If you’re wondering how a business incubator can help launch and grow your business, CPCC wants to help you find out.
Central Piedmont Community College's Small Business Center is hosting an Incubator & Accelerator Expo this Thursday, May 19, at the Harris Conference Center. It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is free. Register at www.cpcc.edu/global/events/expo-2016.
It's a first-ever event for CPCC, which wants to connect the region's different incubators with entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses, says Renee Hode, who heads the Small Business Center.
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Here are five quick takes from Hode on what attendees will learn and see atThursday's expo:
1. The Charlotte region is packed with help for small businesses.
Drawing from a 29-county region, expo invitees include 19 incubators, nine accelerators and 10 resources for product development or manufacturing. Also, four co-working spaces have been invited, including Advent and C3Labs in Charlotte, LOOM Coworking in Fort Mill and HB5 in Concord.
2. There’s diversity in these resources.
Specialized incubators that the business center didn’t even know includes green technologies, with one focused on nature-based products.
3. There’s an inspiring keynote speaker.
4. There’s an opportunity to hear from successful business owners who have used incubators.
Speakers will talk about why they chose an incubator and whether they’d recommend others going that route. Attendees can choose hearing from small-business owners or entrepreneurs running high-growth ventures.
5. Attendees can learn how to pitch their business ideas, too.
Dan Roselli with Charlotte-based incubator QC FinTech will bring companies enrolled in the program to demonstrate mini business pitches.