Business calendar

Dec. 10

Business After Hours at Malak Jewelers:

Malak Jewelers hosts the December Business After Hours with the Matthews Chamber. Enjoy networking and food and beverages. Free. 5-7 p.m. at 8042 Providence Road, Suite 1000, Charlotte. Registration required: Follow the events link at

Ballantyne Chamber Chapter Luncheon: How to Connect Philanthropy With Your Business Strategy

While giving is a priority during the holiday season, it can also be a part of your overall business strategy. In addition to learning how to approach philanthropy, discover what corporate giving signifies about your business and how it strengthens our community. Speaker is Audrey Truman from Wells Fargo. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Ballantyne Country Club, 11120 Ballantyne Crossing Ave. For details and to register, go to the events tab at

Export University 101- Introduction to Exporting:

This course is designed for new-to-export firms and current exporters that would like expert advice on the export process basics. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion following the course. Agenda ​items ​include getting started ​in ​exporting, ​market research, ​and finding overseas customers. ​​Fee: $65. 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Gaston College, Myers Center Multipurpose Room, 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas. N.C. For more information, call 704-922-6200.

Dec. 14

How to Write a Business Plan:

A business plan can be the most important tool a small business owner has. Learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. Discover how a business plan is used by potential lenders, and steps for making the writing process easy. This seminar is designed for new and established business owners. Free. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. Register at

Dec. 22

Charlotte SCORE - Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. 5:45 - 8 p.m. at Packard Place, The Garage meeting area, 222 S. Church St. For details and to register:

Available until Dec. 31

HP LIFE Online Entrepreneurship Training:

HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners valuable business skills. The N.C. Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, is offering this program to North Carolina entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge. Online. Register at

January 12

Small Business Certification Workshop:

Learn about federal certifications in this free SBA workshop. Categories include woman-owned small business, small disadvantaged business, veteran and service-disabled veterans, 8(a) business development program and the HUBZone empowerment contracting program. 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at SBA district office, 6302 Fairview Road., Suite 300, Charlotte. For more information, contact Erin Connell @ 704-344-6590.

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