Lifelong Learning

Ignore What?                                               

How businesses as small as 1 person and as large as (well you get the picture) are taking the initiative to learn about and implement some of the most cost efficient and effective ways to expand their reach. They enhance the client experience, improving the ability for potential customers to learn about their company on the clients time.   USA Today Article  

Social Media, Video Marketing, Blogging, Email Campaigns, Analytics, SEO, Prospecting, QR Codes, Mobile Marketing, Client Portals, White Pages, Landing Pages.

Where do you turn, who do you talk to about this stuff?  Do any of these work for YOUR business and do you have to hire someone or do you outsource it?   Biz Journal Article

Small Groups of like-minded business people learn more together!

No earth shattering news here!  Our method of informal  but highly focused 1 to 2 hour learning sessions from industry experts allow you to walk away with enough information to make an good decision on how to move forward with NO sales pitch. There is always time for Q&A                 Article from Emergence Consulting 

Meet some of the Charlotte Business Class team!

David Walizer Certified Internet Marketing Consultant.  I have had the opportunity to attend David’s classes and have been a part of several round table discussions with him.  David is most noticeably interested in what you have to say and to ensure that you are getting what you need from his classes. David’s Business FB page and LinkedIn Information

Steve Gatter Founder of Street Smart Sales Forum a “no cost” initiative to help micro-business owners, sales professionals and entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses.  I have also attended Steve’s classes and attended nearly every SSSF meeting since May.  Of Steve it can be said that he will challenge conventional thinking and inspire you to challenge it as well.  Don’t ever say “That’s the way we’ve always done it”.  Steve’s Linked Information  

Phillip Brent QR Code and mobile marketing strategist.  Phillip was referred to me by Bob DeMers and we have discussed several teaching opportunities for Phillip.  His knowledge and enthusiasm for QR Codes and Mobile Marketing will engage you to deploy a mobile marketing solution for your business.  Phillp’s Web Site

Classes are coming soon!

Follow this blog, like us on Facebook or Twitter and we will keep you posted.  As always, if there is a personal or professional enrichment class you would like us to offer. Please let us know right here!


A Beautiful Spring Evening Event

Wow, what a ride, I can’t believe we’re here.  When we started putting all this together back in November 2011 there was no way to anticipate all the parts and pieces that needed to be in place to make this work.  There will be time to recognize and thank those that encouraged and cheered us on but for now we have an event to announce.

Launching Carolina Learning Connection

Join us Tuesday, May 1st at 6:30 in the newly renovated Atherton Market in lovely South End.

  • Come and learn about Charlotte’s newest alternative to personal enrichment
  • Meet some of the wonderful teachers
  • Music by the Tsunami Waveriders
  • Enjoy tasty local creations from the dedicated vendors at the Market
  • A chance to win a $75.00 gift certificate
  • Enroll in a class and we’ll waive the $5.00 registration fee
  • Fabulous Prizes

May June Semester Class Highlights

  • Political Conventions: What Every American Should Know.  With the Democratic Convention coming to Charlotte, this will be a fun and entertaining look at this rich slice of American history.
  • Improvisational Theater: Introduction to that zany unpredictable acting and see a side of you unseen before.
  • Considering Selling Your Home? Attend one of our workshops that will give you ideas and examples that you can immediately use to impress potential buyers.

A Couple of Thoughts

Listen, I need to be perfectly upfront here.  Never in my wildest hallucinations did I ever picture myself here.  Not here Charlotte, but here, blogging about a lifelong learning platform that was inspired by another lifelong learning platform.  My wife has been unbelievably supportive, my 8 year old daughter wants to start her own learning platform for kids and has thought up some pretty cool classes.  I’m a builder, I’ve used my hands all my life to make things for other people not a lifelong learning guy.  Maybe that’s why I’ve completely enjoyed going from nothing to this on an idea that the good people of Charlotte would like it.

I’ve taken a vision and put 100% of what I know, which isn’t a lot, into something that if the good Lord see’s fit, will be something special. I may be living in a dream, but it beats the alternative.

So come to our Launch Event and say hello, I’d love to meet you and say “thank you” personally for spending some time with us.

Chasing the dream… Marc

Atherton Mill and Market

We were in search of an Organic Gardening person to teach a workshop through CLC.  It was an unusually warm Saturday in December when my wife and I happened upon Atherton Mill and Market while touring on our motorcycle.

Matt Kokenes,

When I got off the bike and saw Matt’s signage and his raised bed organic garden, it hit me…. This is the guy to teach the class.  When we first discussed it the enthusiasm was palpable between us.  He is highly knowledgeable and passionate about his craft.  Moreover he’s a genuine guy with all the trimmings of a true entrepreneur and the humility of a gardener.

Why take a class?

Fresh Healthy Produce picked at home. If you have an inerest in growing fresh organic produce you will learn how to amend soil to promote healthy growth, appreciate the easy care of a raised bed and how to grow and harvest quality organic produce right from your own backyard, terrace, or rooftop! Have some fun, spend time with friends and family.


We have a class tonight 3/20 at Atherton Mill and Market 7:00pm to 8:30pm registration ends at Noon today.  We also have a class tomorrow, same place, time and registration deadline Noon tomorrow.

We want you to Bring a Buddy for $10.00!  Register here, put “Buddy” in the promotion code box on the registration page and with your paid registration you can add a buddy for $10.00.  We’ll take  care of the rest.


Mary Douglass Kirkley!!

When we set out to create a name for the CLC blog it became clear that maybe we should push this out to the  universe and see what happens.  Overwhelmed with the responses we received it was clear that crowd sourcing lived up to its reputation.  Then by allowing our followers to vote on the entries we received an equally pleasant response.  So with that we have named our blog       The Chalkboard

A little about Mary

Mary is a mother of three with a teenager and has returned to the workforce as a workers compensation adjuster.  When she finds the time she enjoys reading, writing, walking, exercising and of course… cooking!

Here are Mary’s answers to some practical and fun questions we asked.

  • After reading about Carolina Learning Connection, what are some of your thoughts?  alternative to the community college!!!
  • Have you ever been a student in a lifelong learning or community education program? I have recently taken the adjuster licensing courses for insurance, at CPCC.  It was a very long drive at really bad times.
  • Do you brush your teeth more than once a day? ALWAYS.  Got my first cavity when I turned 50!
  • Name three classes you would like to see us offer? I would love for you to offer a test prep class for insurance adjusters.  The exam is difficult, and many do not pass after taking the courses at CPCC.  Yoga.  Dancing (not ballroom) .
  • If you had a pet Iguana what would you name it?  Bogart
  • What recommendation would you make in order for us to improve anything about our website or blog? None at this time!!
We couldn’t be more happy with the new name and we can’t wait to see what Mary has to say on her guest blog!

Good Afternoon!

Man is it a beautiful day in Charlotte.  We have some great news to share with our followers about our new relationship with Carrie Ann Taylor (CAT) and her company Catalyst Unlimited Inc.  She will be providing much-needed support to our teacher and student relations as well as editing our website and maintaining our class management software.

Catalyst Unlimited Inc.
Virtual assistance, event planning, project management, administrative support, marketing/PR, and booking/reservations for organizations, corporations, individuals, and events of all sizes and any industry.
Name the Blog Contest Update – Chalkboard it is

We have a winner and her name is  Mary Douglass Kirkley from Ballantyne.  Mary and I are collaborating now on her blog for us.  Congratulations Mary!

March Classes Enrolling Now – Click on the Class Title for dates, times and locations!
May/June Semester is enrolling as well and we are adding more classes every day.

Scott Pacitti and the Chuckleheads!

I decided to take my 8 years old daughter on a date with Dad to go see the Chuckleheads Improvisational Theater act at the Ballantyne Arts Center last night.  I met Scott about a month ago and his account of how he became involved in Improv was captivating so the next logical question was… What’s Improv all about?  I knew what Improv was in theory because of TV shows that required actors to improvise like “Whose Line is it Anyway” you remember! No?

That all came to life last night for my daughter, me and what I suspect were 30 or 40 others in the audience as the cast would think on their feet and improvise their lines which by itself was hilarious.  The performance escalated with greater degrees of situational factors that an all too willing audience provided.

There was singing, dancing, acting, falling, crying and every bit of it was just ridiculously funny.

Scott and the cast were great, my daughter woke up talking about it so now she wants to become a Chucklehead!

Scott is teaching a class on Improvisational Theater with us so come check it out, learn the secrets and how improvisational theater can help you communicate with a level of confidence you didn’t think possible!

Charlotte Observer Article on Scott Pacitti

I have worked hard to get CLC off the ground since November and since then I have met some incredibly generous and talented people who have continued to give me inspiration.  Many took a special interest and became surrogate partners, mentors offering insightful and well placed ideas or suggestions.  Being an entrepreneur isn’t anything new to me, I am a successful business owner in an entirely different industry besides Lifelong Learning or Community Education, I am an accomplished builder.

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.

To these inspiring people who have embraced CLC and the vision of accessible, affordable, lifelong learning in Charlotte, you have kept my spirits high and my tank full.

The list is long and I won’t attempt to name them for fear I would invariably leave someone out and feel worse about it than them.  You can find them in my contacts on LinkedIn, or ask me for a referral on nearly every business need you have.  Some have elected to teach at CLC, but you know who you are and lives will be enriched because of you!

Thank you, Marc

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