More than half of all Americans either own or work for a small business. Small businesses also create more than 60 percent of the new jobs in our country. The entrepreneurs who create and grow these businesses (that's many of you!) deserve our recognition and thanks. In celebration of National Small Business Week, May 16 to 20, Charlotte’s small business resource community has joined forces to deliver opportunities of celebration, learning and access. In particular, we didn't want you to miss two chamber events that are sure to be worthwhile:
Monday, May 16th
Workforce Forum on Small Business
Event time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Belk Action Center, 330 S Tryon St
Cost: Free, but please register – click here to register
A member-to-member peer learning experience to jump start Small Business Week. Join us as we hear from a panel of small business owners about challenges they face in hiring a trained workforce and some of the creative ways they have addressed their needs. Panelists include: Colleen Brannan of Branstorm Public Relations & Marketing, Sara Garces of Red F, Kim Marks of ai Design Group and Melissa McGuire of Sherpa. The chamber’s Workforce Development Chair Cheryl Richards, Ph.D will moderate.
Thursday, May 19th
Access to Capital for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Event time: 12:45 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Charlotte Convention Center, 501 South College Street
Cost: $30 advanced registration, click here to register
Complete details: www.charlottechamber.com/AccesstoCapital
You may have already heard we have 30 funding sources lined up to sit down with you for 20 minute one-on-one meetings as an opportunity for you to hear what lenders are looking for and to discuss what it takes to get funding.
What you may not know is we have four phenomenal workshops lined up for you to take advantage of. Even if you choose not to meet with funding sources, this event is for you and well worth your time. This event puts the agenda in your hands allowing you to design your own event experience. If you choose, spend the entire event gaining knowledge and connections in the following workshops:
Putting Together Your Funding Proposal
A funding proposal is more than just a business plan. You must not only justify why you need the funding but also show how you plan to compensate the funding source for taking a risk. An incomplete proposal may not get a second chance. Learn the elements of a comprehensive funding proposal.
Presenter: Mike Horrigan, Small Business Counselor, SCORE
Learning the Language of Funding Sources
Be confident when discussing your business with funding sources. Learn the lender lingo and the importance of the terms they use.
Presenter: Maggi Braun, Owner, Business Success Strategies
Managing Your Customer Base with Your Bottom Line in Mind
We all know some of our customers are not as profitable as we would like. How can we have more profitable customers without breaking the bank? Learn how to strategically manage your customer base while increasing profitability.
Presenter: Mary Bruce, President, Kaleidoscope Business Options, Inc.
Understanding Equity Financing and Other Nontraditional Sources of Funding What if a traditional bank loan is not an option for your business? Learn about funding options other than traditional loans and how they may apply to your situation.
Presenter: Paul Wetenhall, President, The Ben Craig Center
And these are just a few events being offered. Click here to visit the City of Charlotte’s event calendar and see a listing of all the week’s engagement opportunities.
We look forward to seeing you at one or several of the programs! And again, thanks for all you do!