Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Institute for Entrepreneurship to host Small Business Week event April 13 on Entrepreneurial Success

In conjunction with U.S. Small Business Week, Central Piedmont
Community College's Institute for Entrepreneurship will host
"Entrepreneurial Success: Get Up and Grow," a free half-day conference
designed to provide new entrepreneurs and existing small business
owners with tips, tools and techniques to launch or grow a successful
venture, on April 13.

The event, sponsored by FranNet Carolina and The Bear and Horse
Company, will provide networking and exhibitor opportunities, and will
feature workshops presented by a variety of industry experts.

Scheduled sessions include:

Keynote Address, Fabi Presler

Come, listen and learn from an energetic entrepreneur and the
president of SPARK Publications, a thriving marketing-design powerhouse.

Alternative Careers in Business Ownership, presented by Mike Hall of
FranNet Carolina
Will 2010 be the year that you decide to own your own business and
control your career? Learn how to make a safe and informed decision
about business ownership.

Most Likely to Succeed: A look at what drug dealers know that you
don't, and how it can help your small business, presented by John
Casson of Bear and Horse Company

An award winning speech focused on how small businesses can take
advantage of all the resources of a team of professionals from
different industries (many of them free of charge) to form a "cartel"
for success.

Making "MAGIC" in Small Business: Secrets to create a Disney
experience and culture in your business, presented by John Formica,
the "Ex-Disney Guy"

Have you ever wondered how Walt Disney World Resort® continues to
produce a dynamic model on business excellence, leadership, working
environment and customer service? If Disney ran your business what
would it look like? John is known throughout the U.S. as the "Ex-
Disney Guy." He will share a few of his incredible experiences and
proven Disney success strategies to help your organization create a
"magical" customer experience and business culture. You will learn
best practices that can be applied right away to heighten your
marketing profile and beat out your competition.

Consider Alliances When Funding A Business, presented by Dan Gotte

In the current environment with tight credit markets, funding a
business whether a start-up or an existing business is daunting. Many
entrepreneurs overly focus on cash infusion as the main if not only
funding option. This seminar will explore the many different Alliance
relationship an entrepreneur may want to consider to help provide the
goods/services their business needs to grow.

Ask the Experts Q&A, presented by a panel of local business experts
specializing in business start-up, accounting, finance, marketing,
technology and legal issues.

If you are plagued with questions about starting, fixing, growing or
quitting your business this is your opportunity to get the answers to
your questions.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 13; noon – 6 p.m.

WHERE: CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews, N.C.

CONTACT: The event is free and open to the public. Parking is
available on the Levine Campus, for directions, visit
. For more information on the event, please visit
or call 704.330.6736.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in
North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree 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.