Quickbooks® Level 2 @ Ballantyne Center
May 2 @ 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® 2015. Prerequisites: SBX7440 or equivalent experience. Purchase book: QuickBooks® Pro 2015 Level 2. Occurs Monday and Wednesday 5/2-5/11

Small Business Resources @ Central Campus
May 2 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

This seminar will assist you with resources available for small businesses, including the programs and services provided by the Women’s Business Center (WBC) and N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development (NCIMED). Learn how to best access services as you start, grow and manage your business.




Grow Your Business by Growing Your Staff @ NCWorks Career Center
May 3 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

OJT Grant Orientation for Employers

Training grants are available for new hires and existing staff from Charlotte Works. Are you looking to grow your business, but don’t have the time or money to hire new staff? Do you have existing staff you could promote if they only had more training? We may have solutions for you!

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Basics @ University City Regional Library
May 3 @ 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Learn how to use Microsoft Publisher 2013 to design signs, flyers, bookmarks, business cards and more! Basic computer, mouse and word processing skills are required. Register at www.cmlibrary.org/calendar

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #2 – #5 Workshop Series @ Small Business Administration (SBA)
May 3 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Is Starting a Business Right for You? 

Attend this comprehensive series of workshops to help you test your new business idea and gets you started on the right path. Free one-to-one counseling is also a part of the workshop process.

Join us for four three-hour sessions that help you understand the basics of:

  • the concepts involved with assessing a business idea,
  • marketing your product or service,
  • understanding business financials and how they work, and
  • how to fund and finance your business.  

Session 2: Business Concept (May 3, 2016)

The first workshop 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. 

Session 3: Marketing Plan (May 10, 2016)

The second workshop 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. 

Session 4: Financial Projections (May 17, 2016)

 The third workshop 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.

Session 5: Funding Sources and Next Steps (MAy 24, 2016)

The final workshop 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.

Attend all four sessions for $150.00.  (A second person from the same company is an additional $50.00)

A Peek Into Business Ownership in Today’s Changing Economy @ Main Library
May 3 @ 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Join Sharon Alexander, a coach from Entrepreneur’s Source in a discussion on dealing with career changes that may lead to franchising. This is a presentation on the evolution and transition towards becoming the owner of a franchise. Step by step details are provided about this evolution from working for someone else to working as your own boss. Register at www.cmlibrary.org/calendar

Which Certifications are Right for Your Business? @ Central Campus
May 4 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

SBE, MBE …. Certification confusion? Learn about the certification alphabet soup and how to use it to spell out success for your business. Learn how to get certified and why it matters.


Microsoft Publisher 2013 Basics @ Main Library
May 4 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Learn how to use Microsoft Publisher 2013 to design signs, flyers, bookmarks, business cards and more! Basic computer, mouse and word processing skills are required. Register at www.cmlibrary.org/calendar

Mayor’s International Community Awards @ Booth Playhouse
May 4 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Charlotte International Cabinet and the Office of the Mayor have hosted the Mayor’s International Community Awards (MICA) since 1998. This event honors foreign-owned firms in the Charlotte region for their outstanding contributions to philanthropy.

If you would like to purchase tickets, please click here,

or here for more information.


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Microsoft Excel 2013 Intermediate @ North County Regional Library
May 5 @ 10:00 AM

Join us for a follow up to the Microsoft Excel Basics class. After a brief review, we will discuss formulas, functions, spreadsheet modifications, charts and graphs. Previous Excel experience is required. Register at www.cmlibrary.org/calendar