/Events

Apr
25
Thu
Negotiation Skills for Small Business Owners @ CPCC Small Business Center Hall Bldg Rm 215
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Are you seeking to build confidence and close more deals?  Learn the process that will maximize your success and help you achieve optimum outcome.  There is no time when you can’t use practiced, proven negotiations skills to help you get what you want and need.

Speaker(s): Igor Gorlatov

Fee: No Cost

Apr
29
Mon
Taking the Leap Charlotte @ Advent Coworking
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – May 20 @ 8:00 pm

START YOUR BUSINESS IN 4 WEEKS

When: Mondays* @ 6-8pm: 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

*4-Week Commitment Required

Where: Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave, #101, Charlotte, NC 28204

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: April 24th)**

**Registration open to the first 30 qualified applicants

Apr
30
Tue
Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series 2-5 ($150) @ SBA
Apr 30 @ 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series #2 — #5(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

Session 2: Business Concept – April 30

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 7

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 14

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 21

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.

 

Is Starting a Business Right for You? @ Steele Creek Library
Apr 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 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

 

May
1
Wed
Government Contracting 101 @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg Room 215
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Government Contracting

The Government 101 course is designed to introduce small businesses to the government sales process. We will share the basics of how to prepare for local, state and federal government opportunities. This session will explore the dynamics of small business certifications and how they impact the procurement process. We will end the session with a demonstration on navigating the various electronic procurement platforms used to identify opportunities.

Seminar 1 of the Government Contracting Series

Speaker(s): Anita Staton

Pre-registration is required.

 

May
7
Tue
Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series 2-5 ($150) @ SBA
May 7 @ 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series #2 — #5(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

Session 2: Business Concept – April 30

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 7

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 14

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 21

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.

 

May
8
Wed
PitchBreakfast @ Packard Place
May 8 @ 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.

Responding to RFPs, RFQs and ITBs @ CPCC Central Campus, Hall Bldg Room 215
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Government Contracting

Get an insider’s look at what it takes to win a significant contract. A City of Charlotte contracting officer will share insights on how to respond to Requests for Proposals and other potential opportunities. See samples of successful submissions. Learn the do’s and don’t’s in writing and submitting a proposal. Understand how decisions are made. Find out how to successfully compete in the proposal process.

Seminar 2 of the Government Contracting Series

Speaker(s): Johnella Walker

Pre-registration is required.

May
14
Tue
Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series 2-5 ($150) @ SBA
May 14 @ 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series #2 — #5(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

Session 2: Business Concept – April 30

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 7

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 14

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 21

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.

 

How to Start a Business @ CPCC Central Campus, Hall Bldg Room 215
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Start-up Assistance

Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.

Speaker(s): Tom Conroy

Pre-registration is required