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Thursday

2015 Small Business Summit:

Pride Public Relations announces the 2015 Small Business Summit, “Create, Innovate, Dominate.” 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 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: bit.ly/1JKHWyX.

Tuesday

Business Networking and Target Marketing:

Business networking event presented by Direct Point Advisors, featuring speaker Soko Gonsan from the Business Journal. 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Register at bit.ly/1aV5k16.

May 13

Small Business Administration Resources:

Charlotte Networking Professionals hosts April Gonzalez, a SBA representative who will share the counseling and training resources available to help with your startup or existing small business. Find out what financial assistance is available through the SBA and its lending partners and learn how to tap into federal government contracting opportunities with the agency's certification programs. 11.30 a.m.-1 p.m., Sir Edmond Halley’s in the Park Road Shopping Center. Cost is lunch from the restaurant menu. RSVP by contacting Drew Waterbury at info@charlottenetworkingprofessionals.com or 704-557-0008.

Ballantyne Chapter Luncheon: How Small Businesses Can Succeed in Ballantyne and Beyond

Small business owners in the Ballantyne area provide key strategies, tips and lessons learned on how to be successful in business. Panelists are Wil Brooks of the State Farm - Wil E. Brooks Agency, and Craig Schroeder of Primrose School of Ballantyne. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Ballantyne Country Club. To register, go to the events link at charlottechamber.com.

May 15

NARFE Brunch:

The Charlotte chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees holds its monthly brunch meeting. Begins at 11 a.m. at Light Rail Restaurant, 8045 South Blvd. Details: 704-846-1945.

May 16

Leadership Conference

A one-day conference at the Mint Museum on Randolph Road, featuring national speakers, is designed to help attendees learn from successful entrepreneurs. Speakers include Dan Caldwell, founder and creator of Tap Out Industries. Fee: $149. For details and to register: www.followtheleadermovement.com/register.

May 19

Charlotte Small Business Month:

Join CharlotteBusinessResources.com and CPCC’s Small Business Center for the “Staying in the Game” networking event, which includes a keynote and Q&A featuring former N.C. State and NFL stars Torry and Terrence Holt of Holt Brothers Construction, Inc. Jacinda Garabito, NBA Arena Host for the Charlotte Hornets, will host. Cost: $20. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint Street, Charlotte. Details: charlottebusinessresources.com/staying-in-the-game.

May 21

Opportunity Exploration:

Have you seen a product or service and then wonder, “How did they think of that idea?” Use this seminar to find ways to quickly identify unmet market needs and to use your scanning skills to identify and evaluate what could be the next big thing. Free. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center, Hall Building, Room 215, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave., Charlotte. Details: bit.ly/1aONSLh.

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