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Oct. 15

Choosing Your Legal Structure:

Choosing the right legal structure is an important step in setting up your business. Know the right questions to ask when choosing a legal structure and understand the benefits and disadvantages of each. Featuring speaker Fred Parker. Free; online class. Register by calling 704-330-4223 or going to bit.ly/1KH0pj9.

Finding and Choosing Foreign Markets:

You have your strategy but where do you go to make a fortune with your product or service? This seminar will review the geographic and social political economic factors for determining target markets overseas. Free. 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center, Hall Building Room 215, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave., Charlotte. Register by calling 704-330-4223 or going to bit.ly/1KuWtyh.

Oct. 19

Email Marketing with MailChimp:

Are you interested in finding an easy and effective way to communicate with your customers? This session will share with you how to create email marketing campaigns using MailChimp.

Featuring speaker John Marek. Free. 2-4 p.m. at Mitchell Community College, Technology & Workforce Development Center, 701 W. Front St., Statesville. Register at bit.ly/1LrGaXm.

Oct. 20

Cyber Security for Small Businesses:

Learn how you can beat the hackers, easily identify your risks and start protecting your assets today. Presented by Emory Simmons of CMIT Solutions of South Charlotte. Part of the Matthews Chamber’s Business Owners Seminar Series. Free. 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. at the Matthews Chamber Office, 210 Matthews Station St. Register at bit.ly/1FY666W.

Charlotte SCORE workshops:

Charlotte SCORE – a volunteer organization with free assistance to individuals wanting to start or expand their small business - is sponsoring Simple Steps for Starting Your Business sessions this fall. Free. 5:45-8 p.m. on Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 22 at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. For details: 704- 344-6576 or go to www.charlotte.score.org.

Oct. 21

B4 Nine Toastmasters:

Whether you are a marketplace leader, church leader or prospective leader in either area, Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence that you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. You’ll find a place to safely explore your leadership style, formulate ideas and give life to your ideas through verbal expression. 7:45-9 a.m. at Grace Covenant Church, 17301 Statesville Road, Cornelius. Contact the group for membership information at http://beforenine.toastmastersclubs.org/.

New Product Idea? Go From Concept to Commercialization:

With technological advancements like 3-D printing, it’s easier than ever to develop a new product. In this class, invention and innovation expert Louis Foreman will provide step-by-step instruction on developing a product launch plan. Tuition: $115. 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Central Piedmont Community College - Central Campus, Hall Building Room 215, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register at bit.ly/173roF1.

Oct. 28

NAWBO-Charlotte Success in the City:

Register now for the inaugural Success in the City event from the National Association of Women Business Owners-Charlotte chapter. NAWBO is bringing together business women organizations in the Charlotte region for an evening of connecitons, networking and a celebration of Women In Business Month. Cost: $20. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E Morehead St. Register at conta.cc/1QtpnCB.

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