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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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Wednesday, March 08, 2017 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Build a solid foundation by learning the fundamentals of accounting and how they relate within QuickBooks. Understand the chart of accounts and what happens when bills, checks and invoices are entered. Class meets on Wednesday/Friday, 3/8 – 3/10 from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Ballantyne Center
Speaker: Christine Carlini
Monday, March 13, 2017 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Wednesday, March 29
Mobile food trucks are the single fastest growing sector of the restaurant industry. Discover how to develop your business, build your brand and gain a loyal following. You will learn how to comply with regulatory requirements, to overcome common obstacles and to measure your success. Course includes a panel discussion featuring popular local food truck owners and operators. The class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3/13-3/29 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. the final class session meets from 6 – 9 p.m.
Speaker: Larry Swayne
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 4 sessions ending Friday, March 24
Discover how to manage and maintain your business finances by automating your accounting and financial reporting functions. Class meets Wednesday/Friday, 3/15 – 3/24 from 8 – 11 a.m.
Speaker: Christine Carlini
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

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

Business Basics

Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Gain a workable knowledge of how to properly record financial transactions for your business. Discover the three most important financial reports and how to use them to make the best-informed business decisions. If you’re a new business owner or need a refresher on the basics of accounting, this seminar is designed for you.
Speaker: Pam Smith
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