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Business calendar: Session will feature local food producers

Wednesday

Growing Local Food Entrepreneurs:

Hear from local food producers and business owners who are passionate about the Charlotte food system. Free. 5-7 p.m. at 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. Seventh St. Details: www.cmfpc.org.

The DNA of an Entrepreneur:

This entrepreneurial competency assessment will measure your strengths and weaknesses related to specific traits and skills demonstrated by entrepreneurs. Free. 6-8 p.m. at CPCC Small Business Center, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/summer2014?searchterm=sbc+summer+2014.

Thursday

‘Meet & Eat’ with Matthews Chamber:

Matthews Chamber hosts a soul-food inspired networking event. 5-7 p.m. at Moe’s Original BBQ, 111 Matthews Station St., Matthews. Register: members.matthewschamber.org/events.

British American Business Council Charlotte Networking Social:

Join the British American Business Council of Charlotte for a Blumenthal Performing Arts’ style after-hours networking. Free. 6-7 p.m. at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 401 S. Tryon St. Email: Development2@ncbpac.org.

Saturday

The Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo:

Meet franchises and businesses looking to grow in the Charlotte market and attend seminars from industry professionals about owning a business. Cost is $5; free for military personnel with identification. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. Register: 800-891-4859; www.franchiseshowinfo.com/charlotte.

Starting & Growing Your Small Business:

Get advice about business plans, lessons learned about developing your business and free support services. Free. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Drive. Details: www.cmlibrary.org/programs.

Monday

An Entrepreneurial Success Story:

Get ready to springboard into your own business success. Learn about the “Aha!” moment, how entrepreneurs made it and the critical lessons learned along the way. Free. 9-11 a.m. Mondays through June 16, at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/summer2014?searchterm=sbc+summer+2014.

Tuesday

NAWBO Charlotte:

NAWBO Charlotte will present the 2014 Rising Star and Woman Business Owner award winners and induct the 2014-2015 board. Cost: $40-$60. 11:30 a.m. at Byron’s South End, 101 W. Worthington Ave., Suite 110. Register: http://conta.cc/1tujESD.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

This SCORE introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence startup success. Free. 12:45-3:45 p.m. at University Regional Library, 301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd. 704-344-6576; charlotte.score.org/localworkshops.

June 4

Getting Your Organization On The Air and In Print: Keys to Pitching Winning Story Ideas to Reporters and Editors:

Traditional media – whether print or broadcast – remains the most powerful way to communicate your organization’s story to a large audience. Join the International Association of Business Communicators, Charlotte chapter for a panel discussion with four Charlotte editors and reporters representing newspapers, magazines and broadcast media. Panelists are Michael Graff, executive editor, Charlotte magazine; Mike Weinstein, features editor, The Charlotte Observer; Sarah Crosland, executive editor, magazine group of The Charlotte Observer; and Kate Gaier, reporter, Time Warner Cable News14. Cost: $20 for members, students and employees of nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, $35 for non-members. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at Piedmont Natural Gas Auditorium, 4720 Piedmont Row Drive, 28211. Register: http://www.ciabc.com/.

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