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10th Annual Entrepreneurial Summit Held April 19
The 10th annual Entrepreneurial Summit took place on April 19, 2016 on the campus of Sandhills Community College. This year's theme was SAIL: Sales, Advertising, Innovation & Leadership, all of which are instrumental in starting or growing a small business.
“This annual event is a community effort to equip current and potential entrepreneurs with valuable information. When our small businessowners succeed and add to the local economy, our entire community is successful. We’re all in this together,” says Lori Williams, director of the Small Business Center at Sandhills Community College. “Partnering for the success of small business owners is a win-win for the community.”
"We are a community of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and innovative professionals from dynamic backgrounds passionate about facilitating introductions for entrepreneurs, sharing best practices, and shaping industries," added Linda Parsons, President and CEO of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce. "Through the Entrepreneurial Summit individuals are able to not only make connections with leading individuals in the community but also gain a great deal of insight that will assist them as they grow their business ideas."
Featured speakers at the Summit included entrepreneurs Cameron Cruse and Lisa Bradley, co-owners of R. Riveter in Southern Pines, manufacturer of handbags made from repurposed military textiles. Cruse and Bradley appeared on ABC's national TV show "Shark Tank" on February 5th and secured a substantial investment from billionaire 'shark' Mark Cuban, owner of NBA's Dallas Mavericks.
“We are excited to be able to share some of our experiences with aspiring small business owners and hope that we can help them on their journey toward their dreams,” said Cruse.
New to the agenda this year was the Tweak Your Pitch Competition. Competitors gave a 1.5-minute "elevator" speech about their product or service in hopes of winning the $300 cash prize. The result was a tie naming 2 sets of students from Union Pines High School as the winners.
Moore Forward is an outstanding resource for entrepreneurs and innovators. The organization lists four main initiatives on its website including: Entrepreneur Initiatives & Fellowships, Events & Networking, Membership & Support, and a project so cloaked in secrecy, it’s simply referred to as Project M! To learn more, visit Moore Forward.
Sandhills Community College Small Business Center
Sandhills Community College offers an amazing range of services to small businesses in Moore County. Through its Small Business Center, the college provides current and prospective businesses with access to seminars, counseling, networking opportunities and much more. The kicker is that many of these services are offered free of charge.
Moore County Partners in Progress
If you already have a business, and want to move it to Moore County, just reach out to Moore County Partners in Progress. They’re well suited to help you every step of the way.