/Events

Aug
11
Tue
Protecting Your Employees During Turbulent Times – Webinar @ CPCC Small Business Center
Aug 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

When things aren’t business as usual, it is important for business owners to make sure their employees feel safe and heard. Explore techniques to help keep your employees healthy, physically and mentally. Discuss how to handle concerns from your employees, whether they are virus related or in response to any other unrest in the world today.

Speaker(s): Nikki Pounds HR Unequivocally

Pre-registration required. Online Web Ex registrants will be emailed the access information 24 hours before the training seminar. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Aug
13
Thu
53 Ideas: Pitch Day (Live-stream) @ Online
Aug 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:15 pm

 

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Join us for the exciting conclusion of the 53 Ideas Business Pitch Competition. Out of the 53 business ideas chosen to compete, the field was narrowed down to the top 15 who will pitch for the top three spots. First place winning $10,000, second place earning, $5,000 and third place receiving $2,500.

Meet these future entrepreneurs and find out who will claim the top spots walking away with funding to catapult their idea forward.

Everyone is invited to come check it out! There might also be a viewers choice so be prepared to cast your vote.

Register now to attend this virtual event!


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Aug
18
Tue
Developing a Business Plan – Webinar @ CPCC Small Business Center
Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Sep
1
Tue
How to Start a Business – Webinar @ CPCC Small Business Center
Sep 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.

Speaker(s): Tom Conroy

Pre-registration required. Online Web Ex registrants will be emailed the access information 24 hours before the training seminar. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Sep
3
Thu
Customer Discovery – Webinar @ CPCC Small Business Center
Sep 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Businesses fail because of a lack of customers. Learn how to prove you have a market at the onset using the Customer Discovery process. Find out the best way to approach potential customers to ask for information about their needs and to obtain feedback on your potential idea/solution. This early feedback is priceless and will help you design the “ideal” solution itself – one that customers want and are willing to pay for. Don’t fail for lack of product market fit!

Speaker(s): Devin Collins, Interim Executive Director, Ventureprise

Pre-registration required. Online Web Ex registrants will be emailed the access information 24 hours before the training seminar. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Sep
10
Thu
Funding Your Business – Webinar @ CPCC Small Business Center
Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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): Dan Gotte, Real Rock Holdings

Pre-registration required. Online Web Ex registrants will be emailed the access information 24 hours before the training seminar. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Sep
15
Tue
Is Starting a Business Right For You? SCORE Workshop Series #2–#5 (Fee: $150 for Workshop Series) @ Virtual webinar via Zoom
Sep 15 @ 12:45 pm – 3:45 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 (September 15, 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 (September 22,  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 (September 29, 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 (October 6, 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)

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

 

Government Contracting 101 – Webinar @ CPCC Small Business Center
Sep 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This free seminar is designed to introduce small businesses to the government sales process. Learn the basics of how to prepare for local, state and federal government opportunities. Explore the dynamics of small business certifications and how they impact the procurement process. We will end the session with a demonstration on navigating the various electronic procurement platforms used to identify opportunities.

This is the first session of the Government Contracting Series.

Speaker(s): Anita Staton, Miles Enterprise Solutions

Pre-registration required. Online Web Ex registrants will be emailed the access information 24 hours before the training seminar. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Sep
17
Thu
H U B Certification – Webinar @ CPCC Small Business Center
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

If you are a women, minority, or disabled business owner, come join us and learn how to position your company to do business with the State of North Carolina. State government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the state. Many state contract opportunities contain participation goals for Historically Underutilized Businesses (minority and women-owned businesses). This certification training will feature: • A review of the complete Statewide Uniform Certification HUB Certification application process. • In-depth hands-on assistance through the process of registering on the Electronic Vendor Portal(eVP) • Answers to the most common application questions • Receive guidance on how to grow and market your business for success in state government Plan NOW to leverage this resource to create a competitive advantage in your market.

Speaker(s): Melissa Terrell, HUB/Department of Administration

Pre-registration required. Online Web Ex registrants will be emailed the access information 24 hours before the training seminar. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Sep
21
Mon
Marketing Monday: Google My Business – Webinar @ CPCC Small Business Center
Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Google has changed the way businesses do work. If a customer can’t find a business on Google, does it even exist? Learn how to utilize the free Google My Business tool to promote your business profile and websites. With a Google My Business account, you can connect and engage with more customers and showcase your business details in a way to drive sales!

Presenter: TBA

Pre-registration required. Online Web Ex registrants will be emailed the access information 24 hours before the training seminar. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

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