Calendar Notes provides viewers / readers with a schedule of events, workshops, seminars and expo’s that educate, entertain and inform.


sba-logo-op_original_cropSOURCE:  SBA North Carolina District Office


Greetings Entrepreneurs!  Each month we highlight a few seminars and conferences being held around the state.   Below is a list of a few of the upcoming seminars to help you start, manage and grow your business.

Check the class listings for your local Community College Small Business Centers. Also, your local Chamber of Commerce has additional events.  Other events can be found at; More can be found at and click on “calendar”.

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NOTICE:  The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is conducting a Small Business Credit Survey. This short survey will ask about your business’ performance, financing choices, and borrowing experiences. Responses are confidential and will help improve programs and services for small business owners.   Click the link to take the survey. I hope you will consider participating.


November                          InnovateHER                     Various dates & locations

Building on the success of the SBA’s inaugural 2015 InnovateHER Business Challenge, which we piloted in early 2015, Administrator Contreras-Sweet and the Office of Women’s Business Ownership are pleased to announce the launch of the SBA’s InnovateHER 2016: Innovating for Women Business Challenge and Summit.  The InnovateHER Challenge is a national prize competition aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families through local business competitions that culminate in a live pitch Final Round. During the InnovateHER Finals, up to 10 Finalists will compete for the Top Three cash prizes totaling $70,000 provided by Microsoft.  There are multiple locations hosting these events in North Carolina: Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington.  Call Eileen Joyce, SBA, 704-344-6787 for information.

November 3 & 17         Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #1          Charlotte

SCORE hosts this free introductory to starting a business.  This is the first in a 5 part series.  For information call (704) 344-6576 or visit SCORE’s online website at .  Course descriptions and details can be found on the SCORE website    Nov 3 will be held at 6302 Fairview Road, Ste 300, 12:45 to 3:00 pm. Nov 17 will be held at 222 Church Street, 5:45 pm – 8 pm.    

November 6 -9                   Startup Weekend                            Winston-Salem

Have you ever been to a SUW?  Startup Weekends are a 54-hour event designed to provide superior education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered on action, innovation and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

November 9       A New Mission: Military Women as Entrepreneurs         Charlotte

Save the Date:  Please join the Women’s Business Center and CPCC Small Business Center for “A New Mission,” an event designed to accelerate entrepreneurial success. • Connect with resources to help you on your journey; • Grow your network of peers; • Get inspired by the dynamic lineup of speakers.  Details at .   Harris Conference Center; 8:30 – 2:30.

November 10             Disaster Webinar                            2 PM

Start Building Your Disaster Recovery Plan TODAY with SBA and Agility.

November 10             Small Business Certification Workshop          Charlotte

Did you know the Federal Government spends over $600 billion dollars on goods and services every year? Would you like to find out how your business can access the federal marketplace? Attend a FREE Workshop and Learn About Federal Certifications: Woman-Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Veteran & Service Disabled Veteran Program, 8(a) Business Development Program, and the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program. Free.  9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   Location:  SBA District Office, 6302 Fairview Rd., Ste. 300, Charlotte.  For more information, contact Erin Connell @ 704-344-6590.

November 18                    SBIR/STTR Symposium                  Cary

Join the SBTDC and NC State University’s Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research for a full day SBIR/STTR symposium.  Symposium highlights:  detailed overview of the $2 Billion non-dilutive funding mechanism, components of a successful Phase 1 proposal, NIH program manager presentations, one-on-one meetings with program managers from NIH & other agencies.  $195.

November  20                   Food Industry Summit                   Colfax (near Greensboro)

In recognition of Global Entrepreneur Week, Guilford Tech SBC and area resource partners are hosting their first Food Industry Summit. This will be an all-day event covering the many aspects of the food industry.  Interested in starting a business in the food industry? Want to sell your baked goods? How about open a restaurant or food truck? Catering? The 1st annual Piedmont Triad Food Summit is the place you need to be to learn from the experts all the rules, regulations and best practices.   Location: GTCC Cameron Campus, 7908 Leabourne St, Colfax, NC.  Free.

 November 24           SBA 8(a) Business Development and Government Contracting Webinar – 4th Tuesday of Every Month

Did you know that the Federal Government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services, spending over $600 billion dollars every year?  Would you like to find out how your business can access the federal marketplace?  Attend an SBA webinar on SBA Procurement Programs, Tools and Resources hosted by the North Carolina District Office.   If you are interested in discovering programs designed to enhance federal and non-federal procurement opportunities for your small business, you can learn how SBA can help on one of these dates:  When:   4th Tuesday* of the Month 10:00 am – 11:00 am Call:   888-858-2144; passcode: 6906107#   




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Thanks for Caring
During this Thanksgiving season and National Caregiver’s Month,
AARP and Who’s Who Louisville want to thank all caregivers with a fun,
free meet and greet to unwind before the holiday season.

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Brendon’s Catch 23
505 S 4th Street, Louisville 40202
Located in the former landmark Stewart’s Dry Goods Cleaners
You’re invited to stop by any time from 5:30 – 8:30
for complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and live music by SHERYL ROUSE.
You’ll also have a chance to ‘test’ your care-giving knowledge and win prizes each hour.
The event is free and all are welcome to attend!
Registration is recommended but not required.
Visit or call 1-877-926-8300 to register.
For more information, contact Duane Lightfoot, Sr. at (502) 240-0444.




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