/Events

Sep
17
Tue
CyberSecure Your Family & Home – Charlotte, NC Workshop @ Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The average American household has eight internet connected devices per person and a quarter of adults are constantly online.

While consumers are increasingly connected, it is important they keep pave with protective measures to stay safe. Don’t let cybercriminals into your home! This free, 2-hour workshop, facilitated by the National Cyber Security Alliance, will cover:

  1. How to secure your internet connect home
  2. How to talk to family members about online safety
  3. Resources for victims of cybercrime
  4. Cyber safety for families on the go
  5. Free resources and much more!

Register here.

 

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series #2-5 @ SBA
Sep 17 @ 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series #2 — #5

(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

Session 2: Business Concept (Tues Sept 10)

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 (Tues Sept 17)

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 (Tues Sept 24)

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 (Tues Oct 1)

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)

The Workshop Series is presented by SCORE Certified Mentors. Free one-on-one counseling is part of the workshop process.

CyberSecure Your Business™ Workshop – Charlotte, NC @ Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Small and medium-sized organizations have valuable data which makes them prime targets for cybercriminals. However, these organizations (small businesses, nonprofits, local governments, school, etc.) are often under-resourced when it comes to protecting their sensitive assets. The National Cyber Security Alliance has developed a free hands-on half-day workshop to help organizations:

  1. Identify which business assets others want
  2. Protect those assets
  3. Detect when something has gone wrong
  4. Respond quickly and appropriately with an action plan
  5. Recover after a breach

Register here.

Sep
18
Wed
Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop #1, The Basics @ SBA
Sep 18 @ 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

 Session 1: Start-Up Basics – FREE SCORE Charlotte Workshop

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. The 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/local-workshops-4

Sep
19
Thu
Intellectual Property Seminar @ Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Your business name and logo is an important part of your intellectual property. Protect it with a US trademark at IP seminar.

Protect the good name of your business and products by applying for a United States trademark. Learn more about intellectual property at a seminar at UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library on Thursday, September 19. Craig Morris, managing attorney for trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office will be on hand to discuss the importance of a federally registered trademark.

In addition, Patent and Trademark Librarian Beth Scarborough will conduct a patent search workshop following Morris’ presentation. She will discuss basic patent information and how to conduct a thorough search of existing patents and applications.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the trademark presentation starting at 9:30 a.m. Patent searching will begin at 11:15 a.m.

Parking is available for a fee in the Cone Visitor’s parking garage on the campus of UNC Charlotte. Go here for more information on parking. Access to Atkins Library is also available via light rail. A map of the transit routes from the Main UNC Charlotte light rail stop is available here. The green and gold routes will take you to a stop near the library.

The seminar is free and open to all students, faculty, staffand the general public.

For additional information, click here.

Small Business Development @ Womens Business Center Of Charlotte
Sep 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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, and various ways to fund or bootstrap the business.

Sep
21
Sat
Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop #1, The Basics @ Cornelius Library
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

 Session 1: Start-Up Basics – FREE SCORE Charlotte Workshop

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. The 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/local-workshops-4

 

Sep
23
Mon
Taking the Leap CLT – Fall 2019 Cohort @ CoCoTiv Coworking
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm

START YOUR BUSINESS IN 4 WEEKS

When: Mondays* @ 6-8pm: 9/23 – 10/14

*4-Week Commitment Required

Where: CoCoTiv Coworking

1515 Mockingbird Ln #400, Charlotte, NC 28209

Cost: FREE to Qualified Participants

In this FREE four-week long cohort, participants will learn about the core aspects of starting a business, including identifying potential markets, writing a business plan, running the finances of a business and marketing a business. You’ll work with mentors and peers in fun breakout activities designed to help strengthen your business ideas and prepare you for success! Get a $1800 value for FREE!

Brought to you by the SBTDC @ UNC Charlotte

Apply Now!

Deadline: Wednesday, September 18th**

**Registration open to the first 30 qualified applicants.

Decisions will be made on a rolling basis, but may take up to one week to process.

Sep
24
Tue
Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series #2-5 @ SBA
Sep 24 @ 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series #2 — #5

(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

Session 2: Business Concept (Tues Sept 10)

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 (Tues Sept 17)

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 (Tues Sept 24)

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 (Tues Oct 1)

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)

The Workshop Series is presented by SCORE Certified Mentors. Free one-on-one counseling is part of the workshop process.

Oct
1
Tue
“Key Employee Retention” Workshop, Sponsored by SCORE Charlotte @ Capitol Towers
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

“Key Employee Retention” Workshop, Sponsored by SCORE Charlotte

In this interactive workshop, Kevin D. Monaghan, an industry expert, guides business owners to view their compensation strategies from a new perspective. Attendees will work through key employee valuations that help them determine solutions to retain, inspire and reward their leaders.

Key Decisions:

  • Structuring your Retention Strategy using the 6 Pillars of Compensation
  • Extending your servant leadership through your compensation program
  • Avoiding the conflicts of interest that exist in compensation negotiations
  • Understanding how your Compensation Strategy can increase your Exit Price

Workshop Activities

  1. Participants will break into groups and role play a Compensation Negotiation.
  2. Attendees will work through three Key Employee Valuation Formulas to determine what their key person is worth to their business.

Speaker: Kevin D. Monaghan

Kevin D. Monaghan is Founder/Director of Intuitive Compensation Group in Charlotte. His experience ranges from running a 44-person consulting firm in Shanghai, China, to “cold calling” his way into the writer’s room on NBC’s TV show, The Office and Parks and Recreation. He’s an industry expert who works with American business owners to help retain key employees, develop buyout strategies and navigate working family business partners. He graduated from Siena College in New York and attended Bond University in Queensland, Australia. He makes live appearances all over the country, helping business owners align their goals with workable compensation models.

 “Key Employee Retention” Workshop is sponsored by SCORE Charlotte, a nonprofit organization of all volunteers. These volunteers are all Certified Mentors who offer free one-on-one mentoring services to the small business community.

REGISTER TODAY!