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Feb. 19

SCORE Power Breakfast – How to Qualify for Financing:

Learn where to find sources of capital and how to determine your capital needs. Breakfast and beverages will be provided at 7:30 a.m. and the session begins at 7:45 a.m. 7:30 - 9 a.m. at Carolinas HealthCare System-Waxhaw, 2700 Providence Road S., Waxhaw. Register online at conta.cc/1PUFT32, or contact Dick White at Charlotte SCORE for more information: charlottescore47@carolina.rr.com, 704-344-6576.

Catawba College and The Interprize Group:

Perhaps you aspire to write the next great American novel, open a cafe or wine bar, launch a non-profit, or maybe you aren’t really sure. This 8-hour course, offered through Catawba College’s Institute of Business and Accounting, combines the concepts of startup creation and personal development to help you organize and execute your venture. Cost: $500. At Asbury Park Grove, 9300 Bob Beatty Road, Charlotte. For details: www.catawaba.edu/interprize or call 704-637-4421.

Feb. 23

SBA Webinar: Procurement Process and Contracts:

Find out how your business can access the federal marketplace in this webinar on SBA Procurement Programs, Tools and Resources hosted by the North Carolina District Office. 10-11 a.m. To access, call 888-858-2144; passcode: 6906107#. Online at http://soc.att.com/1olaVVD. For more details, go to the calendar link at www.sba.gov/nc.

Krispy Kreme exec to speak:

James Morgan of Cornelius, chairman of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., will deliver the spring MBA lecture at Winthrop University, Rock Hill. Morgan has served on the board since 2000. Reception at 6 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m. Free and open to the regional business community. For details, contact Winthrop’s M.B.A. office at 803-323-2409 or via e-mail at mbaoffice@winthrop.edu.

Starts Feb.29

QuickBooks Class at Gaston College:

Learn QuickBooks 2015, which provides a set of software solutions designed to manage payroll, inventory, sales and other needs of a small business. Fee: $72. Runs Feb. 29-March 23 on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. in the Cochrane Science Building on the Lincoln campus, 511 S. Aspen St., Lincolnton. To register, click on WebAdvisor at www.gaston.edu and follow the links for Continuing Education, or call 704-922-2244 for a registration form.

March 10 and beyond

Building skills for business:

Gaston College’s Continuing Education Department presents three classes to help participants build skills in areas pertinent to business and industry.

▪ March 10: The Multi-Generational Gaps class will offer ideas on working with differences in communication styles.

▪ April 6: The Time Management class is designed to help participants focus on tasks that have the greatest personal and organizational impact.

▪ May 3: The Presentation Skills class is a workshop for those who want to become more confident and relaxed in front of an audience.

All classes are $88, and meet 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Dalpiaz Student Success Center on the Dallas campus, 201 Highway U.S. 321 S.

To register, click on WebAdvisor at www.gaston.edu and follow the links for Continuing Education, or call 704-922-2244 for a registration form.

March 15

The Greater Matthews Business Expo 2016:

Connect with the public and other business owners at this annual trade show for Matthews Chamber member businesses. 4-7 p.m. at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road. For vendor information and fees, go to matthewschamber.org.

Send us your news: Email us at shoptalk@charlotteobserver.com by 5 p.m. next Wednesday.

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