/Events

Apr
30
Tue
Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series 2-5 ($150) @ SBA
Apr 30 @ 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series #2 — #5(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

Session 2: Business Concept – April 30

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 – May 7

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 – May 14

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 – May 21

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 Workshop Series is presented by SCORE Certified Mentors. Free one-on-one counseling is part of the workshop process.

 

Is Starting a Business Right for You? @ Steele Creek Library
Apr 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

 Session 1: Start-Up Basics – FREE SCORE Charlotte Workshop

This introductory workshop focuses on the 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

 

May
1
Wed
Government Contracting 101 @ CPCC Central Campus Hall Bldg Room 215
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Government Contracting

The Government 101 course is designed to introduce small businesses to the government sales process. We will share the basics of how to prepare for local, state and federal government opportunities. This session will 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.

Seminar 1 of the Government Contracting Series

Speaker(s): Anita Staton

Pre-registration is required.

 

May
7
Tue
Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series 2-5 ($150) @ SBA
May 7 @ 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series #2 — #5(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

Session 2: Business Concept – April 30

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 – May 7

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 – May 14

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 – May 21

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 Workshop Series is presented by SCORE Certified Mentors. Free one-on-one counseling is part of the workshop process.

 

May
8
Wed
Responding to RFPs, RFQs and ITBs @ CPCC Central Campus, Hall Bldg Room 215
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Government Contracting

Get an insider’s look at what it takes to win a significant contract. A City of Charlotte contracting officer will share insights on how to respond to Requests for Proposals and other potential opportunities. See samples of successful submissions. Learn the do’s and don’t’s in writing and submitting a proposal. Understand how decisions are made. Find out how to successfully compete in the proposal process.

Seminar 2 of the Government Contracting Series

Speaker(s): Johnella Walker

Pre-registration is required.

May
14
Tue
Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series 2-5 ($150) @ SBA
May 14 @ 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Is Starting a Business Right for You? SCORE Workshop Series #2 — #5(Fee: $150 for Workshop Series)

Session 2: Business Concept – April 30

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 – May 7

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 – May 14

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 – May 21

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 Workshop Series is presented by SCORE Certified Mentors. Free one-on-one counseling is part of the workshop process.

 

How to Start a Business @ CPCC Central Campus, Hall Bldg Room 215
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Start-up Assistance

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 is required

How to Start a Business (Online) @ Online
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Start-up Assistance

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

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

Meeting number: 316 045 643

Meeting password: sbcn2019

Pre-registration is required

May
15
Wed
Developing a Capability Statement @ CPCC Central Campus, Hall Bldg Room 215
May 15 @ 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.

Seminar 3 in the Government Contracting Series

Speaker(s): Lapronda Spann

Pre-registration is required

May
21
Tue
WEE Talks…Instagram, Marketing 101 @ Waxhaw Entrepreneurs
May 21 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

WEE Talks…Instagram, Marketing 101

SCORE Workshop, featuring Shane Fraser of SNA Today, Social Networking Assistance

Shane Fraser, Social Media Expert of Waxhaw, will talk about

  • How to set up a “Business Profile” on Instagram
  • How to utilize Hashtags – What is a Hashtag and Why should you use them?
  • How to use different types of Instagram Ads – Photo, Video, Stories or Carousel. And should you?

Join us for Coffee and Donuts.  Walk-ins are welcome!

Shane Fraser will give a 15-minute presentation and then we’ll open it up to 45 minutes of lively conversation when we will talk about your business and how you use or could use Instagram.

This workshop is being co-sponsored by SCORE Charlotte and Waxhaw Entrepreneurs.

 SCORE Charlotte: 704-344-6576

Waxhaw Entrepreneurs: 704-219-8765