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Here’s what’s happening in Charlotte-area small-business circles

Winthrop University and the S.C. Small Business Development Center are sponsoring an all-day forum designed to help small businesses succeed on March 24.
Winthrop University and the S.C. Small Business Development Center are sponsoring an all-day forum designed to help small businesses succeed on March 24. Winthrop University

Here are some upcoming happenings in the small-business realm:

Thursday, Feb. 26

ReThink CLT Forum: Charlotte City Council member David Howard invites the current and prospective entrepreneurs to a forum to ReThink Charlotte’s future as it relates to government opportunities. Panel discussion includes Cassius Butts, U.S. Small Business Administration; Torre Jessup, General Services Administration; Kaye Gantt, U.S. Department of Transportation and Natasha Warren, City of Charlotte.

The goals of the forum are to determine products and services being sought by the federal government, learn about future opportunities and provide resources to assist small businesses to do business with the federal government.

The event happens 8:30 a.m. - noon at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, Room 267, 600 E. Fourth St. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m.

RSVP by calling (704) 336-4947 or emailing aburney@charlottenc.gov by Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.

March 12

International Association of Business Communicators: Join IABC Charlotte for the 14th annual “Profitable Communications for Nonprofits.”

Morning workshop is free to full-time employees of Mecklenburg County-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; luncheon fee is $15. Employees of for-profit enterprises are welcome but will pay $50 for the morning workshop and $35 for the luncheon. Luncheon keynote is “Telling Your Story with Tommy Tomlinson.” 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Piedmont Natural Gas Auditorium, 4720 Piedmont Row Drive, Charlotte. Details: http://www.ciabc.com/.

Due March 5

Nominations for Small Business Advocates: The North Carolina district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for “champions who have advocated on behalf of veteran business owners, women business owners and minority business owners.” Individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women, veteran or minority business ownership may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be small business owners. Entries due March 5. For details, contact April Gonzalez at 704-344-6811.

March 18

CPCC’s Global Competitiveness Summit: Hear from manufacturing and commerce leaders presenting at Global Competitiveness Summit IV at Central Piedmont Community College’s Harris Conference Center. Speakers include Berend Bracht, regional president of Bosch Rexroth Americas, N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla and S.C. Commerce Secretary Robert Hitt III. Cost: $65. www.cpcc.edu/global/events/summit-iv.

March 24

Business Success Extravaganza 2015: Winthrop University and the S.C. Small Business Development Center are sponsoring an all-day forum designed to help small businesses succeed. The event includes sessions, speakers and lunch. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the DiGiorgio Student Center at Winthrop University, 701 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. For information, go to the workshop calendar tab at www.winthropregionalsbdc.org.

March 31

Southeast Venture Conference: The largest entrepreneurial gathering in the Southeast brings together more than 60 growth-stage companies, more than 100 venture capital funds and the Charlotte Venture Challenge startup competition. The conference, which also features executive and investor panels, and exclusive networking opportunities, runs March 31 to April 1 at Le Méridien Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St. Cost: $345. www.seventure.org.

April 1

Digital Summit Charlotte: Speakers will provide the latest digital marketing trends and best practices. Topics include content strategy, usability/design, mobile marketing, customer engagement, social media and video. There will be speakers from brands such as Twitter, AdRoll, StumbleUpon and Altimeter Group. Runs April 1-2 at Le Méridien Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St. Cost: $245. www.digitalsummitcharlotte.com.

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