BioNetwork

Classes

To register for BioNetwork at A-B Tech courses, please download this form and email completed form to Amber Baker.

For more registration options, click here. For more information contact us at 828.398.7943 or send an email.
Where noted, please follow special registration instructions.

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How to Effectively Market Your Natural Product
This course will give you the tools and knowledge you need to get your herbal, food and functional food products noticed! In this interactive class you will learn: how to market your product and the importance of branding; how to use store and trade show promotions to your advantage; and the benefits of face to face and old-fashioned and new-online social media networking. Come prepared to interact and discuss your natural products in class. Melanie Leenhouts, Instructor.
     · Thursday, July 31
     · 6 - 8 pm
     · Small Business Center (SBC) 2046
     · FREE, but registration is REQUIRED, register online at bit.ly/abt-sbc

How to Successfully Sell Your Natural Products to Retailers
This seminar will focus on the issues that small natural products businesses face when marketing and selling their items. Discussion topics will include: researching the market; analysis of the natural products industry; where you and your product fit and are needed;  creative ways to promote yourself and sell your product on a small budget and retailer relations.
     · Tuesday, August 5
     · 6 - 8 pm
     · Small Business Center (SBC) 2046
     · FREE, but registration is REQUIRED, register online at bit.ly/abt-sbc

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Dietary Supplements
This course will provide an overview of the Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) GMP requirements per 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 111. These FDA regulations affect ALL companies involved with the manufacturing, packaging, labeling and holding of dietary supplements. Topics include: botanical identification, documentation, and terminology.
Examples of required documented records will be discussed and generic templates for this documentation will be provided. The last hour of class each day will be an optional Q&A session. Alyssa Sacora, Instructor.
     · Monday & Tuesday, August 4 & 5
     · 10 am - 5 pm
     · Small Business Center (SBC) 2046
     · Course: SEF-7678-202BW
     · $200

Advanced: Tinctures and Fluid Extracts
Learn to make high-potency botanical fluid extracts using percolation. Percolation a simple and efficient method for making a tincture from dried plant material in less time than it takes to make a maceration. We’ll discuss the principles and method of successful tincture percolation; how to make percolation cones using recycled glass bottles; and perform an entire percolation from start to finish. We'll also discuss how to utilize this method to make a fluid extract, a super-concentrated 1:1 tincture.
     · Tuesday & Thursday, September 9 & 11
     · 6 - 9 pm
     · TCC 315
     · Fees: $76.40
     · Course number: SEF-9066-304BW

Business Formation: Choosing the Right Structure
This class will focus on getting your bookkeeping system set up correctly by discussing the chart of accounts, general administrative & selling expenses, fixed assets versus operating expenses, and options for inventory management. Participants will learn the importance of getting the bookkeeping system set up correctly and how to use their system to make comparisons to industry standards and minimize tax preparation time and expense.
     · Wednesday, September 10
     · 6 - 8 pm
     · Small Business Center (SBC) 2046
     · FREE, but registration is REQUIRED, register online at bit.ly/abt-sbc

Native Plants in Clincial Practice - WEBINAR
Native plants of North America are essential to the practice of herbal medicine throughout the world. This six-session webinar series introduces a materia medica of these plants and places them within the energetic context of Traditional Chinese Medicine.The actions and energetic properties of forty herbs are covered in depth with an emphasis on the clinical use of herbal preparations. The material medica draws from Native American and folk traditions and includes only plants that are regionally abundant and available from sustainable sources. Topics covered include uses of the individual herbs, dosage strategies, preparations, a review of herbal products using the herbs, and clinical applications for both acute and chronic health issues.

This course is pending PDA points from the National Certification Commision for Acupunture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM.) Although recordings will be avaialbe, registrants will only earn CEUs for attendance at live courses.
     · Tuesdays, September 16 - October 28, no class on October 14
     · 7 - 9 pm
     · Online
     · $297
     · Special event registration

Bookkeeping Basics
This class will focus on getting your bookkeeping system set up correctly by discussing the chart of accounts, general administrative & selling expenses, fixed assets versus operating expenses, and options for inventory management. Participants will learn the importance of getting the bookkeeping system set up correctly and how to use their system to make comparisons to industry standards and minimize tax preparation time and expense.
     · Thursday, September 18
     · 6 - 8 pm
     · Small Business Center (SBC) 2046
     · Free, FREE, but registration is REQUIRED, register online at bit.ly/abt-sbc

QuickBooks for Small Businesses: Hands-on Lab
This hands-on workshop will help you set up and customize a new company file using QuickBooks Pro 2013. This course will combine an introduction to the program as well as hand-on learning with QuickBooks. We will have PCs setup with QuickBooks Pro 2013 for those who need them. If you have a laptop with QuickBooks (for Windows) installed and prefer to use it, please bring it to class. Please bring a USB flash drive so you can save your work.
     · Thursday, September 25
     · 6 - 8 pm
     · Small Business Center (SBC) 2046
     · FREE, but registration is REQUIRED, register online at bit.ly/abt-sbc

Successfully Sell Your Natural Products to Retailers - WEBINAR!!
This seminar will focus on the issues that small natural products businesses face when marketing and selling their items. Discussion topics will include: researching the market; analysis of the natural products industry; where you and your product fit and are needed; creative ways to promote yourself and sell your product on a small budget and retailer relations.
     · Thursday, October 2
     · 2 - 4 pm
     · ONLINE
     · FREE, but registration is REQUIRED, register online at bit.ly/abt-sbc

Production: Dyeing With Botanical Materials
Learn how to create vibrant dyes from plants! You'll learn: how to harvest and prepare dye plants; which parts of the plants are utilized for dyes; how to ethically harvest local plants at the ideal time for optimal colors; growing dye plants that best suit your garden space(s); and methods for mordanting fibers to create a multitude of colors and keep the pigments beautifully saturated in your material. Attendees will participate in dye experiments and take home samples. Please be prepared to get messy!
     · Thursday, October 9
     · 6 - 9 pm
     · TCC 112
     · Fees: $58.40
     · Course number: SEF-9065-303BW

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Cosmetics
This course will provide an overview of current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) GMP regulations and guidance regarding cosmetics. The FDA defines cosmetics as products that are applied on the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance. Products in this category are topical herbal preparations, skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, makeup, shampoos, deodorants, and hair waves and colors. Topics include: documentation, terminology, and labeling requirements. Examples of documentation records will be discussed and generic templates for this documentation will be provided. The last hour of class will be an optional Q&A. Registration includes lunch.
     · Tuesday, October 21
     · 10 am - 5 pm
     · Small Business Center (SBC) 1046
     · Fees: $118
     · Course number: SEF-7679-301BW

Voucher Specimens and Retention Samples
Learn botanical identification and traceability protocols for creating voucher specimens and retention samples. These techniques can help enhance or improve quality control (QC) systems for companies that are manufacturing botanical dietary supplements. This full day workshop includes both lecture and hands-on experience in these QC methods that can be easily adapted to both small and large production facilities.
     · Friday, October 17
     · 9 am - 5 pm
     · TCC 116
     · $221, includes lunch.
     · Special event registration

Brewing Quality in Western North Carolina
Western North Carolina is not only home to a quickly growing craft beverage industry - it's also a great place for both small and large brewers to find support services. We'll discuss methods for ensuring quality in your finished product through both sensory assessment and analytical testing. A local brewery will join us to talk about implementing a quality assessment program from the industry perspective. After the main event, there will be an optional tour of the educational brewery used by the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast as well as BioNetwork's Craft Beverage Laboratory.
     · Friday, October 24
     · 1 - 4 pm, optional tour 4 - 5 pm
     · Haynes Large Conference Room (200)
     · Fees: FREE, but please register!

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Dietary Supplements
This course will provide an overview of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) GMP requirements per 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 111. These FDA regulations affect ALL companies involved with the manufacturing, packaging, labeling and holding of dietary supplements. Topics include: botanical identification, documentation, and terminology. Examples of required documented records will be discussed and generic templates for this documentation will be provided. The last hour of class each day will be an optional Q&A session. Registration includes lunch both days.
     · Monday & Tuesday, November 3 & 4
     · 10 am - 5 pm
     · Small Business Center (SBC) 1040
     · Fees: $230
     · Course number: SEF-7678-302BW
 


To register for any of these BioNetwork at A-B Tech courses, please download this form and email completed form to Amber Baker. For other registration options, click here.
For more information contact us at 828.398.7943 or send an email.
Where noted, please follow special registration instructions.

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