Calendar

Oct
1
Wed
Make Your Art Work For You @ CPCC Central Campus
Oct 1 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Make a living doing what you love. It’s time to turn your dream of creating a business using your talents as a musician, dancer, artist or actor into a reality. Learn how the skills of entrepreneurs match the skills of the arts. Stop being dependent on others to create a place for your talents. Take the first step in launching your own venture.

Oct
2
Thu
Series Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #2-5 Starting October 2, 2014 @ Packard Place
Oct 2 @ 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #2 thru #5. Oct 2, 9, 16, 23. Starting times will 5:45 pm and will last until approx 9:00 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.

 

Choosing Your Legal Structure @ HARRIS CAMPUS
Oct 2 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Which legal structure is best for your business – sole proprietorship, S-Corporation, partnership or LLC? Choosing the right business entity is an important step in setting up your business. Know the right questions to ask when choosing a legal structure and understand the benefits and disadvantages of each.

The Business Model Canvas 101 @ CPCC CENTRAL CAMPUS
Oct 2 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Whether you are an entrepreneur with a new idea or an established business, this visual tool can help you map, change or innovate your business model. If you are struggling with your business plan, the Business Model Canvas will radically change the way you look at your business. Learn how to organize your ideas and validate your market, value proposition, infrastructure, customers and finances all on a one- page blueprint of business strategy.

Oct
6
Mon
Excellence in Small BusinessPlanning – Workshop @ Hilton - University Center
Oct 6 @ 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM

SCORE and Sam’s Club are offering a half-day event designed to give you the tools to build your business plan – understand risks and plan for future growth.

Learn how other privately held firms are incorporating best practices into their business models and hear from industry and subject matter experts as they share their experience and knowledge on leveraging your company’s assets in this hands-on educational seminar.

QuickBooks® Level 2 @ CPCC CENTRAL CAMPUS
Oct 6 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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 and troubleshooting. Prerequisites: SBX 7440 or one year of experience. Purchase book: “QuickBooks Pro: 2014 Level 2” prior to attending the first class. $169.10/6-10/15 M/W

Soup to Nuts Strategy for Starting a Successful Food Business @ HARRIS CAMPUS
Oct 6 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

There is good news in North Carolina for food entrepreneurs. No longer are you required to rent expensive commercial space in order to bring your creative recipes to market. Thanks to cottage food laws you can now create a small food business in your own kitchen as long as you follow all of the rules. Sales for specialty food products have increased over 18 percent in the last three years as more consumers seek out the quality and taste of artisan products. Take advantage of this growing market and learn the intricacies of the laws that allow you to create food products at home and create a winning recipe for a successful food business.$149.

10-6 to 10-20 M/W

Working the Business Modes Canvas: A Blueprint for Success @ CPCC CENTRAL CAMPUS
Oct 6 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Throw out your static business plan for this innovative tool for success and you will be able to design and implement a new business idea or analyze and renovate an old one. The Business Model Canvas is a hands-on approach for business modeling that allows you to outline and test your hypothesis, present your ideas to customers, collect real world evidence and pivot to adapt your idea or business to the changing landscape. Strategically and systematically find more effective ways to do business and see the benefits to your bottom line.$265.

10-6 to 11-5 M/W

Oct
7
Tue
Inbound Marketing: Engaging Customers with Content @ ONLINE
Oct 7 all-day

Are your potential customers screening your calls and blocking your ads? Inbound marketing solves this problem by pulling customers in using blogs, podcasts, social media and other content customers want. Learn how to attract visitors to your sites, convert the visitors to leads and turn those leads into customers. $299. ONLINE 10/7 – 11/7

Excellence in Small BusinessPlanning – Workshop (1) @ The Employers Association
Oct 7 @ 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM

SCORE and Sam’s Club are offering a half-day event designed to give you the tools to build your business plan – understand risks and plan for future growth.

Learn how other privately held firms are incorporating best practices into their business models and hear from industry and subject matter experts as they share their experience and knowledge on leveraging your company’s assets in this hands-on educational seminar.