CPCC’s Institute for Entrepreneurship changes name to Small Business Center

last modified Mar 26, 2013 08:12 AM

Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Institute for Entrepreneurship has changed its name to the Small Business Center (SBC) to more clearly link to the statewide Small Business Center Network, a community college-funded initiative with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship, small business and economic development in local communities across the state.

Going forward, CPCC’s SBC will continue to offer the Institute’s same valuable services to local pre-venture, startup, existing and nonprofit businesses in the area, including no-cost workshops, comprehensive training, networking events and confidential business counseling. This is good news for the more than 2,500 startup entrepreneurs and small business owners who use these resources each year to help their businesses flourish.

“Our Small Business Center team is committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed at all stages,” said Renee Hode, director of CPCC’s new Small Business Center. “Our services and programs help entrepreneurs achieve their business goals by gaining the necessary knowledge and skills they need to develop a sound business plan, obtain capital, launch their business and increase revenue. By assisting Charlotte’s small business community, we are able to contribute to the strength of Mecklenburg County’s economy and workforce.”

Since its inception in 2005, CPCC’s Institute for Entrepreneurship has helped cultivate the area’s entrepreneurial community and stimulate local jobs by helping individuals launch and/or expand their business. The Small Business Center will continue to follow this same mission, continually building and improving upon the foundation the Institute established within the local community more than eight years ago.

The Center is already planning a number of helpful classes and programs for entrepreneurs to attend in 2013. This summer, the Center will offer “Business Start Up Boot Camp” for today’s startup business owners to attend, as well as “Business Check Up,” a hands-on course that will help existing business owners gauge their performance to ensure the long-term success of their venture. Additional classes may be found in the Center’s upcoming summer schedule which may be accessed at www.cpcc.edu/sbc in April.

In addition to hosting classes, the Center will participate in Small Business Week, May 12- 18, as a sponsor of an educational conference on May 14 featuring keynote speaker Chef Jeff Henderson, the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio, a Food Network television personality, a sought-after speaker and New York Times best-selling author. Attendees will enjoy listening to his inspirational story and how he overcame a number of life obstacles to become the premier culinary artist he is today. To learn more about the upcoming conference featuring Chef Henderson, visit www.charlottesmallbusinessweek.com.

For more information on CPCC’s new Small Business Center, please visit www.cpcc.edu/sbc.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC is celebrating 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry.

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