/Events

Jan
21
Tue
Cracking the Code of Crisis Management @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 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 Advisory

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

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.

 

Emotional Intelligence for Business Success 1 @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 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

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
28
Tue
Business Startup Workshop @ The Women's Business Center Charlotte
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Who / Why Should You Attend:  Want to start a business, but not sure of the paperwork you need or the steps you should take??? This Startup Workshop is designed to give Entrepreneurs on-site legal counsel and assistance. This hands-on workshop will provide participants with answers to their legal questions, support with filling out documents with NC Secretary of the State, and support with completing all paperwork to get your business up and running.

Presenters:  Natalie Williams  /  Raeneice Taltoan-Reed  /  Tony Proctor  /  Ann Elmore”

Business Preparedness: Expect the Unexpected @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg. Room 215/Online
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 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 Advisory

Pre-registration required

Jan
29
Wed
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

Jan
30
Thu
How to Get Certified with NC DOT @ The Women's Business Center of Charlotte
Jan 30 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Who / Why Should You Attend:  Want to get certified to do business with NC DOT? At this day session you will gain the knowledge about DBE, have application reviewed (if complete will be taken for processing), and overview of contracting / website navigation.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) Certification is a legislatively mandated USDOT program that applies to federal-aid highway dollars expended on federally assisted contracts issued by USDOT recipients such as state transportation agencies. NC DOT certification programs are designed to advance the economy and strengthen communities across the state. Prequalification is necessary to ensure that a vendor has sufficient ability and experience to do the work specified on NCDOT contracts.

Presenters:  Monique Priester  / Elizabeth Cruz

Small Business Development @ The Women's Business Center of Charlotte
Jan 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Who / Why Should You Attend:  Are you an entrepreneur thinking of starting a business or are you already in business and not sure if you have completed all the necessary steps to be an established entity or successful business? This workshop is designed to help entrepreneurs with start-ups and established businesses to examine the feasibility of their small business idea in the current market, examine entrepreneur readiness, business plan development, entity formation, managing risk, and various ways to fund or bootstrap the business.

Presenter:  Sonya Miller-Ray