/Events

Jan
23
Thu
Is Starting a Business Right For You? SCORE Workshop Series #2–#5 (Fee: $150 for Workshop Series) @ Packard Place, Garage
Jan 23 @ 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm

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

(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

Join us for four three-hour sessions that help you understand these basics:

  • 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.

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

Business Start-Up Series – 4 Sessions

Session 2: Business Concept (Jan 9, 2020)

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 (Jan 16, 2020)

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 (Jan 23, 2020)

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 (Jan 30, 2020)

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

 

Jan
28
Tue
Digital Marketing Certificate Program @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 304
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Description

Facebook and Central Piedmont are partners in developing and offering this non-credit Digital Marketing Certificate program. In the six-month course, entry-level job seekers and experienced professionals alike will gain and expand their understanding of core concepts including market positioning, brand positioning, targeting and segmentation, and marketing channels and metrics.

With this high-demand set of skills, this innovative course (offered by blending online and in-person sessions) will have you set to kick start your journey into careers that require new technology skills in digital marketing. You will end this course with a professional portfolio of applied projects that will showcase your abilities and prepare you to put these skills into action.

Class will meet in person the following dates from 6-9pm

1/28, 2/25,3/31,4/30,5/6,5/28,6/23

3/4 by WebEx from 6-7:30pm

Objectives

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

  • Understand foundations of marketing including: unique value proposition, customer segmentation, customer personas, various marketing channels, and key metrics.
  • Understand the process of creating an effective content strategy by understanding consumer psychology and buying motivations
  • Demonstrate the ability to create written copy for marketing content that aligns with a brand and target audience for primary marketing channels.
  • Understand the principles and best practices of visual design when creating marketing collateral.
  • Understand search engine optimization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to A/B test various elements of marketing efforts to increase conversion rates.
  • Understand the factors that drive conversion and opportunities to optimize marketing performance.
  • Understand the role of social media in a marketing campaign and differences in voice and audience across various social media channels.
  • Recognize best practices and understand the lifecycles of successful social media, search, display, and email campaigns.

Content

  • Foundations And Strategy Of Marketing
    • Overview of digital marketing
    • Digital marketing and business fundamentals
    • The 4 Ps of marketing and unique value propositions
    • SWOT analysis
    • Brand positioning strategy
    • Targeting and segmentation
    • The customer journey and marketing channels
    • Marketing objectives and measurement
    • Student presentations
  • Marketing Content Strategy And Branding
    • Introduction to digital marketing and content marketing
    • Consumer psychology and buying motivations
    • Branding
    • Content and channel strategy
    • Blog writing
    • SEO
    • Writing for various marketing channels
  • Marketing Analytics And Performance Optimization
    • Google Sheets: Intro to data analysis and visualizations
    • A/B Testing: Designing and analyzing A/B tests
    • Google Analytics: Collecting, reporting, and analyzing data
  • Social Media Marketing
    • Introduction to social media
    • Understanding audiences
    • Content planning
    • Content creation
    • Advertising
    • Reporting and analyzing ads
    • Community building
    • Best practices
  • Search And Display Advertising
    • Search engine marketing
    • Campaigns and best practices
    • Networks and Google products
    • Search ads
    • Keywords
    • Display
    • Ad bidding
    • Optimization
  • Email Marketing
    • Introduction to email marketing
    • Creating an effective email campaign
    • List segmentation and management
    • Anatomy of an effective email
    • Email automation
    • Email deliverability
    • Analysis of marketing emails
    • Testing emails

Prerequisites

  • Basic computer and Internet skills
  • Understanding of Google Suite or Microsoft Office applications recommended

 

Method of Instruction

Hybrid delivery with utilization of the following instructional methods:

  • Activity
  • Problem-based learning/ Case studies
  • Collaborative learning/ Peer review
  • Demonstration/ Modeling

 

Evaluation

  • Graded assignments
  • Formative assessment (quizzes/ knowledge checks)
  • Performance-based assessments
  • Discussion boards
  • Experiential projects

For Additional Information: https://www.cpcc.edu/business-and-industry/small-business-center/digital-marketing-certificate

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

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

(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

Join us for four three-hour sessions that help you understand these basics:

  • 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.

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

Business Start-Up Series – 4 Sessions

Session 2: Business Concept (Jan 9, 2020)

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 (Jan 16, 2020)

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 (Jan 23, 2020)

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 (Jan 30, 2020)

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

 

Feb
25
Tue
Digital Marketing Certificate Program @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 304
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Description

Facebook and Central Piedmont are partners in developing and offering this non-credit Digital Marketing Certificate program. In the six-month course, entry-level job seekers and experienced professionals alike will gain and expand their understanding of core concepts including market positioning, brand positioning, targeting and segmentation, and marketing channels and metrics.

With this high-demand set of skills, this innovative course (offered by blending online and in-person sessions) will have you set to kick start your journey into careers that require new technology skills in digital marketing. You will end this course with a professional portfolio of applied projects that will showcase your abilities and prepare you to put these skills into action.

Class will meet in person the following dates from 6-9pm

1/28, 2/25,3/31,4/30,5/6,5/28,6/23

3/4 by WebEx from 6-7:30pm

Objectives

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

  • Understand foundations of marketing including: unique value proposition, customer segmentation, customer personas, various marketing channels, and key metrics.
  • Understand the process of creating an effective content strategy by understanding consumer psychology and buying motivations
  • Demonstrate the ability to create written copy for marketing content that aligns with a brand and target audience for primary marketing channels.
  • Understand the principles and best practices of visual design when creating marketing collateral.
  • Understand search engine optimization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to A/B test various elements of marketing efforts to increase conversion rates.
  • Understand the factors that drive conversion and opportunities to optimize marketing performance.
  • Understand the role of social media in a marketing campaign and differences in voice and audience across various social media channels.
  • Recognize best practices and understand the lifecycles of successful social media, search, display, and email campaigns.

Content

  • Foundations And Strategy Of Marketing
    • Overview of digital marketing
    • Digital marketing and business fundamentals
    • The 4 Ps of marketing and unique value propositions
    • SWOT analysis
    • Brand positioning strategy
    • Targeting and segmentation
    • The customer journey and marketing channels
    • Marketing objectives and measurement
    • Student presentations
  • Marketing Content Strategy And Branding
    • Introduction to digital marketing and content marketing
    • Consumer psychology and buying motivations
    • Branding
    • Content and channel strategy
    • Blog writing
    • SEO
    • Writing for various marketing channels
  • Marketing Analytics And Performance Optimization
    • Google Sheets: Intro to data analysis and visualizations
    • A/B Testing: Designing and analyzing A/B tests
    • Google Analytics: Collecting, reporting, and analyzing data
  • Social Media Marketing
    • Introduction to social media
    • Understanding audiences
    • Content planning
    • Content creation
    • Advertising
    • Reporting and analyzing ads
    • Community building
    • Best practices
  • Search And Display Advertising
    • Search engine marketing
    • Campaigns and best practices
    • Networks and Google products
    • Search ads
    • Keywords
    • Display
    • Ad bidding
    • Optimization
  • Email Marketing
    • Introduction to email marketing
    • Creating an effective email campaign
    • List segmentation and management
    • Anatomy of an effective email
    • Email automation
    • Email deliverability
    • Analysis of marketing emails
    • Testing emails

Prerequisites

  • Basic computer and Internet skills
  • Understanding of Google Suite or Microsoft Office applications recommended

 

Method of Instruction

Hybrid delivery with utilization of the following instructional methods:

  • Activity
  • Problem-based learning/ Case studies
  • Collaborative learning/ Peer review
  • Demonstration/ Modeling

 

Evaluation

  • Graded assignments
  • Formative assessment (quizzes/ knowledge checks)
  • Performance-based assessments
  • Discussion boards
  • Experiential projects

For Additional Information: https://www.cpcc.edu/business-and-industry/small-business-center/digital-marketing-certificate

Mar
4
Wed
Digital Marketing Certificate Program @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 304
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Description

Facebook and Central Piedmont are partners in developing and offering this non-credit Digital Marketing Certificate program. In the six-month course, entry-level job seekers and experienced professionals alike will gain and expand their understanding of core concepts including market positioning, brand positioning, targeting and segmentation, and marketing channels and metrics.

With this high-demand set of skills, this innovative course (offered by blending online and in-person sessions) will have you set to kick start your journey into careers that require new technology skills in digital marketing. You will end this course with a professional portfolio of applied projects that will showcase your abilities and prepare you to put these skills into action.

Class will meet in person the following dates from 6-9pm

1/28, 2/25,3/31,4/30,5/6,5/28,6/23

3/4 by WebEx from 6-7:30pm

Objectives

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

  • Understand foundations of marketing including: unique value proposition, customer segmentation, customer personas, various marketing channels, and key metrics.
  • Understand the process of creating an effective content strategy by understanding consumer psychology and buying motivations
  • Demonstrate the ability to create written copy for marketing content that aligns with a brand and target audience for primary marketing channels.
  • Understand the principles and best practices of visual design when creating marketing collateral.
  • Understand search engine optimization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to A/B test various elements of marketing efforts to increase conversion rates.
  • Understand the factors that drive conversion and opportunities to optimize marketing performance.
  • Understand the role of social media in a marketing campaign and differences in voice and audience across various social media channels.
  • Recognize best practices and understand the lifecycles of successful social media, search, display, and email campaigns.

Content

  • Foundations And Strategy Of Marketing
    • Overview of digital marketing
    • Digital marketing and business fundamentals
    • The 4 Ps of marketing and unique value propositions
    • SWOT analysis
    • Brand positioning strategy
    • Targeting and segmentation
    • The customer journey and marketing channels
    • Marketing objectives and measurement
    • Student presentations
  • Marketing Content Strategy And Branding
    • Introduction to digital marketing and content marketing
    • Consumer psychology and buying motivations
    • Branding
    • Content and channel strategy
    • Blog writing
    • SEO
    • Writing for various marketing channels
  • Marketing Analytics And Performance Optimization
    • Google Sheets: Intro to data analysis and visualizations
    • A/B Testing: Designing and analyzing A/B tests
    • Google Analytics: Collecting, reporting, and analyzing data
  • Social Media Marketing
    • Introduction to social media
    • Understanding audiences
    • Content planning
    • Content creation
    • Advertising
    • Reporting and analyzing ads
    • Community building
    • Best practices
  • Search And Display Advertising
    • Search engine marketing
    • Campaigns and best practices
    • Networks and Google products
    • Search ads
    • Keywords
    • Display
    • Ad bidding
    • Optimization
  • Email Marketing
    • Introduction to email marketing
    • Creating an effective email campaign
    • List segmentation and management
    • Anatomy of an effective email
    • Email automation
    • Email deliverability
    • Analysis of marketing emails
    • Testing emails

Prerequisites

  • Basic computer and Internet skills
  • Understanding of Google Suite or Microsoft Office applications recommended

 

Method of Instruction

Hybrid delivery with utilization of the following instructional methods:

  • Activity
  • Problem-based learning/ Case studies
  • Collaborative learning/ Peer review
  • Demonstration/ Modeling

 

Evaluation

  • Graded assignments
  • Formative assessment (quizzes/ knowledge checks)
  • Performance-based assessments
  • Discussion boards
  • Experiential projects

For Additional Information: https://www.cpcc.edu/business-and-industry/small-business-center/digital-marketing-certificate

Mar
9
Mon
Marketing Your Business @ Gaston College Lincoln Campus Old High School Bldg LC 120
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Topic: Marketing and Sales

Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.

Speaker(s): Melia Lyerly

Fee: No Cost

Already Registered? Sign in for more information.
Phone: 704-922-6447
Mar
12
Thu
Marketing Your Business @ Kimbrell Campus and Textile Technology Ctr Classroom Bldg KCC 219
Mar 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Topic: Marketing and Sales

Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar.

Fee: No Cost

Already Registered? Sign in for more information.
Phone: 704.922.6447
Mar
19
Thu
WTF: What the Funnel @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Marketing and Sales

What is a sales funnel and why do small business owners need one? Discover how to crate a process that allows you to turn a potential customer into a loyal one. Learn the phases of a funnel, how to create one for your business and tools for implementing your sales funnel.

Speaker(s): TBA

Pre-registration required. Register to attend online or in-person

Mar
31
Tue
Digital Marketing Certificate Program @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 304
Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Description

Facebook and Central Piedmont are partners in developing and offering this non-credit Digital Marketing Certificate program. In the six-month course, entry-level job seekers and experienced professionals alike will gain and expand their understanding of core concepts including market positioning, brand positioning, targeting and segmentation, and marketing channels and metrics.

With this high-demand set of skills, this innovative course (offered by blending online and in-person sessions) will have you set to kick start your journey into careers that require new technology skills in digital marketing. You will end this course with a professional portfolio of applied projects that will showcase your abilities and prepare you to put these skills into action.

Class will meet in person the following dates from 6-9pm

1/28, 2/25,3/31,4/30,5/6,5/28,6/23

3/4 by WebEx from 6-7:30pm

Objectives

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

  • Understand foundations of marketing including: unique value proposition, customer segmentation, customer personas, various marketing channels, and key metrics.
  • Understand the process of creating an effective content strategy by understanding consumer psychology and buying motivations
  • Demonstrate the ability to create written copy for marketing content that aligns with a brand and target audience for primary marketing channels.
  • Understand the principles and best practices of visual design when creating marketing collateral.
  • Understand search engine optimization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to A/B test various elements of marketing efforts to increase conversion rates.
  • Understand the factors that drive conversion and opportunities to optimize marketing performance.
  • Understand the role of social media in a marketing campaign and differences in voice and audience across various social media channels.
  • Recognize best practices and understand the lifecycles of successful social media, search, display, and email campaigns.

Content

  • Foundations And Strategy Of Marketing
    • Overview of digital marketing
    • Digital marketing and business fundamentals
    • The 4 Ps of marketing and unique value propositions
    • SWOT analysis
    • Brand positioning strategy
    • Targeting and segmentation
    • The customer journey and marketing channels
    • Marketing objectives and measurement
    • Student presentations
  • Marketing Content Strategy And Branding
    • Introduction to digital marketing and content marketing
    • Consumer psychology and buying motivations
    • Branding
    • Content and channel strategy
    • Blog writing
    • SEO
    • Writing for various marketing channels
  • Marketing Analytics And Performance Optimization
    • Google Sheets: Intro to data analysis and visualizations
    • A/B Testing: Designing and analyzing A/B tests
    • Google Analytics: Collecting, reporting, and analyzing data
  • Social Media Marketing
    • Introduction to social media
    • Understanding audiences
    • Content planning
    • Content creation
    • Advertising
    • Reporting and analyzing ads
    • Community building
    • Best practices
  • Search And Display Advertising
    • Search engine marketing
    • Campaigns and best practices
    • Networks and Google products
    • Search ads
    • Keywords
    • Display
    • Ad bidding
    • Optimization
  • Email Marketing
    • Introduction to email marketing
    • Creating an effective email campaign
    • List segmentation and management
    • Anatomy of an effective email
    • Email automation
    • Email deliverability
    • Analysis of marketing emails
    • Testing emails

Prerequisites

  • Basic computer and Internet skills
  • Understanding of Google Suite or Microsoft Office applications recommended

 

Method of Instruction

Hybrid delivery with utilization of the following instructional methods:

  • Activity
  • Problem-based learning/ Case studies
  • Collaborative learning/ Peer review
  • Demonstration/ Modeling

 

Evaluation

  • Graded assignments
  • Formative assessment (quizzes/ knowledge checks)
  • Performance-based assessments
  • Discussion boards
  • Experiential projects

For Additional Information: https://www.cpcc.edu/business-and-industry/small-business-center/digital-marketing-certificate

Apr
30
Thu
Digital Marketing Certificate Program @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 304
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Description

Facebook and Central Piedmont are partners in developing and offering this non-credit Digital Marketing Certificate program. In the six-month course, entry-level job seekers and experienced professionals alike will gain and expand their understanding of core concepts including market positioning, brand positioning, targeting and segmentation, and marketing channels and metrics.

With this high-demand set of skills, this innovative course (offered by blending online and in-person sessions) will have you set to kick start your journey into careers that require new technology skills in digital marketing. You will end this course with a professional portfolio of applied projects that will showcase your abilities and prepare you to put these skills into action.

Class will meet in person the following dates from 6-9pm

1/28, 2/25,3/31,4/30,5/6,5/28,6/23

3/4 by WebEx from 6-7:30pm

Objectives

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

  • Understand foundations of marketing including: unique value proposition, customer segmentation, customer personas, various marketing channels, and key metrics.
  • Understand the process of creating an effective content strategy by understanding consumer psychology and buying motivations
  • Demonstrate the ability to create written copy for marketing content that aligns with a brand and target audience for primary marketing channels.
  • Understand the principles and best practices of visual design when creating marketing collateral.
  • Understand search engine optimization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to A/B test various elements of marketing efforts to increase conversion rates.
  • Understand the factors that drive conversion and opportunities to optimize marketing performance.
  • Understand the role of social media in a marketing campaign and differences in voice and audience across various social media channels.
  • Recognize best practices and understand the lifecycles of successful social media, search, display, and email campaigns.

Content

  • Foundations And Strategy Of Marketing
    • Overview of digital marketing
    • Digital marketing and business fundamentals
    • The 4 Ps of marketing and unique value propositions
    • SWOT analysis
    • Brand positioning strategy
    • Targeting and segmentation
    • The customer journey and marketing channels
    • Marketing objectives and measurement
    • Student presentations
  • Marketing Content Strategy And Branding
    • Introduction to digital marketing and content marketing
    • Consumer psychology and buying motivations
    • Branding
    • Content and channel strategy
    • Blog writing
    • SEO
    • Writing for various marketing channels
  • Marketing Analytics And Performance Optimization
    • Google Sheets: Intro to data analysis and visualizations
    • A/B Testing: Designing and analyzing A/B tests
    • Google Analytics: Collecting, reporting, and analyzing data
  • Social Media Marketing
    • Introduction to social media
    • Understanding audiences
    • Content planning
    • Content creation
    • Advertising
    • Reporting and analyzing ads
    • Community building
    • Best practices
  • Search And Display Advertising
    • Search engine marketing
    • Campaigns and best practices
    • Networks and Google products
    • Search ads
    • Keywords
    • Display
    • Ad bidding
    • Optimization
  • Email Marketing
    • Introduction to email marketing
    • Creating an effective email campaign
    • List segmentation and management
    • Anatomy of an effective email
    • Email automation
    • Email deliverability
    • Analysis of marketing emails
    • Testing emails

Prerequisites

  • Basic computer and Internet skills
  • Understanding of Google Suite or Microsoft Office applications recommended

 

Method of Instruction

Hybrid delivery with utilization of the following instructional methods:

  • Activity
  • Problem-based learning/ Case studies
  • Collaborative learning/ Peer review
  • Demonstration/ Modeling

 

Evaluation

  • Graded assignments
  • Formative assessment (quizzes/ knowledge checks)
  • Performance-based assessments
  • Discussion boards
  • Experiential projects

For Additional Information: https://www.cpcc.edu/business-and-industry/small-business-center/digital-marketing-certificate