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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Jan
27
Thu
Is starting a business right for you? Score virtual workshop @ Zoom virtual meeting
Jan 27 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

Session 1: Start-Up Basics – FREE SCORE Charlotte Workshop
This introductory workshop focuses on the Business Start-Up Basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. The Business Start-Up Basics Workshop 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.
Presented by SCORE Charlotte Certified Mentors at no cost to you.

TO REGISTER, GO TO https://charlotte.score.org/content/take-workshop-249

Developing a Business Plan @ Online - hosted by South Piedmont Community College
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan. Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy.

Speaker: Matt Villmer, Attorney & Managing Partner, Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A.

Feb
1
Tue
Book a Librarian: Business Research @ online
Feb 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Book a 1-hour time slot for a 1-on-1 video call with a librarian! Learn how you can access the library’s online business resources including directories, databases with demographics, mapping tools, market and industry reports, and more. Register at www.cmlibrary.org/calendar, select “Business Development” and pick a date. You’ll be sent a zoom link for the meeting.

Is Starting a Business Right For You? SCORE Workshop Series #2–#5 (Fee: $150 for Workshop Series) @ Virtual webinar via Zoom
Feb 1 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business, Virtual Workshop Series #2 — #5 

(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

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

  • 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.

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

Business Start-Up Series – 4 Sessions

Session 2: Business Concept 

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 

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

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 

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 merit of business plans and loan application. At the end of the series, you have all 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)Registration:  The Business Start-Up Workshop Series is presented by SCORE Certified Mentors. Free one-on-one counseling is part of the workshop process.

Zoom virtual workshop, login information provided upon registration:

Registration: https://charlotte.score.org/event/simple-steps-starting-your-business-workshop-series-2-5-jan-2022

 

 

NAWBO Charlotte February Signature Meeting @ Brewers at 4001 Yancey
Feb 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in February for our monthly Signature Meeting! Information on our featured speaker and registration can be found on our website. We hope to see you there!

Feb
3
Thu
Book a Librarian: Business Research @ online
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Book a 1-hour time slot for a 1-on-1 video call with a librarian! Learn how you can access the library’s online business resources including directories, databases with demographics, mapping tools, market and industry reports, and more. Register at www.cmlibrary.org/calendar, select “Business Development” and pick a date. You’ll be sent a zoom link for the meeting.

QuickBooks®: Nivel Intermedio @ Virtual
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

En este taller usted aprenderá cómo medir la situación financiera de su empresa por medio del programa de contabilidad QuickBooks®. Además, aprenderá sobre otros temas cómo: creación efectiva de estimados, órdenes de compra y recibos, manejo de inventario, y más.

NOTA: Este taller es recomendado para participantes con un manejo básico del programa de QuickBooks®.

Esta sesión es ofrecida gracias al apoyo de Wake Tech, Raleigh Chamber y First National Bank.

Para registrarse visite: https://bit.ly/3txgToY

The Basics of Google Ads, Grow with Google @ Zoom webinar
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Basics of Google Ads, Grow with Google

 

Don’t Miss This Official Grow With Google Marketing Webinar Designed to Grow Your Business in 2022!

Now more than ever, businesses and nonprofits need to know how to reach and engage with customers online – to continue to generate leads, make sales, and grow revenue. Led by Grow With Google Speaker and Trainer Demming Bass, this is a “can’t miss” webinar customized for local businesses and nonprofits including additional ideas and strategies on how to market online in 2022,

In this webinar, you will learn how to reach more customers and grow your business with Google Ads. 

In this session we’ll talk about:

– How online advertising works

– How to create an account and set up an ad campaign

– How to write great ads, refine keywords, and include ad extensions

– The template for the perfect ad – and all of your communications

– How to measure success

As an added bonus, attendees will receive a special link for FREE Google Ads matching ad credit (first-time users). But hurry, spots are limited for this non-recorded webinar and will go fast. 

SCORE Charlotte, the Southwest Region of the Small Business Center and the Union County Library have partnered with the official Grow With Google team.

https://charlotte.score.org/event/basics-google-ads-grow-google-feb-3-2022

 

Feb
8
Tue
Small Business Startup: Ready, Set, Go! @ Online - hosted by South Piedmont Community College
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you have a great business idea, but you aren’t sure if you are ready to start your own business? Join us to learn about: legal and licensing requirements, creating a business plan, options for securing financing, marketing and the perks and challenges of operating a small business. You’ll walk away with the: – basics of business startup so you’re READY – essentials of becoming credit-ready and be SET – resources available in the community to help you to GO!

Speaker: Eileen Joyce, US Small Business Administration

Book a Librarian: Business Research @ online
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Book a 1-hour time slot for a 1-on-1 video call with a librarian! Learn how you can access the library’s online business resources including directories, databases with demographics, mapping tools, market and industry reports, and more. Register at www.cmlibrary.org/calendar, select “Business Development” and pick a date. You’ll be sent a zoom link for the meeting.

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