JAMESTOWN, N.C. -- The GTCC Small Business Center (SBC) said it has received an influx of calls this week from aspiring Triad entrepreneurs who hope to seek both the free year-round resources at SBC and tickets to Friday's sold-out Small Business Summit in Jamestown.
Check-in for the summit began at 7:30 Friday morning, as organizers prepared to welcome 200 aspiring and current small business owners. GTCC Small Business Center director Mark Hagenbuch said several companies from across the state, including Wells Fargo and the UNC System, are coming to the summit to host "break-out" sessions with event attendees.
The summit will consist of two tracks-a "Start Up" track for aspiring small business owners and an "Existing Growth" track for current business owners who are hoping to expand. The summit kicks off at 8 a.m. with remarks from the keynote speaker--WFMY News 2's Carol Andrews. At lunch time, Sen. Kay Hagan will give remarks.
Hagenbuch said though the event is sold out, people who wish to attend the event can take a chance and arrive at 8:15, which is the time at which event organizers will be giving away seats of registered guests who fail to show up. Even if event hopefuls are unable to get seats, Hagenbuch said they will not be turned away empty-handed. He said they will be able to talk with Small Business Center representatives to schedule a free future consultation at one of the Small Business Center locations. He said they also can request to receive event materials, as soon as the summit ends Friday evening.
Hagenbuch stressed the success of both the GTCC Small Business Center (at the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship) and at the new Small Business Center in High Point (High Point Chamber of Commerce). For his personal involvement in moving forward the Triad Small Business Centers, Hagenbuch recently was named "State Director of the Year" by the North Carolina Community College System Small Business Center Network.
The Small Business Center Network is comprised of six regions, in which partners like Hagenbuch collaborated to provide (from 2012-2013) 3,781 entrepreneurship seminars and create 528 business startup companies.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan spoke to the business owners Friday about getting the tools they need for small business success.
"I know entrepreneurship is something I am very focused on," Hagan said. "Small businesses create over 90 percent of the jobs in North Carolina."
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