Entrepreneurship Week Events at HCC

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  • Location: Locations on campus and at the RHTC
  • Dates and times:
    • From 3:00 AM on Monday, February 23
      to 5:00 AM on Friday, February 27, 2009
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Last updated: Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 08:41 AM Posted: Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Haywood Community College has several events planned for the celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, February 21 through February 28. Several of these events are open to the public. This celebration allows the college to focus on some of the strengths that set HCC apart from other colleges with focus on entrepreneurship, sustainability, and creativity. National Entrepreneurship Week encourages support for the growth of entrepreneurship education as a lifelong learning process.

“Haywood Community College is very proud to celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week from February 23-27, 2009.  We are including events that relate to entrepreneurship, sustainability, and creativity because those are skill sets that HCC focuses on that makes HCC distinctive from other community colleges in the state while meeting employability trends.”
David Forester, HCC Department Chair, Business & Entrepreneurship

Schedule of Events

Monday, February 23
Haywood Early College students will participate in a NC Rural Entrepreneurship through Actual Learning (REAL) Activity. Dr. Tony Johnson, Executive Director, and Arlene Childers, Program Coordinator, of North Carolina REAL Enterprises Inc. will be leading the students in a hands-on entrepreneurship activity named Downtown Ventures.
Tuesday, February 24
The HCC Small Business Center will offer an Internet Marketing Seminar. This event is open to the public. This workshop will help business owners explore ways to attract visitors to a web site, learn how search engines work, discover how to analyze and use site traffic statistics to make their sites more effective and investigate ways to keep visitors coming back. Michael Kelly of Flying Bridge Technologies, based in Charlotte, will be the presenter. The seminar will be held in the auditorium of the Regional High Tech Center from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and is free of charge. To preregister, call the Small Business Center at 627-4512.
Wednesday, February 25
Essays are due for HCC students who wish to participate in the essay contest. The topic of the essay contest is to describe entrepreneurial options envisioned in respective career fields and the importance of a sustainability focus in the operations of a business. The essay contest is open to all currently enrolled HCC students. The winning essay writer will win a one day WNC recreational leadership activity with members of the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council and the Juicy Ideas National Winning Team along with a dinner in the spring of 2009 sponsored from the AdvantageWest Economic Development Group.  Also, a $50 award is being sponsored from HCC. The winner of the essay contest will be announced on Friday, February 27, 2009 at the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurship Council event in the HCC auditorium.
Thursday, February 26
Creativity Day will be held on Thursday, February 26. This event is open to the public. HCC will focus on creativity within entrepreneurship with a panel discussion from 11 until 11:50 a.m. in the HCC auditorium. Members of the panel will discuss the importance of creativity for entrepreneurs. Participants will include Sarah Wells Rolland, owner of Sarah Wells Rolland Pottery; Grace Cathey, owner of Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery; Tony Gaddis, local author; Diana Laursen, owner of Hazelwood Soap Company; and Patrick Tinsley, co-owner of The Sunset Organization including The Gateway Club. The panel moderator will be Wayne Raab.

Diana Laursen is owner and creator of Hazelwood Soap Company, Inc. specializing in handcrafted luxury bath and body products. The family company started making soap in 2001 and opened a retail shop in 2007. Tony Gaddis is the author of 14 computer science textbooks, including several worldwide best-sellers.  He is a former faculty member at HCC. Patrick Tinsley is co-owner and director of food and beverage at The Gateway Club. Grace Cathey is an award-winning metal sculpturer. She has a Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Waynesville and also produces private and public commissions.  Cathey is a 1978 graduate of HCC Professional Crafts program. Sarah Wells Rolland has been creating functional and decorative pottery and marketing, and mentoring other potters in her field for over 22 years. She is a 1989 HCC Professional Crafts-Clay graduate.

Friday, February 27
The Blue Ridge Entrepreneurship Council will hold a meeting on Friday, February 27 in the HCC auditorium from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. This event is open to the public. The HCC Foundation will be sponsoring refreshments before the event.

The Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council (BREC), founded in 2002, is a nurturing organization for entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina, creating homegrown jobs and growing the region's economy. An initiative of AdvantageWest Partnership, BREC supports entrepreneurs through four main focus areas: education, mentoring and networking, communications and capital formation.

The morning’s speaker will be Meredith Elliott Powell. This workshop will explain why networking is the first and most important step in any successful sales process. The exact steps to take to build both a simple and effective networking strategy will be covered. In addition, the workshop will discuss who to include, why you need to create consistency, and how to work networking into your daily action plan.  Most importantly, the event will cover how to prioritize your time for networking effectiveness; ensuring you receive the highest return on investment from your networking time.

Meridith Elliott Powell is a sales, networking and organizational efficiency expert. She is a certified executive human behavior specialist, coach, strategist, facilitator, trainer, and speaker. She is a gifted businessperson whose career path began in marketing professional firms and grew into commercial banking.  From this unusual path, Powell has gained an exceptional and practical understanding of how finances, planning, marketing and human development must all work together for companies to reach new heights in their industry.  She brings the numbers side and the people side of a business together and gets them moving to drive profitability, giving the competitive edge.