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Saturday

Small Business Saturday:

The York County Chamber encourages consumers to “Shop Small” on Small Business Saturday and buy from local small businesses. Chamber volunteers will encourage business owners to give shoppers discounts when they use various social media platforms using #YCShopSmall or #YCSmallBizSat. Register: 803-324-7500; www.yorkcountychamber.com.

Tuesday

Cabarrus Connections:

Cabarrus Connections creates a comfortable and casual atmosphere that allows individual members to get to know each other in a smaller group setting in order to build trusted and long-term one-on-one relationships. 8-9 a.m. at Panera Bread, 8034 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord. Register: 704-260-8110; www.cabarrus.biz.

NAWBO North & South Holiday Networking Breakfast:

NAWBO North-Cabarrus and South Charlotte expansion groups are growing. Take this opportunity to network with other female business owners. 8:15-9:45 a.m. at Stacks Kitchen, 11100 Monroe Road, Matthews. Cost: Pay-your-own-way. Register: 704-843-4500; www.nawbocharlotte.org.

12 Creative Marketing Ideas for End of Year Success:

Learn how to reach out to your customers, bring new clients in, and boost repeat and referral business. Meet other small-business owners and nonprofit professionals. This session is best suited for beginners in online marketing but all skill levels are welcome. Cost: Free for Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce members; $15 for nonmembers. 9-11 a.m. at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – North Carolina Research Campus, 399 Biotechnology Lane, Room 115, Kannapolis. Register: 704-260-8110; www.cabarrus.biz.

SCORE Series Workshop:

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business is an introductory workshop focusing on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides an overview of the skills and tools needed when deciding to start a business. Free. 12:45-4 p.m. at Small Business Administration, 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300, Training Room. Register: 704-344-6576; www.charlotte.score.org.

Small-Business Resources:

This seminar will assist you with resources available for small businesses, including the programs and services provided by the Women’s Business Center and N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development. Learn how to best access services as you start, grow and manage your business. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

Charlotte Chamber Annual Meeting:

Join more than 2,000 members of the business community for the Charlotte Chamber’s 135th Annual Meeting. 6:30-9 p.m. at NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Details: www.charlottechamber.com/events.

Dec. 3

Which Certifications are Right for Your Business?

SBE, MBE … certification confusion? Learn about the certification alphabet soup and how to use it to spell out success for your business. Learn how to get certified and why it matters. Free. 10 a.m.-noon at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

Choosing Your Legal Structure:

Which legal structure is best for your business – sole proprietorship, S-corporation, partnership or LLC? Choosing the right business entity 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. Free. 6-7 p.m. at Beatties Ford Road Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road. Register: 704-330-4223; www.cpcc.edu/sbc/schedule.

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