DCCC Small Business Center to Host ‘Small Business Summit,’ will Focus on Growth and Prosperity

May 9, 2013 – The Small Business Center at Davidson County Community College is helping to celebrate Small Business Month by hosting “Small Business Summit: Growth and Prosperity” – a regional celebration of business development – from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 23 in the Conference Center on the Davidson Campus. Registration is $15.

The all-day program invites small business owners and leaders from across the region to share their insights for growing business opportunities. The event will also feature developers and marketing experts.

This summit will allow small business owners and community leaders to come together to hear strategies and methods for expanding business,” explains Martha Larson, director of the Small Business Center. “Prospecting is a key part of business development. The resources and marketing techniques demonstrated will enhance leads and increase quality connections on regional, state, national and global levels.” 

Events during the day include:

·         8:30 to 9 a.m. – Networking Breakfast and Welcome, sponsored by ReferenceUSA.

·         9 to 11:45 a.m. – Business Development through Technology. Three sessions on technology driven marketing will offer details about trends and strategies for utilizing social media, mobile apps and the cloud. The sessions will allow participants to experience hands-on demonstrations of new and exciting tools. Participants in the sessions will be entered to win a tablet.

·         Noon to 1 p.m. – Lunch and Keynote: Business Development through Partnerships, sponsored by the Lexington and Thomasville Chambers of Commerce. This luncheon event will feature keynote speaker Mayor Newell Clark, mayor of Lexington, as well as economic updates from Doug Croft, president of the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce, and Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission.

·         1:15 to 2:15 p.m. – Business Development through Innovation. The event will feature Carol Strohecker, from the Center for Design Innovation, and Dan St. Louis, from Manufacturing Solutions Center.

·         2:30 to 4 p.m. – Business Development through Business and Marketing Research. Thanks to a consortium that the state of North Carolina and DCCC participate in that provides local businesses with free valuable business information, this session will offer advice on how to generate marketing and demographic reports. The session will also offer knowledge on the current and relevant business leads and competitive analysis tools, as well as access to powerful resources such as ReferenceUSA and more.

·         4 to 4:30 p.m. – Closing.

“DCCC looks forward to offering an event where not only new technologies and business development methods are discussed, but local, state and federal small business support organizations will be present,” Larson adds. “It is my hope that attendees learn about the vast support system that is available to assist in individual business and community development.”

To register for the event, contact Janet Caudle at 336-998-3220; the $15 registration fee covers the full-day event, as well as breakfast and lunch.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.