CPCC’s Small Business Center earns international designation

last modified Apr 07, 2014 04:45 PM

The Small Business Center at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has been named one of five designated Small Business International Training Centers within North Carolina’s Small Business Center Network (SBCN).

The Charlotte Region Small Business International Training Center, located at and operated by CPCC, will serve the 12-county region of Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union. Through the center, CPCC will provide international training and resources to support the small business centers located at Catawba Valley, Cleveland, Gaston, Mitchell, Rowan-Cabarrus, Stanly and South Piedmont community colleges.

The objective of the international training centers is to increase the number of small businesses in North Carolina engaged in international commerce. In addition to training programs, the centers will offer experiential, on-location travel opportunities, connections to resources and counseling for businesses seeking to grow internationally.

The CPCC center already has a number of courses and seminars planned for the summer. Topics include exporting, global marketing focused on understanding different cultures, and the essentials of global trade financing. Possible course topics for later in the year include e-commerce for international trade, the mechanics of importing, evaluating global readiness, and global business resources.

Renee Hode, executive director of CPCC’s Small Business Center, will direct the Charlotte Region Small Business International Training Center. Prior to joining CPCC in 2005, Hode co-owned and operated a web-based women’s apparel and accessories business and held multiple positions with the Hartz Mountain Corp., in New Jersey. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Monmouth University.

“We are excited to earn the designation as the Charlotte Region Small Business International Training Center,” Hode said. “The center will initiate, facilitate and champion global business development, and increase global competitiveness in the Charlotte region. We’ll endeavor to provide critical skill development to enable our clients to work effectively in an international business environment.”

For more information about CPCC’s Small Business Center and the Charlotte Region Small Business International Training Center, contact Hode at 704.330.6832 or renee.hode@cpcc.edu.