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The Business LaunchPad is an exclusive, no cost, 16 week
program instituted and administered by Mecklenburg County’s
Office of Economic Development in facilitation partnership
with Central Piedmont Community College’s Small Business
Center. The program includes classroom instruction, subject
matter experts, guest speakers, practical exercises, and
participation in ‘real-world’ workshops and events.
This progressive economic development program is created to
capitalize on the synergy and collaboration of organizational
resources and establishment of an effective toolkit for success
Space is limited. This exclusive program is sponsored by Mecklenburg County’s Office of Economic Development and is offered free of charge in partnership with Central Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center. This program is made possible by a grant from CLT Host 2020, Inc.
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business, Virtual 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.
Business Start-Up Series – 4 Sessions
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)Registration: The Business Start-Up Workshop Series is presented by SCORE Certified Mentors. Free one-on-one counseling is part of the workshop process.
Zoom virtual workshop, login information provided upon registration: