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Thursday

C3 Luncheon:

Learn a successful business model that can turn around your business from Charlotte Christian Chamber’s guest speaker Dustin Swinehart. Cost: $29. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Project 658 Headquarters, 3646 Central Ave. Register: charlottechristianchamber.org.

eWomenNetwork Accelerated Networking Luncheon:

Stephanie Dawkins, an international executive, author and CEO of Stephanie R. Dawkins International, will discuss how to prepare yourself to sacrifice for success in business. Cost: $35for members; $45 for nonmembers; $55 for all late registrations, beginning Jan. 7. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. Register: 704-560-6788; http://bit.ly/1wp0eAt.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business:

This four-part, SCORE series will help evaluate your business idea and begin the plan for developing and marketing your business. Cost: $150. 12:45-4 p.m. Thursdays through Jan. 29 at the Small Business Administration, 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300. Register: 704-344-6576; charlotte.score.org/localworkshops.

Startup Basics:

This seminar is packed with information to help you start your business right and increase the odds of success. Free. Offered 6:30-8:30 p.m. online. Register: www.cpcc.edu/sbc/register.

Tuesday

Jan. 13

Charlotte Sports+Business:

This monthly networking event connects members of the Queen City sports industry. The event will feature a keynote from F3 Nation founders Dave Redding and Tim Whitmire, as well as opportunities to engage with prominent members of Charlotte’s sports business community. Free. 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Johnson & Wales University. Details: www.charlottesportsbusiness.com.

Crowns of Enterprise Awards Kickoff Meeting

The Crowns of Enterprise Awards recognize and honor small businesses that demonstrate exemplary leadership and sound business strategies. Learn the process for submitting an application. Guest speaker, Mary Kathryn Ewart, the 2014 NAWBO Charlotte Rising Star Finalist, will host a training session on “writing successful award essays.” Free. Register by Friday. 8-10 a.m. at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. Register: charmeck.

org/Pages/CrownsofEnterpriseAwards.aspx.

How to Do Business with Mecklenburg County:

Business opportunities with Mecklenburg County include purchasing opportunities, construction projects, professional services and procurement programs. Find out how to become a registered minority, woman and/or small business enterprise (MWSBE) vendor, and how to prepare to take advantage of the numerous business opportunities with Mecklenburg County. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CPCC Central Campus, 1112 Charlottetowne Ave. Register: www.cpcc.edu/sbc/register.

Jan. 14

PitchBreakfast:

PitchBreakfast provides a friendly atmosphere where aspiring tech-entrepreneurs can get feedback from panelists. Free. 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Garage at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Register: www.pitchbreakfast.com.

Strategic Business Introductions:

eWomenNetwork invites you to participate in a business development experience with an intimate group of dynamic women. Cost: $55-$85. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Regus Meeting Room, Linville Bldg., 10130 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 200. Register: 704-560-6788; bit.ly/1BrSvTm.

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