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EBD 380 Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Pat Fontana, Words Working

February 19th

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Experts came to speak to students--and you. CIE Director Diane Durance taught an entrepreneurship class at UNCW. As part of the class, she brought speakers to the CIE.

Feb. 19th's speaker was Pat Fontana, CEO of Words Working, presenting, "Talk to me like I’m a human!" In business, we are inundated with electronic communications. Between the texting, tweeting, posting, and messaging, though, we need to focus on the real humans that are on the receiving end of our communications. In this session, we worked on real-life exercises that reminded us how to communicate with the humans we are connected to in our businesses!

GenFKD Info Session

February 15th

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Interested in gaining financial literacy, career prep, and entrepreneurial skills? Participants learned about the UNCW chapter of GenFKD and what it has to offer. 

  • Interactive workshops
  • Guest speakers
  • Hands-on skills training
GenFKD is equipping millennials with the skills and education necessary to create and lead the “new economy.” Founded in 2013 as a financial literacy organization, GenFKD is growing into an organization that’s revolutionizing American higher education. Constituting the most educated, indebted generation to date, millennials have been misled by a higher education system unwilling to take responsibility for post-graduate outcomes.

Intro to Marketing with Michael Barbera

February 8th

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Michael Barbera is an award-winning consumer psychologist and strategy consultant for Fortune 50 companies. His areas of practice are consumer behavior, consumer emotions, social psychology, decision-making, brand management, marketing, and long-term business strategies. Michael is currently employed as the CEO of Barbera Solutions. His clients can be found on the Fortune 50 list and several television programs show as ABC's Shark Tank and Bravo's Million Dollar Listing. In 2015, the White House recognized Michael for his contributions to entrepreneurship. 

In this session, Michael shared his research and experiences as a marketing expert for your small business. Coffee and snacks provided.

EBD 380 Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: David Reeser, IT Works and Heather McWhorter, SBTDC

February 5th

5:30 - 6:30 PM (Part 1)

6:30 - 7:45 PM (Part 2)

Experts came to speak to students--and you. CIE Director Diane Durance taught an entrepreneurship class at UNCW. As part of the class, she brought speakers to the CIE, and you were invited to attend for free.

Feb. 5th's speakers were:

David Reeser, CEO of IT Works, gave the presentation: "The Best Sales Training in the Galaxy." To become a great salesperson you must learn to excel at influencing others. It is not enough to have the gift of gab; you must have a focused sales strategy built on a sincere desire to satisfy your prospect's "pain." This sales seminar was all about you and helping you be the best influencer you can be.

Heather McWhorter, Regional Director of the SBTDC, gave the presentation: "Financial Literacy for Startups." Participants joined Heather and MSA graduate student, Natalia Salgado, to explore the financial concepts that support startup success. Participants learned how to create a meaningful cash-flow projection and develop a greater understanding of the numbers on your balance sheet and income statement. Having relevant and timely financial information is critical to effective decision-making.  

Big Tax Changes for Small Business

January 31st

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Heard about the 1,097 page tax law that just passed on December 22, 2017?  Wondering what the new tax law means for you as an entrepreneur or small business owner?  The short answer is: it means a lot!  These were the biggest tax changes in decades and affect business owners at every level.  In this presentation, Pronto Tax School Founder Andy Frye and CPA Adam Shay teamed up to tell you what you needed to know about the new tax law, to keep your taxes as low as possible while staying out of hot water with the IRS.

Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield for Today's Business Leaders

January 30th

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

A speech and discussion about the effects of poor leadership in businesses and ways to remedy this, given by Colonel (Retired) Rob Campbell, Author and Leadership Consultant.

NC IDEA: Writing a Winning Grant Application

January 25th

4:00 - 6:00 PM

In this event, NC IDEA Foundation provided an overview of all NC IDEA programming, specifically focusing on its upcoming NC IDEA SEED Program, which provides $50,000 grants to early-stage, high-growth companies.

In the first hour, NC IDEA walked through the various programs of the foundation and discussed those that might benefit your company, including NC IDEA LABS and NC IDEA SOAR.

In the second hour, NC IDEA walked companies through the various components of the NC IDEA SEED application, providing tips and best practices for writing a successful application. (Applications for the NC IDEA SEED program will open 2/12 and close 2/26. See this link for more details.)

Tuesdays (Wednesday) with Tobin: Creating a Successful Startup in the 21st Century

January 24th **CHANGED FROM JAN. 23**

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tobin Geatz, Co-Founder and General Partner of Seahawk Innovation, joined the CIE for seminars on entrepreneurship. His vision and leadership have helped Seahawk Innovation and their unique model to launch, fund, expand, and manage innovative businesses. Participants discovered:

  •  What your startup needs to be successful in the 21st century

  •  Why money doesn't solve your problems as a startup

  •  What Seahawk Innovation looks for in its startup companies from an investor's point of view

LinkedIn & Personal Brand Workshop with Pivot Launch Coaching & Whittington Consulting Group

January 17th

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Mike Hunter and Neal Whittington co-presented on the power of branding combined with the reach of LinkedIn. Once they shifted mindsetS on how these two things go together, they facilitated a profile work session. Attendees walked away with a fresh understanding of why branding is so important today and how to get the most out of their LinkedIn profile. 

Welcome Wednesdays

January 10th and 24th

9:00 - 10:30 AM

These informal bi-weekly meetings provided an open forum for interested students, faculty and community members to exchange information pertinent to the growth and success of their businesses. Individuals meet CIE director Diane Durance and members of Seahawk Innovation, a venture funding and mentoring firm operating within the CIE.