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Every year, the Small Business Center at CPCC 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

Starting a business is hard, but the CPCC 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 CPCC!

If you’re looking for something a little more personal, the Small Business Center also offers free one-on-one business counseling. CPCC 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 startup or growth challenges, or even if you just need a sounding board, you can register for free here.

Create Your Business Plan

It all starts with a plan! And when it comes to business planning, the Small Business Center offerscourses 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 current 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.

Taxes and Recordkeeping

Did you know that CPCC 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.

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

Additionally, Central Piedmont Community College 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 CPCC 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 CPCC 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.

Should you start your own business from scratch or look into franchising? To help you weigh your options, CPCC’s Small Business Center offers a free workshop called “Startup vs. Franchise,” which is facilitated by a local franchise expert.

Starting a Non-Profit

Whether you’re passionate about starting a nonprofit or are looking to enhance and develop your nonprofit management skills, CPCC’s Small Business Center has nonprofit training available to meet your needs. If you’re ready to execute and need advisement, register for business counseling, and let one of CPCC 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.

GROWING

CPCC’s Small Business Center offers one-on-one business counseling and professional development programs to help ease the growing pains of any business. Visithttps://www.cpcc.edu/sbc to find the help you’ve been looking for!

Training Programs

For over 50 years, CPCC’s Corporate Learning Center has been driving individuals and the companies they work for to success. 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 CPCC’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 CPCC 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!

Export Assistance, Research & Statistics

Central Piedmont Community College is a leader in global initiatives, host of the annual Global Summit, and its Small Business Center is one of five designated Small Business International Training Centers within the Small Business Center Network. The Small Business Center also offers a workshop on exporting, as well as links to helpful resources through its International Business Resource Directory.

If you’re trying to develop a strategy for going global, the CPCC Small Business Center offers a FREE workshop on exporting and what it takes to export and increase profitability. Register now!

Business Advisory and Incubation

Geek is chic! In addition to showcasing many of CPCC’s small business resources, the Geek Festival (TGF) is an exciting and eclectic annual celebration of the “geek” in all of us. This event is designed to educate the hearts and minds of our community by highlighting and celebrating the creative and exciting innovations of new technology, media and industries. Learn more here.

Transitioning ownership is challenging, but talking to an expert can help. The CPCC 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 CPCC’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 developnetworking skillsRegister here!

LOCATING

Avoiding Mistakes

To buy, or not to buy? That is the question, and the Small Business Center at CPCC 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.

FINANCING

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

CONTRACTING

Counseling and Training

CPCC’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 CPCC 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 CPCC’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 CPCC 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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