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Free small business summit set for Nov. 5

Oct. 22, 2012 @ 12:15 AM

BECKLEY -- Anyone who owns or is thinking of starting a small or micro business is invited to a Small Business Resource Summit, hosted by the West Virginia Small and Micro Business Alliance for Economic Inclusion and partner organizations.

The free event goes on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley. No registration is required.

The Summit will be a "one-stop shopping" opportunity that brings together more than 30 small and micro business service providers, including providers of loans, grants, and technical and educational services. Guests can learn about the many resources available to start and operate a small business.

There will be five break-out sessions: Nuts and Bolts of Starting Your Business; Market Opportunities in Southern West Virginia; Marketing Your Business through Social Media; Understanding Cash Flow; and Doing Business with Boy Scouts of America.

It will be followed by an Entrepreneurs' Café, from 2-3:30pm at Tamarack Conference Center. Up to eight businesses have 10 minutes each to pitch their business to the crowd. Everyone gets to vote on their favorite business presentation. The entrepreneur with the most votes wins a microgrant. The price for admission is $10 per person, all of which goes towards the prize. Refreshments will be served. Minimum cash prize to the winner is $400.

Contact Laura Harvey at 304-253-3145 regarding presenting at the Entrepreneurs' Café. The cafe is hosted by BB&T, Tamarack, Unlimited Futures, & Women's Business and Training Center.