FREE SEMINARS Central Piedmont Community College
INSTITUTE for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Center FREE SEMINARS Central Piedmont Community College www.cpcc.edu/einstitute - Register by calling 704.330.4223
GETTING STARTED Start Your Business Now SBX 7525
What do you really need to get started? Much more than luck! This
popular seminar is packed with valuable information to help you start off
right and increase the odds of your business being successful.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 5/22 (Sec. 501) T Central Campus
Choosing Your Legal Structure SBX 7812 Which legal structure is best for your business-
Sole Proprietorship, S-Corporation, Partnership, LLC?
Choosing the right business entity is
an important step in setting up your business. Know the right questions
to ask when choosing a legal structure and understand the benefits and
disadvantages of each.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 5/24 (Sec. 501) TH Central Campus
Business Plan Basics SBX 7805
Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term
success. Attending this seminar will only be the start of a process that will
help commit your great ideas to paper. It will provide you with a good
general overview and basic understanding of the components of a typical
business plan, how marketing, operations and finance are inter-related and
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 5/30 (Sec. 501) W University City Regional Library
The DNA of an Entrepreneur – SBX 8047 Entrepreneurship Skill and Competency Assessment
What skills and competencies do you need to be successful as an
entrepreneur? This entrepreneurial competency assessment will measure
your strengths and weaknesses related to specific traits and skills demonstrated
by entrepreneurs. How does your assessment profile compare to
those of successful entrepreneurs? Find out and take the first step toward
creating an action plan to make your entrepreneurial dream a reality.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 6/4 (Sec. 501) M Central Campus
FUNDING AND FINANCIALS Funding Your Business SBX 7529
This seminar will review the various forms of equity and debt financing,
including conventional bank loans, SBA guaranteed loans, private loans,
venture capital, factored receivables, credit cards and supplier trade credit.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 6/4 (Sec. 502) M Central Campus
Small Business Resources SBX 8048
This seminar will assist you with resources available for small businesses,
including the programs and services provided by the Women’s Business
Center (WBC) and N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development
(NCIMED). Learn how to best access services as you start, grow and
manage your business.
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 6/5 (Sec. 501) T Central Campus
How to Start a Home-Based Business SBX 8049
Many people find working from home the ideal arrangement and decide
to formally set up businesses in their homes. Topics include getting started,
finding your niche, understanding legal requirements, developing a
business plan, marketing, financial planning and more.
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 6/6 (Sec. 501) W Central Campus
Life Lessons from an Entrepreneur SBX 8046
Larry Wright has worked as a corporate executive, a business owner and
a business consultant. While the roles may vary and the business climate
may change, the goal is the same – increase profitability. Come and listen
to Larry speak about the many lessons he has learned in a constantly
changing business environment to achieve business profitability. What has
changed? What remains the same? Learn from these insights as you create
a game-winning strategy for your business.
12:30 – 2 p.m. 6/7 (Sec. 501) TH Central Campus
MANAGING YOUR BUSINESS Business Success: Avoiding Failure SBX 7818
Every year thousands of people start a business. Sadly, most of those
businesses fail within the first five years. Why? Find out what successful
businesses know and discover the five important steps to take now to avoid
going under later.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 6/20 (Sec. 501) W Central Campus
Marketing your business Creating a Meaningful Brand SBX 8015
To create a meaningful and lasting brand it’s important to understand
your brand, define it and live it as a lifestyle. Your brand is more than the
name of your company, logo or colors of your logo, it’s differentiating
your brand from your competitors by creating expectations in the mind
of your consumers of “trust, affection, loyalty and brand recognition.”
More importantly, creating a meaningful brand requires engaging your
customers through positive customer experiences to build awareness
about your brand and a following of loyal customers. We will assist you in
building your brand strategy and identity.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 6/26 (Sec. 501) T Central Campus
Networking: A Tool for Success SBX 7888
Networking is more than just a social hobby. It’s all about who you know
and how you utilize those relationships. Effective networking is a skill that
is developed by practice and can be a very rewarding tool for your business.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 6/28 (Sec. 501) TH Central Campus