Calendar

Mar
3
Tue
Quickbooks® Level 2 @ Levine Campus
Mar 3 @ 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Already know the basics? This second level course will help you expand your Quickbooks® knowledge. Delve into advanced features such as forms creation, report and graph generation, job costing, inventory, payroll and trouble shooting. Uses QuickBooks® 2014. Prerequisites: SBX7440 or equivalent experience. Purchase book: QuickBooks® Pro 2014 Level 2. Occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays 3/3-3/12

E-Commerce in International Trade @ ONLINE
Mar 3 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

E-commerce is exploding. A website makes it just as easy to reach customers around the world as it is to reach customers next door. But with expanded reach and opportunities there is a learning curve. Do you know the rules and regulations for processing international transactions? Is your website and merchant system equipped to efficiently handle international transactions and varying exchange rates? Before you dive into international waters, take time to evaluate your e-commerce infrastructure and learn the fundamental processes to assure international sales success. Note: Online course will be livestream via WebEx. Occurs every Tuesday 3/3-3/24

E-Commerce in International Trade @ Central Campus
Mar 3 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

E-commerce is exploding. A website makes it just as easy to reach customers around the world as it is to reach customers next door. But with expanded reach and opportunities there is a learning curve. Do you know the rules and regulations for processing international transactions? Is your website and merchant system equipped to efficiently handle international transactions and varying exchange rates? Before you dive into international waters, take time to evaluate your e-commerce infrastructure and learn the fundamental processes to assure international sales success. Occurs every Tuesday 3/3-3/24

Mar
4
Wed
Adding to Your Business Toolkit – March 4, 2015 @ Packard Place
Mar 4 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Assessing Your Business Opportunities Using SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats)

Use a simple DIY template to bring together the information you need to assess where your business is and what you should be thinking about as you move forward.

Drinks or light evening refreshments provided!

This sessions repeats the very successful SWOT Workshop #1 presented in September and prepares for our next In Business Toolkit Workshop on Marketing.

 

Mar
5
Thu
Understanding Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) & How to Avoid the Top Ten Bidding Mistakes @ PORTAL Building
Mar 5 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Series Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #2-5 Starting March 5, 2015 @ Packard Place
Mar 5 @ 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #2 thru #5. Mar 5, 12, 26, April 2. Starting times will 5:45 pm and will last until approx 9:00 pm. Price: $150 for the 4 sessions
If Session #1 was free but you must have attended it to attend 2 thru 5. If you paid $25 for Session 1, the cost is $100.

Here are descriptions of the Simple Steps offerings:

Simple Steps 1:  focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources.

Simple Steps 2:  focuses on your business concept and step-by-step guidance in researching your idea, your market, and your competition. At the end of the Business Concept workshop, you are able to: identify your target markets, describe your products and services, and collect key competitive information to support your feasibility plan.

Simple Steps 3:  provides you with an introduction to marketing communication methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. The discussion in the Marketing Plan workshop covers pricing strategies, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing strategies. At the end of this session, you will know how to: outline your marketing strategy, test your marketing message, choose the right sales channel, and exercise your marketing strategy.

Simple Steps 4:  uses exercises to help you better understand financial concepts. This session reviews sales and prices, financial risks and rewards, true start-up costs, ongoing operating expenses, setting benchmarks for tracking progress and the organization of all your financial information. Using a hands-on approach, you learn how to use our financial model to forecast sales revenue and build solid pro-forma financial forecasts

Simple Steps 5:  offers information on how to finance your small business. In this session, discussions include sources of funds, accounting the six C’s of credit, banking relations, ratio analysis, and monthly preparation and review of financial statements. A bank loan officer will give an inside view of how a banker assesses the merits of business plans and loan application. At the end of the series, you have all of the tools necessary to decide whether or not to launch your small business.

 

Funding Your Business @ ONLINE
Mar 5 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

This seminar reviews the various forms of equity and debt financing, including conventional bank loans, SBA guaranteed loans, private loans, venture capital, factored receivables, credit cards and supplier trade credit. Online

 

Mar
11
Wed
PitchBreakfast @ The Garage at Packard Place
Mar 11 @ 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

PitchBreakfast provides a friendly atmosphere where aspiring tech-entrpreneurs can get great feedback from great panelists. For the more timid you can RSVP to watch it live and learn from the feedback others receive. Occurs the second Wednesday every month.

Mar
12
Thu
Federal Proposal Writing Workshop @ PORTAL Building
Mar 12 @ 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Federal Proposal Writing Workshop @ PORTAL Building | Charlotte | North Carolina | United States

Federal Proposal Writing Workshop

with Instructor

Shaanon Lindauer

Shaanon has 12 years of experience as a Senior Proposal and Capture Manager in the Federal Civilian and Defense Contracting space. She has written and managed 791 proposals as of 2014 and has led proposal and capture teams for some of the largest companies doing business with the federal government.Achieve the maximum proposal evaluation points.

This course will cover:

How to Read an RFP

Planning Your Proposal Content

  • Using a Compliance Matrix
  • Getting Your Proposal into the Winnable Pile
  • Scoring Maximum Evaluation Points

Writing Your Proposal

  • Understanding How Proposal Language is Different than Normal Language
  • Giving them What they Want
  • An 8-Step Process for Writing Any Proposal Section

Writing Demonstration and Practicum

$175.00 per seat | only 25 seats available

Startup Basics @ ONLINE
Mar 12 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

What do you really need to get started? Much more than luck! This popular seminar is packed with valuable information to help you start off right and increase the odds of your business being successful. Online