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Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center
Hall Building
Charlotte, NC

Phone: 704-330-6736
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The Small Business Center at CPCC offers support to those who want to start a small business or those who want help with an existing business.  We are your local community provider of entrepreneurial training, counseling, and resource information. To learn more about our program and services visit our local college website at

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Monday, March 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Are you ready for your food truck to go viral? Learn the best ways to build your brand, attract media attention, increase sales and grow profits. Class meets Monday, 3/27 and Wednesday 3/29 from 6-9 p.m.
Speaker: Larry Swayne
Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Whether you're in the tank or pitching to local angel investors you need to know how to structure and negotiate a deal. Find out what angels look for, how to prepare, and even when to walk away. Learn about business valuation, setting reasonable terms, and securing the best deal.
Speaker: Dan Gotte
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Prepare, prepare, prepare. Shark Tank coming to Charlotte presents a potential life-changing opportunity for you and your business. You get that opportunity to pitch. Now what? How do you begin to craft your pitch? What will investors want to know? What do you need to include in those few precious minutes? Learn how to use the “power of story” to engage your audience with a clear and concise pitch
Speaker: Presented by Juan Garzon, Messaging Strategist & Director of PitchBreakfast
Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A good pitch can be life changing for your business and we all know practice makes perfect. In this open session, you will have three minutes to deliver your pitch in front of entrepreneurial peers and receive feedback from successful entrepreneurs and business coaches. Gain confidence, polish your delivery and get ready to hop into the tank or pitch to local investors.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Join us Thursday, May 11 to be inspired to leap into entrepreneurship! This special evening event will feature: - a phenomenal lineup of speakers - networking - appetizers and refreshments
Speaker: Sarah Batista, Award-winning Journalist and CEO of Stories to Inspire Esosa Ighodaro, Co-founder and President, CoSign Jenny Ingram Fulton, Cheif Pickle Officer, Miss Jenny's Pickles Lynn Ivey, CEO and Founder, The Ivey Shawna Robinson, former Nascar driver and Creator, Happy Chair

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, April 06, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Understand the basics of starting a business in this seminar that takes you from idea to opportunity. Learn key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Realize the importance of a self-assessment and how to evaluate the feasibility of your business idea. Discover the resources available to help you start and successfully operate your business.
Speaker: Tom Conroy
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Many people find working at home the 'ideal arrangement' and decide to set up businesses in their homes. Learn the requirements for getting started with a home-based business, including finding your niche, legal requirements, and developing a business plan. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Melissa R. Terrell Assistant Director |The Women’s Business Center of NC
Location: Online
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