Get your business or business idea on course this year at the Entrepreneurial Summit 2016. The theme for this 10th annual event, is SAIL. Sales, advertising, innovation and leadership are all key cornerstones for your small business foundation. Sandhills Community College will host the event in Van Dusen Hall, Rooms 102 and 103 on April 19 from 9 am until 3 pm.
Partnering to bring you the free event are: Moore County Chamber, Moore County Partners in Progress, UNC-Pembroke and Sandhills Community College Small Business Center. Lunch will be sponsored by First Bank.
“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.” said 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. We are thrilled to be a partner again for this instrumental program.”
Presenting at this year’s Summit are: Hunter Young, Data-Driven Marketer and Technologist for First Bank in Raleigh; Martha Butler, Entrepreneur and Franchise Specialist; April Gonzales, Economic Development Specialist; Brian Sykes, Owner and Chief Creative Officer for Adjourney; and Bob Lloyd, Retired Television Production Executive. “All of these speakers have an extensive background in our four cornerstones and we are lucky to have assembled this wealth of knowledge in one place—in one day,” said Williams.
“This annual event is a community effort to equip current and potential entrepreneurs with valuable information. When our small business owners 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.”
New to the agenda this year is the Tweak Your Pitch Competition. Current or potential entrepreneurs can compete to win a $300 cash prize. “It will be a fun addition for small business owners to strengthen the impact of their elevator speech,” continued Williams.
Facilitating the Tweak Your Pitch Competition is Dr. Mike Menefee, Thomas Family Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina-Pembroke and Alan C. Peterson Professor of Entrepreneurship Emeritus, Purdue University. “Dr. Menefee has coordinated many of these competitions in the past and his knowledge of the trends and procedures alone will benefit those participating.” There is no fee to enter this competition.
Technology is a large part of the conference with attendees encouraged to download the free Guidebook app and search for the guide, Entrepreneurial Summit 2016. This guide will house the agenda for the event as well as presenter bio information and presentation material. “The app is ideal for keeping the participants informed of any revisions or last minute changes to the program and a Twitter account can be integrated for live discussion using the hashtag #2016sail,” said Williams.
Pre registration at sbc.sandhills.edu is encouraged because seating for the free event is limited. Registration will begin at 8:30 am with sessions beginning at 9 am. All sessions will be held in Van Dusen Hall 102 and 103 and lunch will be provided with the day concluding by 3 pm. The entire day is free of charge. For more information, contact Lori Williams at 910-695-3938 or firstname.lastname@example.org.