Tickets now on sale to CPCC's 6th annual Small Business Week Conference

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WHAT: “Entrepreneurial Success: The New Reality” is the most anticipated event of the year for entrepreneurs and existing business owners in the Charlotte Region. Hosted by Central Piedmont Community College’s Institute for Entrepreneurship with sponsorship from Fifth Third Bank, this full-day conference was created for small business owners to network, learn best practices, discuss trends and gain a greater understanding of how to navigate today’s new reality. This new reality is forcing businesses, both large and small, to adapt to customers’ changing buying habits, technology advancements and a weakened economy. Entrepreneurs and small business owners will learn and walk away armed with tools and information to help move their businesses closer to a future filled with bright possibilities.

The conference will provide a keynote address, a guest speaker, panel discussion, a wide-range of networking opportunities and much more. Scheduled sessions include:

Keynote Address, Jim Muehlhausen, CPA, JD
Mr. Muehlhausen will present, “Business Blueprint 2021,” which will focus on specific action steps businesspeople can take to leverage trends and adapt to the new and future reality of business.

Jim is known as the youngest franchisee in Meineke Discount Muffler history (1987-1991). After successfully selling that business, Mr. Muehlhausen founded an automotive aftermarket manufacturing company. During his nine-year tenure, the company achieved recognition from Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School and Inc. Magazine in the IC 100 Fastest Growing Businesses. He is also the founder of the Business Model Institute and author of “The 51 Fatal Business Errors and How to Avoid Them.”

Economic Trends, Changing Times and Small Business, presented by Holly Wade, senior policy analyst for the National Federation of Independent Business

Expert Panel Discussion featuring:

-       Catherine A. Barnes, attorney, James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.

-       Kenny Colbert, president and CEO, The Employers Association

-       Sara Garcés, CEO, RED F Marketing, LLC

-       Jeffrey Ledford, partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

-       Thomas L. Smallwood III, senior vice president, Fifth Third Bank (NC)

WHEN: Monday, May 21; 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Harris Conference Center, CPCC Harris Campus, 3210 Harris Campus Dr., Charlotte, N.C.

CONTACT: Tickets are $39. For more information or to register, please visit or call 704.330.6736. Parking is available on the Harris Campus, for directions, visit