/Events

Dec
8
Wed
3 Market Analysis Priorities to Drive Profitablity @ Online
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Developed through 30 years of studying entrepreneurial enterprises, this session brings new thinking around profitability that encompasses an inside-out-look, leading to better strategic decisions and profits. You will walk away with an analysis tool you can immediately put to use that will improve your organization’s promotional strategy, marketing concentration, price justification, operational decisions and cash flow.

Participants will learn:

  • How to analyze business offerings, market segments and geographic reach for greater profitability
  • How intangible and internal efficiency factors influence profitability
  • How to classify offerings as core, value-added or for potential elimination
  • The key factors that could shift your market segment priorities
  • How to identify geographic pockets of opportunity for competitive advantage and better strategic decisions
Jan
6
Thu
Boots to Business | Reboot @ Online - hosted by South Piedmont Community College
Jan 6 @ 9:00 am – Jan 7 @ 1:00 pm

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OWNING A VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS

Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Enroll in Boots to Business Reboot.

ABOUT BOOTS TO BUSINESS REBOOT

Boots to Business Reboot is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Veterans of all eras, Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and spouses are eligible to participate. During Reboot, participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. The program is facilitated by subject matter experts from the SBA and their extensive network of skilled business advisors.

REGISTER NOW

For more information contact: Sarah Espinosa at sepinos@uncfsu.edu or 910-672-2683

Jan
11
Tue
Running a Bakery Biz: Reviewing the Recipe for Success @ Online - hosted by South Piedmont Community College
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Before diving into any venture full throttle, it is imperative you “review the recipe” to determine if you truly have all the necessary “ingredients” before you crack the first egg. Running a bakery business goes far beyond simply having a killer recipe. Join Pastry Chef Maria Kemp, owner of Beyond Decadence. Inc., to learn the must haves when it comes to business requirements, mental fortitude and the physical stamina of starting a bakery business. This is the first session of a three-part series.

Register for one or all of the sessions and go from ready, set, bake!

Speaker: Pastry Chef Maria Kemp, owner, Beyond Decadence, Inc.

Maria C. Kemp is Pastry Chef/Owner of Beyond Decadence, Inc. She spent over two decades working as an IT Consultant for Fortune 100 companies, but later transitioned to full-time pastry school student to attend the prestigious French Pastry School’s L’Art de la Patisserie program in Chicago. She brought Beyond Decadence in North Carolina as a pop-up bakery, but morphed into an online artisan bakery with nationwide shipping and private virtual baking experiences ideal for private events or corporate team-building. She has won several pitch competitions, awards from the City of Charlotte, $10,000 website redesign courtesy of Marcus Lemonis, and has been featured on TV, radio, podcasts, and a magazine cover.

Jan
18
Tue
Running a Bakery Biz: Mise En Place – To Set in Place @ Online - hosted by South Piedmont Community College
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

After you “reviewed the recipe” and determined you have all the required ingredients it’s time to Mise en Place which in French means to “set in place.” In a professional kitchen this is when you gather all your ingredients, wash, prep, chop, and scale them out. As an entrepreneur planning a venture, this step is focused on assesses critical components of the business – customers, products, funding, suppliers, etc. to see if you have a viable plan for success before you turn on the oven. This is the second session of a three-part series. Register for one or all of the sessions and go from ready, set, bake!

Speaker: Pastry Chef Maria Kemp, owner, Beyond Decadence, Inc.

Maria C. Kemp is Pastry Chef/Owner of Beyond Decadence, Inc. She spent over two decades working as an IT Consultant for Fortune 100 companies, but later transitioned to full-time pastry school student to attend the prestigious French Pastry School’s L’Art de la Patisserie program in Chicago. She brought Beyond Decadence in North Carolina as a pop-up bakery, but morphed into an online artisan bakery with nationwide shipping and private virtual baking experiences ideal for private events or corporate team-building. She has won several pitch competitions, awards from the City of Charlotte, $10,000 website redesign courtesy of Marcus Lemonis, and has been featured on TV, radio, podcasts, and a magazine cover.

Jan
20
Thu
Choosing a Legal Entity for Your Business @ Online - hosted by South Piedmont Community College
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The legal entity you select for your business influences everything from day-to-day operations, to taxes and how much of your personal assets are at risk. Learn about the six main business structures (sole proprietorship, general partnership, limited partnership, Limited Liability Company, “c” corporation and “s” corporation) and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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

Jan
27
Thu
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
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

Mar
7
Mon
Business Registration Basics including DBA @ Online - hosted by South Piedmont Community College
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Review the different business structures. Learn the basics of selecting a business name, registering a business, and navigating state regulatory requirements, business and consumer benefits of the requirements, and the tools to help with registration, annual reporting and more. The role and requirements of the Assumed Names Registry (Doing Business As or DBA) also will be covered.

Speaker: Ann Elmore, NC Secretary of State

Mar
21
Mon
ABCs of Trademarks @ Online - hosted by South Piedmont Community College
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Is your company name important to you? Did you spend time and money developing a logo or a slogan? Small business owners that answer yes should consider registering for a trademark as a way to protect the business brand. North Carolina’s trademarks registry is administered by the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office, while federal trademarks are overseen by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Come and learn the various aspects of trademarks including the differences between federal and state trademarks, costs, and benefits of registering trademarks, as well as the process for doing so in NC.

Speaker: Ann Elmore, NC Secretary of State

Apr
12
Tue
Small Business Startup: Ready, Set, Go! @ Online - hosted by South Piedmont Community College
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 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

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