Is Starting a Business Right for You? The Basics @ Mountain Island Library
Jan 25 @ 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 Business Start-Up Basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. The Business 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

Developing a Capability Statement @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Government Contracting

Many are interested in getting certified to do business with local, state and federal government as well as major corporations. Once certified, most small, minority and women-owned businesses do not have the tool (s) to effectively market to City, County, State and Federal representatives, Supplier Diversity Directors and prime contractors. The Capability Statement is a marketing tool that serves as a “door opener” in relationship building with decision makers and serves as the company’s “leave behind” at the conclusion of a meeting. Lain Consulting LLC, a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise and Industry Leader in government contracting, will share the 5 elements of an effective capability statement and review the do’s and don’t s when developing your capability statements. Find out what you need to know to position your company for more contracting opportunities. This is the third session of the Government Contracting Series

Speaker(s): LaPrinda Spann, Lain Consulting, LLC

Starting a Cosmetology Business @ City View Center
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Topic: Start-up Assistance

You’ve got the styling skills, now its time to learn how to launch your own venture. Discuss key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. All participants will receive salon industry value.

Speaker(s): James Speed

Pre Registration is required

Funding Your Business @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Financing

Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing and learn the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources.

Speaker(s): Ron Fisher

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

Working the Business Model Canvas @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215
May 7 @ 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 required.