Services and Resources
Small Business Center at A-B Tech Enka
Shark Tank Auditions
CPCC's Small Business Center is excited to host auditions for the hit ABC TV-Show Shark Tank.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
CPCC Central Campus Small Business Center
Hall Professional Development Building
1112 Charlottetowne Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28204
Download the application to enter here: http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/open-call
Are you ready to pitch to the casting crew? If you make it into the tank will you be ready to negotiate a deal? Register and attend these free workshops before the audition. Workshops are offered by CPCC's Small Business Center.
- Negotiating with Sharks - April 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Whether you're in the tank or pitching to local angel investors you need to know how to structure and negotiate a deal. Find out what angels look for, how to prepare and even when to walk away. Learn about business valuation, setting reasonable terms and securing the best deal. Presented by Dan Gotte, partner at Fuse Financial Partners, former Executive Director of IMAF Charlotte region angel fund and entrepreneur.
- Planning Your Pitch - April 18, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Prepare, prepare, prepare. Shark Tank coming to Charlotte presents a potential life-changing opportunity for you and your business. You get that opportunity to pitch. Now what? How do you begin to craft your pitch? What will investors want to know? What do you need to include in those few precious minutes? Learn how to use the “power of story” to engage your audience with a clear and concise pitch presented by Juan Garzon, Messaging Strategist and Director of PitchBreakfast.
- Perfecting Your Pitch - April 20, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
A good pitch can be life changing for your business and we all know practice makes perfect. In this open session, you will have three minutes to deliver your pitch in front of entrepreneurial peers and receive feedback from successful entrepreneurs and business coaches. Gain confidence, polish your delivery and get ready to hop into the tank or pitch to local investors.
Congratulations to Meredith Bennett, the founder of Devoted Human, for receiving a fully funded Kiva loan today.
To learn more, see: https://www.kiva.org/lend/1247496. Meredith and her business are participants in A-B Tech’s Business Incubation Program. Kiva plans to fund $3 million in loans to women and is sponsoring “dollar for dollar” matching today in recognition of International Women’s Day.
Where Business Meets Opportunity. Come Discover Yours NOW.
Looking to launch an entrepreneurial venture or grow a small business? The Small Business Center (SBC) at A-B Tech Enka is part of the statewide Small Business Center Network (SBCN), a community college-funded initiative with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship, small business, and economic development in local communities with an emphasis on assisting start-ups, early stage, and at-risk enterprises. In other words, we aim to increase the number of viable businesses across the state by providing high quality, accessible assistance to small business owners, which in turn, leads to job creation and retention. So whether you are exploring entrepreneurship or you are an experienced business owner, the Small Business Center at A-B Tech Enka is a valuable resource for small businesses in Buncombe and Madison counties.
Online Entrepreneurship Training (No Charge)
Now available through the A-B Tech SBC, the HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) is a global, online program that offers aspiring entrepreneurs and small business-owners a chance to further develop much needed business skills. The NC Small Business Center Network, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), is pleased to offer this innovative program to NC entrepreneurs and small business owners free of charge! This program is self-paced (do it on your own time), interactive, and full of key strategies and practical exercises. Please use Chrome for the best user experience.
All you have to do is register to start now.
Starting or growing your business? Need to add to your list of skills to ensure success in your new venture? The Small Business Center provides a variety of training including free business seminars, interactive workshops, and classes. Training is available on a variety of valuable business topics such as: basic bookkeeping, software training (like QuickBooks), web design, marketing analysis, utilizing Google pay-per-click tools, WordPress, business management training, international product export services, craft business development, and more. Most of our business workshops and seminars are free, with some advanced topics available for a nominal fee.
Professional Business Counseling
Need answers for your business? We provide free, one-on-one confidential counseling for your small business and startup venture. Whether you need help on business law, planning, business coaching, business development and growth, problem solving, or cash flow management, we can provide you with the expert assistance you need. As a service to the Buncombe and Madison county areas, the Asheville, NC Small Business Center at the A-B Tech Enka site also provides access to free professional services involving individualized counseling and advice with area professionals in multiple areas such as:
- business management
- human resources
- marketing and branding
- web design
- process improvement
- infrastructure development
- Federal acquisition
- Life strategy coach
Click Here to register for a free business counseling session with Small Business Center staff, as well as with one of our many professional advisors,
The Small Business Center is always seeking presenters with new ideas for interesting course and seminar topics. If you have an idea for a class or seminar, the desire to teach, and meet the below requirements please submit an instructor interest form.
• Degree, accreditation, licensure and/or experience in the subject to be taught
• Minimum of three years of experience in your specific instructional area
• Current or previous business ownership experience
• Teaching or training experience with adult learners
• Ability to communicate effectively
Small Business Resources
The Small Business Center features a library located at the Enka site that provides professional resources to increase your business knowledge. Business books and audio/video recordings can be borrowed from the SBC library. Computers are available to provide access to internet business resources, as well as business plan software. The SBC resource room and library are open during regular SBC hours, and are free and available to the public.
For more information about the services and resources we offer, please email SBCIncubator@abtech.edu or call 828.398.7950.
In addition, please follow the link resources listed below for helpful information on starting and running a business in NC.
|BioNetwork provides high-quality economic and workforce development for the biotechnology and life science industries across North Carolina through education, training, and laboratory resources.||Business Link North Carolina offers a central source for consultations, information and referrals... just the help you need to tap into all the State has to offer.||BLUE RIDGE FOOD VENTURES is an 11,000-square-foot shared-use kitchen and natural products manufacturing facility that offers support in product development, guidance through the maze of government regulations, equipment for bottling and packaging, advice on marketing and label design, and much more.|
The Carolina Small Business Development Fund is a statewide nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides small business loans and financial training to start-ups and existing businesses and lending services to community-based organizations.
|Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center||The mission of the Manufacturing Solutions Center is to help US manufacturers increase sales, improve quality and improve efficiency to create or retain jobs.|
|Mountain BizWorks is a non-profit that helps local small businesses start, grow, and create jobs through loans, classes, and coaching.||TNC Community College System||The NC Department of Commerce site serves as a one-stop resource for small businesses and start-up companies with big ideas.|
|The U.S. Small Business Administration delivers millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.||The Small Business Center Network offers a wide range of programs and services for existing and prospective business owners||The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has helped North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs since 1984.|
|SCORE is a team of successful executives provides FREE business consulting services to entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals that want to start a company or expand an existing business in Asheville, Boone or anywhere else in Western North Carolina.||
The Rural Center is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of rural North Carolinians through the development, promotion and implementation of sound economic strategies.
|“Census Business Builder brings together demographic and economic data, which are invaluable resources for those looking to start or expand a small business,” Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said. “The combination of these data sets give business owners a detailed portrait of both the consumer and economic environments. Our new tool is also helpful for anyone interested in learning more about their community.”||Venture Asheville creates and connects trusted networks of entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors who collaborate to build high-growth ventures.||.|