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May
1
Mon
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.

SCHEDULE

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.

PARKING

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.

May
2
Tue
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)

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Keys to Success @ CPCC Central Campus
May 2 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Taxpayers will participate in hands on activities while learning their basic business requirements for the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Kick Off Small Business Month! @ Heist
May 2 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Join us at the start of May to celebrate 31 Days of Small Business!

Ignite your entrepreneurial spirit at Charlotte’s kick-off to Small Business Month event! Connect and network with local entrepreneurs and small business owners in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Bring your business cards, and we’ll provide appetizers and name tags color-coded by industry to help you find the right contacts. Bring a friend, and let’s celebrate!

Networking celebration with appetizers and no-host bar.

For more information or to RSVP, click here!

NAWBO: 2017 Business Women of the Year Awards Gala @ Charlotte City Club
May 2 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Business 101: Panel discussion with Charlotte Black Chamber of Commerce @ Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, Community Room A
May 2 @ 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Business 101: Panel discussion with Charlotte Black Chamber of Commerce | Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Celebrate Small Business Week with members of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce as they discuss their personal entrepreneurial experience in the Charlotte area. CMBCC serves black business owners and professionals in the Charlotte region by providing education, resources and networking opportunities to their members — in an effort to increase the economic vitality of the business community as a whole. If you have any interest in starting a business, this is the discussion you don’t want to miss!

https://www.cmlibrary.org/event/48397-business-101-panel-discussion-charlotte-black-chamber-commerce

 

Design a Powerful Business Website With WordPress @ CPCC Central Campus
May 2 @ 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

May
4
Thu
SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 – SBA Office (1) @ SBA Office
May 4 @ 12:45 PM – 3:00 PM
SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 - SBA Office (1) @ SBA Office | Charlotte | North Carolina | United States

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1: Start-up Basics

This introductory workshop 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.

Design a Powerful Business Website With WordPress @ CPCC Central Campus
May 4 @ 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

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