Entrepreneur Expo Coming Back to Cleveland Community College

(Shelby, NC) – Mark your calendars now for the 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Expo to be held at the LeGrand Center on the campus of Cleveland Community College on Wednesday, April 30, from 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

New this year is the Cleveland County Fast-Pitch Competition where local entrepreneurial teams will pitch their new business or product ideas to a panel of experts in hopes of winning a $250 prize, coaching and possible business or product development. Teams will be divided into four groups: High School, Community College, University, and Community at-large.

“All teams must complete the Fast-Pitch Executive Summary to convey a simple understanding of their business or product concept,” says CCC Dean of Business and Allied Health, Dr. John Lattimore. “These Executive Summaries are due on March 31 by 5 PM. Once Executive Summaries have been reviewed by the judges, the top teams will be asked to present a five minute presentation as part of the Expo.”

Teams must consist of Cleveland County residents, students of Cleveland County High Schools, Cleveland Community College or Gardner-Webb University. Cleveland County Fast-Pitch Executive Summary entry forms can be found at www.clevelandcc.edu.

In addition to the Fast-Pitch Competition, local, successful entrepreneurs will lead a panel discussion followed by a keynote address by Dr. John Hardin, Executive Director for the North Carolina Board of Science & Technology. Dr. Anthony Negbenebor, Dean of the Godbold School of Business at Gardner-Webb University, will also speak on the “Global Market” and its impact locally.

“The Entrepreneur Expo is a great networking opportunity for potential and current business owners to accumulate ideas, information, and access to resources needed to start or grow a business,” says CCC Instructor and event organizer, Steve Padgett. “Anyone who has ever considered becoming an entrepreneur does not want to miss it!”

For more information on the Entrepreneur Expo or the Cleveland County Fast-Pitch Competition contact, Dr. John Lattimore, Dean of Business and Allied Health, at 704-669-4020 or lattimorej@clevelandcc.edu. The 2014 Entrepreneur Expo is free and open to the public.

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