About Small Business Center at Central Piedmont

Every year, the Small Business Center at Central Piedmont helps thousands of entrepreneurs learn, launch, connect and grow by giving them the skills, mindset, and network they need to succeed! No matter where you are on your small business journey, their free small business webinars, seminars and one-on-one counseling will help you develop key business skills. Ready to take it to the next level and grow your venture? The Small Business Center also provides more comprehensive training programs to help you achieve long-term success. If you are seeking to launch a startup or scale an existing venture, keep reading to learn more about how they can provide step-by-step assistance to help you achieve your business goals.


Starting a business is hard, but the Central Piedmont Small Business Center makes things a little bit easier. Take advantage of free small business webinars and seminars to build foundational skills; go from idea to execution with Central Piedmont!

If you’re looking for something a little more personal, the Small Business Center also offers free one-on-one business counseling. Central Piedmont Small Business Center counselors are available to evaluate your business plan and help you address specific concerns about your business. If you’re looking for an expert to help you navigate a startup you can register for free one-on-one assistance here.

Create Your Business Plan

It all starts with a plan! And when it comes to business planning, the Small Business Center offers courses and seminars to help you research and write a sure-to-succeed business plan. The best part? Many of these seminars are free! View their schedule of free seminars here. If you are interested in more comprehensive training view their course schedule here.

Legal Structure

How to Choose Your Legal Structure: When it comes to the legal side of starting and running a business, the Small Business Center offers courses and seminars on a wide variety of topics, including how to choose your legal structure. View their current course schedule on their website!

Business Structures Comparison Chart: With this Business Structures Comparison Chart, you can quickly learn the advantages (and disadvantages!) of different business structures.

Market Research

The Small Business Center is a member of the IBIS World community so that it can provide expert industry research reports to the clients it serves.  To receive no cost targeted industry reports to help you understand industry trends visit the Small Business Resource Center or meet with a business counselor.

Taxes and Recordkeeping

Did you know that Central Piedmont offers a series of classes devoted to your small business taxes? Learn about your tax responsibilities, recordkeeping and filing requirements and make filing tax reports easier than ever! View the current schedule here to reserve your seat.

Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center offers training that targets the needs of small business owners. Training is delivered via:

Additionally, Central Piedmont is a leader in workforce development and offers a wide variety of professional development programs through its Corporate and Continuing Education division.

Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights and Trade Secrets: Join the Central Piedmont Small Business Center for their course on trademarks, patents, copyrights and trade secrets. Register now, and learn the steps you should take to protect your idea and stay out of infringement trouble!

New Product Idea – From Concept to Commercialization: You think that your new product or service will be a hit, but what will customers think? The Central Piedmont Small Business Center offers a class called “New Product Idea: From Concept to Commercialization,” which is taught by invention expert Louis Foreman. In it, you’ll receive step-by-step instructions for designing, developing and protecting your new product idea, as well as everything you need to know when taking it to the marketplace. Click here for details and registration.

Starting a Non-Profit

Whether you’re passionate about starting a nonprofit or are looking to enhance and develop your nonprofit management skills, Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center has nonprofit training available to meet your needs. If you’re ready to execute and need advice, register for business counseling, and let one of Central Piedmont Small Business Center’s nonprofit experts help. Also, read their article on the “7 Steps to Starting Your Nonprofit Business in North Carolina” to learn more about what it takes.


Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center offers one-on-one business counseling and targeted programs to help your business reach the next level such as a free six-part “What’s Next?” seminar series and an annual growth accelerator program, Get Up and Grow! to help ease the growing pains of any business. Visit https://www.cpcc.edu/sbc to find the help you’ve been looking for!

Training Programs

For over 50 years, Central Piedmont’s Corporate Learning Center has been driving individuals and the companies they work for to succeed. By working one-on-one with your business, they’ll help you build a custom program that meets the needs of your team. Learn more about group training today!

With workplace learning from Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center, you can give your employees the skills and confidence they need now and for the future. Learn more about their co-ops, apprenticeships, and internships here.

State Services

The Central Piedmont Small Business Center offers customized programs for change management, succession planning and team building. Click here, and discover how they can help you build high-performing teams!

Transitioning ownership is challenging, but talking to an expert can help. The Central Piedmont Small Business Center offers one-on-one counseling that will allow you to speak openly and confidentially, as you navigate your way through this next step. Learn more now!

Business Associations

Networking is critical for business owners, which is why Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center offers special events providing local entrepreneurs a place and space to connect. Prior to attending these or other networking events, be sure to participate in their free workshop to help you develop networking skills. Register here!


Avoiding Mistakes

To buy, or not to buy? That is the question, and the Small Business Center at Central Piedmont can help you find the answer. Register for their free site selection seminar, and learn the basics of leasing and buying. To further help you with the process of site selection, the Small Business Center has provided factors to consider when selecting a location, as well as the pros and cons of leasing versus buying.


In addition to helping you develop a business plan with financial forecasts, the Central Piedmont Small Business Center offers a variety of courses, seminars, and workshops that cover everything from financing your small business to accounting with QuickBooksTake a look at their current course offerings, and reserve your seat!


Counseling and Training

Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center offers a free seminar that will give you an insider’s look into what it takes to win a contract, starting with responding to the Request for Proposal (RFP). In this course, you’ll see samples of successful submissions and learn how to better write and submit a proposal. Register now for “Responding to RFPs, RFQs, and ITBs”!

The Central Piedmont Small Business Center offers a free seminar and webinar in partnership with the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina to provide an overview of Certifications available for local business. Browse their current course schedule here.

Other courses offered by Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center include Government Contracting 101, Developing a Capability Statement and Doing Business with Mecklenburg County. Visit them online to register!

Learn about “Responding to RFPs, RFQs, and ITBs” with the Central Piedmont Small Business Center. Reserve your seat now to find out what it takes to win a contract and successfully compete in the bidding process!



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Central Piedmont Small Business Center

1112 Charlottetowne Avenue
Hall Professional Development Building
Suite 214
Charlotte, NC 28204

(704) 330-6736



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