Central Piedmont, Mecklenburg County partner to develop “What’s Next Seminar Series” to help existing businesses grow

last modified Aug 06, 2018 12:33 PM

WHAT: Central Piedmont Community College and Mecklenburg County have partnered to create the “What’s Next Seminar Series,” focused on helping existing business owners reach their next stage of growth.

The program will begin Aug. 14, and will include two sessions in August, September and October. Entrepreneurs from across the region who have customers, revenue and a desire to grow are invited to attend these FREE, two-hour sessions. The below sessions will be held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Attendees may access the sessions either online or in person at Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center, located on the college’s Central Campus.

Planning for Growth – August 14 | 8:30 -10:30 a.m.
Take a look at the broad concept of growth and narrow it down into actionable steps to achieve scalability. Will focus on identifying and setting strategic goals, the big vision, understanding key focus areas as well as primary challenges and stages of growth.

Scaling Operations: Linking Strategy to Execution – August 28 | 8:30 -10:30 a.m. 
Define all components of the business and learn the importance of developing infrastructure and systems and processes.

Hiring for the Long Haul – September 11 | 8:30 -10:30 a.m. 
Identifying hiring needs, designing positions, matching the right people to the position(s) and making sure they fit with your existing team and culture.

Scaling Sales and Marketing – September 25 | 8:30 -10:30 a.m. 
Sales and marketing are like burger and fries. You can have each alone but they are the best together. Learn how to align your sales and marketing efforts and get tips for creating go-to strategies to help scale your business.

Funding Growth and Your Financial Dashboard Measures – October 9 | 8:30 -10:30 a.m. 
Eighty-two percent of businesses fail due to poor cash flow management. Discover how to monitor, measure and interpret the health of your business using your financial dashboard. Learn about different methods to fund organizational growth.

Tales of Growth – October 23 | 8:30 -10:30 a.m.
Lessons from two entrepreneurs on how they shifted from working in the business to working on the business. Discover what steps they took and strategies they implemented to achieve growth. Learn about the challenges they faced, how they decide which ideas are worth pursuing and which they leave by the wayside. Featured entrepreneurs this session will be Chris Elmore, AvidXchange, and Matt Ewers, Grandfather Homes.

The “What’s Next Seminar Series,” is the first of two programs created as a result of the Central Piedmont and Mecklenburg County partnership. The second, “Get Up and Grow,” will launch in spring 2019 and will include approximately 30 hours of training for all applicants, as well as six hours of consulting time with local experts/professionals. Applications for this program will be accepted in fall 2018, beginning in October. For additional details on the Small Business Center’s upcoming seminars, visit cpcc.edu/sbc/register.

WHERE: Central Campus, Small Business Center, Hall Building, Ste. 214, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave., Charlotte

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center at 704.330.6832 or visit cpcc.edu/sbc.