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Aug
24
Thu
Soup to Nuts Strategy for Starting a Successful Food Business @ CPCC Harris Campus
Aug 24 @ 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 8/22-8/24

 

SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business — SBA @ SBA Office
Aug 24 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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 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.

Sep
7
Thu
NBMBAA CLT: Entrepreneurs / Small Business Owners Meetup @ The Ritz Carlton - Charlotte
Sep 7 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The mission of the National Black MBA Association is to increase the number successful professionals in the business community by providing innovative programs to stimulate intellectual and economic growth. Building partnerships with key stakeholders who help facilitate this growth is crucial in accomplishing this. Join us as we aid in the facilitation of B2B referrals and resources associated with starting, running and growing a business. Network with like-minded individuals to exchange ideas, contacts, referrals and general business knowledge. We value the entrepreneurial spirit in the community and recognize how vital of a role small businesses and entrepreneurs play in strengthening our economy.

Join our Meetup group at https://www.meetup.com/NBMBAA-Charlotte-Chapter/

Sep
12
Tue
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series #2-#5 — SBA @ SBA Office
Sep 12 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #2 – #5 Workshop Series – Sept 2017  ($150)

SCORE  Series Workshop

 

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 (Sept 12, 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 (Sept 19, 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 (Sept 26, 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 (Oct 3, 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) 

 

 

 
Sep
14
Thu
SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business — Packard Place @ Packard Place
Sep 14 @ 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM

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.

NBMBAA CLT: Careers in Commercial Real Estate with CBRE @ Bank of America Conference Center - Wake Forest University Charlotte Center
Sep 14 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Have you ever thought about a career, or doing business, in the field of commercial real estate (CRE)? Join us as we partner with CBRE – Charlotte African-American Network Group (AANG)  for a panel discussion led by Chris Perri, Sr. Managing Director at CBRE. Through this dynamic panel of Charlotte’s CRE professionals, we will explore:

  • How Charlotte ranks on the national stage for CRE growth and development
  • The impact Charlotte’s growth has on Community Development
  • The role of CBRE in CRE
  • How deals are done in CRE
  • Access to Capital Markets and Risk Assessment
  • Points of entry into a career in CRE 

Moderator:

Chris Perri, Sr. Managing Director, CBRE                              Global Workplace Solutions – Client Strategy & Mgmt Consulting

Panelists:

Tony Perez, VP of Real Estate, Carolinas Healthcare Systems        Facilities Management Group

Tonya Brandon, Managing Director, CBRE                           Global Workplace Solutions – East Division Supply Chain Director

Adrienne Bain, VP, Citizens Bank

Sep
21
Thu
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 — SBA @ SBA Office
Sep 21 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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.

Sep
23
Sat
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1–North County Regional Library @ North County Regional Library
Sep 23 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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.

Oct
3
Tue
ABC’S Small Business Orientation @ Women's Business Center of Charlotte
Oct 3 @ 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.

SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1 — South County Regional Library @ South County Regional Library
Oct 3 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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.

 

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