/Events

Jan
22
Tue
Certification: Which On is Right for You? @ Womens Business Center Of Charlotte
Jan 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Are you confused by all of the CERTIFICATION acronyms (DBE, MBE, SBE, WOSB, HUB). This session is designed to help small business owners understand the importance of minority, women and small business certification. Participants will learn which certification is right for their business and how to leverage it.

Customer Discovery @ CPCC Small Business Center
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Speaker(s): Gayle Ireland

Without customers, your business will fail.  That is why it’s critical to take the time to identify and understand your potential customers before startup and then as an ingoing business process.  Discover a variety of techniques to engage your customers such as interviews, observations, surveys and more.  Find out how to gather data from the customer to validate the feasibility of your idea, product or service and business model.  Additionally, this information will help you better communicate and market your business based on customer triggers and paid points.

 

 

Pre-Registration is Required

 

Fee: No Cost

Jan
23
Wed
QuickBooks Level 1 @ CPCC Ballantyne Center Suite 110
Jan 23 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Discover how to manage and maintain your business finances by automating your accounting and financial reporting functions. Use this computerized program to set your company’s chart of accounts, receive payments, pay bills, create lists, track cash sales, enter bills, create invoices, make deposits, reconcile bank accounts and write checks in order to more easily manage your financial decisions.

Upon successful completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Set up a Chart of Accounts
  • Create Invoices
  • Receive Payments
  • Track Both Cash and Charge Sales
  • Make Deposits
  • Pay Bills
  • Create Lists
  • Reconcile Bank Accounts
  • Produce Financial Reports
Is Starting a Business Right for You? @ SBA
Jan 23 @ 12:45 pm – 3:15 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

 

Jan
24
Thu
Growing Your Business & Finances: Crowding Funding @ Womens Business Center Of Charlotte
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The recently enacted NC PACES Act has created an exciting opportunity for North Carolina small business owners to raise up to $2 million in capital and a unique investment option for North Carolina residents. If you are an entrepreneur, investor, or professional services provider related to economic development, learn more about the State’s new equity crowdfunding regulations and how to make them work for you.

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series 2 -5 ($150) @ Packard Place, Garage
Jan 24 @ 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series 2 -5 ($150)

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)

 Presented by SCORE Charlotte Certified Mentors.

 

 

 

Jan
25
Fri
QuickBooks Level 1 @ CPCC Ballantyne Center Suite 110
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Discover how to manage and maintain your business finances by automating your accounting and financial reporting functions. Use this computerized program to set your company’s chart of accounts, receive payments, pay bills, create lists, track cash sales, enter bills, create invoices, make deposits, reconcile bank accounts and write checks in order to more easily manage your financial decisions.

Upon successful completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Set up a Chart of Accounts
  • Create Invoices
  • Receive Payments
  • Track Both Cash and Charge Sales
  • Make Deposits
  • Pay Bills
  • Create Lists
  • Reconcile Bank Accounts
  • Produce Financial Reports
Jan
26
Sat
Is Starting a Business Right for You? @ Mountain Island Library
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 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

 

Jan
29
Tue
“Sold Out” Grant Writing: How to Write a Successful Grant Part 1 & 2 @ Womens Business Center Of Charlotte
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

“SOLD OUT”
More than likely, before a grant is awarded a successful proposal had to be written. Getting from the proposal to the award can be an overwhelming journey when you aren’t familiar with the proposal writing process or how to translate important information in your request. If you are thinking to yourself “ What makes a proposal successful and where should one start?”, then this workshop is for you.

To increase your chances of becoming a grant recipient, you must develop your proposal writing skills and the skills to properly respond to solicitations. This Grant Writing workshop is geared toward understanding the ins and outs of grants from a funding source perspective. Participants in the workshop will gain key learnings in the following:
1. General things you should know and understand before the writing beginnings.
2. How to decipher significant information in a solicitation or a request for proposal.
3. The importance of preparing a proposal according to the requirements and guidelines  provided by a funding source or in a solicitation.
4. The importance of illustrating a need and how the need aligns with the funding source’s mission.
5. Essential components in a proposal: program/project design, resources, schedule, budget, and a budget narrative.

Jan
30
Wed
QuickBooks Level 1 @ CPCC Ballantyne Center Suite 110
Jan 30 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Discover how to manage and maintain your business finances by automating your accounting and financial reporting functions. Use this computerized program to set your company’s chart of accounts, receive payments, pay bills, create lists, track cash sales, enter bills, create invoices, make deposits, reconcile bank accounts and write checks in order to more easily manage your financial decisions.

Upon successful completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Set up a Chart of Accounts
  • Create Invoices
  • Receive Payments
  • Track Both Cash and Charge Sales
  • Make Deposits
  • Pay Bills
  • Create Lists
  • Reconcile Bank Accounts
  • Produce Financial Reports