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May
2
Tue
ABC’S Small Business Orientation @ Women's Business Center of Charlotte
May 2 @ 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

ABC’s Small Business Orientation

WBCC  will deliver – A workshop to help start-ups and established entrepreneurs examine the feasibility of their small business idea in the current market.  The discussion centers on business plan development, entity formation, managing risk, financial projections, and funding opportunities.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #2 – #5 Workshop Series – May 2017 (3) @ SBA Office
May 2 @ 12:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Is Starting a Business Right for You? 

Attend this comprehensive series of workshops to help you test your new business idea and gets you started on the right path. Free one-to-one counseling is also a part of the workshop process.

Join us for four three-hour sessions that help you understand the basics of:

  • 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.  

Session 2: Business Concept  (May 2, 2017)

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 9, 2017)

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 16, 2017)

 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 23, 2017)

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 merits of business plans and loan application. At the end of the series, you have all of 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)

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Design a Powerful Business Website With WordPress @ CPCC Central Campus
May 2 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

If you have always wanted your own business website, it doesn’t get any easier than this. This interactive course will guide you through setting up your own website using WordPress. Learn how to customize the look and feel of the site, add widgets, drive traffic and more. Occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays 4/25-5/4

May
4
Thu
SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 – SBA Office (1) @ SBA Office
May 4 @ 12:45 PM – 3:00 PM
SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 - SBA Office (1) @ SBA Office | Charlotte | North Carolina | United States

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1: Start-up Basics

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics 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.

Design a Powerful Business Website With WordPress @ CPCC Central Campus
May 4 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

If you have always wanted your own business website, it doesn’t get any easier than this. This interactive course will guide you through setting up your own website using WordPress. Learn how to customize the look and feel of the site, add widgets, drive traffic and more. Occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays 4/25-5/4

May
18
Thu
SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 – SBA Office (1) @ SBA Office
May 18 @ 12:45 PM – 3:00 PM
SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 - SBA Office (1) @ SBA Office | Charlotte | North Carolina | United States

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1: Start-up Basics

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics 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.

May
23
Tue
2017 CMBCC 30 Under 30 Recognition Breakfast @ Johnson C. Smith University
May 23 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Charlotte-Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce is honoring young business owners & professionals who are contributing positively to the fabric of our community.

Join CMBCC for breakfast, 8:00 am Tuesday May 23rd at Johnson C. Smith University, as we recognize thirty of Charlotte’s brightest entrepreneurs and business professionals — 30 years and under.

This year, we are excited to showcase Mecklenburg County Public Defender and Community Advocate, Toussaint Romain, as our keynote speaker.

Visit cmbcc.org/events/calendar/ to learn more.

 

Soup to Nuts Strategy for Starting a Successful Food Business @ Central Campus
May 23 @ 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM

There is good news in North Carolina for food entrepreneurs. No longer are you required to rent expensive commercial space in order to bring your creative recipes to market. Thanks to cottage food laws you can now create a small food business in your own kitchen as long as you follow all of the rules. Sales for specialty food products have increased over 18 percent in the last three years as more consumers seek out the quality and taste of artisan products. Take advantage of this growing market and learn the intricacies of the laws that allow you to create food products at home and create a winning recipe for a successful food business. Occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays 5/23-5/25

 

Soup to Nuts Strategy for Starting a Successful Food Business Online @ Online
May 23 @ 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM

There is good news in North Carolina for food entrepreneurs. No longer are you required to rent expensive commercial space in order to bring your creative recipes to market. Thanks to cottage food laws you can now create a small food business in your own kitchen as long as you follow all of the rules. Sales for specialty food products have increased over 18 percent in the last three years as more consumers seek out the quality and taste of artisan products. Take advantage of this growing market and learn the intricacies of the laws that allow you to create food products at home and create a winning recipe for a successful food business. Occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays Online  5/23-5/25

 

May
25
Thu
Soup to Nuts Strategy for Starting a Successful Food Business @ Central Campus
May 25 @ 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM

There is good news in North Carolina for food entrepreneurs. No longer are you required to rent expensive commercial space in order to bring your creative recipes to market. Thanks to cottage food laws you can now create a small food business in your own kitchen as long as you follow all of the rules. Sales for specialty food products have increased over 18 percent in the last three years as more consumers seek out the quality and taste of artisan products. Take advantage of this growing market and learn the intricacies of the laws that allow you to create food products at home and create a winning recipe for a successful food business. Occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays 5/23-5/25

 

 

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