/Events

Jul
24
Wed
What’s Next: Tales of Growth (online) @ Online
Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lessons from two entrepreneurs on how they shifted from working in the business to working on the business. Discover what steps they took and strategies they implemented to achieve growth. Learn about the challenges they faced, how they decide which ideas are worth pursuing and which they leave by the wayside. Featured entrepreneurs to be announced.

Pre-registration is required.

Online Web Ex registrants will be emailed the access information 24 hours before the training session.

Please call 704-330-6736 for technical issues.

Meeting number (access code): 649 882 092 Meeting password: sbcn2019

Jul
30
Tue
Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series #2-5 ($150) @ Packard Place, Garage
Jul 30 @ 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

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

(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

Session 2: Business Concept (Tues July 9)

Focuses on your business concept with step-by-step guidance in researching your idea, your market, and your competition. By the end of this Workshop, you will be 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 (Tues July 16)

Introduces you to marketing communication methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. The discussion covers pricing strategies, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing strategies. By 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 (Tues July 3)

Uses exercises to help you better understand financial concepts. 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 (Tues July 30)

Offers information on how to finance your small business.  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 this Workshop 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.

Aug
1
Thu
Small Business Brand Expo @ The Ballantyne
Aug 1 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

Small Business Brand Expo

FREE Event & Breakfast, featuring

Gerry O’Brion will translate Big Brand Strategies into knowledge that any business can use to win in the marketplace. He will share with you the lessons he has learned about branding companies of all sizes, even companies like yours.

Spectrum Reach Ad Portal is the new TV Media Buying Tool that allows you to plan and purchase TV right from your computer, on your time and your budget. You can even create a READY-TO-AIR TV Commercial.

You will learn how to market your business and reach new customers affordably. Advisors will be onsite to consult on how to take your business to the next level.

RSVP at go2.spectrumreach.com/brand

This Small Business Brand Expo is sponsored by Spectrum Business, American Marketing Association and SCORE Charlotte.

Aug
8
Thu
Business Plan Basics @ Central Piedmont CC Central Campus Hall Bldg Room 215
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Start-up Assistance

A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan.  Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated.  Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.

Speaker(s): Tom Conroy

Pre-registration is required.

 

Fee: No Cost

Business Plan Basics (online) @ Central Piedmont CC - Online
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Business Basics

A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. This seminar teaches you the important components of a business plan and helps you lay the foundation for a winning plan.  Find out how marketing, operations, and finance are interrelated.  Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, the dos and don’ts of writing a plan and steps for making the process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners.

Speaker(s): Tom Conroy

Pre-registration required.
Online Web Ex registrants will be emailed the access information 24 hours before the training seminar.

Aug
13
Tue
Funding Your Business @ Central Piedmont CC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215
Aug 13 @ 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 in this seminar that answers your questions.  Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs.  Discover the keys to financing success.

Speaker(s): Dan Gotte

Pre-registration is required.

Aug
15
Thu
Craft Beer Compliance for your Small Business (online) @ Online
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Food Safety Modernization Act constitutes the largest change in the Food & Beverage regulatory environment in the past 80 years.  Food and Beverage producers now have more stringent requirements for manufacturing their products.  That includes alcoholic beverages.  This presentation will focus on the Food & Drug Administration’s expectations for breweries, wineries, and distilleries under the Food Safety Modernization Act.  A discussion of pertinent regulations will focus on training, Good Manufacturing Practices (Good Brewing Practices) and dealing with byproducts intended for Human or Animal foods.  A discussion around best practices will also cover HACCP concepts, Preventive Control regulations, training and ingredient testing.

Co-Sponsor(s):  AB Tech Small Business Center

Pre-registration required.
Online Web Ex registrants will be emailed the access information 24 hours before the training seminar.

Aug
20
Tue
Branding Your Business @ Central Piedmont CC Central Campus Hall Bldg Room 215
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Marketing and Sales

We will be reviewing the ins and outs of Branding

Speaker(s): Elyshia Brooks

Pre-registration is required.

 

Branding Your Business (Online) @ Online
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Marketing and Sales

We will be reviewing the ins and outs of Branding

Speaker(s): Elyshia Brooks

Pre-registration is required.

Aug
29
Thu
Choosing Your Legal Structure @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Building Room 215
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

If you are going to own a business, you must decide what kind of legal entity you will be. Learn about  the six main business structures (sole proprietorship, general partnership, limited partnership, Limited Liability Company, “c” corporation and “s” corporation) and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Speaker(s): Stephanie Fields