/Events

Jan
22
Wed
Is Starting a Business Right For You? The Basics @ SBA
Jan 22 @ 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

 Session 1:  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 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
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
25
Sat
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

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.

 

Apr
14
Tue
Risk Management: Get Real, Get Right, Get Results @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Topic: Disaster Mitigation

When big events or natural disasters come to town, it’s important to have a plan in place to deal with the risks that could affect your business. Learn where to look for risks and how to create and implement a risk management program to make informed decisions for your small business.

Speaker(s): Vanessa Vaughn Mathews, Asfalis Advisors

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

Apr
21
Tue
Cracking the Code of Crisis Management @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Topic: Disaster Mitigation

It’s not if it’s when. As a business owner, you want to avoid crisis but despite your best efforts they are bound to occur. Don’t wait until a crisis strikes. Prepare now to reduce the impact on your business. In this seminar, you will define what a crisis is for your company, the key players needed during a crisis, and how to maintain your reputation in real-time.

Speaker(s): Vanessa Vaughn Mathews, Asfalis Advisors

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

Apr
23
Thu
Emotional Intelligence for Business Success 1 @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Topic: Disaster Mitigation

The business world is full of unexpected surprises and those who learn to use their Emotional Intelligence to navigate through them have been known to have long-term success. This workshop is designed to increase your self-awareness in your role as an entrepreneur, improve your ability to communicate under pressure and help you focus on solutions to bounce back more quickly. You will learn to recognize the emotions of others and use that data to respond, rather than react under pressure.

Speaker(s): Mic Alexander, Image Wealth Management

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

Apr
27
Mon
Nonprofit Financial Basics @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Topic: Nonprofit

Discover the basic financial requirements that impact nonprofit operation. Learn best practices in board fiduciary duties, budgeting basics and yearly financial reporting requirements. Attendees do not need to attend all four sessions but those that do will receive a series certificate of completion.

Speaker(s): Kathryn Addo, STC Consulting

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

Apr
28
Tue
Business Preparedness: Expect the Unexpected @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Topic: Disaster Mitigation

Every business needs a plan B. Fire, floods, and hurricanes are generally associated with contingency planning. But what if a large event comes to town that shuts down roadways making it difficult or impossible for suppliers and employees to reach your business? What if your entire team comes down with the flu? Make no mistake continuity of operations isn’t just about natural disasters. It can also prepare you for more commonplace problems and ready you for unexpected disruption. Learn the necessary elements your small business needs to survive and thrive and five things most companies ignore that they shouldn’t in preparedness planning.

Speaker(s): Vanessa Vaughn Mathews, Asfalis Advisors

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

Apr
30
Thu
Emotional Intelligence for Business Success 2 @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Topic: Disaster Mitigation

At some point in every business owner’s career, big events can threaten to disrupt your business. Whether it comes in the form of a client issue, natural disasters, or large disruptions outside their control, how the business owner responds can make or break their company. When important decisions need to be made, having the ability to assess the situation and choose the best solution is crucial. Learn how to enhance and implement your emotional intelligence skills so that decisions made during big events put your business on the path to success.

Speaker(s): Mic Alexander, Image Wealth Management

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