Calendar

Jan
6
Tue
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 – January 6, 2015 @ SCORE Office
Jan 6 @ 12:45 PM – 3:45 PM

“Simple Steps for Starting Your Business – Session 1 –Start-up Basics” is a three hour seminar, held monthly, devoted to helping evaluate whether starting a business is feasible and to provide guidelines for the development of a Marketing/Business Plan. The objectives of “Getting Started” are basic. Anyone interested in knowing the contents of a Marketing Plan, a Business Plan, and identifying funding sources should attend this session. The course handout includes “The Plan” workbook. It is a more extensive approach to the pro-forma financial material included in the course.

 

 

Jan
8
Thu
Series Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #2-5 Starting January 8, 2015 @ SCORE Office
Jan 8 @ 12:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #2 thru #5. Jan, 8, 15, 22, 29. Starting times will 12:45 pm and will last until approx 4:00 pm. Price: $125 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.

 

 

Startup Basics @ ONLINE
Jan 8 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 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

 

Jan
13
Tue
How to Do Business with Mecklenburg County @ CPCC Central Campus
Jan 13 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Business opportunities with Mecklenburg County include purchasing opportunities, construction projects, professional services, and procurement programs. Find out how to become a registered minority, woman and/or small business enterprise (MWSBE) vendor, and how to prepare to take advantage of the numerous business opportunities with Mecklenburg County.

 

Jan
14
Wed
PitchBreakfast @ The Garage at Packard Place
Jan 14 @ 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.

Jan
16
Fri
Business Startup Boot Camp Certificate Program @ ONLINE
Jan 16 all-day

Get up and running fast with this intensive certificate program designed to train and to guide you on the path toward business success. Your own commitment along with classroom instruction, guest speakers, presentations, case studies, group work and online content allow you to evaluate the feasibility of your idea and to develop a strategy and business plan using proven finance and marketing techniques. Online Jan 16-May 1

 

Jan
20
Tue
Basic Accounting With Quickbooks® @ Levine Campus
Jan 20 @ 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Build a solid foundation by learning the fundamentals of accounting and how it relates within QuickBooks®. Understand the chart of accounts and what happens when bills, checks and invoices are entered. Uses Quickbooks® 2014. No accounting knowledge or QuickBooks® experience is required. Basic computer skills are required. Occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays 1/20-1/22

Business Plan Basics @ Morrison Library
Jan 20 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. Attending this seminar will only be the start of a process that will help commit your great ideas to paper. It will provide you with a good general overview and basic understanding of the components of a typical business plan, how marketing, operations and finance are inter-related and more.

 

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 – January 20, 2015 @ Packard Place
Jan 20 @ 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM

“Simple Steps for Starting Your Business – Session 1 –Start-up Basics” is a three hour seminar, held monthly, devoted to helping evaluate whether starting a business is feasible and to provide guidelines for the development of a Marketing/Business Plan. The objectives of “Getting Started” are basic. Anyone interested in knowing the contents of a Marketing Plan, a Business Plan, and identifying funding sources should attend this session. The course handout includes “The Plan” workbook. It is a more extensive approach to the pro-forma financial material included in the course.

 

 

How to Start and Operate a Small Business @ CPCC HARRIS CAMPUS
Jan 20 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Everyone has dreamed of owning a business. Now is the time to act on your idea. Plan for success by gaining expert advice on the key elements every business owner must face: idea generation, financing, legal structure, marketing and risk management. Textbook titled “Steps to Small Business Start-up” – 6th edition by Pinson and Jinnett is optional. Occurs Tuesdays 1/20-3/3