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2012 Regional Entrepreneur Summit - Building Entrepreneurial Communities - January 11, 2012

The Hound: The following information was sent to me by Danny Hearn, the President of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. It has been stated that this is the most important business meeting scheduled for 2012. It will help to pave the way for an eventual strategic plan for Catawba County . I hope that you will make a special effort to attend. Below is the agenda of the meeting that will take place at the Crowne Plaza. It is very important that we do everything we can to create an entrepreneurial atmosphere in this region that will enable stakeholders to create new and expanded jobs for the area. Please RSVP right away. You can register online or there is a form that can be printed and filled out and sent, faxed, or delivered to the Chamber of Commerce. I'll be attending and I hope you will join me.


The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
North Carolina Partners in Innovation


2012 Regional Entrepreneur Summit
Building Entrepreneurial Communities

Crown Plaza 1385 Lenoir-Rhyne Blvd SE , Hickory , NC
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
7:45-8:15 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon Program
$25 per person
RSVP required: 828 328-6000 Ext 228

This summit convenes leaders and stakeholders from throughout the Metro area who can impact the vitality of our entrepreneurial climate. This event is intended for entrepreneurs, corporate and civic leaders, public and higher education, government and community organizations. Put your voice into the discussion to move the region’s “Entrepreneurial Action Plan” forward.

8:15 am      Welcome & Opening Perspectives
Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President, Catawba Valley Community College
Dr Jane Everson, Chairman, NC Partners in Innovation

8:30 am      Entrepreneurial Development is Collaboration
Ted Abernathy, Executive Director, Southern Growth Policies Board

9:00 am      Entrepreneurial Communities  -  What Are They, Really?
Discussion Facilitator:
William Parrish, Regional Director, NC Small Business & Technology Development Center
What does an entrepreneurial community looks like? What does current research indicate to be key characteristics of entrepreneurial communities? How does our region compare?

9:45  BREAK

10:00 am    Entrepreneurial Community Success Stories
Discussion Facilitator:
Ted Abernathy
Specific examples of what best-in-class communities have done to nurture/enhance entrepreneurial environments, to attract growth companies, and to develop collaborative networks? Which of these activities are realistic and feasible for our Metro area?

10:40 am    The Funding Landscape – Rules of the Game
Discussion Facilitator:
Bill Parrish
What are the capital source needs of entrepreneurial regions?  What funding sources exist for our region?  What other options/alternatives are needed?  Which ones make sense for our region?  

11:10 am    Priorities & Next Steps
Discussion Facilitator:
Ted Abernathy
You will help to identify Key Priorities, Action Steps, and the Collaborative Leadership to enable the advancement of our region’s entrepreneurial development plan.

12:00 noon C  H  A  R  G  E  !  !  !   (Getting on with it)

Presented in cooperation with: Alexander County Chamber of Commerce; Appalachian State University; Burke County Chamber of Commerce; Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute; Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce; Catawba Valley Community College; Mountain State University; North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies; North Carolina State University; NC Small Business Technology and Development Center; Northwest Area Health Education Center of Wake Forest School of Medicine; University of North Carolina at Charlotte- Extended Academic Programs; Western Carolina University; Western Piedmont Community College and Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board

Business Exhibitors: The Best of the Metro Area
Food Systems: The Produce Lady (NC Cooperative Extension); Foothills Fresh and Berry Farms
Manufacturing: Sypris Technologies; Kellex and Manufactured in North Carolina
Technologies: My Catawba County ; Gopherwood Studios and
Sustainable Industries: L & S Recycling; Opportunity Threads; The Biodiesel Research, Testing and Production Facility and Advanced Hydrogen Technologies Corp.


The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
North Carolina Partners in Innovation

2012 Regional Entrepreneur Summit
Building Entrepreneurial Communities

Date:  Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Time:  7:45-8:15 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon Program
Cost:  $25 per person
Location:  Crown Plaza , 1385 Lenoir-Rhyne Blvd SE , Hickory NC
RSVP Required
Register: by using this form or on-line at
Phone: 828.328.6000 Ext 228    Fax:  828.328.1175
2012 Regional Entrepreneur Summit

Registration Form – Deadline to register is Friday, January 6, 2012

Please register the following persons from our company/institution at $25 per person

Company/Institution _____________________________________________ phone______________________

Address __________________________________________________________________________________

Name ____________________________________________e-mail___________________________________

Name ____________________________________________e-mail___________________________________

Name ____________________________________________e-mail___________________________________

Name ____________________________________________e-mail___________________________________

         Enclosed please find my check
         Please charge my  _______Visa         _______ Mastercard   _______ American Express

Name on Card  __________________________________________           Exp. Date _____________________

Account Number ________________________________________           Sec. Code _____________________

Return to:        Catawba County Chamber of Commerce       or         Fax:  828.328.1175
2012 Regional Entrepreneur Summit
PO Box 1828
Hickory NC   28603   

G. Daniel Hearn, IOM, CCE
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
tel: 828.328.6000 ext.230
cell: 828.612.0967
fax: 828.328.1175
A Special THANK YOU to our 2011 Chairman Circle Sponsors!
Chairman Level: Catawba Valley Medical Center , Duke Energy, Frye Regional Medical Center , Hickory Living Magazine, Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs P.A.
Director: CenturyLink & CenturyLink Yellow Pages
Advisor: CommScope, Inc., Hickory Daily Record, Pat Appleson Studios, Inc, Peoples Bank, Sophie Woman’s Magazine, von Drehle Corporation
Benefactor:  Charter Business, GDS Republic Services of North Carolina, Observer News Enterprise, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Hickory, Piedmont Natural Gas
Supporter: Bank of Granite, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Broome Associated Insurance, Canteen Vending, Capital Concepts Financial Group, Carolina West Wireless, Constant Contact, Corning Cable Systems, Davidson, Holland, & Whitesell & Co., PLLC, Dedicated Transportation Group, Dixon-Hughes, Draka Communications, Edward Jones - Merry Boone, General Dynamics, Graystone Eye, Hickory Mechanical, HK Research, Manpower, Mountain 1st Bank & Trust, Poppelmann Plastics USA, LLC, Realty Executives of Hickory, Resource Partners, LLC, Steele Rubber Products, Target Distribution Center, The Jackson Group, Walmart- Conover & Hickory, Williamsburg Partners, LLC, ZF Lemforder

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