Business Calendar

April 8

Crowdfunding: A Creative Funding Approach:

A modern spin on patronage, crowdfunding can be used to fund your next artistic project. As grants become more competitive and harder to find, more crowdfunding platforms are targeting artists in every field. Learn which platform is best suited for your project. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center, Room 215 in Hall Professional Building, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. To enroll, call 704-330-4223.

Business Builders - Networking Event:

Alan Fitzpatrick, co-founder of Charlotte Hearts Gigabit, will share how Google Fiber will help attract talent and boost entrepreneurship. Free; donations accepted. 6-8 p.m. 809 W. Hill St. Register at

April 9

Charlotte SCORE at the York County Library:

Charlotte SCORE is offering an introductory workshop for potential small-business owners focusing on the basics of testing your business idea and the factors that influence startup success. The free, two-hour workshop, “Is Starting a Business Right for You,” will be held 5-7 p.m. at the York County Library’s Mary Hinson Room, 1818 Second Baxter Crossing in Fort Mill, S.C. Registration is required by calling the library at 803-547-4114. Driving directions can be found at under Hours & Locations.

April 13

German-American business ties:

The third German Mittelstand-Southern Forum for small and medium-sized German enterprises offers a platform to exchange ideas while building relationships with new business partners, gain insights into innovative business practices, and strengthen your presence within the U.S. market. April 13 at Omni Charlotte Hotel. Details:

April 14

LACCC Networking:

Join the Latin American Chamber of Commerce-Charlotte for networking at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Free for members, $10 for others. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Register at or by calling 704-343-2525.

Business Owners Seminar Series:

Join the Matthews Chamber for a discussion on “Retirement Plan Options for Your Business,” presented by Dessi Dufresne of Edward Jones. Free. 4-5:30 p.m. at Matthews Chamber Office, 210 Matthews Station St., Matthews. Registration required: 704-847-3649,

April 16

Financial Statements for Small Business:

Maintaining and understanding financial information is critical to running a profitable business. This two-hour seminar helps small business owners and prospective business owners identify methods to maintain financial records and focuses them on using key financial reports to understand and operate their businesses. The seminar also explains how business owners can use their financial statements to identify potential problems before they become serious threats. Free. 6-8 p.m. at Catawba Valley Community College’s Alexander Center for Education, 345 Industrial Blvd, Taylorsville. Registration is required: call 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or register online at

April 17

So you have a business idea - what now:

Join alumni, business professionals and McColl School of Business faculty for the new “Learn from the Masters” educational series. The day includes an interactive workshop featuring Louis Foreman, founder and chief executive of Enventys, an integrated product design and engineering firm. Cost: $125. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Queens University of Charlotte’s McColl School of Business, Sykes 326. Details at

Women In Business Conference 2015 & Speed Mentoring - Concord:

Cabarrus Regional Chamber and NAWBO Charlotte are hosting the Annual Women’s Conference & Appreciation Event. Women in business throughout the region can choose a full or partial day of education and mentorship. The conference will feature a panel discussion of successful women business leaders in Cabarrus County, and speed mentoring. Exhibitor booths and door prizes included. Concord First Assembly Annex, 280 Concord Parkway South Concord. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee. For details, contact Danielle Sumrell at 704-260-8110;

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2015 Small Business Summit:

Pride Public Relations announces the 2015 Small Business Summit, “Create, Innovate, Dominate.” The event happens 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7 at Wake Forest University School of Business-Charlotte Uptown Campus, 200 N. College St. The event’s focus is to educate new and potential business owners about the best practices and provide them with resources from Wells Fargo and other organizations. Free. Details: