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Our goal is to connect you with the information you need to start and run a successful business. represents a community-wide collaborative effort by a network of organizations committed to working together
to save you time and money by providing relevant business resources & information.


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Home Based Business @ Online
Apr 25 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Many people find working at home the ‘ideal arrangement’ and decide to set up businesses in their homes. Learn the requirements for getting started with a home-based business, including finding your niche, legal requirements, and developing a business plan.

Webinar: Struggling to Offer Benefits? New HRA Plans for Small Employers @ Your desk
Apr 27 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Note:  If you have more than one person who will participate in the webinar, please register each individual.  For large groups, contact us for pricing.

Are you a small business that struggles to offer group benefits?    New legislation allows small employers to fund employee Health Reimbursement Accounts, which can be a great way to offer a benefit to recruit and retain the best people.
These small business HRA plans are available to employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees, who do not sponsor a group health plan.  The employer funds an HRA that allows the employee to pay for certain medical expenses and premiums, including plans purchased on the health care exchanges.  This can provide tax benefits for the employer and the employee.

Participate in this webinar to find out more about this great new option for small employers.



Cyber Security for Your Small Business @ Online
Apr 27 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Hackers are getting stronger and smarter. It’s no longer if, it’s now when. When will they attempt to hack your business and customer data? Discover how to assess, secure, monitor, manage and minimize threats to your business.

Design a Powerful Business Website With WordPress @ CPCC Central Campus
Apr 27 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

If you have always wanted your own business website, it doesn’t get any easier than this. This interactive course will guide you through setting up your own website using WordPress. Learn how to customize the look and feel of the site, add widgets, drive traffic and more. Occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays 4/25-5/4

Latin American Chamber of Commerce – Café y Pastel – Networking Latino Breakfast, Tropical Bakery @ Tropical Bakery
Apr 28 @ 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

LACCC Café Y Pastel

Networking Latino Breakfast

Tropical Bakery

Come and enjoy a delicious Brazilian breakfast while increasing your business opportunities! 

Tropical Bakery Cafe
11100 Monroe Rd.
Matthews, NC  28105

(Behind Stacks Diner)


Members – Free!
Non-members – $5.00 Deadline registration on April 27 at 12:00 p.m.Free parking on premises
Employment Law Workshop: HR at the State Fair @ The Employers Association
Apr 28 @ 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

The world of human resources and employment law might seem like a carnival game with fast changing legislation, legal opinions and regulations full of surprises.  To keep your business running smoothly, you need to plan well, understand the risks, and be prepared to adapt to the ever-changing legal requirements and business environment.  Join us for the Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete 2017 employment law seminar where you will hear the latest information and much needed practical advice.  This program offers ten informative sessions designed to help you develop blue ribbon strategies for your workplace.


Begins at 8:00 am
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
(includes lunch)


Shark Tank Auditions @ Small Business Center
Apr 29 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Attend an Open Call where you will be given the opportunity to do a 1-minute pitch of your business/product/idea to a member of the Casting Team — just like you would as if you were on the show. Come prepared to wow and dazzle us. Be advised: security may check your bag and you are responsible for your own parking. We do not validate. To apply at an Open Call you must have a completed Application Packet.

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Numbered Wristbands Distributed
10:00 AM – Interviews Begin

PitchBreakfast @ Packard Place
May 1 @ 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

PitchBreakfast is a catalyst within the entrepreneurial community, a safe place where entrepreneurs go to connect, learn and grow.


8:00 AM Networking + Breakfast
8:15 AM Pitches
9:15 AM Networking

PitchBreakfast is the second Wednesday of every month at Packard Place, 222 S. Church Street (Between 3rd and 4th Streets), Charlotte, NC 28202.

2 to 4 companies have 5 minutes (with slides) to present their ideas followed by 10 minutes of feedback from our expert panelists and then a Q+A with the audience.

Once a quarter, we host IDEA Pitch, for the select pitchsters from PitchBreakfast. 2 to 4 companies have 2 minutes (no slides) to present their ideas followed by 15 minutes of feedback from IDEA Fund Partners.

Breakfast and coffee is provided, courtesy of our sponsors.


Packard Place is located at 222 S. Church Street (Between 3rd and 4th Streets), just 3 blocks from the Lynx Blue Line 3rd Street/Convention Center stop.

Parking is available on the street around Packard Place and at many affordable parking decks shown on the map.

ABC’S Small Business Orientation @ Women's Business Center of Charlotte
May 2 @ 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

ABC’s Small Business Orientation

WBCC  will deliver – A workshop to help start-ups and established entrepreneurs examine the feasibility of their small business idea in the current market.  The discussion centers on business plan development, entity formation, managing risk, financial projections, and funding opportunities.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #2 – #5 Workshop Series – May 2017 (3) @ SBA Office
May 2 @ 12:45 PM – 3:45 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 2, 2017)

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 9, 2017)

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 16, 2017)

 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 23, 2017)

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)