event will be the first in a series of evolving discussions, workshops, and other events with an eye towards re-engaging businesses, entrepreneurs, and community leaders in Alamance County.

The focus of the Engage Alamance series will be for attendees to leave with tangible next steps that we can take as participants in the community to connect, innovate, and collaborate.

To kick off the series we will hear from several successful local entrepreneurs as they talk about their vision for the future of Alamance and how we can all chart a way forward.

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Game Night!
Jan
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Game Night!

Games, pizza, and a little friendly competition! This event is the perfect way to blow off steam from all those hours spent behind a computer and get to know some other members of the community. All are invited!

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Game Night!
Dec
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Game Night!

Games, pizza, and a little friendly competition! This event is the perfect way to blow off steam from all those hours spent behind a computer and get to know some other members of the community. All are invited!

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Sales 101: Selling Yourself and Your Product
Dec
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Sales 101: Selling Yourself and Your Product

We are looking forward to having Jordan Joshua speak this month on sales in small companies and nonprofits. Jordan is a graduate of Elon University's Business School and has worked in sales for the last three years. Jordan will be discussing consumer product sales as well as soliciting donations from large organizations.

 

You will leave this talk with the foundations of what it takes to be a great salesperson and key techniques used to overcome objections and win over clients.

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