October 3, 2012 Marketing for Small Business Charlotte
Charlotte SCORE and AT&T Advertising Solutions are hosting this half day event at The Employers Association office, 3020 W Arrowood Road I Charlotte from 7:30 am to 1 pm. This seminar will provide small business owners the opportunity to experience small group seminars directed at generating new customers. Learn the successful techniques other small firms are using. Network with other small business owners. Experience a hands-on marketing seminar. Attendance is FREE; however, space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis to current business owners. A maximum of one representative per company may attend. The event includes continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages. To Register: go to www.charlotte.score.org and click on Local Workshops at the top. Not sure if the event is for you? Call their office at 704-344-6576 for more information.
October 4, 2012 Exporting: Build it here – Sell it everywhere Durham
Sponsored by NCIMED & the Women’s Business Center, this free event will be held at the Durham Marriott City Center, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Topics include export strategy, competing in the global marketplace, and advantages and disadvantages in exporting. www.ncimed.com; For more info, contact Doreen Littlejohn, 919-838-9950.
October 4, 2012 Winston-Salem State Entrepreneur Summit Winston-Salem
WSSU is hosting an inspirational, educational, and motivational evening from 5 pm to 8pm at the Anderson Center, WSSU campus. $35 or $25 for students. Register: tinyurl.com/entrepreneursummit or call 336-478-2305
Oct. 4, 2012 Starting and Growing Your Business Webinar: 3 pm
Are you a woman who is ready to start or expand a small business? Now’s a good time to take that first step, with help from a U.S. Small Business Administration series of four web chats during October, which is also National Women’s Small Business Month. Each week in October, SBA’s web chat series will feature experts who will give advice to women on how to put together business plans, navigate the challenges of entering competitive markets, and establish the foundation for a successful, profitable enterprise. www.sba.gov, and clicking on the web chat event under “What’s New.”
October 8, 2012 NC - Teen Entrepreneurship Symposium Charlotte
This event will take place on Monday October 8, 2012 from 9:00 am to 2:30pm on the campus of The University of North Carolina - Charlotte. The event will focus on giving high school students various perspectives on entrepreneurship while teaching key entrepreneurial concepts in a hands-on setting. During the Symposium students will hear from keynote speaker Mr. Michael J. DeLazzer, creator of the Redbox movie kiosk, as he shares his entrepreneurial journey and road to success. In addition, students will attend break-out sessions that focuses on various facets of entrepreneurship, a networking lunch and a panel discussion. Each break-out session is presented by a Nationally-recognized teen entrepreneur. Teen Entrepreneurship Symposium participants; develop and strengthen their entrepreneurial mindset, increase social and networking skills, and gain an in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship. In cooperation with several local businesses, The Teen Entrepreneurship Symposium has become a unique, educational and engaging conference that inspires teens to discover their passion and become an entrepreneurial-minded individual. $15.00 (Register by September 21, 2012)
Late Registration - $20.00. www.independentyouth.org/cnc-teen-ent-symposium.php
October 9, 2012 Leadership Means Success - Women in Business Belmont
The Small Business Center at Gaston College and the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina will offer a lunch seminar providing specialized leadership training for women business owners.
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Room KCC 118; Kimbrell Campus & Textile Technology Center; 7220 Wilkinson Boulevard, Belmont, NC 28012; $20 Registration Fee. http://www.gaston.edu/conted/schedule.php
October 9, 2012 Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Charlotte
Charlotte SCORE hosts this workshop from 1 pm to 4 pm. $25. 6302 Fairview Road. To register and pay go online to www.charlotte.score.org. For information call (704) 344-6576.
October 9, 2012 North Carolina Grown: Moving Healthy Foods from Farms to Kitchens
This statewide Healthy Foods Forum will look holistically at the supply chain of healthy foods production and distribution in North Carolina to identify ways to improve access to healthy foods across the state. We are inviting interested farmers, aggregators, distributors, retailers, restaurateurs, policy makers, lenders, community-based organizations and any individuals or groups involved in healthy foods initiatives. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Joseph S. Koury Center, 3121 High Point Road at I-40, Greensboro, NC 27407 $35.
October 10, 2012 NC Military Business Cary
Are you getting military business? Learn about the military procurement process and how to compete the business. Seminar topics include understanding set-asides navigating the NCMBC website government pre-award sealed & open bids pre-award costs and pricing post-award contract changes & claims, contract termination procedures and 8(A), H2 veterans programs. NC Military Business Center staff will present this program. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCT 10-12: 2012 NC Federal Construction (FEDCON) & Infrastructure Summit Wilmington
The Summit program will focus on new federal construction, sustainment, restoration and modernization (SRM) and energy-related construction opportunities and federal contracting processes in North Carolina. The program will include presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions, a vendor expo and speed networking with: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, US Army Corps of Engineers, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard Installations, Department of Veterans Affairs and Other Federal Agencies, Major Construction Prime Contractors, & North Carolina Companies. Event will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC. http://www.ncmbc.us/2012FEDCONSummit.php
October 11, 2012 Finding Capital Webinar: 4 pm
SBA’s Jeanne Hulit, Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access, will present this webinar. http://web.sba.gov/livemeeting/public/dsp_meeting_view.cfm?meetngid=184
October 15, 2012 Deadline for BIG AND TASTY COMPETITION STATEWIDE
Blue Ridge Food Ventures and Mountain BizWorks announce the launch of The Big Tasty! Making’ It to Market Food Product Idea Contest with the generous support of the Tobacco Trust Fund.
Objective: To find and help grow a small business in North Carolina that wants to introduce a new food product or service to the market. Entries will be judged on their commercial appeal and business viability, as well as their flavor, unique qualities, and best use of local ingredients. Prizes valued at more than $10,000 in cash and services will be awarded.
Eligibility: Any North Carolina resident is eligible to submit a food product or food-related service that is not a packaged meat, dairy or low-acid product. The product cannot contain more than .5% alcohol. Other restrictions may apply. How the Contest Works: Contestants submit a packet that includes an entry form, a $10 non-refundable entry fee, and an “inspiration” board or booklet that could include photos, videos, web links, packaging ideas, or even magazine clippings to explain and illustrate the product or service idea or concept. Deadline for submission is October 15, 2012. Entry form and details at www.blueridgefoodventures.org or call 828.348.0130. A panel of judges will review the entries and select semi-finalists by November 1, 2012. Prizes: The grand prize winner gets $2,500 in cash and 100 free hours of incubator time, including use of the commercial kitchen and equipment at Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Up to two runners-up each receive $1,000 each and 50 hours of incubator time. All winners also receive a free Foundations Business Planning Course through Mountain BizWorks. In total, prizes valued at more than $10,000 in cash and services will be awarded.
October. 16, 2012 Contracting with the Federal Government Webinar 3 pm
SBA’s John Shoraka, Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, will present this webinar. http://web.sba.gov/livemeeting/public/dsp_meeting_view.cfm?meetngid=185
October 16-17, 2012 2012 Rural Partners Forum North Raleigh Hilton
Discover why rural North Carolina is home to one of the richest asset bases in the world - and why deficit thinking may be holding us back! How savvy rural communities are "using what they've got" to create exciting new economic ventures. Be the first to learn about important new research findings and initiatives on rural manufacturing, fisheries, our built environment and more. Touch base with dozens of funding organizations at the always popular Rural Resource Fair and test out your project proposals.
For early registration, visit the forum on the Rural Center website. http://www.ncruralcenter.org/
Registration is $225 for the two days. For ages 16-30, registration is $195.
October 24, 2012 4th Annual 8th District Federal Contracting Symposium Albemarle
The Federal Contracting Symposium will include a federal contracting workshop series and a resource fair for businesses engaging in the federal market. The resource fair is a reverse trade show with booths occupied by representatives of federal contracting offices and prime contractors, who are interested in meeting small business contractors and subcontractors. The reverse trade show format provides your company the opportunity to meet and present your business to numerous federal agencies and prime contractors – all in one location. http://www.ncmbc.us/2012FederalContractingSymposium.php.
October 25, 2012 Business Opportunities for Young Women Webinar: 2 pm
SBA’s Ana Harvey, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership, will present this webinar. http://web.sba.gov/livemeeting/public/dsp_meeting_view.cfm?meetngid=186
October 25, 2012 NC Government Contracting Seminar Raleigh
We all know the challenge...keeping up with the ever-changing GovCon environment. Fortunately, each year Strategic Consulting Solutions assembles the industry's top leaders and experts to help business owners plan and formulate responses to the most significant challenges they may face. www.ncmbc.us/2012NCGovernmentContractingSeminar.php.
November 8, 2012 Ethical Requirements in Government Contracting Fayetteville
Corporate Ethics and Business Codes of Conduct require more than mottos on a wall, words on paper or text on a screen. Effective and meaningful corporate ethical programs include a full spectrum of leadership, education, training and compliance programs. There must be a commitment to create an ethical climate that is serious about corporate values. This presentation will address the ethical requirements in government contracting including anecdotal lessons learned, personal and organizational conflicts of interest, as well as the currently proposed OCI rules under the FAR. www.ncmbc.us/NCMA_NOV8.php.
November 13-15, 2012 Fall '12 Defense Contractor Academy Greensboro
NC Military Business Center is hosting the Defense Contractor Academy. The Academy will offer advanced instruction and a certificate of completion to existing, small business defense contractors to provide the tools needed to grow the defense contracting portion of their business portfolio. A series of 9 classes will be offered, beginning on November 13, 2012 and ending November 15, 2012. Each session will include presentation of material and either a panel or guest business(es) to discuss their experiences regarding the topic of the session. www.ncmbc.us/FALL2012DCA.php.