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Holiday Entrepreneur's Cafe planned at Savannah's

Nov. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Unlimited Future Inc. will host a special Holiday Entrepreneurs' Cafe Wednesday, Nov. 28, to wrap up a successful first year of providing local small business owners exposure and a chance to win microgrants.

It will be at noon at Savannah's Restaurant, and it will feature four business presenters and a larger prize than in the past. Those who attend and buy lunch get a chance to vote for their favorite business idea, and the entrepreneur with the most votes wins a cash prize plus services donated by other local businesses.

The price for this event will be $20 per person, $15 of which goes toward the winning entrepreneur at each event and $5 of which goes to the lunch.

The presenters are: Toni Karle of The Red Door, Tina Mae Turner of The Relaxmax Massage Center, Pam Cabell of Outside the Box, and Amy Ward of A.Connexion LLC.

There also will be presentations by past winners and door prizes.

Guests can prepay with a credit card or pay at the door with either cash or a check. To sign up as an audience member, go to www.unlimitedfuture.org or call 304-697-3007.

The event is sponsored by Unlimited Future Inc., Mug & Pia and Simply Whisk, Richwood Industries, Huddleston Bolen, ComAssist, First Choice Bookkeeping, Wallace Multimedia, Firefly, Huntington Area Development Council, First Sentry Bank, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and SCORE.

Arena on track to beat 2011 attendance

HUNTINGTON -- The Big Sandy Superstore Arena is set to surpass last year's attendance numbers.

In 2011, more than 180,000 people attended events at the SMG-managed arena as well as Harris Riverfront Park and the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center. As of early last week, more than 174,000 attendants have come to Big Sandy Superstore Arena events this year, with more to come as the year closes out. That included Brantley Gilbert's concert that took place on Friday, Nov. 9, and the Dancing with the Tri-State Stars on Saturday, Nov. 10. Also coming up are 3 Doors Down and Daughtry Nov. 28, Eric Church's Blood Sweat and Beers Tour Dec. 1 and The Huntington Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Memories. Travis Tritt will have his Christmas and Hits Tour on Dec. 2 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

"In just 2012 we have been able to have Lady Antebellum, the Zac Brown Band, Barry Manilow, Staind and Godsmack, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson," Brian Sipe, manager of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, said in a press release.

Also in 2012, the Big Sandy Superstore Arena is preparing to launch their first ever iPhone App and completely redesigned the website.

With the amount of room available at the arena as well as the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, there are possibilities for a multitude of shows to be held through the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

"Between our full arena set-up, our half house closed wall set-up, our conference center ballrooms as well as programming events at the 2,212 seat Keith-Albee PAC, we can literally be a venue for any touring show that is playing to crowds less than 8000 people in any capacity," Sipe said.

Shoppers urged to participate in Small Business Saturday

CHARLESTON -- Main Street West Virginia is urging shoppers to remember their local retailers on Saturday, Nov. 24, and participate in the third annual Small Business Saturday.

Small businesses represent more than 96 percent of all employers in West Virginia, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Main Street West Virginia encourages consumers to "shop small" at hometown stores and boost the local economy for this special event, which falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Main Street West Virginia is a program of the West Virginia Development Office that focuses on economic revitalization of historic commercial districts.

For more information about West Virginia's Main Street communities, visit http://wvcommerce.org/people/.

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