/Events

Jan
22
Tue
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
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
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.

 

 

 

Working the Business Model Canvas @ CPCC SMall Business Center
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Topic: Start-up Assistance

Throw out your static business plan for this innovative tool for success and you will be able to design and implement a new business idea or analyze and renovate an old one. The Business Model Canvas is a hands on approach for business modeling that allows you to outline and test your hypothesis, present your ideas to customers, collect real-world evidence and pivot to adapt your idea or business to the changing landscape. Strategically and systematically find more effective ways to do business and see the benefits to your bottom line.

Speaker(s): Tom Conroy

Pre-Registration is required

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
31
Thu
Building an MVP @ CPCC Hall Building 3rd floor Room 310
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Topic: Business Basics

So you want to launch something cool, but you need money to do it, but you won’t have money until you launch something cool. Learn how to create an MVP, Minimal Viable Product. This proven process will enable you to make the least investment to test your business model and get a product in the hands of the customer.

Speaker(s): Renee Hode and Tom Conroy

Pre-registration required.

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series 2 -5 ($150) @ Packard Place, Garage
Jan 31 @ 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.

 

 

 

Feb
6
Wed
Is Starting a Business Right for You? @ Packard Place, Garage
Feb 6 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 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

 

Feb
7
Thu
Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series 2 -5 ($150) @ Packard Place, Garage
Feb 7 @ 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.

 

 

 

How to Write a Business Plan @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Building Room 304
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Some business proposals close the sale while others end up in the “circular file.”  What makes the difference?  Discover the tricks-of-the-trade in writing a winning business proposal. Know the five key ways a business proposal differs from any other business document and learn how to write one from the customer’s point of view.  Find out the best way to highlight benefits, solutions, and value.  You can write a business proposal that sells!

Speaker(s): Tom Conroy

Pre-registration is required

 

This seminar is held on the 3rd floor Room 304