Outreach Events


2018 Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Central Piedmont Community College - Small Business Center

  • Business Networking

When: March 1, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center

Hall Building, Room 215

Networking is more than just a social hobby. It's all about who you know and how you utilize those relationships to build your business. Effective networking is a skill that is developed by practice and can be a very rewarding tool for business growth. Whether you are a hopeful entrepreneur or veteran business owner this is a session you can't afford to miss!

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  • Government Contracting 101

When:  March 13, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where:  Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center Hall Building

The Government 101 course is designed to introduce small businesses to the government sales process.  We will share the basics of how to prepare for local, state and federal government opportunities.  This session will explore the dynamics of small business certifications and how they impact the procurement process.  We will end the session with a demonstration on navigating the various electronic procurement platforms used to identify opportunities.

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  • Responding to RFPs, RFQs and ITBs

When:  March 27, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where:  Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center Hall Building, Room 215

Get an insider's look at what it takes to win a significant contract.  A City of Charlotte contracting officer will share insights on how to respond to Requests for Proposals and other potential opportunities. See samples of successful submissions. Learn the dos and don'ts in writing and submitting a proposal. Understand how decisions are made. Find out how to successfully compete in the proposal process.    

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Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

  • The 18th Annual Business Showcase - a premier networking event and the Charlotte Chamber’s only tradeshow. Hosted once again by the Charlotte Chamber, Greater Hospitality and Tourism Alliance and CRVA Partners in Tourism, Business Showcase is labeled as one of Charlotte’s largest business-to-business tradeshows. Business Showcase features over 160 exhibitors from these three organizations. More than 1,000 attendees participate annually. The event includes a complimentary networking reception.

Date:  Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time:  3 - 7 p.m.
Location:  The Park Expo & Conference Center

Small Business Administration

  • Government Certifications Webinar - Free!  Federal certifications to be discussed:  Woman-Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Program, 8(a) Business Development Program, and HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program. For more information contact Erin Connell at 704-344-6590.

When:   Second Tuesday of the Month 9:00 am – 11:00 am 

Dial in: 888-858-2144.   

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Meeting Access Code: 6906107# 

  • SBA 8(a) & Government Contracting Webinars:  Federal certifications to be discussed:  Woman-Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged The SBA North Carolina District hosts a monthly workshop series on government contracting topics.  For more information contact Erin Connell at 704-344-6590.For a list of upcoming topics, click here.

When:   Fourth Tuesday of the Every Other Month 10:00 am – 11:00 am (except December 26)

Dial in: 888-858-2144 

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Meeting Access Code: 6906107# 

UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte – Meet and Greet Event:  The University of North Carolina at Charlotte will be hosting a Construction "Meet & Greet' for Architects, Engineers, General and Special Trades Contractors, Suppliers and other professional services involved in the construction industry.

When:   Thursday March 8, 2018, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Where:   Barnhardt Student Activity Center, 3rd Floor, Salons A-C (#46 on the campus map -  Parking is available in the Cone Deck 1 & 2 and Union Deck.

Please RSVP (for headcount purposes only) Dorothy Vick at no later than February 28, 2018.

Womens' Business Center of Charlotte
  • Doing Business With The Government
When:  Thursday, April 12, 2018, 01:00pm - 03:00pm
Where:  The Women's Business Center of Charlotte, 9115 Harris Corners Parkway, Suite 440, Charlotte, NC 28269