Institute for Entrepreneurship to host Small Business Week event April 13 on Entrepreneurial Success

In conjunction with U.S. Small Business Week, Central Piedmont Community College’s Institute for Entrepreneurship will host “Entrepreneurial Success: Get Up and Grow,” a free half-day conference designed to provide new entrepreneurs and existing small business owners with tips, tools and techniques to launch or grow a successful venture, on April 13.

The event, sponsored by FranNet Carolina and The Bear and Horse Company, will provide networking and exhibitor opportunities, and will feature workshops presented by a variety of industry experts.

Scheduled sessions include:

Keynote Address, Fabi Presler

Come, listen and learn from an energetic entrepreneur and the president of SPARK Publications, a thriving marketing-design powerhouse.

Alternative Careers in Business Ownership, presented by Mike Hall of FranNet Carolina
Will 2010 be the year that you decide to own your own business and control your career? Learn how to make a safe and informed decision about business ownership.

Most Likely to Succeed: A look at what drug dealers know that you don’t, and how it can help your small business, presented by John Casson of Bear and Horse Company

An award winning speech focused on how small businesses can take advantage of all the resources of a team of professionals from different industries (many of them free of charge) to form a “cartel” for success.

Making “MAGIC” in Small Business: Secrets to create a Disney experience and culture in your business, presented by John Formica, the “Ex-Disney Guy”

Have you ever wondered how Walt Disney World Resort® continues to produce a dynamic model on business excellence, leadership, working environment and customer service? If Disney ran your business what would it look like? John is known throughout the U.S. as the “Ex-Disney Guy.” He will share a few of his incredible experiences and proven Disney success strategies to help your organization create a “magical” customer experience and business culture. You will learn best practices that can be applied right away to heighten your marketing profile and beat out your competition.

Consider Alliances When Funding A Business, presented by Dan Gotte

In the current environment with tight credit markets, funding a business whether a start-up or an existing business is daunting. Many entrepreneurs overly focus on cash infusion as the main if not only funding option. This seminar will explore the many different Alliance relationship an entrepreneur may want to consider to help provide the goods/services their business needs to grow.

Ask the Experts Q&A, presented by a panel of local business experts specializing in business start-up, accounting, finance, marketing, technology and legal issues.

If you are plagued with questions about starting, fixing, growing or quitting your business this is your opportunity to get the answers to your questions.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 13; noon – 6 p.m.

WHERE: CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews, N.C.

CONTACT: The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on the Levine Campus, for directions, visit For more information on the event, please visit or call 704.330.6736.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.

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